The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 25, 1911, Image 1

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Vol. X. No. 149
Price 5 Cents.
Engineers Achieve Honor in Many
Lines Blue Print to Be Out
This Week.
With the presidents of two classes,
membership on most of the important
boards in tho college, a colonel, a
major, and four captains In the mili
tary department, and numerous other
honors, the' college of engineering
feels that its year's, work 1ms been
very successful la general activities
as well as in tho class room.
A Few Events.
No Booner had tho university start
ed than the Engineering society, un
der the able direction of Arthur Dob
son, began a systematic campaign and
the result was evident Over ninety
new men signed up as associate mem
bers. Speakers of note were unusu
ally willing to offer their services to
the college and many were benefited
by" the new ideas and methods out
lined in the various fields of tho pro
fessions. But the engineers did not stop their
activities, their pursuit of knowledge
not interfering with the giving of one
of the finest dances of the year, held
at the Lincoln. This dance was as
truly limited as any that has ever
been given and advertised as such.
Social Activities Marked.
No longer is tho engineer easily
cHstingulBhedfrjo,m.jJe.Xgg,t of his col
lege brethren.
- He is now seen In the library,
where he talks to the comely maiden
with the ease born of long practice.
This ho does, of course, only when
the librarians are not looking in his
He is seen at practically every
dance that is given and wears tho
dress suit with an aristocratic uncon
cern. He is seen In class affairs of a so
cial nature, generally being there in
greater numbers than any of tho other
college men. '
This leaves no room for a doubt
that the engineer may not be ablo to
absorb a little of the polish and so
cial . finesse which more or less is
tho mark of the college men and
women in general.
Building Dedicated.
The most Important event of the
year to the college was the dedica
tion of the new Mechanical Engineer
ing Laboratories on January 18. For
over eighteen years Dean Richards
has striven to build up a department
with a suitable housing and course
of Instruction. This ho has admirably
succeeded in doing by designing tho
new laboratories and guiding them
through to completion.
Degrees of Doctor' of Engineering
were conferred upon three prominent
engineers in the three great profes
sions, civil, electrical, and mechan
ical engineering, Dr. J.A. L. Wad
dell represented the. first named' vo
cation. Dr. Waddell is probably one
of the greatest bridge engineers in
the world. .His works and experience
are of great repute in every country.
DsX B. J, Arnold, electrical 'engineer
of wide acquaintance, represented his
particular line of work. Dr. Arnold's
old home is at Ashland in this state.
Dr. Mortimer E, Cooley, dean of the
college of engineering at Michigan,
noted mechanical engineer nnd cor
poration arbiter, received the third of
the dogrees conferred.
Dean W. F, M. Gosb of Illinois de
livered tho dedication address in tho
evening and Chancellor Avery pre
sented the "diplomas."
Second Semester Activities.
The principal activities of the en
gineers In . the last semester have
been those of politics military science
and publication. Presidents Amber
son and Pearse represent tho college
in class; CnptaiiiB Bennett, Cain,
Forman and Galloway do the samo in
drill, folonel Krairier. however. Is
the high mogul In that department,
(next to the Commandant, tho, two
giving Dean Richards a parade and
review about two weeks ago. This
honor Is seldom accorded a member
of the faculty.
Tho dean said he didn't realize how
many engineers Ihere wore In the
regiment until the colonel took him
along ihe line. Ho also remarked
that Bennett should train his com
pany more. He suggested that they
would be good ballet dancers, had
they tho skill which they showed In
executing Butts' Manual to music
without commands.
Blue Print Comes Out.
To conclude this year's work, the
annual publication of tho Engineer
ing Boclety will make its appearance
this week. Replete with matters of
Interest to Engineers, and general
Items for the perusal of all students
who take more or less work in the
departments. It is expected to bo a
good edition and should command a
ready sale among tho students.
Conclusion. '
"Summing-up- tho -record made .by
the college of engineering during the
pasj two Bcmeqters, we note an in
crease in fellowship, scholarship and
attendance. Wo noto tho presence of
many leading engineers among those
who have visited the .college. We
note tho engineer in athletics, poll
tics and practically every school ac
tivity worthy of consideration.
