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About The Hesperian / (Lincoln, Neb.) 1885-1899 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 30, 1900)
Y. M. G. A. BUILDINGS.
Enlargement of scope and growth in
material equipment aro the most pro
nounced evidences of progress In Amer
ican Institutions of learning. To tho
academic lull hero havo been added
departments of law, of medicine, of en
gineering and of agriculture, besides
tho summer school and the system of
university extension. Each year sees
new buildings being erected, bettor
equipment being introduced and more
adequate accommodations being pro
vided for tho over Increasing body of
students. Nor is this spirit of en
largement restricted to tho college
proper. It is as well tho phenomenon
of college voluntary organizations. Tho
nthletic association must havo Its
gymnasium; fraternities aro building
chapter houses; graduate clubs and lit
erary societies in most institutions
have undertaken, to provide themselves
with permanent homes. So, It is not
surprising that the Young Men's Chris
tian association the largest student
organization in the world is the pio
neer in meeting the growing need of
an adequate building, equ.pped and
maintained as a center for student
Princeton college was the first to
erect such a building, securing a home
In 1879 at a cost of ?20,000. Since then
about $2,000,000 havo been expended in
the erection of college association
buildings. Princeton is now spending
$30,000 for an addition to her original
plant. Dwight hall of Yale cost $C0,000;
Barnes hall of Cornell $55,000. The
State University of Iowa association
owns a $30,000 building, and the asso
ciations of Johns Hopkins and Califor
nia universities have erected buildings
costing $a0,000 and $30,000, respect
ively. Altogether, about thirty institu
tions own association buildings.
The object of such a building is to
provide, through the association, a cen
ter for student life. It becomes a home
for men away from home; it becomes
a social center, a musical headquar
ters, and, of course, it is pre-eminently
the religious center. The need of a
building in our university is pressing.
The work of the association is ham
pered and restricted at every point.
The social department is especially in
need of accommodations. There are
about fifteen hundred men upon the
campus during the year. Of these
three hundred are members of frater
nities and about three hundred belong
to literary societies. Duplicates re
duce the number to about five hundred.
What social life have the other one
thousand men? A building will en
able the association, to a large extent,
to fill an empty place In the lives of
The University of Wisconsin is going
to have an association building. Plans
are not yet complete, but provisions
will be made for reading rooms, li
brary, games, reception parlors, Bible
classes and offices. A large auditorium
for lectures, concerts, etc., and a
smaller lecture room for tho regular
association meetings, besides a music
room and a dark room for amateur
photographers, will bo special features.
Provision will also be made for ade
quate quarters for the Young Women's
association. Such a building should
cost about $50,000.
The experience of colleges has
proved that an' association building
gives prominence, stability, popularity
and dignity to the Christian work.
And it intensifies the work of the
Christian men. It ralllss tho Christian
forces and makes possible a thorough
organization of them.
No stronger testimony of the advan
tages of a building can be adduced
than a few extracts from statements
of well known men.
A. A. Stagg, director of athletics of
the University of Chicago and for
merly general secretary of tho Yale as
sociation in 1889 and 1890, says: "Tho
influence of Dwight hall has been tho
leading factor In tho remarkable
change In tho religious life of Yalo
during theso last four years. Prom it
as a center havo radiated all tho nu
merous lines cf Christian activity that
aro tho forces in this change. It has
placed tho Yalo association in a posi
tion of dignity that has appealed to
and secured the support of our leading
men in all classes."
President C. K. Adams, while con
nected witn Cornell college, sad: "The
association building, thereiore, forms
not only a very desirable, but really a"
very necessary feaiuro of university
life. It gives a Christian homo to
young men who wish to keep up their
religious Interests, and in various ways
encourages and stimulates religious
activity. I think that most of my col
leagues would soy that no Institution
or building connected with the univer
sity is more constantly used; certainly
no other exerts so strong and whoie
some an Influence."
Prolessor G. H. Emmott of Johns
Hopkins: "There is an atmosphere of
homelike comiort and genuine practi
cal Christianity about tlio hall (Lev
ering hall, the association building)
which cannot fall to influence all who
come within its walls."
E. L. fahuey, trustee of Otterbein
university: "The parlors, the gym
nasium and the association hall havo
become the social, physical and spirit
ual centers of the college as fully as
the recitation room and libraries are
the intellectual centers. Since tno erec
tion of the association building all tho
college life and work have been up
lifted, each department re-enforcing
and stimulating the other. The prom
inent position thus occupied by the as
sociation gives it greater influence in
all the college departments."
G. S. PHELPS,
General- Secretary U. W. Y. M. C. A.
MORTON MAKES GIFTS.
Secretary Barrett of the state histor
ical society received a collection of
very interesting material from J. Ster
ling Morton last weelh There are sev
eral personal letters especially interest
ing. One is a letter of introduction
from Lewis Cass to . Governor Burt
written In 1854. Another Is a letter
from John Kelley, one of Tammany's
managers, to Mr. Morton written In
1880. It was written to correct some
reports that New York democrats were
wavering. Mr. Kelley promised the
state of New York for Hancock and
English by a larger majority than that
given to Tllden, namely, twenty-one
thousand. The state went twenty-two
thousand for Garfield. There Is also
a "first prize" card awarded to Ne
braska's exhibition of apples at Boston
in 1873. Most of the material con
cerns territorial Nebraska, such as a
petition to Morton, acting governor, in
1859, to organize troops to defend citi
zens against tho Indians. The peti
tion is dated Omaha City, July 3, 1859.
Besides these there are a number of re-
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drafts of blllb, valuable as relics of
The junior promenade this year
promises to be a success from every
point of view. A largo attendance Is
expected and no effort is being spared
by tho committee to make tho affair.
one of great enjoyment. Tho call of
the chairman in this week's Issue of
the Nebraskan-Hesperlan for advanced
sale of tickets that tho auditorium may
bo secured should bo heeded by all who
expect to bo in attendance. With such
an increase of floor space it will bo pos
sible to avoid the jam that usually
characterises tho junior affair.
Oh, rag-time garments he had on,
Ho sung a rag-time tune,
And over his shoulder, dim and wan,
There gleamed a rag-time moon.
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