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THE NEBRASKAN HESPERIAN.
Vol. 8-29, No. 20.
LINCOLN, APRIL 18, loon.
MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR.
President King's Report Shows Excel
lent Condition of University
The past year has been one of un
usual progress and success in the his
tory of the association. Tne work ac
complished has been the means of
great good in both spiritual and ma
terial lines. A strong and steady
effort was manifested by the organiza
tion to be useful and to fulfill its tnie
mission In the life of the university.
All of our ideals have not been realized,
many plans we confidently expected to
carry out are still incomplete, but the
association has arrived at a point
where it is recognized as a strong
factor in furthering the 'cause of higher
education. The members of this or
ganization look back over the past
year with a feeling of gratitude to
the regents, faculty, and student body
upon whose good will and loyal support
the success of the work largely de
pends. And while the members of this
organization have tried to do their
,ork in a spirit of helpfulness to
H. M Garrett had charge of the com
mittee till January after which Sto'ey
took up the work.
The chairman of this committee, C.
S. Anderson, submits the following
statistics, comments, and recommenda
tions: At the opening of school 70 men
were enrolled for Bible classes, half of
these men were engaged in the work
last j car. The work opened with an
impetus that has been felt throughout
the ei'tire year. In October 30 addi
tional men were enrolled for the work,
and by Thanksgiving there were 15
classes with 15 cadets and 95 men,
making a total of 110 men engaged in
Bible study. 9 classes in Sharman's
Life of Christ, 5 in Bosworth's Life of
Paul, and 1 in White's Old Testament
Studies. This number in Bible study
classes is 11 per cent of all university
men and 51 per cent of the association
members. At the present time there
are 13 classes with 7S men. The de
crease is due to leaving school, care
lessness, and the excessive amount of
work for which some have registered.
The leaders of the classes held meet
ings on Thursday evenings for dis-
ABOUT THE COMING YEAR.
Some New Features of the Work to be
Inaugurated Present Plans
To say what shall be accomplished
and done in the coming year is impos
sible and yet knowing the past it is at
least possible to speculate upon the
general outcome of the year upon
which we have just entered. This is
true it the association is true to its
; purpose it will serve the young men
in the university in a better manner
than it has ever done before. A man
'can rrrely be found at this time who
Is prejudiced against the organization,
In fact, men who will not assist in the
work are scarce. The association has
the reputation for doing things that
are of value to the students, In fact
there .does not seem to be any hin
drance to a progressive and effective
' work and if the men In charge should
' fall in improving the present oppor
tunity it would be an unfortunate
1 the niiiKCTonr
The directory will be issued again
1 and ai effort made to make it
even more valuable than the last one,
1 it being the first one many mistakes
at other points. There are many calls
for men to go out and address small
churches and teach In other Sunday
schools. This will all come under the
work of the new committee. "Young
Mens' Sundays" will be held in the
smaller towns about Lincoln and men
will be sent out to do evangelistic work
from time to time.
PALLING. AM) VLSITINU.
This Is one line of work that nas
been very much neglected In our asso
ciation There are men In school who
do not have a caller from one month
to the other. A committee is now be
ing organized that will do this work
in a systematic manner and It Is hoped
before a month has passed next fall
that every new student will have been
called upon and welcomed on behalf
of the association. In the University
of Michigan this has been one of the
profitable lines of work, more real
good has been done and more men
helped in this than In any other way.
Young men get lonely while in college
and a friendly call is appreciated.
It is sincerely hoped that by next
fall this department may be thoroughly
organised and that It may be prepared
to do valiant service for the younger
It is hoped that by the coming fall
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the blessings of God
otners, me messings or uod to a
broader and deeper spiritual life have
amply rewarded every effort put forth.
In this report we shall present plain
facts in a plain way, and in so doing
some uncomplimentary statements
must of necessity occur.
The membership at present is 247.
