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THE iiJoPEitlAS oTUiiLKT
1)0 thoroughly considered beforo nny ac
lion is tnken. Not taking into account
tho gcucral objections to the state aupporl
ing technical schools (for tho stnto is re
quired bv law to eventually establish col
leges of law and medlolno in connection
with tho University) still thero are other
A medical college requires large I libra
lories and cosily apparatus for tho purpose
of experiment. They should also bo sit
Bunted where tho utudcuts would have tho
Wboncllt of hospital practice. Then if one
.gsystcm of moi'ioine is taught lo thuexclu
t slon of others thero will bo a constant
cll'ort made by tho excluded schools to
, have their system taught; and in time, at
least two distinct schools will bo estab.
iisliod. The -slate is not rich enough to
establish a college of medicine. There
are fewer -objections to a Law school.
Nothing i needed but a law library,
(which can bo commenced with a few
hundred dollars and allowed to grow)
and one or two professors. If a techni
cal school is established at tho proM'iit
liirio It-t it bo tho law school.
Thero is a natural loeling of prido
which every one has in tho institutions
of his own state. The increasing facili
ties of our University are a source of
much pleasure to tho youth of tho Stale
desirous of a liberal education. But as
thore is an opinion prevalont, to what ox
tent wo know not, that an eastern education
is preferable to one obtained at tho Uni
versity, the Sitdknt asks at least a caro
ful consideration of the matter. No doubt
the older colleges of tho east have some
advantages over ours. What are they?
.Better facilities and a well established rep.
putation. Granting them these, are they
of sufficient importance Jo induoju the
"youth of this Skate to forsake their
western college? Wo think not. There
is a sensible view to take of this matter,
a business view. Every young man do
siios to cast his lot among those whom
he considers will be his friends, willing
and ready to recognize his worth. lie do
sires also to become acquainted with tiiose
who in the years to come, are destined lo
be tho social, political and religious lead-crs-of
the state in which he resides. Can
these desires be more easily gratified by
an eastern education? Exactly the re
verse. It is spending four years away
Iroin homo, learning much it is true, from
books, acquiring new habits and manueas
which on return are found detrimental in
the extreme. Tho active, practical west
demands active practical men. It is a
fact that tho west is more thoroughly
awake, moic energetic than any other
part of the country. It is equally true
that the educational institutions ure the
exponents of western enterprise and ac
tivity. Why then does any young man
of .this state hold the colleges of Yale,
Harvard and Cornell, in higher estlma.
lion then he does his own? Their courses
of study are very nearly the same as those
taught here. Their professors arc mor
tals, and as such, aro liable to all the dc
tlclencesof our own.
These arc any number of reasons why
the young people of this state should sup.
port the institution culled kiutoexistcuco
for their own benefit. It is their duty, it
Is to their interest. Wcsco by tho caU
loguo there have been moro students in
attendance the last term than thoro have
over been beforo. This speaks well of
the University. But there is room for
more, ahd moro aro needed.
The literary societies have ever been an
important factor in the work done by tho
students in tho University. Tho practical
benefit derived from society work has
frequently been set forth In these columns
by our predecessors; hence wo feel timid
in attempting to refer lo It again. But,
unless we have exalted ideas concerning
tho societies, lliis matler can not bu re.
forced to, too often. On public cxhihi.
lions, and oilier occasions when students
have appeared in public, there hits some
times been found a deficiency in elocu
tionary training. Although, as a whole,
our public efforts have been very credit
able, considering tho meagre opportuni
ties for such preparation as is required,
yet there is room for improvement. 01
tliis fad, none aro more sensible than the
students themselves. As it is, lite literary
societies aro the only means nflVrding
practice in public spei.klng with ils at.
lendanl benefits. To say Hint those, who,
during their attendance at Ihe University,
have taken an active pail in the societies,
have derived as much benefit therolroin,
as from ondfourlh of tho work required
by the classroom, is but the sentiment of
all those of whom wo spi'iik. Yel, wilh
all this experience in favor of society
work, a very large per cent of thestudenls
do not belong to any society. This is,
to say tho least, a lamentable fact. And
yet the students are not wholly to blame
Thosn who have urged upon nou-inem-hers
the necessity of taking part in some
society, have been met by tho formidable
objection of a lack of lime. It Is true
with four studies a term a student's entire
limo could be given to tho text-books. If
to appear well in the class room, and by
so doing get a better "standing" is the
aim of tho student, the text-book may
claim the whole time. The use of text
books beyond a certain limit is a nuisance,
and when text-books demand a student's
attention, to tho exclusion of all the means
of improvement attendant on the socle,
ties, that limit has evidently been passed.
But there are the rhctoricals. To be
sure, wo have them, but no instructor
with three or four classes each Jenn to
tench 'can do justice to this important
NotwithstaLding the draw-backs, some
havo shown a very commendable zeal in
building up tho societies. Visibly, their
work has not been fruitless, for two well
furnished halls, is tho result. Besides
whatever efficiency in speaking, and sue
cess in appearing publicly in any capacity
has been attained, it lias been the result oi
individual effort. To new students aud
all others wo say, you can ill atl'ord to
' mil this factor in your work, duriug
your stay at tho University.
