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THE : HESPERIAN
Have you bought that season ticket?
Who wants to bo captain of Co. E? Don't
all speak at once.
It is rather peculiar, yet significant, that
city papers, as well as neighboring college pa
pers, speak of the Hkspkkian, as the college
paper of the University of Nebraska.
The "Pershing lliiles" is a crack military
organization. Capt. Oury will fill his position
with credit. He is a good military man, of
commanding presence and strong executive
ability. It would have been difficult to find
a better man, generally, for the place.
The gift of Mr. Uryan to the University is
appreciated by the students. Coining from
one who has made the ''Science of Govern
ment" a thorough study, it has an added sig
nificance and receives a value greater than
the single money-worth. It will servo to
stimulate an interest in governmental science
and call attention to the most important of
all studies. To win this prize from one of the
first of American Citizens to the Future Amer
ican Citizens, will bean honor worth attaining.
One of the evening papers recently con
tained a rather severe attack on the work
and methods of the class in journalism.
This paper or at least this particular
writer seems to think that inasmuch as this
course does not make practical newspaper
men it is a failure. The course in journalism
is not intended to turn out managing editors,
or even Washington correspondants. Jour
nalism is a profession men gain distinction
in newspaperdom only after experience. The
course offered in Journalism is intended pri
marilly as a general culture study. It is an
elective course and students elect this study
because they realize that a knowledge of
newspapers and the principles of journalism,
at the present time, is an essential part of a
thorough education. The methods of instruc
tion employed in this class need not be de
fended by the Hkspkuian. That the methods
are correct is evident from the fact that a
larger number and a better class of students
elect this course each succeeding year.
School is not for book study alone. The
man who makes a hermit of hiinslf, by hiding
away iu his room and poring over dry books
is making a partial failure of his student life.
He may get high 'marks' but he is losing
higher value than "marks." The goal of
University work is not to create "walking
encyclopedias" nor "asthmatic skeletons;"
its aim is to make living, thinking men.
These "leathery" chaps who sleep little nights
and none in day aro the dead portion of the
intellectual organism, they have no action,
no movement, no magnetism. Thoy add
nothing to Universit' spirit; they are the
lump that needs leavening. The true college
man is he who getH into the current of college
life, who makes his way into the roaring
world, then helps to make the "roar" 'lie
studies enough of books, as much of men and
contributes some force to the common crowd.
He rubs against his fellows, touches his su
periors; and comes in contact with the great
fund of life about him. He lives and moves
and in the days to come will make an impres
sion, while his passivo brother well, ho will
continue to pass, nothing more.
h another ago blood would have flowed;
but in this only words were outpoured. These
"mighty men of valor" talked loud and long,
yet the black flag was not hoisted, neither
was "no quarter" given.
The cause of the quarrel was a righteous
one; it is certainly reprehensible to make
military promotion depend upon a "pull" and
bo the result of mere favoritism. The prac
tice of scheming for advancement in rank, is
deserving of the strongest condemnation.
Stripes that come of "influence" aro hot hon
orable; honors gained by questionable meth
ods aro but "tinkling symbols," the showy
nothings that deck the uniforms of political
rr l.lio Alumni.
Every institution must depend more or less
for support in athletics upon its alumni. Es
pecially is this true in the east and it must
come to bo true in the west before our west
ern teams can be expected to fully represent
our western energy. It is true, at least with
the- University of Nebraska this year. We
aro making a now athletic field at considora-
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