The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, February 15, 1893, Page 2, Image 2
2 THE HESPERIAN is said than how a thing is said. The de bating club properly conducted is the means for the accomplishment of that end. The University Debating club was organized to till a long felt want in the N. S. U. The want seems to be no longer felt. Wo can hardly imagine that the end has been brought about so quickly. If it has, then the argu ment in favor of the debating club is exceed ingly strong, if it has not, the argument is not against the club for that organization was not continued long enough to test its merits. Now in the name of all that is ambitious and, therefore, characteristic of the State University student of the past, we urge the students to continue this University club. Its advent was auspicious and its en thusiasts many. Where are they all? Let the proper officers call the scattered remnants together and amalgamate them into a con solidated whole in order that the proper laboratorical work of oratory may go on to wards the accomplishment of an end. There is a movement on foot to start another literary society; and certainly this is an excellent time to do something of this sort. There are now probably five hundred students hero connected with no society and doing no society work whatever. Now, this is all wrong. Everyone admits the value, to be derived from literary work. The chief difficulty at present is, to afford such as are inclined to do literary work a reasonably favorable opportunity to do it. This difficulty is apparent, especially in the case of the lower classmen. The present societies are full to overflowing, generally with the older, more experienced students; only a few preparatory students will bo found among them. The reason is plain; the societies having plenty of members, ad mit few but upper classmen. Now why should not a society bo organized for prepar atory students only ? Such a Bociety would have several advantages; the members would work among and before their ownNjlassmates when presumably they would do their best work; they would be ready and willing to continue the work when they leave the pre paratory departments, and their past experi ence would make them good, active, literary membors. There is no reason that, if some active, energetic students will but interest themselves in this enterprise, it should not be a success. X- -X--X- The legislature has as yet made no appro priations for the University out of the gen eral fund. The revenue to which wo are by law entitled has been passed to us with no restrictions or stipulation in regard to its use further than that it is to bo used for salaries and general purposes. It has not been cut up into quarter lots and given with the stip ulation that so much shall be used for lights, so much for fuel, gas, etc., as was done heretofore. This fact is certainly an ad vantage as it leaves to the authorities power to act in the premises as their judgment deems best. That there will be but little waste goes without saying, and wo hope that in appropriating from the general fund the legislators will be just as considerate as they have been thus far and as liberal as they have been considerate. Our senior class is especially to be congratu lated in securing as class-day orator Hermann E. von Hoist. The University of Heidel berg conferred upon him the degree Ph. D. in 18G5 ; ho was made Professor Eztraordi narius of History of Constitutional Law of the United States by the University of Strass burg in 1872. Ho has been Professor at Eroiburg, and is, at present, head Professor of History in the University of Chicago. Ho is a universally recognized authority on the constitutional history of the United States, and his work upon that subject is a master piece. Though speaking with u noticeable German accent, ho is said to bo a fluent, on tertaining and enthusiastic speaker. Thoro is no doubt that what ho says will bo worth listening to.