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VoL IX. No. 110.
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 1910.
Price 5 Cents.
SUPT. W. L. STEPHENS
SPEAKS TO TEACHERS
PREPARATION OF TEACHERS FOR
THE REQUIREMENTS OF SCHtOL TAX
Subordinated Academic to Profes
sional Training High School
Teaching Even More Complex
than University Teaching.
"Preparation of Teachers for Sec
ondary Schools" was the theme of a
lecture delivered hy Supt. W. L. Ste
phens of the Lincoln city schools at
regular convocation thlB morning.
ThlB lecture was given under the aus
pices of the University of Nebraska
teachers' college. It was to have been'
delivered at two former dates as a
climax .to a series of lectures under
the' direction of the teachers' college,
hut, because of unavoidable circum
stances, it was postponed until today,
when It fittingly became a sequel to
these educational discissions. As a
prelude to the discourse, the junior
class, now providing musical enter
tainment at convocation, was well rep
resented by Miss Weston, pjano soloist.
Professor Stephens was furnished
with an extemporaneous and applica
ble preface to his theme in the fact
that' his audience was composed chief
ly of male students. He declared It
was a significant fact that the stronger
sex was advancing to its level and
would soon recognize the teaching of
the arts and sciences as a dignified
procession 'favorably comparing with
the professions of law, medicine and
The bulk of his discussion was con
fined to a criticism of the lax require
ments of the instructors of second
-grndeBchoolsr-Thesa requisites;' how
ever, have run their course and the
time has arrived for a general awak
ening in tlio field of activities oxer
.cised by the teacher. This revival will
take the form of an obliteration of all
the previous state legislation relative
to the requirements of the teachers'
certificate, and the adoption of new
legislation which will cause the at
tainment of the teachers' certificate
to bo the reward of merit and not
more accident. He alleged, and
backed his allegation with statistics,
that heretofore the requisites of the
average second grade' teachers' cer
tificate wore very rheagre. In a spe
cific statement ho Bhowed that the av
erage requirements of this certificate,
. if nppHed, would rank the Instructor
little higher than the college fresh
man' Then, as an Inference, ho ques
tioned the ability of this teacher to
cope with the difficult academic and
professional questions common to the
second- grade teacher.
In so far as academic training Is
Involved, ho acknowledged the stand
ing of our present day teachers, but
he subordinated academic to profes
sional training and held the latter as
the only just criterion by which to de
termine the efficiency of the teacher.
Ho attached great significance 'to tho
task of tho secondary Instructor of ad
justing facts and figures to -a condi
tion or place whore they may be prop
erly assimilated by tho Immature
brain. Ho sonslgned'thlB task to the
student of psychology, necessarily a
college graduate, and not, to the un
developed, inexperlneced undergradu
ate now playing the role of teacher In
most, city and secondary schools.
Without training for- this work,
most teachers windfall. The1 majority
ot tho aforesaid teachers do uncon
sciously fall. Training Inu technique
is an absolute necesslty-,if one is tt
'be successful i second grade Ins trac
tion. In this respect, high school
teaching Is even more complex than
university teaching. In advanced
courses the student comprehends to a
ccrtnin extent every thing that Is put
beforo him. In the olomentnry
Btudles, the Immaturity of the Individ
ual mind necessltatcalndLvldtial at
tention and probablo adjustment of
the methods of fact presentation.
This Involves professional training
and the absence of this training In
variably results in unsatisfactory
The kinds of professional training
are many, most of which nre covered
by a thorough knowledge of the his
tory of education the relation be
tween school and life and Individual
mastery of sociological questions. The
inability of the instructor to compete
with some of the social problems of
the community in which he lives Iuib
often been the direct cause of his evi
There is a remedy for these sig
nificant and lamentable conditions.
Professor Stephens in closing attrib
uted to the teachers' college of this
university the responsibility of affect
ing the suggested revolution in the
requirements of the present .second
grade teachers' certificate Students
of the University of Nebraska should
show such superiority In their teach
ing that tho Inefficiency or normal
graduates will be madft apparent. Then
and then only will the university di
ploma be made tho minimum require
ment for the acceptance of secondary
JOHN L RICE ELECTED
AS IVY DAY OHATAR
WON FROM BEDNARBYVOTE OF
62 TO 30.
'STUNT" COMMITTEE 18 PICKED.
HE HAS ACHIEVED DISTINCTION
Won Prizes In University Member
of Debating Team and Honorary
Fraternities President of
Senior Law Class.
WORK TO CONTINUE DAILY.
Spring Football Practice to Be Con
tinued for a Month.
On account of the cold and windy
weather, the football squad was un
able to work yesterday, but Assistant
Coach Ewlng will have tho gridiron
men out for dally work from now on.
About twenty men have signified
their Intention of getting out for work
today.lmd all lnenwho aro going to
get in training for the gridiron gnmo
next fall will be issued equipment at
1 o'clock each day at the gymnasium.
