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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 1, 1892)
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vicinity of the university. Not a few live two or
three miles away.
They do not have time to go to their rooms and
do any studying, if they get back by the time the
library opens. Neither do they wish to hang around
town from five o'clock until seven. It seems to The
Hesperian, that the reading room might be kept
open during this time, in order to afford a place for
the students to study. If this c.lnnot be done, some
arrangement might be made, whereby students that
live so far from the university could take books
home with them. Mil her plan would improve mat
ters. During the last two weeks the historical, hor
ticultural, and agricultural societies of the state have
met at the university. The students should be
severely censured for not attending these meetings.
When such societies meet at our very doors, we
should drop our studies long enough to attend the
meetincs. Some of us seem to think we have not
time to attend meetings during the week. While it
is not a good plan to neglect lessons regularly, yet
let us remember that we want practical knowledge
as well as theoretical. As a rule students know too
little of the outside world.
As many historical students as there are in the
university, it seems shameful tl at more of 'them did
not attend the meeting. They work over the shelves
of the library week after week to get their lessons.
Yet when there is an opportunity to see how history is
made, they refuse to improve it. In the future let us
partake of every intellectual feast that comes our
Another local oratorical contest is upon us.
This year there will be three contestants, an increase
of one over last year. We thought there would be
only two orators until the day the oration were to
be handed to the judges. On that day, however,
the secretary of the local association received an ora
tion from a fraternity man. This is the first time
that the frats have had a representative in any con
test whatever. Tub Hesperian extends congratula
tions to their orator. We believe that the contest
will be better this year than ever before. Mr. Skiles
won second place last year on the Chase and Wheeler
contest. Mr. Quaintance carried away first honors in
the Union contest last June. Since Mr. Chandler has
never spoken in public, we know nothing of his ora
torical powers. Nevertheless, we believe that he
will do credit to himself and to his fraternity. Iach
of the contestants will do his very best to win first
place. Whoever succeeds, we believe, will represent
the university ably, in the state contests.
should at owe take steps towards giving'the winning
orator special training. We have, in Professor Hunt,
.one of the best instructors in oratory there is in the
country. His services should be obtained if possi
ble. The Hesperian believes thai the faculty
should help the students in this. If Professor Hunt
has no time to devote to matters outside of the
class-room, why cannot arrangements be made
whereby he can be relieved of some of his work for
a time? The whole university should unite in this
matter, and help our orator in every way possible.
Nothing should be left undone that will help to place
the university before the public in the proper light,
and win for it, at least, the credit it deserves.
Tho Woman of To-I)uj
Lot other sing the praises of the woman of the past,
Or cnuoni.o the woman of the future coming prist.
I string my lyre for neither. No, I left my little lay
And sing my song to celebrate the women of to-day.
The woman of the past was good, and holler still may be
The woman oi the iuture": but, oh, good enough for me
The girl who thio' the maes of the present works her wa
And stands in her integrity the woman of to-day.
Upon the world's stage she plays roles many and diverse:
Hut tho' she may in politics her prettv head Immerse,
Ur seek the pidpit or the bar, still shines the sacied ray
Of love around the heaithstoue of the woman of to-day.
o pent-un t'ticn confines her powers. Tho' prejudice
Still prowls about her path, no work that's worthy conies
She may not vote, but ballots fall obedient to her away:
The conscience of the country 't. in the woman of to-day.
She has her laults. Spots big and black the sun's bright
face do hlurr;
Hut who could live without its light, or with it lacking hei?
Against her follies and fads let other folks inveigh,
1 celebrate the virtues of the woman of lo-day.
Many are the associations which liugei among the shadow
of Nsissun 1 1 all ; telling the stirring times of brilliant deeds, oi
noted men, its graduates, or its friends.
Loyal at first to the "mother country" it received its name
from William III of England, "a branch of the illustrious
house of Nassua." Among it archives is a quaint old pamphlet
entitled "The Military Glory of Ureal Hiitain," u dialogue
recited by the student at the coniii.i-nienient in 1762, "to the
univeroul satisfaction of a polite .uid crowded auditory, " as we
are informed by a contemporary newspapci. And on tin wall
of the chapel hung a full length portrait of George II., oppo
site to which was one of the piovincial Governor Helcher,
"surmounted b .1 court of arms, curved and gilded."
This spini, h.mevei, was not a lasting one, and the college
was .mhi piTvailed b) the universal longing for liberty. We
learn fiom a letter of Jaiuc Madison, then a student here,
that in in 1770 the letter stating that New York had partially
broken the nonimportation agreement, was burned by the
students in the college yaid--all in their black gowns and the
bell tolling. In 1771 when Madison, Hedford and other noted,
patriots were graduated, another poem was recited, this time
on the "Rising Glory of America," written by Philip Kreneau
1771, the patriot poet of the Revolution; and againnnold news-
uur orators uavc always uccii wcuk in uciivcij. ,)apt.r jnforms us that it "met with the highest approbation
We should remedy this defect. The local association, and applause from a numerous, polite and discerning audience.
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