The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899, October 08, 1893, Image 1
The Nebraskan Vol, II. Lincoln, Nebraska, October 8, 1893. No. 1'. The Nkbraskan A Somi-Monthly Taper Issued at the University of Nebraska. Entered as second-class mail matter. BOARD OP KDITORS: A. F. Montmoruncy Editor-in-Chief II. G. WhiTmokb Business Manager A Representative College Paper. Subscription $1.00 per year, if paid before January 1, 1893, otherwise $1.50 All subscriptions will be continued until ordered stopped. (Ebitorial. With this issue the Nebraskan enters upon the second year of its existence. If the past year be regarded in the light of a probation ary period, we think the paper has justified itself, in other words it has proved that it has an excuse for living. As to how near it has come to the fulfillmeiit of the end for which it was created, we leave to that best of all critics in the Uniersity, the student-body, to decide. We think, as we always have thought, that that the paper that best answers the needs of a college is the one that most nearly approx imates the convictions and voices the senti ment of the students of that institution. The student-body is necessary composed of more or less heterogeneous elements, composing as it does, individuals of widely differing talents and tastes. A college paper then is confronted by many of the problems that have harassed the publishers of news dissemin ators since the dawn of journalism. Now to keep abreast of the times and give a faithful exposition of public opinion, and yet adapt itself to suit the requirements of a multitude of readers, our modern metropolitan daily, and the Sunday edition in particular, is little short of an abridged encyclopedia, and is nothing if not catholic in tone. However, we did not start out with the intention of enlarging on the principles of journalism in general, merely such of them as may be applicable to college publications. If our University is a little world by itself, its doings and its opinions are of as great in terest to all connected with it, as are those of the greater world to the public at large. How can these be better recorded and ex pressed than through the medium of a college journal, which is, or should be, a sort of weather-vane thermometer, and barometer combined, taking note of every shadow of change and encouraging such as tend to the general welfare and advancement. This may be an ideal, but it is not an unattainable one. Such a paper will not be a field for party or faction strife. Its motto will be "The University," and its interest the inter ests thereof. It was not our intention to make any ex tensive declaration of principles for The Ne braskan. Emerson says in more chaste phrase that consistency is largely a fake. Because a man thinks one thing today is no reason why he should think so tomorrow. This applies to papers as well as men. The great University which this paper tries to represent is constantly changing and The Nebraskan must change with it. If we were to make a definite statement of policy and depart from it a month or so hence it would furnish an excellent handle on which our friends (we hope we have no ene mies) might hang criticism. . We don't like to be criticised, particularly, if. the criticism is just. On one point, though, w.e may safely 4 WJPF'