Tho work of the squad will consist
chiefly In learning the new rules and
learning the formations planned under
the modern rules. Coach Ewlng is de
sirous that all men who Intend to play
football next fall get out and work
for the coming month In order to have
a thorough knowledge of the new
game when practice opens next fall.
At a meeting of tho senior class
yesterday 'morning John Lawrence
Ripe was elected Ivy Day orator. Mr.
Illce received G2 voteB to !I0 cast
against IiIh only opponent, James E.
Hednnr. Reports of committees was
tho only other business taken up by
' Mr. Rice will write and deliver tho
oration nt the Ivy Day exercises, to be
held this year on May 11. Mr. Rico
has achieved considerable distinction
as an orator during his university
career. He won the prize for highest
standing during his freshman law
year. He is also winner of tho legal
bibliographical prlzo. Last year he
was a member of tho debating team
against Wisconsin; this year lie was
on Nebraska's toam which met Minne
sota. Mr. Rice is a member of the legal
fraternity Phi Delta Phi. tho public
speaking fraternity Phi Alpha Tau,
and of Delta Sigma Rho, the honorary
debating fraternity. He Ih also a
member of the University Catholic
Club. He Is nt present president of
the senior law class.
SOPHOMORE RALLY IN CHAPEL
PHI ALPHA TAU BANQUET.
George N. Foster Initiated Alexander
The monthly banquot of Phi A'lplm
Tdu, the honorary debating fraternity,
was held last evening at the Lincoln
hotel. George N. Foster, who wns-
on tho Intercollegiate debute team
that dobated Iowa, was initiated into
the fraternity." Several of the faculty
members were present. ' John Alex
ander acted as toastmaster. .Toasts
on tho three groat American humor
ists were given:
"Mark Twain," Lynn Lloyd.
"Bill Nye," E. It. Rutledge.
"George Ade," A. M. Oberfelder.
Several Impromptu toasts were also
Year Class Hold Spirited
4 Meeting Last Night.
The sophomoro class meLlu the.
chapel at 7 o'clock , last night and
discussed the Olympics that will oc
cur on Saturday. A largo number were
In attendance and all were enthusi
astic over the prospects of a HQpho-
All of tho people who are marching
around the campus toduy wearing
red ribbons are sophomores. Girls
and boys ullke are fully aroused.
They aro determined to win Satur
day's content and tamo tho haughty
freshmen. They intend to make tho
Olympics a rooting contest for the
girls as well ns a battle for the boys.
Last night tho sophomore yells
were practiced and plans for Satur;
day's contest nvero made.- Tho sopho
moro' committee Is In' chargtrof' Prank
Clark, and ho -told of tho general
plans' that would be followed, There
were speeches by other members of
tho class and It. E. Campbell, whorls
tho referee of tho Olympics this year,
told of tho new style of freo-for-nll
that will be. used.
Tho freshmen havo not announced
a meeting for this week. However,
there is a largo amount of feeling in
tho freshman class and the first year
wort are,, confident that they will be
the victors in 'this year's contest.
Who Are to Get Up Funny
Things for Frat Banquot.
"Sam" Buck heads tho committee on
"stunts" for the first annual banquet
to be glvon by the twolvo fraternities
of tlw ITnlvnrnltv it .'nhrnnltn on lu
lovonliiir of WVulnpiuliiv. Anrll 111. 1010.
al the Llndell hotel. At a meeting of
representatives from all the Greek
letter chapters yesterday afternoon,
"Sam" was appointed to tako charge
of the committee. Yale Holland and
Glen Mason were selected us his col
leagues on tho committee.
The "stunt" committee will prepare
tho funny features of the great feast,
and they Intend to got up some doings
that will put In the cool shade tho
rnmbllngs of the famous Gridiron Club
banquotors of the nation's capital city,
where Teddy, BUI Tnft, Bill Bryan
our own Bill from Fulrvlew Uncle
.Too Cannon ho who went ono round
with tho distinguished congressman
rrom McCook, this state North Polo
Parry, and other noted men aro char
acterized in humorous stylo by able
representatives of tho Funny-Bone so
ciety. Tho local ladB Intend to havo
some comic songs to Interpolate Into
the program. Besides the comic
songs, they will havo other music
that will make a hit.
They Intend to have some tako-offs,
nnd many other thlngB that they
have discussed nnd that have met
with tho hearty approval of tho
twelve fraternities. Somo of their
plans for fun would make a horse, or
even a colt, laugh Just to hear about
At the mooting yesterday tho repre
sentatives decided to make all toasts
as short as possible, and placed a
limit of ten minutes on the tlmo al
lowed each speaker.
Tho banquet will be started at 7 p.
in., and every guest will bo expected
to sit down at the table promptly at
the hour named.
A "DRY" LINCOLN IS
THE WATCHWORD NOW
BIG MASS MEETING FAVORING
TEMPERANCE IN CITY.
THE STUDENTS SHOW ENTHUSIASM
Dr. Bessey, Chancellor Aylesworth,
President Lewis, Chancellor
Davidson and Others to
A big mass meeting of collego stu
dents wn hold laBt night at tho city
auditorium. Union Collego, Wosloyan,
Cotnor nnd Nebraska Universities
united In a gorat rally to koop Lin
coln dry. To aid this movomont the
university cadqt band furnished music
for the occasion with tho assistance
of tho quartet.
