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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, MARCH 3, 1896.
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BOARD OF EDITORS.
O. H. ALLEN - - Editor-in-Chief
H. E. NEWBRANCH, - - Editorial
P. H. THOMSON - - ' Literary
LULU W. BURROWS - - - Literary
CLINT M. BARR ' - - - Athletic
J. W. SEARSON .... Local
C.E.MATSON ...- Local
E. F. PIPER .... Local
JOE BOOMER ... - Alumni
L. J. ABBOTT, Jr., J " ,,
NED: C. ABBOTT " Business Managers.
There seoms to be a deep seated mis
understanding in the minds of some rcgard
ings the functions and purposes of Phi Beta
Kappa scholarship society. It has boon the
policy of The Hesperian to consider new ques
tions wisoly, conservatively and in the light of
the highest interests of the University. As we
outlined our policy in our salutatory last
September, "The Hesperian will not bo
influenced or controlled by any clique or
faction, but will represent the whole student
body." That policy wo moat cordially re
affirm. A word then, in this light, concern
ing Phi Beta Kappa.
That the signed article published in our
last issue adequately reflects studont senti
ment, wo are not able to assort. For that
roason it was signed. Wo are by no moans
convinced that the students as a body or any
considerable portion of them are opposed to
the intioduction of an honorary scholarship
society. Whether or not a more thorough
understanding of the aims and scope of tho
society will diminish the antipathy already
manifest, time will tell.
The Hesperian does not believe that Phi
Beta Kappa is a fraternity. Its record else
where proves boyond reasonable doubt the
wisdom of our balief. Tho society has no
socrot motto, pledge, or grip in fact so far
as secrecy is involved it is conducted on
idonticallv the same principles as an open
literary society. Its Greek letter designation
is not a legitimate cause for fright. The
objects of the society are shown in the
following extracts from tho published chap
tor constitution: "Tho object of tho Phi
Beta Kappa society is tho promotion of
scholarship and friendship among students
and graduates of American colleges.
Tho members of tho chapter shall be
elected primarily from tho best scholars of
the graduating classes of tho college, secondly
from those graduates of said colloge whose
poBt-graduato work entitles them to such
honor, and lastly from any person disting
uished in letters, science or education. In
addition to good scholarship, good moral
character shall bo a qualification of member
ship." The pledge required of new members is
that they will devote thoir energies to the
attainment of the highest scholarship, the
noblest manhood and womanhood. If Phi
Beta Kappa is to be antagonized consistently,
it must be combattod on other than fraternity
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