Obituary on a mustache:
"Wu shall look, but wo ahull mtsa It,
Thoro will bo no downy hair;
Wo shall linger to caress It,
Though wo know It Is not there,"
Tho Bate Student for December con
tains n number of good articles one,
"Scholarship and Democracy," especial
lyso .A review of tho poom "Israfcl" con.
tains some of tho best passages to bo
found in tho poem. The editorials aro
carefully written und show that tho writer
has some sound ideas aud knows how to
advance them, but what was tho matter
with tho Local ? Had ho gone to sleep, or
was he only burled in a book? Tho col
lege items do not have their usual spiciiiess
and from lack of news tho columns were
filled out with quotations from celebrated
writers. The Student lias an excellent
poem entitled "Tho Gulf," Iho last verso
of which wo give:
Ildio, In these poIUuiIop, hy theo I loam
I'ho atory of my lift). From 'noiUh tho moun
To ocean's broant, thou cnm'xt with miuy n turn,
From feebler We I tins' to tho eternity of Uoil,
The (hillcgo Index has a good article on
"Tho French Language as Illustrating
French Character." Also one entitled
"Domosthenos on the Crown." Though
this begins like a Froshiu's oralion it
grows hotter and from tho ihiul paragraph
is very interesting and well written. Tho
iarliclc on "Fioudo's Estimate of Caesar"
is very good indeed though the style is
quite Sophomorical. Tho editorials cor
lainly present a variety of topics and are
quite refreshing after rending Ihe common
run of editorials, on account of a shade
of sarcasm perceivable throughout many
In Tho Collegian, and Ncotcrian the
nrliolo on "One Phase of Dickon's Char
acter" is excellent. It is all well written
and would give one who had never read
one of Dickens' works a good idea of his
character and style of writing. "Wo give
an extract: "His passion for caricature is
the passion of the exi erl. It is purely a
product of Iho brain, lie is savagely ar
tistic. On the other hand his passion for
pathos is the sloug humanity within him.
Tho largo heart comes to tho rescue of
iho large brain, and tho grotesque statuary
lliat nis intellect delights in lakes on the
glow aud freshness and suppleness of
life That which would have been pic
turesquo for its perfect ugliness, becomes
picturesque for ils naturalness." Tho
exchange column of the Collegian and
Ncotorian, Is as interesting ns possible.
The Central Collegian contains quite a
sermon on the text "Love thyself last;
cherish those hearts that hate thee." We
hope the writer practices what ho preach
es and think if he tries to improve him
self as tho yours go on, he will one day
make a very g o I minister. Tho editori
als are as Intel cs ing as can bo expected
for tho close of the term, tho editor being
only a little bit sentimental. "How about
the Law?" in the Alumni Department is
good, aud lo the point. Ho evidently
"knows whereof he speaks." Tito ex
change editors seem to think anything in
tho shape of flattery is acceptable to the
ladles, and criticize the young ladies'
pupers accordingly. One word of good
sense spoken honestly is worth more than
all tho flue speeches a mail's lips can
The article in tho Vidette on "Venice"
wo enjoyed very much also the great
number of advertisements that wo stum,
bled over In trying to wado through the
locals. The paper has a column of reas
ons given by tho girls of Roolcford Sem
lnary for voting as thoy did In a ballot
taknn In the school for President of tho
U. S. No ono can read them and say
women cannot vote intelligently.
The Index and Chronicle Is well con
ducted and wc hope tho girls will meet
with tho success thoy deserve. Tho odl
toriats aro scarco but the columns arc
otherwise well filled. Tho article on
"The World's a Stage, etc.," Is interesting
and the one on "Milton" good though
short. "Enthusiasm" is excellent. Wo
hope the author of "Poor Ceaph" will
contrlhute an article on "bangs" or a
kindred subject some time. Tho writer
of Leonardo Da Vinci" seems to havo
given considerable study to tho subject.
The Doano Owl on "I)i fVerer.co" of
opinion is very good. J. N. I), his ovi
denth Ik on studying ills Geology. Ho
gives us some, very good ideas on Ancient
Human Remains. We also notice a short
essay on "Aulumn" by a small boy. Tho
parody on Sheridan's Hide reminds us of
the way wo do sometimes. Tnc Doano
chronicler seems to have hoeuqulto sue
What has become of the gymnasium?
Prof. Emerson lias had Ills recitation
To John Morrison, the merchant tailor,
for nobby clothing.
Mr. George Simington is .very sick at
Doimitory with lung fever
Just received a largo lot of artists ma.
terials at Clason's Book store.
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Frank Smith of the University is 3nd .
Assistant Clerk of. the Senate.
It is currently reported that Miss Dora
Swisher is going to'Ohio to live.
Ask D. W. Fisher what ho thinks
about emigrating lo Pennsylvania.
Tho Student has quite u list of sub
scribers in the House and Senate.
Students having Item of interest will
please report lo tho Local Editor.
When you hear Win. A. Trlss say, "with
alacrity," you know what It means.
Wm Gregg was forced to go home on
account of sickness of ids brother.
Mr. Wimberly Is still attending tho Uni
versity. S. D. Cox, please taue notice.
Joseph Eastcrday has been campelled
to return home on account of sickness.
Mr. Gcorgo Simington, brother to tho
Misses Simington, is a student for this
Frank Wood, ono of tho University
students, was elected 2nd Assistant Clerk
of the House.
Tho University Cadet Band furnished
the music at tho Governor's reception.
The band Is gaining a good reputation.
Tutor Fossler has moved into tho city
that he may at all times be where ids be
loved German class can consult him.
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