When we compare this with the en
rollment of the two preceding years
it appears that there has been no gain
in numbers. Such a conclusion is
false. On last September it was de
cided to count as members only those
who are in actual attendance at the
university. This action at once
dropped from the roll men who had
left the university four and five years
ago. In short, no one was counted a
member who did not fill out an appli
cation blank asking for admittance.
This plan of making an entire new
membership roll at the beginning of
the 3'tar is commendable, and in fact
is the only way by which we may have
a goou working organization. For this
year thp roll was not divided into ac
tive and associate members; .every
member was permitted to vote, to en
joy full privileges as well as duties.
The vcrk of the membership commit
tee has been seriously hindered .ow
ing tooulsldei huEinessJinterests of
the chairman and to his absence from
MCA JlinlilitiK I mersity of California
were found. It will be issued earlier i that tne Y. W. C A
in the year and a free distribution
made to all students as was done last
year. Other features are now being
cus3ion and prayer in order to
strengthen the work of their respec- worked upoa that will be of value to
on .March 3rd. Dean and fitudont and all may rest assured that
the atse-ciation will do its best to make
Mrs. Sherman tendered the Bible
classes a reception at their home. A
very enjoyable time was spent, and
much appreciation was expressed by
the men present. A few suggestions:
Enlist men at the close of this year for
next y ar's classes. Appoint leaders at
the directory of value to all.
THK FAItM WOKK.
The work among the boys at the
state farm will be more effective. The
work there has been a marked success
this year but by another year it will
luc .lubu ui mis year, mane use oi ) be p0feFlbie to do better things. Pro
more social features In the Bible study fessors Davisson and Lyon think that
class assemblies. There should be tjy nex, year a small room can 1e t
many conversions in the Bible classes, i for the boy8 of that department
The leaders should in so far as P08-'and lf thJs j be done tne general
sible, take the course in Bible study secretary will spend one-half day there
offered by the English Department of each week. Bible classes will be or-
the university. Some steps should belganJzed among these men. already a
taken to determine the advisability of , commjttee has been organized for this
having Sharman's Life of Christ )work and plans wil soon begin, all
offered by the English Department. 1ook forward for a successful year in
The chairman of the above commit- thls department,
tee has not reported" the names of city mission' wokk.
class leaders, hence we omit that part For several, years there has been a
of the report. Much of the success of I successful city mission conducted at
the atsociation is due to the work of , Ninth and Z streets. The work has
this committee. The men enrolled in i grown rapidly until the present time
the Bible study work are usually the I it is one of the largest in the city.
most vital and potent factors in the
life of the association.
HKUHJOl'fi MEKTJXOS. ;
On this work we take the following
For some time the officers of the asso
ciation have felt that there were other
opportunities for work of this kind in
and about the city and so a new com-
from Wv J. Hunting's report: The inlttee will be organized which will
Suftday meetings bt this year have not only have charge of the work al-
Continued on I'age 2 i ready begun but will seek to organize
may be housed in
better quarters and that the room now
occupied them may be added to the two
rooms now occupied by the Y. M. C. A.
New carpets, rugs, and furniture is
needed at the present time and an
effort will be made as soon as possible
to make the rooms more attractive.
There has been a growing demand dur
ing the year for some new lockers or
book racks, these will be added doubt
less during the summer. A constant
watch will be made for additions that
can be added that will be of service to
our membership and the young men
of the university.
Nothing has made the association
more ft lends during the year than the
telephone which has ever been at the
service of both students and faculty.
It will be continued as experience has
shown that it is now indispensible in
our wont not only as an accommoda
tion to students but in the employment
bureau and the work in general.
It is hardly possible to make any
improvement on the one issued last
fall, one of the International secre
taries said it was one of the most
serviceable handbooks Issued in the
west during the past season. One
thing is sure the one to be issued next
fall will be as good as the last one
and if possible an improvement will
be made and new features added. At
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