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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (March 15, 1882)
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
"Ho la a perfect gentleman," is one of
the plcasantcst things that n young man
can have s:iid about him by a lad. And
for what id this praise awarUad? For
little attentions and civilities, usually, and
regard to the comfort of the weaker sex.
It is not so much ball room etiquette as
every day manners that tell. To dance
well, to lift the hat in the latest style, those
arc" not noticed as much as surrendering a
chair (in the library, for instance,) to any
lndy who may be standing; the bend made
instantly to return a pencil or a handker
chief that has dropped; taking a book to
a lady Instead of compelling her to come
for it; the offer to sharpen her pencil
when she asks lor vour knife: these all
The number of students in many classes
in the University is given below. The
figures are interesting and significant in
showing what studies may be considered
Soience. Paleontology, 8 ; Mineralogy,
8; Zoology 10; Structural Botany, 7;
Qualalative Analysis, G; Quantitative
IIistouy. Ancient, 16; European, 12;
French Revolution, 17.
English. Logic, 19; Anglo-Saxon, G;
Literature, 4; Sociology. 1; Ancient
Philosophy. Moral Philosophy, 10;
Political Economy, G.
Giieek. Dcmothencs, 2; Lysias, 8;
Memorabilia, 5; Greek Philosophy, 7.
Mathematics. Geotncttry, 2G; Analy
tical Geometry, 10; Elective Geometry, 0.
Latin. Livy, 12; Quintilian, 7; Gains
Law, 4; Virgil, 7; Sallust, 7.
Geiiman. Freshman, 11; Prep., 31;
Fkench.- Sophomore, 8; Junior, 2.
' Militaky. Field Foitifications, 3; In
fantry Tactics, 3; Military Law, 5.
For tardiness at recitation or absence
from chapel exercises the mark shall be
three. llultton the Bulletin Board.
Remarks by n Student on the
The enthusiastic interest manifested in
kicking the new foot-bull on the campus
disproves the conclusion we had arrK.d
at that we are incapable of any coiicgc
life. All we need is to develop our latent
energy. We have been tot) selfish and
isolated. Games bring students together
and they become more thoroughly ac
quaiuted. The many games and line gym
nasiums that other colleges have, leads
studeuts to ask, "Why can wu not also
have these i " Of all persons the student
is most in need of exercise. With our
new Athletic Association, base ball, lawn
tennis, cricket, and many other out-door
games will be encouraged. Now in addi
tion to these invigorating games we need
a gymnasium equipped with swings, bars,
Indian clubs, boxing gloves, dumb bellst
etc. A ten-pin allc would afford capital
exercise for both ladles and gentlemen.
Under the new organization a gymnasium
can be permanently established and main
taincd. There is plenty of room in the
basement for a complete gymnasium, and
with locks and keys and responsible mem
bcrship it would hi- soberly and honor,
ably carried on. If we manifest an ear.
nest inclination for such improvements
we believe the Regents will help us in the
good work. It is an important factor in
building up our institution, and if rightly
carried on will be a powerful one in
attracting and holding students, while the
trensures of college life are unlocked to
the eager souls.
Our Alumni Correspondent on
College Slang-, etc.
The first Semester lor the Literary de
pfirtmeut closed last week, a foi might
being devoted to examinations. A a rule
the Faculty do not attach very much im
portance to these examinations, the stu.
dent's class standing during the semester
being the criterion of his proficiency.
No better plan could be adopted, especi.
ally in colleges of several hundred stu.
dents, where so many opportunities are
offered for unfair examinations. No
professor can prevent dishonest students'
from referring to a text-book, copying a
lecture, or receiving information from a
neighbor, when the class numbers fifty or
one hundred. In fact, very few professors
care to suspicion students of cheating or
desire to put them under espionage, yet
il such had been done during the exam
inations just passed, we know of several
students whose standing on the record
book would be much lower than is now
Great preparation is being made by
Faculty and students to receive President
Angell who returns to iiis duty next Tues-
day. He has been absent from the Uni
versity two years as Minister to China and
all are anxious to welcome him home,
especially Prof. Frize who lias been Act
ing President during the absence of the
President. Rev. An;ell is very popular,
not only among the students but with the
Faculty, and to this fact we are indebted
for the peace and harmony prevolent m
the management of the University. He
runs above faction and party strife and he
grants his brother professors and their
suggestions us much attention and consid
eratlon as he would have them grant him.
This University, like all similar inslitu
tions, has had its days of war and blood
shed, but now, to its credit, those days me
all gone forever and the future shall know
them no more. Wo hope Nebraska
University can soon say as as much.
In conclusion a few words on college
slang; i. e., justifiable slang. When we
were attending Nebraska University
about the only word of universal use was
the inelegant though quite expressive
monosyllabic 'Cram." That word U
scarcely spoken here, but in its stead we
have the word "bone." In itself it does
not express anything. When we first
heard it we were in doubt as to what it
meant. We have since learned. When a
student is assigned a difficult lesson which
demands from him some haul study, he
"'bones." Ask n student to join you in
some sport and if he is crowded with work
he invariably answers, "I have to iione.'
The student "bones" for class, lecture and
examination. The English University
"crib" which bears the same significance
as "bone" is not used. "Plucked" means
not passed. Il is most aptly expressed by
the Americanism "bounced." A great
many student in the modern languages of
Nebraska University have been plucked.
One of our commonest expressions is
"bolted." To "boll" u lecture or recita
tion is to remain away from it. It is an
evil practice to "bolt" and we hope the
readers of the Student have no use lor
such a word. A "pony" can be found in
every college. A student uses n "pony"
when he studies a language with :i trans
lalion at liis elbow. He uses a "poii)"
during examination when he steals the
solution of a problem from a key, or takes
a peep at a translated sentence inscribed
in a uote book or copies a lecture he has
taker down in class. We have plenty of
ponies and far too many riders. The
most expressive phrase of all is "flunk."
Reader, did you ever Hunk? To flunk is
to flatten out, to fail. It shows off one's
ignorance in fine style. Nothing can
cause more chagrin than u bad flunk
When a student is asked who was William
the Conqueror and he replies that lie wis
a gical Roman Sentinel, he mildly flunks,
but when a law student in answer to the
question "What is a tithe?" says it is the
tenth part of the increase of a family, he
flunks an awful flunk. Everybody up
here is "Chum," the word room-mate
being seldom used. The lady students
are called "Co-eds." Once in a while they
they are referred to as " Cats," for the
reason, we suppose, that they are so very
The Student is doing good work We
admire bold yet justifiable expressions.
May it have the hearty support of the
students is our hope.
Ann Arbor, Murch, 0, '82.
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