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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 1, 1892)
Lincoln, Nebraska, November, 1892.
The Nbbra.sk an.
A Monthly Paper, Issued at the University of Nebraska.
SUBSCRIPTION, ONE YEAR, $1.00,
Entorod as aeoond-olass mall matter.
Ralph E. Johnson Managlug Editor
., inm I Assoolato Editor
Gkougk Pdtnam 1 BuBluosB Manager
The Representative College Paper.
Old gold has been swept from the pinnicle
of fame, as it no longer represents the uni
versity of Nebraska. There was unanimous
assent to the proposition of changing the
university colors. While of necessity the
selection ot new colors was hasty, yet a bet
ter choice could not be made. Something
bright and attractive was needed and we
have scarlet and cream as a result.
If the university has u genius he should
be singled out and commanded to secure a
new and striking college yell. While the
present yell still has its scores of admirers,
the time has come when we should advance
to the second stage of our yelling existence
and agree upon something that can be given
in harmony by more than a single voice.
There has not been a crowd this year that
could give the present yell together. If a
choir cannot sing together, the song is a fail
ure, and the same holds true for a yell. It
loses the effect intended when the unity of
the voices is not accomplished.
The town of Columbia, where the Missouri
State University is situated, is on a "stub"
branch of a railway. No through line passes
near it. It is situated in a county that fur
nished more soldiers to the Confederacy than
any county in Missouri ; in the heart of a
county in which old traditions and prejudices
are kept alive and in which colored people
are looked down upon and despised as be
ings of an inferior race, a race that can have
nothing in common with the white race.
When we consider this and the fact that man
is largely a creature of heredity and environ
ment, the action ot Missouri in refusing to
play us while we have a colored man in our
team is explained. Though they are behind
the times and influenced by prejudices that
are dead or are dying out in the north, yet
they should not be censured too severely.
We should make no complaint, inasmuch as
they forfeit the game to us.
It seems that the business men of the city
have at last awakened to the merits of the
great collegiate game of foot-ball. This
means much for the future success of the
game in Lincoln. There is no reason why
this city, with its large population and many
colleges, cannot support a series of foot-ball
games every fall. The recent contest with
Illinois has been a double success. Not
only did we outscore the champions of orange
and black, but the game itself has achieved
a victory over a hitherto dormant and unin
terested public. The result is that a move
has been made by the business men of the
city to have the Thanksgiving game at Omaha
with Iowa transferred to Lincoln. Nothing
pleases those interested in the game more
than the interest at present being manifested
by those outside of the university. .Omaha
has no claim upon the games scheduled there,
but they were simply so arranged for financial
reasons. From present indications Lincoln
will enjoy a real Thanksgiving treat in the
way of a hotly contested foot-ball game.
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