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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 15, 1890)
THE II ESP 15 R I AN.
,N another page will be found a letter written by
a member of the class that graduated last year.
We arc pleased to sec that though our graduates may
roam to far distant places, yet they remember the
University and those who are connected with i.
This letter should be of much interest to students be
cause it contains useful information about one of the
leading universities of the land and one that might
well be taken as a model.
CTS'HE scheme adopted last year at commencement
J to secure some noted person to deliver the
University oration, instead of requiring several of the
graduating class to deliver orations was a good one
and we hope to sec it permanently adopted. The
old system smacks rather too much of the high
school commencement and there is no reason why
it should be continued, But if the best results are to
be derived from the new system it is of the ut
most importance that only the very best speakcis
should be secured. In view of this fact then it might
not be out of place to begin early to look for some
suitable person to deliver the University oration next
T some institutions students who belong to liter
ary societies are not required to write essays and
orations for the English department. This method
possesses much good for it seeks to put a premium
upon work done in the literary society and makes it
an object for students to do such work. The student
who goes through a college course without receiving
training in a literary society has failed to obtain the
most good possible from his course and will have to
learn in life what he failed to acquire while in school.
Here students are not required to become members
of any society, but on account of the advantages that
they offer, every student should be identified with
some ond of the literary societies.
(UR foot-ball t'jain has been challenged by the Y.
M. C. A, of Omaha. It is to be hoped that
this challenge will revive interest in foot-ball and
that this sport will soon occupy the position that it
should hold in the University. Moreover if we
maintain a well equipped foot-ball team it will serve
to advertise the University. Several ot the great
universities of the East are known more on account
of their activity in athletic circles than for any other
one reason. A good opportunity here presents itself
to us for makiiig'a favorable impression upon the peo
ple of Omaha. It would be eminently proper for us
to accept the challenge, send the foot-ball team,
brass band and yell up to Omaha und surprise the
natives of Nebraska's metropolis next Thanksgiving
clay. Doubtless many people there have no idea of
our greatness. Let us not allow this opportunity to
slip by. Nut if we are to win much practicing mutit
be done in the meantime. There is at the Univer
sity abudant material for a first-class foot-ball team
but success can only be gained by continual practice.
Wake up foot-ball men, make a record for yourselves
and gain glory for the University.
2jTN the last election the cause of prohibition suffered
(M a severe blow. Hut this is no indication that
the g.ieat mass of moral people in this state will refrain
from their laudible efforts to suppress the liquor traffic.
The majority of the voters in Nebraska have shown
that they are not so progressive as those of the neigh
boring states and it will be a task for temperance re
formers to educate the people. In the meantime the
lower and criminal classes in our state will bo rein
forced by the scum of society driven within our
borders as prohibition becomes more effective in Iowa,
Kansas and the Dakots. Right may suffej tempo
rary defeat but in the end it will prevail. Many a
time has the standard of truth and justice been raised
but only to be trampled in the dust. Yet other men
have sprung up and ultimately right has triumphed.
Thus it will be with prohibition in Nebraska. The
late election has at most only postponed the inevita
ble for a few years.
jhONDS that unite frat to frat must in high
tUp Olympus be woven, or else they are extremely
artificial. There was in the University not many
years ago two men of whom the one had a strong
dislike for tl:e other, and frequently was heard to
express this dislika in no uncertain language. Now
he that was disliked succeeded in becoming a mem
ber of one of these free love commumities that was
sorely in need of "material" As time time rolled by,
this youth found it convienicnt to take a "vacation."
After this he that did the disliking became so im
pressed with a love for suffering humanity that he
joined the same aggregation to which belonged the
man to whom he had such a strong dislike. Presto
change! Behold a transformation! He that was dis
liked relumed to the city in order to accompany the
cadets to the annual encampment. He met his bro
ther who so lately would not deign to notice him.
Hut the fact that both had ridden the same goat had
now wrought a complete change in human nature.
They fall upon each others necks and between sobs
and sighs murmur expressions of eternal love and
fidelity. They occupy the same quarters at camp.
During the day they wander about hand in hand.
When evening thorows her sable garments, over eajtl)
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