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TUB 1IESPEIUAN STUDENT.
TII43 HESPERIAN STUDENT.
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The opening of Hie new year finds both
societies in new quarters nitii it ought 10
find the nicmb-rs of both lull of in I crest
and zeul for I lie worU before them. A
college course brings to 11 student ninny
oilier ditties outside of die class room and
the most important of these- oilier duties
have reforettee to the societies and their
Yyork. Re.idiness in speaking, ability in
wiling and a good knowledge of parli
menlary rules and political science are ac
quired in Ihe society halls and the mem.
burs who lake an active pari in the .socie
ty work will find themselves the gainer.-)
in more ways than one. Jinny a siicces
fill politician in the seelhini.' caldron ol
public life to day look his first lu-sons in
lic tnanagem -nt of men and circumstan
ces while he was a student al college.
Other things being equal, nay other
things may he unequal and the rule will
still hold good: the student who is recog.
nizod as a p iver in his society and who.se
opinion and position on society questions
gives weiirlit to the party to which he be
longs will be the man whom comintrear.s
will lind an earnest patriotic citizen tak
ing an intelligent part in the workings of
Hie great institutions under which we live.
Few young men can iiflYjrd (o leave school
willi the knowledge that the' have ne
glected any opportunity for improvement
in writing or speaking or the art of con.
trolling wisely and for noble purposes
vacillating, many-sided human nature.
The advantage of society training in
young ladies can scarcely be uuderesli
mated : we have too often been bored by
thuakwward cmharassiuciitnml poor rhet
oric of lady speakers not to feel it enetiin
bunt upon us to urge every young lady
who possibly cn do so to connect herself
willi one or other of the societies, and
thus have practice in reading and speak
ing before an audience which will give
her a self possession invaluable when fu
ture years and nuforseen circumstances
may make it necessary for her to "Bpcak
Each year as the class historian nsk
the question, "wind Is your profession'
ilio ladies generally leavu a blank, while
Ihu j;entlemen generally ehooB a profes
sion: ministry, law or nitdieiiio, ohiclly
law in these days and seldom ministry
ottl west. Oec.itlonly a bravo boy Minis
farmer or journalist; but as a rule,
empty heads and full ones, light
brains and lieayy, icady w'l, slainuicring
tongues, and squint oos ate all brought
and hud upon the altar ol julico and the
lame, the hall ami the blind, 1 ach and all
went' their way to the bar. Young men
who are hard hearted and can stand it to
saw oil' Mm -s ami probe wounds, or how
arc hiz and content to spend their days
in measuring out liltlc while round pills
which do no harm, and in calculating
pulse heats study in die.i.io. Aoout one
Sophomore or Junior in a thousand $
bright and la'euted enough to know he
ought to be an editor ami shapes his
cour-.c accordingly. The goodjold fash
iouod reliable hoys bjcame the sluidy lar
iiicis their giaudsires were bel7re ilietn.
Dill the gills! ala, there's no profession
for them, unless they choose to be teacu
er, nod I'm ibis duly lew are admirably
lilted. No educated gill wants to devote
her whole time to making bonnets for
other j;irls to wear, nor yel uresses; ui.d a
culinary caieer has .still less charm In
fact il a gill does nut like lo leach mid
work, but al the same lime mini do some
thing hc i.s perlectly wietclu d, and might
as well be in (lie lunalic as) hint! Willi
all the plans for helping boys along in
the world and the aid and interest from ev
ery side, why doesn't somebody Hmo and
explain whaL the girls 111 c lo come lo?
We are tired of hearing in leply only- that
oil quoted phrase from Mad-tin De Slael
or somebody else to the ell'ecl that if a
woman is remarkably smut she will create
her own place, ami the tone in whicu this
is uttered conveys to us the speaker's
opinion that if she isn't remarkably
.smart she is not worthy of any place al all!
lint sarcasm aside, Ihe problem still re
mains; the girls arc here, so what are
1 hey lo do?
The University has sustained an almost
in epai able loss ill the death of Prof. Col
lier. A man well nigh perfect in his own
department, a thorough scholar eulhusias
tic in his vork, a prominent lectin er, an
inspiring teacher, with ready wit and
sound common sense he endeared him
self lo all. For some mouths his health
had been failing and .1 trip lo C.ilifornin
about Commencement time did nol.-ullice
to re-torch im to us in perfect health,
lie died al Sail Jose on the 19th ol June.
Prof. Collier was in his foiiyuinth year
having been born i:i 18IW in Jay, Franklin
County, Me. Tnree )ears after his marri
age in May I80G, he commenced a lour
years course of Miuly at Ilillndalc College
.Michigan, lie graduated in 1801, and af
ter spending a year as tutor al his alma
iiialer he was elected lo the chair ol Nat
ural Science. In 1871 he was elected lo
Ihe professorship of Clieinistiy in Wash
ingion anil Jefferson College, Pa. From
1872 to 1875 he occupied a similar posi
lion in Ihe Stale Agriculture College of
Penn. Prof. Collier next went to the,
State Normal school at Indiana, Penn..'
ami remained there until he entered upon
his duties ui thu University in the fall ol
18'iO. Prof. Collier's career is yet an
other example of how position and schol.
arship and lame may ho won bypersever.
aticu and courage. lie began as a poor
young man, working his way through
college, supporting al lite same lime his
wife and child ly his trade which was
that of a carpenler. liy untiring elloils
lie won an enviable reputation and placed
himself in the very vni1 of his profession
11s an instructor and original investigator.
