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Tlic term which is about to close, the
first under the new regime, has been one
of considerable interest. The members of
the Faculty, though in a large part new,
have gone earnestly to work and have
shown themselves men fit to meet the
emergency. The absence of Prof. Aughoy
has been the occasion of some little irreg
ularity, but his work has, to some extent,
been carried on by other profes-ors. The
number of students, is heretofore, has
grown from the first, and we have enrolled
upwards of 180.
The Military Deparment, under the su.
pcrlntendenco of Prof. Dudley, has
proved an interesting as well as profitable
part of the University work. A company
has been organized, and guns have been
obtained, so that next term wo expect (his
new feature will prove even more attract
ivo. Several of the young men have not
yet joined the company. They tire per
haps the better judges of what lliey lose.
The healthy state of the Agricultural
college is also worthy of mention, nnd
speaks many things for the ability of Mr.
On the whole, the people of the state
may well bo proud of their University.
It is the result of good judgment on the
part of the regents, of eminent ability on
tiie part of those who arc at its head.
There is one part of the Academical
curriculum, and indeed a very important
part, that, for the rush of other business
perhaps more important, has been some
what neglected. We mean the Rhetorical
exercises. Tiieie is not a student in school,
or professor in the faculty, or man of
sense and culture in the state, who will
not grant that any study could be neglect
ed with less injury than this. What is
thought if it be not expressed? "What is
expression unless it be with force and
clearness? A man who educates himself
only tonccivo the thought of others stim
ulates but one side of his mind. The oth
er side is yet in its infancy. He who orig
inates and expresses thought of his own.
and learns to analyze the thought of oth
ers, is only tiie educated man. What is
inllucnce? Is it not measured by the
power to forcibly express thought? Most
young men, now-a days, prepare them
selves for the law. But what do you think
of an attorney whose head is filled only
with mathematical formulas or Greek and
Latin quotations? We believe that all ed
ucation is more or less practical, yet we be
lieve that that education which stimulates
self-invesligation and invention is by far
the most intcsely practical and, that it
affords the highest mental culture.
"We now have three professors in Natur
al Science. Would it not be more satis
factory to all concerned to divide this
work between two professors and elect a
professor to the chair of Elocution and
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