The announcement of the senior
play committee of its decision to
make both performances informal
next Saturday probably greatly stimu
lated the demand for tickets. As a
result ofithe first day's sale the great
er portion of tho house for" tho even
Nebraska Field
"Outlaws" vs. Cotner
33Q P. M. "
ing performance was sold out and the
demand for matinee tickets was also
strong. If the prosent demand con
tinues until Saturday both perform
ances will play to packed houses.
There being no Bhows scheduled at
the Oliver this week, the decorating
committee will havo plenty of time to
get all the decorations in place. Work
along this line will continue tomorrow
At a meeting of tho oligiblllty com
mittee held last evening, tho case of
Sidney Collins was discussed and tho
following statement authorized by tho
committeo states its action:
"Evidence was presented to show
that Mr. ColilnB had received money
during tho season of 1907-1908. Mr.
Collins admitted this fact. Tho com
mittee has taken action disbarring
Mr. Collins from the Missouri Valley
track meet at Des Moines next Satur
day." It was made plain to tho committoo
that the money received was not a
recompense for services performed,
but only a means of enabling Mr. Col
lins to remain in school and give his
time to athletics instead of earning
his expenses In somo other work.
Tho eligibility committee consists
of Dr. H. K. Wolfe, ProfesBor Skinner
and Ben Cherrington. Professor Cald
well of tho athletic board was also
present. Clyde E. Elliott appeared as
chief witness. John Westovor alBO
appeared. C. Sherman of tho Lincoln
News was present at the request of
the chancellor. Mr. Collins was also
present. '
The. new athletic board mot for the
first tlmo last-nlght. ProfeBSor...GroYO
E. Barber was elected president and
Owen Frank, vl6o-presldent.
The contract for sodding tho ath
letic field was lot No other business
of importance was done.
Each Class to Be Represented In the
Every student should try to attend
convocation this morning. This Is the
All University rally and each class is
to bo represented on the program.
After the convocation, the three under
classes will have class meetings of
North Dakota agricultural college
has a peculiar custom in connection
with its college declamatory contest,
which consists In giving away 1,000
loaves of broad to those attending.
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Difference In Education and the Abll-
Ity IfGlyes What the True
Engineer la.
Popularly speaking, the term "en
gineer" Ib a very broad one. It la
applied promiscuously to tho man who
starts and stops the llttlo gasoline
engine, to tho man who runs tho
holBting engine on a construction Job,
to the man who runs tho traction on
glno or locomotive, to tho man who
doplgna railway bridges and plans -largo
public works, manufacturing -plants,
The torms lawyer, physician, chem
ist and clergyman suggest to .us men
who havo a more or Icbs liberal edu
cation, togethor with special prepara
tion along their choson line of work
and the same thing is true of tho en
gineer. Ah a profession, engineering
ranks high and our entire industrial
system is tho primary rosult of Its
The class of men popularly known
as engineers should bo divided Into
two groups, although it would bo
rather difficult to draw tho exact lino
of demarcation. One group consists
of engineers by trade, hence tho
proper torm to apply to this group
would bo "artisan"; tho other group
consists of men who make engineer
ing a profession. We may differenti
ate moro clearly by saying that an
artisan Ts ono .who, hh? acquired a
requisite amount of skill along a defi
nite and specialized lino of handi
craft whereby he can make a living.
The engineer is ono who has acquired
a liberal education which fits him for
(the highest standard of citizenship
and gives him the ability to originate
and design public works, also to in
vent nnd Improve along mechanical
lines. Tho activity of tho former is
largely manual, while that . of tho
later 1b mental. The engineer, through
processes of reasoning and calcula
tion, determines upon certain lines of
procedure; the artisan takes them
up where the engineer leaves off arid
carries them out. Tho artisan knows
"how" to do a thing, hut the en
gineer knows "yvhy" ho docs it
We will all agree that tho engineer
should know both tho "how" and the
"why," but it would be unreasonable,
to expect him to master all the man-'
ual work auxiliary to engineering.
Wo would not expect the engineer
to do the work of the machinist or
the boiler-maker In the shops, nor to
take tho place of the engine driver
on the road. There would be two
good reasons for this: First, he
should' be too valuable a man for that"
class of work, and, second, men who
have specialized in their lines could
do it much better and cheaper.
It is not unusual, in fact,, it Is quite
common, to find the so-called practical
man antagonistic to the real engineer
who makes use of theory, but let us
tako an example which will illustrate
the superiority of the. ono over tho
other. Suppose v a machine Is to bo
devised in the plant to perform cer
tain operations; the manually-
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