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Vol. 9-30. No. -20T
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, FEBRUARY 5, lOOl.
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GROWTH OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
A New Building for the Physical Labo-atory What It Costs to
Educate a Student for One Year in,, the Different
Tho extraordinary growth of the uni-,
vcrslty in tho past two years has pro
duccd such an ovjor-crowded coio itlon
in all departments that the creation of
a now building lias becomo absolutely
necessary to relievo tho stress, now ex
isting and prqvido'f'or the increase n'
the next, iwo . years-. After caretuUy'
canvassing the sltuatlbn und tho im
mediate needs of tho various depart
ments tho faculty by. a unanimous vote
recommended that a Physio?.! Labora
tory to cost $75,000 shrq(d bo tho next
building erected. This is to bo built
so as to.nrovido for future growth and
also to provide temporary Quarters for
tho departments of Meteorology, As
tronomy, and Experimental Psycology
so as to relieve the congested condition
of tho Library and Nebraska1 Hall.
Sinco the establishment of the de
partment of Physics in 1888-, tho num
ber of students, the apparatus, equip
ment, otcr, has Increased' soveral fold.
In 1888 there were .forty students in
tho department and only one in
structor. . In addition to Physics he
Also had charge of tho Meteorological
JServico and Physics in tho experiment
'Station, Astronomy and tho course, in
applied electricity. '
Tho department was housed in dif
ferent buildings on tho campus, includ
ing tho Chemical .Laboratory, The Main
Building and Nebraska. JEiall. . This waa
Intended by tno Regents to bo only a
temporary arrangement , and the
quarters voro recognized as being en
tirely unsulted for laboratory purposes
being situated on tho attic and base
ment floors. Much difficulty was ex
perienced in co-ordinating-thojwcik'
efficiently .with tho-iwolloors dividing
It. Thp;rop'osal to vacato two stories
ir the Main Building was not deemed
feasible and it was thought best to
wait until a now building properly con
structed for laboratory and lecture
work could be obtained.
Tho guiding principle In tho earlier
development was tho belief that the
technical side of tho subject should
bo developed more rapidly to meet .the
urgent needs of students desiring to
pursue Applied Electricity and finally
resulted in establishing of a finely
cqulped engineering laboratory and a
separate department. After repeated
requests tho department was finally re
lieved of the Meteorological Service by
tho establishment of the present sta
tion' at Lincoln, ahortly afterwards
tho astronomical work was also trans
ferred to a separate department and
the preparatory work in Physics was
discontinued. ' During this period of
development, tho department proper
has shared its resources and energies
with ;theso allied, subjects and . tiasjn
commodated by tho other, scientific de
partments. . .
At the first opening of laboratory
work thoro woro about 40 students
The highest registration slnco then has
been 450 which represents all students
In allied subjects for wh'lch tho de
partment was responsible Including" th'o
preparatory. During tho past j'ear the
registration in tho subject proper has
reached 350 in tho collego courses
alone, or 100 per cent moro in these
classes than at tho time of the'highest
registered .number ref erred to above.
Physics in collego work of any Insti
tution west of Cornell University (N.
A comparison of tho numbers and
the provisions of some' of tho univer
sities will show at onco tho Immediate
need of adequate accommodations for
Tho University of Ohio with less
than half tho number of students has
asked for $125,000 for a new" building
and the legislature recently passed a
bill appropriating $200,000 for tho erec
tion of new buildings to provide for
tho Physics and Law departments.
Tho University of Minnesota with only
a third as many students recommended
a $75,000 building for Physics while
Kansas with also about a ihird as
many students has recently built and
eqtiipped a Physics building at a cost of
$85,000. The smaller neighboring- in
stitutions, tho University of Colorado,
Colorado College, and "Washington Uni
versity have recently completed or are
about to erect Laboratories for tho use.
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$50,000 to $100,000.
Somo of tho other notnblo laboratory .' "
ips for Physics built slnco tho creation. '
of this department aro tho .following
Chicago University, building alouo
$225,000, Columbia University, N. Y
$200,000, McGill University, Montreal,
$230,000, Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore, building and equipment, , ,
$180,000, Brown University, , Prpyi,
dencd, $100,000, Amherst College,
Physics and. Chemistry, $150,000, Uni.
verslly of Pennsylvania , $,200,000, and .
Lehigh University, $100,00,0 for bujld- Kttil
lng alone. The registration In. Physics, ,, .
In tho University of Nebraska exceeds
thai; "of any of the abovo mentioned,.
Institution. - - .
Tho present" floor area in actual ubo
is about 13,000 square feet,, and this
should bo at least ooubled.Een with ,
this space several thousand dollars , .
worth of valuable apparatus Is stored,
in the corridors and hallways, without,
suitable protection. Tho, lecture. room
Which will only seat 115 students "Is
frequently obliged to accommodate, 175,,, .
and on cloudy days is frequently be
comes so dark in the laboratory that ,,
work cannot bo carried on.
The following estimates of tho Tost
per student,' to tho state for one years
education is based upon tlio appropria
tions granted to tho various univer
sities during tlio past two years' by
their state legislatures.
For the education of dno student for
ono year in the state university it ,
Indiana '.' $211 00
Missouri '. ,1W&iJ..40BI$0 p
THE UNIVERSITY'S GROWTH SINCE 1871.
, DIAGRAM SHOWING THE TOTAL ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS.
18334)7-. b-?W 1050
tf., . -' .ri889-5k) rir.X npO
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1879-80 yU-mf 250
1878-70 W -18
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BIS , . .130
Colorado .,. . . .T. . '. . 152 0i
Ohio .:. ......144 00
Iowa ; .'140 00
California ...-..'. '12Y06
Wisconsin ? '....: Ill 00
Minnesota ....'. .'....' 105 00
Illinois 105 00
Kansas . . .-.". . . . '.'. .' 104 00
Nebraska .' .' 77 72
Minnesota asks for an appropriation
sufllcient to glvo her $1,055,G$4 to m'det
the expenses of the next two y6ara.
ThlsJncludes $75,000 'for a now 'physics
building, $75,000 for 'a now botany
building and $38,000 for other hew
Tho, regents of tho University of Col
orado havo asked for an appropriation
of.. $50,000 for tho erection of a new
Tho University of Kansas is to havo
a now musoum building to cost' $100,
000 and a nov chomlstry building to
12.1 per cent of tho studonts of Tho
University of Nebraska como direct
from tho farms of tho state and 47.1
per cent woro born in Nebraska.
Becauso of tho crowded condition of
tho shops there is a largo number of
students who havo not been ablo to
finish their work. Although a few
havo had tho opportunity of making
up work this week thero will bo many
who will havo "inc's" to work off next
semester, and so reduce tho working
time of the next sepicster's regular
students. Tho addition of a number
of lathes would reduce tho congestion
to a great extent.
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