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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, JANUARY 2, 1882.
A SEXIOHIC ODE.
My pony Mis of thoe,
Emblem of liberty,
To tlico I sine.
Hook of my Freshman days,
Worthy of fondest prnlso,
Worthy of poet' layn,
I'd tribute bring.
My gallant pony, thee.
Help to tho wearied bo,
When "Ex." Is nigh.
I love thy well-worn look,
Thou gentle, little book,
Down in some hidden nook,
Lot tribute swell tho breeze,
And ring through all tho trees,
Thy pralso prolong.
Let Senior's tonguca awake,
Let Juniors maalo'HiirkeOTtet ..
Let Sophs; aii'dTroshmeu make
A Joyful song.
Hnrpcrs and Holm I to thee,
Authors of liberty,
To thfto wo sing.
Llvy and Homer, these,
The horco Is Klngl
ON SELF CULTURE.
"It is a great loss to ti man when he can.
not laugh," says Pr jf. Blackie, in his ml.
wimble pamphlet on Self Culture, from
which we quoted some sentences in the
lust Student. Hut then he continues to
iy Unit no man was ever mtlc groat or
cnoil hy a diet, of broad grins. There is
costlier sign of a shallow -mind tliati to
Mwujs see tlio ludicrous side of things,
for the ludicrous is always on tho surface.
Of Memory, this aulhor says llral no
iun should hope to remember what ho
ub vaguely and indistinctly apprehends.
As helps to memory ho suggests: order
will classification, repetition, causality,
assm-hite ideas, written records. To speak
fi'in u pnper has a tendency to weaken
tlif memory, oyt to retain stores of written
i' printed leeord', enables a man to com.
Wiuitl his treasury ot iinj moment.
()t" public speaking lie says, with Soc
rates, tint If a man has joincthing to say
l" will know how to say it. Avoid tho
slnvorv of pnpor A enrd with poinds on
m is aiyild at first, but it is better to (lis-
lensu uvea who mis. ijuutv your uuui
nco directly in llio face. There is no
better school than the debating society.
"Practice in this will produce dexter-
ay ; dexterity will work confidence; and
Sio bashfulncss and timidity so natural to
a. young man when first colled upon to
Address a public meeting, so far as it
harms his utterance, will disappear. Ac
complished speaking, however, like
'marching or dancing, is an art, for tho
X'Xerciso of which, in many cases, a special
training is necessary.
f Stick to the great books, tho original
.hooks, the fountain heads ; there arc only
fellow in eacli department. " How many
tens ot inousamis ot nooics on unrisuan
Cieolouy have been written, which if all
burnt to-morrow would leave Christianity
Nothing tho worse, and in some points
I essentially tho better." You must step up
to the big hooks by little books, he saysf
therefore do not despise lliem. But be
ware of reading by llio mere method of
ctam. " Cram is a mere median ical oper
ulion, of which it reasoning animal should
bj ashamed "
" The exccp'.ion to systematic reading is
made by predellclioi.. If you feel a strong
natural tendency toward acquainting your
solf with any particular period of history
by all means make that acquaintance
(3hc link in the chain, firmly laid hold of
will lead to others." But it is a mistake
tj narrow one's work to professional
studios, BroiUtudien, as tho Germans call
ii! What somo think to bo useless orna
mollis are often the most valuable aids to
future professional activity, as is seen in
t!?fj study of languages. C. C. C.
LECTURES AND BEER DRINKING
IIEN one receives an unusually
good letter from a friend, provided
its contents arc not private, it is pleasant
to Wo others enjoy it. Wo take tho lib
erty of printing somo extracts out of a
dclighttul letter from Mr. Paul Wilcox, a
graduate of "Asbury," Greencastle, In.
dlana, now at Berlin University. After
remarking o tho delay in the beginning
of tho semester, which although udver.
ti6eU for Oct. ,t5th no professor com
menced to lecture before Mto 24ih, out-
"Tho matriculation is, in itself, a rich
experience. About 200 of us were ushered
into a large room. An old, white-haired
man, having my passport in his hand,
asked me my name and whore I was
from, then handed mo to his right hand
neighbor. This was tho great Gree his
torian Curtius. He wanted to kno ny
name and where I was from. Ho ga1 no
a certain diploma and handed me o to
No. 3. This individual didn't frighu mo
very much. Ho simply wanted to know
my name and where I was from. Having
got used to this question I could answer
with considerable ease. No. 3 wrote tho
facts in a large register and passed mo to
No. 4. This gentleman only wanted to
know where I lived in Berlin. I volun.
tcered to tell him where I was from.
I then became tho victim of No. 5. He
gave me a pen, placed a big book before
mo and requested mo to write my name.
and where I was from. If I ever become
President of the U. S., the Berlin Univer
sity will bo in full possession of my name
and natal place. No. G was the practical
msn of the assembly. Ho appeared to
know my name, and simply asked mo for
18 marks. Ho gave mo some forty doc
uments, one, a card admitting mo to all
places of interest and amusement at half
price, another a book in which each prof,
essor whoso lectures I had determined to
take wrote his name. The lectures cost
from five to eighteen dollars per semester.
Very cheap, considering that each man is
an authority on tho subject upon which
At lectures, Hie professor seats himself
on a little rostrum auit quickly begins to
speak. If a student comes in Into ho is
hissed in a spirited manner. If a lecturer
talks loo rapidly ho Is immediately hissed,
begs pardon and is more careful. One
famous old follow tangles himself fear
fully in long German sentences. I lnivo
been listening to him for three weeks and
am just begi to have a faint concep
tion of wiiatho is talking about.
I have attended a German student's
Kneipe object, toasts, song-singlng,
friendly intercourse, and beer drinking. ..
The one I attended was given in colo).wo
tion of Prof. Viichow's sixtieth bir
and twenty-fiflh year in the Un'
Ab nit 2000 students and 100 i
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