The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, September 29, 1894, Page 5, Image 5

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shows tho high quality of tho work which tho
University is to offer to tho pooplo of this
state. In completeness of organization and
equipment the Conservatory stands without
a rival.
The faculty which has been thus selected,
including tho director, has already made a
delightful impression with tho people of Lin
coln. Not only are they evidently thoroughly
trained for tho work which they have in hand,
but in all personal characteristics they will
prove welcome additions to Lincoln society.
The other branch of tho College of Fine
Arts, the work in Art, is already well under
way in the University, and has received dur
the past year, and especially during the past
summer, some very high praise from those
who can speak with authority on puch mat
ters. Next year when tho library building
is completed (and it will bo completed, bo
couse it must be completed), the art work
will occupy nearly the entire third floor, and
will bo in more commodious quarters, with
better equipment, than any other art school
in tho west. Gentlemen of this city have
already practically pledged a thousand dol
lars a year towards maintaining free scholar
ships and free instruction in certain lines.
Of all this, in its dotails, however, it is too
early to speak.
But tho College of Fine Arts is practically
hero. If tho people of Lincoln, and of tho
state at largo, give Mr. Kimball and the
Conservatory one-half the support that ho
deserves, two stories will bo added to tho
building next year and tho beautiful little
Recital Hall, which is a part of tho general
plan, will be built. That will moan three
hundred to four hundred students in mucic
and art alone; and everyone knows what
that will mean for tho higher forms of art
life in this state. The University has always
done well. This summer it seems to have
dono bettor than usual though in the face
of many and great obstacles.
Tho University of Michigan sent out a
class of 731 this year, the largest over grad
uated from an American college.
I am very glad to accept tho invitation of
tho Editors of The Hesperian, and through
their columns extend to each student, now
and old, a most hearty greeting as we take
up the work of the cm rent academic year.
The summer has been one of groat doubt
and perplexity to the University authorities,
as well as to the people of Nebraska at largo.
But with tho means at our disposal wo have
dono what wo could, and all that wo could,
to see that no student coming to our doors
this year should bo turned away. More
than ever do tho times demand young men
and young women of sound training, with
the clearness of thought and largeness of
vision that como from such training. Ignor
ant people, short-sighted people, half-informed
people, may make fair-weather sail
ors; but these are times that try men's souls,
times when only tho strongest and best can
render acceptable service.
While wo sympathize most keenly with
those who are unable to return to their work
this fall, we rejoice that so many find these
opportunities within their grasp. Our doors
swing open to you all, wide and free. In
tho three Colleges and Groups of Study arid
in tho courses in Music and Art, the state
presents tho most diversified as well as the
most ample opportunities to be found, not
only in Nebraska, but probably now west of
the Mississippi river. Tho largo number's
coming to us from other institutions and
from adjoining states, testify to tho truth of
this statement. These opportunities, 'all
that the University holds within its grasj
are freely yours. We only ask that you
will improve them to tho uttermost, and that
in all your work you will accept tho counsel
and tho assistance which we are more than
ready to place at your disposal. " '
It will require solf-control, some' self',
denial and exceeding earneatneos in spirit to
accomplish all that may bo accomplished
during the months that ai e to follow. The
history of this institution allows that its stui
donts in all tho w hvi been possessed of