The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899, January 02, 1900, Page 4, Image 4

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Published .it 2.T North Elovcuth Street,
Issuoil Kvory Tuomlny Noonby thoUntvcr
altyjl'iibllnliliig Company.
Entered at Second-Class Mail Matter.
M. I. Stbwart,
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H. M. Gahkktt,
Ilnnnl or KrittorH.
Managing Editor A. H. MaxWKI.i.
City Editor R A. OUSOADKN
Orma L. Hull. K. H. Wes.sel.
Maudo Hazlutt K. D. Andruson
II. li. Hoborts J. S. 15111a
I. P. Hewitt 1 W. Hewitt
K. A. Huston W. H. King
Frank Manchester Q. Jay
Tho Nebraskan-Hesperlan will be
sent to any address upon receipt of the
subscription price, which Is one dollar
a year.
Contributions are solicited from all.
News Items such as locals, personals,
reports of meetings, etc., are especially
desired. The Nebraskan-Hesperlan
will be glad to print any contribution
relative to a general university subject,
but the name must accompany all such.
Address all communications to the
University Publishing Co., Box 219.
Lincoln, Nebraska.
Telephone 470.
We desire to call the attention of our
readers to the fact that we have made
a change in tho location of our office.
Hereafter all business will be conduct
ed in our new quarters on the second
floor of the Call building In the rooms
on the south side, instead of on the
first floor as heretofore. "We invite all
subscribers and friends to call and see
The action of oratorical students in
the University of Nebraska in attempt
ing to form an association composed
entirely of state universities is meet
ing with a loud howl from the smaller
colleges and the denominational
schools of the country. This is to be
expected and to a certain extent is
justifiable. It is never pleasant to
break off associations and form new
ones, and this case is not an exception
to the rule. Although many things
have happened during the past few
years between the state university and
the other institutions In the state
league which were not of the most
pleasant nature, there were times,
nevertheless, when the meetings
brought forth considerable enjoyment.
In a recent issue of the "Purple and
Gold" of Bellevue college occasion Is
taken to show the attitude of tho uni
versity toward the smaller colleges.
"We print a portion of the comment for
the benefit of the students of the uni
versity. It is as follows:
"The action is not at all unexpected,
and is quite characteristic of state uni
versity methods. However, we cannot
blame the University of Nebraska tor
seeking a chance for her law students
to enter the oratorical arena. We also
think that the action of the Nebraska
collegiate oratorical association last
spring, In amending the constitution
bo as to exclude students from tech
nical and professional departments,
was entirely just. But in seeking to
justify her action in withdrawing from
the Nebraska collegiate oratorical as
sociation, the University of Nebraska
makes statements concerning the
smaller colleges which we resent as
being untruthful. The statement that
'it Is the desire of the colleges to cul
tivate a polished form of elocution that
will please an audience, without suf
ficient regard to thought,' Is far from
the truth. We also dispute the state
ment that college oratory Is 'more the
oretical, more superficial.' If Ijt Is true
that stato university oratory pays es-
pccinl attention to thought, how is itj
that Mr. Talbot recoived two 'fours' In i
thought last spring, only his admir
able delivery winning the day for
him? If college oratory is theoretical
and superficial, how Is It that tho
speakors winning first, second and
third places in tho Interstnto contest
last spring woro from small colleges;
and that of tho ton speakers In that
contest but one was from a stato unl
vorsity?" A few words concerning tho com
mont may not bo amiss at this time. In
what way the act'on taken is charac
teristic of tho university is not stated.
Furthermore, why tho university can
not he blamed is not stated. It seems
to bo merely a cloak used to keep blame
from tho colloges for their action at
tho league motlng last spring. Ne
braska is most assuredly not to be
blamed for wanting all of her students
represented in contests of any kind.
