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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (March 1, 1893)
lege journal must bo a student educator.
Not as the instructors arc educators, but ex
erting a decided influence for whatever shall
promote general student culture. There is
a big field in this direction in the U. of N.
We glory in the democratic character of this
institution. We fear too many of the stu
dents interpret uncouthncss, disregard of
personal attractiveness, and even rowdyism
as unfailing signs of democracy. On the
contrary, there is nothing in gentlemanly
conduct, courtesy, personal attractiveness
and the genuine refinement always found in
a cultured man or woman that is incompati
ble with true and loyal democracy. If the
two papers can feel, at the end of the year,
that they have accomplished something in
this educative line for" their readers, they
may well be proud of their work and fully
satisfied with the lvturn for labor expended.
If not, they may as well never have existed.
They may have amused ; certainly they have
not helped, and to hcl-fi is what we are here
thoroughly and cheaply." The thousands of
young men who will act as guides are to
come exclusively from the colleges of the
country. Hundreds more will be needed to
wheel invalid chairs, nor will all the invalids,
by the way, be old ladies.
A little organized effort on our part, mak
ing applications and appointments for guide
service will be rewarded with splendid suc
cess. " First come, first served," though.
Other colleges have begun work and Ne
braska wants to be right in the push. We
would like to see a mass meeting of the stu
dents called by those interested where the
appointment of strong working committees
would put the movement fairly on its feet.
How are the students going to see the
World's Fair? A very few, probably less
than ten per cent., can afford to go to Chi
cago and spend three or 'four weeks and
from one to two hundred dollars in seeing the
Exposition. For the rest, some scheme must
be devised for lessening the expense, or the
trip will be impossible. Without a doubt a
month at the Fair will equal a year's study in
this or any other university, as a factor in
student education. It will be a four weeks
course in the World's University, the more in
structive because so intensely fascinating and
wonderful. Every one of us must be there.
It may seem almost criminal to propose
the organization ot another club in this in
stitution, but we would suggest that a
"World's Fair club" be organized at once
by students interested. Its motto: "Four
weeks at Chicago for every one of us !" Its
object: "Employment on the Fairgrounds
for us all, whereby we can see the Exposition
Our Twenty-Third Birthday.
The 15th of February came on Wednes
day and as nine students out of ten had five
recitations, everybody felt gloriousty grateful
for the holiday.
All afternoon interested visitors meandered
through the many buildings on the campus,
seeing the sights and chatting with the in
structors. In the evening all the students
and as many town people as the Lansing
could accomodate, listened to the formal ex
ercises of the day. The faculty were seated
on the platform.
At 8 : 15 the orchestra rendered a selection.
The music of the evening was not exactly
satisfactory. The first cornet had the dis
temper and some of the other instruments
seemed to be affected just from sym
pathy. After the invocation by Rev. Lasby, '
the Chancellor spoke feelingly of the occa
sion and of University growth and work.
After a warm welcome to everybody in sight,
he introduced President Seth Low of Colum
bia College, who delivered the Charter Day
oration on "The American University."
It was one of the most interesting and
scholarly addresses ever delivered in this
city. It was perhaps a lecture rather than a
formal oration. The informality of the ad
dress was, to many, one of its pleasantest
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