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THE IIESPEIAN STUDENT.
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Published semi-monthly by the students of tho
Nebraska Stato University.
TuimsDAY, Dedembeu 1, 1881.
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The cold weather is too much for tho
Outlets, and they will drill no more until
spring. Under the able management of
Lieut. Webster tho military department
has nourished. Students have not looked
upon the drill with thai infinite honor
they were wont to. When the Lieutenant
leaves the University, he can carry with
him the assurance that he lias the respect
of every one with whom he came in con
tacl, either in the class room or on the
campus. His treatment to all has been
fair and manly. And we confidently ox
peel, as u result, that Nebraska and not
Minnesota University will retain a niili
In college work there is a tondoncy
among professors to follow I ho sumo
methods undor which they were educated.
This :s especially so in ropard to exam,
(nations. An examination is nothing
more than a tost of a studonl's knowledge
of some subject previously gono over.
There are as many ways of tostiug this
knowludge, as there are of acquiring it.
With some of the professors, the student
U allowed to prepare a paper or an essay
on certain completed subjects, using either
tho text book or any outside source of in
formation. This is in certain studies by
far the more preferable method. It en.
courages u spirit of research and investl
gution, not to be had in common process
of preparing for an examination, known
as cramming. In the last method tho
sludoiit usually expects to lemember tho
facts connected with the subject, only
long enough to use in examination. In
the former method, he is actuated by pride,
quite as much as by a desire for iuforma
tion. Of course this plan can only be fol
lowed in connection with certain studies.
IT is with hesitation the Student men
tions that some members of the higher
classes have not, this term, conducted
themselves as gentlemen should. Less
than a year ago the Faculty saw fit to sus
pend seven. Their boldness in disobeying
an express command of the Faculty prob
ably warranted it. This year, however,
the University authorities have grown
timid, or they hold drunkenness to be no
transgression, or they are not aware that
it exists under their very eyes. It may be
that some of the professors are a little
loose in their habits, and encourage stu
dents to follow their examples. They
may, also, use their ofilcial positions or
the power rather that their positions give
them, to protect these lav-defying stu.
dents. If so, are they the ones to educate
tho youth of this 6totc? Does the Uni
vcrsity require the service of these pro
fessors? We have not, nor do not, pos
itively assert that the University contains
such professors. But we do say tint the
conduct of certain students lias been in
open defiance to the laws of the Univer
sity and morality. Tho Student is not
an advocate of tyrannous regulations. It
believes in students being treated as men
and women (as they are heio.) But there
are some things, and diunkenness is one,
that no college can buffer to go unpunished.
Speakeus are very rash in their asser
lions. According to the point they desire
to prove, wo arc living in an age of over
impending woe and disust'tr, or, nothing
is so good and glorious as our times and
tho progression we have made. We listen
to a temperance lecturer; the evil caused
by rum is enormous. Tho young men of
the nation aro not safe as long us there are
breweries and distilleries in the laud.
Vice, corruption, hunger and minder aro
tho legitimate outgrowth of tho liquor
trafilc. Tho state of society dopictod is
not fiattering to the American people.
The speakers on temperance aro not tho
only ones wiio see the necossity of, and
demand lelbrin. Every enthusiast, many
cool and calculating men draw witli fear
ful imagery tho shoit coinings and mis
takes of our ugc. They consider, if their
words are not hooded, Ihat certain des
truclion awaits us. Is or is not all this
Thanksgiving day comes. Wo go to
church and hear tho ministers. They for.
vently thank our Heavenly Father for
the many bonofits and blessings wo have
enjoyed. No land is so fair as ours; none
so rich in material prosperity; nono with
so bright a future. The contrast indeed
is great. Which is to be believed ? Is
there not truth in both, yet both expressed
too forcibly ?
To have an aim, an uspii ation is to
have a stimulus to work. But the qttcs
tion arises how do wo know when wo
have this aim or aspiration. Many go
about taking great delight and telling
what they arc studying or working for.
But on watching such a person it may be
discovered that this very act of tolling
what lie is going to do, seems to absorb
his whole time as well as energy. Many
an individual thinks he has a definite
aim, but in nursing thoughts of this aim
ho neglects the means of attaining it.
We are so constituted that we deceive
ourselves with our talk more frequently
than anyone else. Tho burning aspira
tion is the most precious and hence tho
most secret. The most earnest devotee
at ambition's altar is the calmest. He
nurses his plans in secret, well knowing
that in proportion as they become public,
they lose their vital principle. He loves
to thoroughly prepare himself for his
work, and then astonish proplo at ills
success. This very fact will explain many
wonderful performances. Napoleon when
20 years of age astonished the world with
ills brilliant military exploits. No young
man over worked ami tolled as did Napo
leon. The world sees only the result. It
does not see him toiling day after day
and night after night with only five hours
of sleep out of the twonty-four. It is this
socret, careful propitiation, without noise
and ostentation, that produces the men of
Some time since, in an article in tho
IIkhi'UIIian, tho following assertion tip
poured: "When a toucher, speaking of
materialism, says ho has road John Stew
art Mill, page after page and never gut an
idea out of it, nor never met any one who
had, and that 'Mill's Philosophy' is pre
posterous and unthinkable, etc." Tho
professor alluded to, brought the mutter
up in ono of the classes a few days siuco,
and claims that his statomont had been
misconstrued. The writer of tho article
intended no mis-stutcmont, and It is prob
ably duo to tho professor to say that his
statement refured to Mills on materialism
Granting this, it is yet an unphilosophical
statement to make to a philosophy class.
From the very fact that Mill has a laigo
number of disciples, including many bril
liant men, it is evident that to some, this
aforesaid system of philosphy, is neither
"preposterous nor unthinkublo". It may
bo that tho professor mount to say, by rea
son of different mental attributes, mater
ialism would necessarily to some, bo "pre
posterous and unthinkable." Lot us for
tho time being imagine litis professor the
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