The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, February 05, 1897, Page 8, Image 8
TTT ! , 8 THE HESPERIAN r & ?- i i. A University Need, In the University of Nebraska, when a student who is away from home is sick, lie must depend on his fellow students for care, and pay his own expenses. After he recovers, he is not only behind in his work but has the additional burden of doctors' bills to pay We are all proud of the number of self supporting students in our university. Many are Avorking their way from year to year, and others arc borrowing money with the expectation of paying it back as soon as their school days are ovi'i. Jt one of these students has incurred heavy expenses through sick ness, he is prolnbly compelled to leave school. In case of deatti, this burden of debt is left to parents, who often times can ill afl'ord to bear it. Besides this, there are some who do not receive suilicicnt care when sick. Every parent and student would feel safer if some provision were made to secure them ngaiust these risks. Some of the eastern universities have endowment funds for the care of their sick. But Nebraska is a young state, and has produced no wealthy men to leave us legacies We are also democratic enough to believe in paying our own way. This can be done and yet not leave the entire hunlcn to the individual Student. If each one of the fifteen bun dr. d students would pay a membership fee of one dollar a year into a society which the students might orgauize, an ample fund would be created. Every one would then feel that he had an interest in this fund and would have no hesitancy in drawing upon it. So student need begrudge iuvestiug u dollar against possible misfortune. Even if no return were ever received, one would feel that the money had been used for a good purpose. This fund might be put in charge of aboard of control consisting of representatives of the college classes, the faculty and the board of regents. I in clude the board of regents and the faculty because they would give permanance to the organization. 'College generations pass so quickly that there would 'be no definite policy if the entire management wore left to the students. John H. McGuhfky. An Appeal for a Lecture Course. 'Last week one of the representative papers pub lished by the students of the University of Iowa came into my hands, and in this paper I noticed an account of a lecture recently given in Iowa City, by Hubert J. Hurdotlu.under the auspices of the univer sity. In the satin paper announcement was made of a lecture soon U be given by Bishop Fowler under the same auspices. The question at once suggested itself to my mind: If the Uuiversity of Iowa, with its six hundred collgiate student, can maintain a first class lecture course, can not the University of Ne braska, with almost twice six hundred students, do the sameV In almost rvory college and university with which lam familiar, an annual lecture course is an estnb lished thing The lectures in such comses are usually given hy men who are favoiites with Cha tauqua assemblies; men like funeral John B Gor don, Dr. (junsaulus. Henry Watterson. Hooker 1'. Washington, Dr. Molntyre, Murat Halstead. Joseph Cook and many others who might be named; men who are acknoledged orators and who have some thing entertaining and instructive for their h arcrs Occasionally these courses have included one or more entertainments Ivy prominent concert companies or readers. ol leges with but a 'few hundred students and Htutilcd in places where little out-ide patronage could be expected have succeeded in maintaining successful lecture courses every year, and there is little reason to suppose that the same could not he done here, where there are u thousand or more students and where a great deal of patronage could be expected from the cultured, relined people of the city. About the only valid objection that can be urged against the maintenance of a lecture course is its ex pense. It is true that prominent lecturers have to be paid what some might call exorbitant prices. The customary course of five or six lecMrc would doubtless necessitate an outlay of five hundred dol lars or more. If two hundred and fifty season tick els ul two dollars each could be sold, a siiftl-ient amount would be guaranteed to cover the entire expense of such a course, leaving out of considera tion all paid admissions, and a irreat many of these could be expected in a city as large as Liuen'n That the people of the city are interested in and would support a lecture course was in mifesti-d lut winter whenlugersoll lectured here; and there are several men available for lecture courses who U't equal or superior to the arch-infild as entertainers. The students in the university are not iiiillioimii'M Many of them have to make great sacriuVes in order to remain in school. Yet these students are as nil tured and relined as any we have in the univeiHity, and many of them would be willing to sacrifiei ecn more than they are at present rather than in the advantages of a lecture course. On the other hand, there ere many students here who ure ampb nble to attend a series of good lectures without the lcat sacrifice whatever The advantages to be derived from coming in rH tact with leuders and moulders of thought need hardly be stated They are apparent to every "i"' who thinks, and it is useless to occupy thepae of the flESi'KitiAK in setting them forth. It is perhaps too late this your to take any a-tion Jo the matter, as half the collegiate year is already gone. However why not plan this year for the establish tnent of a good lecture course next winter?' Is not some one of the literary societies or the Y. M. C. A. or some other organization in the university enough interested in (the 'matter to take the initia tive? Sai B. Sum.