Tho majority of tho university stu
dents who attended wore soatod near
tho front of tho big building, and they
vied with the representatives of the
other colleges In giving tho good old
yells of U. of N,
Dr. Condra Presided.
The meeting was opened by Dr.
Roach of St. Paul's Mothodlst church,
who Introduced Dr. Condra of tho uni
versity, who presided.
Tho first speaker on tho program
was Doan Bessey of the .university.
Following his address Chancellor
Aylesworth of Cotnor, who was fol
lowed by President Lewis of Unloii
College. Chancellor Davidson ol
Wesloyan wnB tho last speaker. AH
of the talks wore short and to tho
The speakers pointed out tho. fact
that tho saloons were a detriment to
educational Interests and cbllcgcfrmon
wero rondored Incapacitated for work
by their TC-estublishmcnt la, Lincoln.
Many of tho studonts 'who roglstored
NO GAME YESTERDAY.
Lincoln League Team Askejd. to Have
Game With University Cancelled
Because of Weather.
On account of the high wind and
tho cold yesterday's baseball 'gamo
with the Lincoln league team was
called off at the request of the Ante
lopes. Coach Carroll announced no
practice for the day.
The team leaves at the end of next
week on a four-day rip to Kansas.
Tho Kansas Aggies will be met at
Manhattan tho 13th and 14th, Kan
sas University will be playod at Law
rence the lfith and 16th. Tho team
Is In hopes of winning a maorlty of
tho games. There win be a game
with tho league team at Antelopo park
last Saturday wero challenged .by thp
saloon men. Tho report has spread
also that, student votes will bo con
tested on election day next Monday.
Tho men of tfib university, It Is'
Is claimed, aro not residents of tho
city and on this basis tholr votes will
The studonts most Interested in this
work havo been Investigating this ar
gument and tho challenge cannot hold
If tho studonts stand up for their
rights. All voters among tho studont
body have an unquestioned right to
vote. . .i
STUDENT8 FIGHT FIRE.
WORK ON RUNNING TRACK.
Hundred-Yard- 8tralght Away Will Be
. Ready 8oon.
Work on the running track is being
pushed raptdly and It will soon be In
.shape to use? A band of men are busy
sifting fine cinders for the top dress
ing. The 100-yard straight away will
be ready by the end of tlie week. i
PAY UP FOR TENNIS.
Baked beans, baked on the premises
and served hot with delicious' brow
bread,1 lOc.Thn Boston LuHck. ,
Negotiate Dates With Creighton and
All men who expect to try out for
the tennis squad, must be entered and
paid up by April 11, as the try-out
will begin next week. We will meet
Kansas May 14 and negotiations aro
being made for a date wltlr Creighton
College on May 7 and with the Kan
sas State Agricultural' Collego of
Manhattan, Kah on May 21. 'This
will necessitate hard work and steady
practice If the games are arranged
as expected, """ '
Forestry Boys at Halsey 8pend Two
Days In Heroic Effort. a
The eleven forestry students who
spent the past two' weeks at Halsey
returned to the university Sunday
evening. Tho boya report a great
deal of practical work. Also they are
still discussing muny of. the exciting
incidents which happened on tho trip.
One of the most exciting was a prai
rie flro which started at Whitman
andburned over a large' areabetween
the Loup and Osmond rivers. The
boys nt Halsey saw It coming and
volunteered their services to light it.
They did not realize tho magnitude
of the work, until they had -worked all
night and the next day -with nothing
to eat but a couple of ham sandJ
wiches , ;Af ter the fire had burned
oyer about 200 ji'cres of their coveted
forest at Halsey they finally headed
It to the junction if the two rivers,
where If stopped.
XI DELTA ANNOUNCES PLEDGES
Ten Freshman Girls Chosen for Soph
XI Delta, tho honorary sophomore
girls' society, announced their pledges
yesterday. -The girls -were chosen by
the sophomore's from tho freshman
class. The names of tho pledges fol
low: .Miss Delia Ladd, Kappa Kappa
Gamma; Miss Ruth Cull, Chi Omega
Ruth' Llndsoy, Kappa,, Alpha Theta;
Lucllo Boll, PI Phi; Helen. Sawyer,
Delta Gamma; Stella Butlor, .Alpha
Omlcron PI; Mary Itobbihs, Alpha
Phi; Mary Howard, Delta Delta Delta;
Beulah Bell, Alpha Chi Omega; Evan
VIOLIN RECITAL .TOMORROW.
Program by Silence Dales-Knapp.
The program of Thursday's convo
cation will consist of a violin recital,
by Mrs. Silence Dales-Knapp. The
Legende '. .,.., . .Binding
Caprice , IGuirand
Andante from B minor concert...
......... ..,-. , Salnt-Saens
Minuet- Ph. Em, , ,Bach
Miss Zumwlnked accompaaUt.
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