The valuable scientific apparatus which
hu constructed during the past few )eaiv,
and wh'ch was described in the scientific
journals of the country, are marvels of in
genuity and skill. In 187(1, in view of
ibis and oliter achievements he was given
llied'igreeof IJj. D. by Ilill-dalc College.
Prol. Collier died of consumption brought
on by over-work in Ihe lahratory and
class-room, to both of which he was so de.
voted. In his death Hie college world los
es one of its noblest mid best teachers.
There are two it. novations which the
Student trusts Die good seno and taste
of the new Senior class will induce them
lo make One is the abolition of public
Senior exhibitions, which are a burden to
Ihe class iuelf linar.cinlly and have a ten
dciicy o bore the audience which is gen
erally composed of about the same people
who become weary of hearing the same
speakers so many limes; and the iuevita
blc result of two Senior exhibitions is a
most lamentable lack of freshness ami in
terest on Commencement day. The sec
ond reform is to do away wiili the throw,
ing of bouquets on Commencement morn
ing as each speaker leaves the stand. It
is an old worn out custom agreeable only
in the simple times when Commencement
day was one of thu gala days of Ihe year
to all the country around ami the bouquets
were few and rare, Ihe gifl of relatives or
friends; hut the indiscriminate shower ot
llowers which follows the close of each
oration is an interruption to Ihe exercises
and has lost its significance as an especi
al honor to the speaker. A large table
placed in front of the stage upon which
all lloral oilcriims could be placed would
answer every purpose, and as each speak
er finished his oration, an Usher ould pre.
sent (he blooming congratulations of hap
A student who gives good satisfaction in
doing honest, thorough work is given first
grade, or what corresponds lo 00 or above;
while thu second grade denotes scholar
ship ranging from 75 or 80 to 00 and so on.
In older universities and some not quite
so old are springing up choral societies,
lieethoven clubs and h irmonic associa.
lions. This is a happy move in the right
direction. As a people wo are too sober
and loo much engrossed In business.
Music ought to be taught in every country
school house in lite country, and every
higher institution of learning should liavo
a conservatory of music attached. If ev
ery man and woman in America knew
how to slug lliey would all be happier,
live longer and better and do better work.
Here at home with our beginning of a
conservatory and our band wo are helping
in Ihe good cause.
A large number of the colleges of this
country are following the example of
those across the waters and doing away
with Ihe marking system in the daily iec
Itat ions. There ure many things which
might be said both for and against this
change. A rigid system of mat king lends
to m ike as udent si tidy solely for the sake
of marks and perhaps superficial scholar
ship is the result, for il is well known
I It it L one may study merely for a day's rec
ililioii and get a good mark for it while
In reality the practical lasting knowledge
is very slight. Many excellent students
who are very shy, lose all their self con
trol under the excitement of a final exam
ination and forget ibout all they ever
knew; while oilier careless students, by a
vigorous cramming, could make up in the
two days before examination, ail the glar
ing deficiencies of a term. A combina
tion of both systems has, in many colleges
been found to answer most adlnjrably.
The f iicu It receives some additions to
its numbers and the new Oetoher cata
logue (issued in the spring) will enroll
Pi of. G. E. Woodbury as Prof, of Anglo
Saxon, Charles N.J idle as tutor in Math,
emntics and Analytical Chemistry, S. B.
llohiminu as director of the Conservatory
The June exchanges are wont lo ho bet
tor in their literary departments than those
other months being tilled with contest
and commencement orations, and there
show the ell'ecl of care and study usually
for the belter but sometimes only in ihe
development of Hie lloi id style of compo
sition. To those lo ihe manner of "essay"
writing born, ihcrc is an intense individu
ality in college paper essays. One can
easily distinguish the declamatory style
of the oration written for society or com
mencement intended lo dazzle by its elo
quence from the labored and business-like
one of the class rhetorical essay written
solely willi a view to gaining Unit open
sesame "passed" as well as from the
playful, sometimes sarcastic si) lo of ihe
in tide written f.r the ", and the grave
and fatherly tone of the occasional con
iribuliou of Ihe professor can bo 'Spotted"
al once; il is usually upon the subjects of
foi ordination or currency.
The exchange department of ihese
numbers on the contrary are invariably
neglected; either entirely crowded out by
reports of commencement week or put in
lo fill up. The exchange column of the
eastern paper is at best is only remarka
bleforits incivility audits omission is
Michcgiiu University had somotliing
novel in the way of alouinainent, lasting
all day and its progi amine consisting of
running, jumping, wrestling, boxing,
fencing and numerous oilier exercises.
The editor of the Chronicle claims to have
beaten the editor of the Uniaenity in a
If n poem ia round in all Iho college
press that is worthy of the name, no ex
change editor has done his duty if lie
oniils to mention it: accordingly we
mention one called Pompeii, in the Juno
number of tlic Students Journal uh'd
wisli we liadroom foqhoteilt: ;
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