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from nil classes of students. At present
but few can bo said to contribute regular
ly, while a largo number are notsubscrib
era. This should not be so. It is as
much the duty of students to support their
college paper, as of business men their
People differ widely in personal traits,
and students arc no exception. While
some feel little inclination for writing,
there is yet a sufllcicut number among us
to maintain a first class college journal.
The field of topics for a paper of this
kind is wide; so it gives room for the ex
ercise of much individuality. Some of
us will hereafter be more or less engaged
in literary work. To such ones, the Stud,
ent presents a valuable opportunity for
laying the foundations of alter success.
To properly prepare a piece for publi
cation requires both time and pains.
Some of our students are at times so
pressed with other work, that they cannot
write for the paper without neglecting
these duties. So while we would not be
understood as making an unreasonably
request, we do extend an invitation for all
to assist us, whenever able, with their
Then don't wait for personal invita.
tions; worthy students may thus be over
looked. Besides, the editors are modest
young men, and it is unfair to expect too
much from them.
The Mini does not deteriorate, but con
tinues to improve in many respects. The
condensation is especially noticeable,
and the articles are short and to the point,
with little evidence of writing "to fill up"
that marks so manj of the exchanges.
The editorial on "Freaks of College stu.
dents" treats the subject of college disci
pline in a very sensible manner. He
would condemn any disregard of college
rules that would reflect on the manliness
of the students or lower the standing of I
their collugo; "all ways that aro dark,
and tricks that ate vain" of which the
college student is "peculiar" when the
motive is the venting some petty spite or
the revenging ot some fancied wrong; all
silly freaks, as bogus programmes and
practical jokes. This article would not
be complete without some moralizing on
the naughty " Sophs" at Princeton, and
the editor points out many morals from
the sad results of a freak of some college
boys who were decoyed, by their over
whelming desire for fun, into a most dis
graceful affair. The biographical sketch
of Lafayette is well written, and the final
summing up the virtues of this noble pa.
triot is a masterly effort of the writer. It
requires skill and tact to follow out a fig.
ure in a literary production without loos
ing sight of your metaphor, and this abil
ity is shown in "The story book, and
what it taught," where the author makes
some really fine comparisons in speaking
of conversation as the epitome of the in.
foimalion which a man possesses.
The Jfewa Letter, of Grinnell, Iowa, as
it very modestly admits, is small in size,
but growing. It has been recently en
larged from eight to twelve pages, and
now makes quite a creditable appearance.
The News Letter is neither stupidly dull,
nor wonderfully brilliant; but is very
commonplace and solid in its produc
tions The editor, after remarking upon
the chronic disease which seems to affect
college journal editors in general, that of
complaints against the faculty, feels it his
duty to correct some of the mistakes of
the Grinnell faculty and thereupon he en
tors a mild protest against the manner of
conducting examinations, and the way in
which the faculty ignore the scientific dc
pariment in their zeal for the classical.
The lierkleyan, a journal conducted by
the literary societies of the University of
California, is a forty.cight page magazine
of considerable ability, but entirely too
much poetry about "Spring" and the like.
In their aim for something original the
editors have introduced a department
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