This tho editorial concedes. But In the
concession it is demanded that the
smaller colleges be justified in dis
qualifying technical and professional
students. As far as tho editors of the
Nebraskan-Hesperlan can determine
there is no necessity for any justifica
tion. It is to tho advantage of the
smaller institutions to keep out as
many of the students of tho state uni
versity as possible, and if they can do
it by th!s means there Is no need to
seek other. ,
Concerning the untruthful state
ments which the University of Ne
braska gave out in justification, little
can be said. To any clear-minded
thinker the reason why withdrawal
was necessary is so apparent a3 to
make anything else unnecessary. The
institution was not in its own class
and sought to get there. In regard to
Mr. Talbot and the fact that he won
first place in the contest last year, an
other side may be shown easily. We
wish to give due credit to Mr. Talbot,
yet we desire to ask our friends in the
neighboring college whether or not any
person may become a practical univer
sity man, and receive any extensive
amount of expansion of thought, with
only a few months' residence in the In
stitution. Nebraska does not give a
course In polished oratory. Is it not
possible, then, for a man to come to
the university, having already much
of ability, to use a polished language
similar to that taught in colleges, and
when the time for the conte'st arrives
win the local contest In the same man
ner that the small colleges have won
the state contest many times in the
past? In other words, does a man be
come a part of a university the size of
Nebraska during his first year in at
tendance? It is safe to say that he
does not. This, of course, Is said with
all due respect to his personal abili
ties. Our friends may be surprised to
know that Mr. Talbot received nn
more firsts at the local contest last
year than he did at the state. Thus
it is seen that the point made in the
euuonai counts for practically noth
ing. The principle just explained
holds good for the entire problem. The
polished man will win bofore "nine out
of every ten sets of Judges. But the
fact that the stylo does win does not
prove it to be the Ideal oratory. Ad
mitting the statement that nine out of
ton of the contestants in the interstate
contest hero last spring were college
rather than university ropresentatives,
is this not all the more reason why Ne
braska should withdraw? Statements
made previously to the effect that the
purposes of the institutions are suffl
clently different to cause a change con
tain plenty of good, sound logic, and it
is safe to say that when the new as
sociation is completed Nebraska will
find much more satisfactory rivals in
this line than she has in-tho past.
Tho past foot ball season has shown
that conditions may exist under which
it is impossible to turn out a winning
team. To offset this string of defeats
wo had nothing savo tho production
and exhibition of a real university
spirit, which was much in evidence on
scvoral occasions. But tho past Is past
and all efforts should bo directed
toward securing a stronger eleven
with more steadfast and hearty sup
port next year. To arouse interest in
foot ball early next season, to reunite
graduates and students, and to do
something toward securing a system of
graduate coaching, why not havo an
alumni game, say about October 1?
Other universities, among them Michi
gan, Perdue, Wisconsin, Minnesota and
Iowa, brought out their ex-players last
season and put them against their 'var
sity elevens. Sometimes tho alumni
won, sometimes they lost, but always
was student interest in the game in
creased, effective practice given tho in
experienced players and additional
conches secured. The alumni would be
able to turn out an all star team, bet
ter individual players, but perhaps
lacking in team work. Men who In
years past played and won for Ne
braska, and of whom tho students of
today know little save occasional stray
gleanings gathered from tho men who
return to the university when the big
games are played.
The alumni ought to be heard from
at once in regard to tho matter. If
they favor a game preliminary ar
rangements ought to be made immeui
ately, so that players may be secured
and a definite date arranged in good
The attention of the student body is
called to a communication in another
column upon the true athletic situation
is Missouri. Since the editorial that
appeared in our columns was quoted
and duo credit given to the other pub
lication, we do not consider ourselves
responsible for the statements made.
It is evident that tho original writer of
the editorial saw a comic side to the
situation and brought that out rather
than give credit for conditions as they
really exist. Whether or not this was
the idea makes little difference here.
We are glad that the communication
was sent to our paper for publication,
as we desire at all times to publish the
sentiment of any person. There are
limits, of course, that must be ob
served, and In one or two cases this
year personal libel has been withheld.
Otherwise, we believe in the free ex
pression of opinion.
Beginning with the present issue of
the Nebraskan-Hesperian a special rate
of fifty cents will be made for the re
mainder of the year to any persons
who wish to subscribe, on condition
that the subscription he paid in ad
vance. We desire to reach every stu
dent In the university. Each one
should follow the events of campus
life, and the only means by which they
can do this is to subscribe for tho col
lege paper. Much time, effort and
money is expended by tho editors to
get out a publication that will repre
sent the university as it really is. To
do this it is necessary to demand more
support from students in general and
essential that all should lend a hand
to make this branch a leading feature.
The approach of the preliminary do
bating contests should arouse a great
deal of interest in that line. An ar-
Jni-u i? f"ot,'er cotluran Elves the his
tory of this branch In Nebraska. We
believe that sufficient appreciation is
not shown by the student body in this
work. On each night of the prelim
narles a crowded house should greet
tho speakers. With two stato contests
Loo,? hSf ft th,B clty th,B W s5
good debating can ho expected and
with the unusually large number nf
students entered tho cllfce f "S more
Nebraska viptories are exceed! y
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