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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
New goods at Barklcy & Briscoe's.
Largo stock new books at Fawcll's.
Novelties in fine stationery at Fawcll's.
All tlie students go to Fox & Struve for
their books and stationery.
Go and sue M. H. Guslin to get good
harness or buggies, on 11th street.
Preserve your natural tcetli by having
them attended to early by Dr. Way.
The latest and nobbiest style of Milts,
neckwear and hats at the Pliwnix One
Price Clothing Hail.
The captivating University Broom
Brigade will give a review at the Baptist
sociable on "Wednesday evening in But
ler's new store, 0 street. Journal.
II. C. Lett fc Son are selling more boots,
shoes, hats mid furnishing goods than any
store in Lincoln. No one doubts the
truth of their selling at cost.
The view down Eleventh street from
the University is a good one and has
much improved during the year. Four
large three-story blocks and a number of
smaller ones have been erected since
April, 1881. Eleventh is rapidly becom
ing one of the handsomest, streets of the
Though conscious that much has been
said in these columns in regard to the
present course of study, yet wu wish to
"throw out a thought." From an exam
ination of the course laid down in the
catalogue it will be seen that the studies
of the Senior year are for the most part
of a different nature from those of pre
viou3 years, the principal study being
that of philosophy. But why limit it to
mental and moral philosophy; instead ot
translating detached portions of Greek
and Latin text would it not be better to
spend the time studying the literature and
philosophy of these people? This would
be more in keeping with, and greatly sup
plement their study of mental and moral
philosophy, for this subject pervades
much of the writings of the Greeks and
Romans. Indeed, philosophy may be
said to have taken its rise among il.p
early Greek thinkers, and bonce a study
of these would greatly elucidate and
facilitate the study of modern philosophy.
Furthermore, philosophy from its Initial
period has been the subject of manifold
speculation. Nearly every thinker of
eminence has formulated h theory peculiar
to himself, containing amidst its illusions
much that is true. This being th u ease, it
would be almost impossible to gather
within the compass of a single text-book
the theories of the different philosophers
sufllciently elucidated to be comprehensi
ble to the average student, but rather must
he seek amongst the writings of the phil o.
sophers themselves a clear statement of
their theories, sufllciently elaborated to bu
intelligible. This requires no little timcf
we are nwaie, but it is the only method
which gives tiny degree of satisfaction
Wo can say from experience that the ben!
etll oerived from such comparative study
more than repays the expense of time;
the mental training received far transcends
that acquired from u mere dipping into
this and that.
The present course icquircs at least six
different lines of study at tho same time
How absurd to suppose that each one of
these can be pursued with any degree of
gratification. Not only is little time do
voted to each one, but the infrequency o
tho recitation renders the study of each
disconnected, and thereby occasions much
loss that might be avoided by consecutive
rocitati.His. Some one will say, perchance
that the object of a collegiate course is
simply to confer upon the student a gen.
oral education, and that lie cannot afford
to spend his time upon a thorough inves
tigation of any particular subject. In
this we grant there is much truth; but
too often the real object to be attained is
overlooked. Too many seem to think the
college graduate a sort of walking ency
clopaedia; such an idea is entirely crro.
ncous. The athlete does not take his
daily exercise in tho gymnasium for the
mere purpose of learning the various fig.
urcs and evolutions, but for the develop
ment of his physique; so the student
should pursue such studies as will be
most highly conducive to the develop,
ment of iiis mental powers.
With the exception of mathematics the
first three years aro devoted almost exclu
sively to the acquirement of knowledge
such as is necessary to intelligent cogita.
Hon. How reasonable and just then that
the last year should be spent in the acqui
sition of habits of original thought, such
as can only he acquired from a somewhat
extended research in any particular theme.
He who contemplates entering any par
ticular profession expects tt devote hi in"
self exclusively to the investigation of
his chosen subject, how advantageous to
him, then, if lie has already learned the
proper course to pursue in the study of
any special subject. If accustomed during
his collegiute training to accept without
question the statements of his textbook,
in his chosen profession he will be but
an imitator, a man not marked for original
investigation a characteristic most easen.
Hal to the successful prosecution of his
work. Summarily, then, we would advo
cate that (1) less number of subjects be
pursued at the snme time, (2) more time
be ullotted to each one, and (3) the recita
tions be consecutive. Gale.
COLLEGE YOUNG MEWS GU11I8T.
The college branch of the Y. M. C. A.
originated so recently that it has attracted
comparatively little notice, and no one
that has not observed it can know any
thing of its strength and influence. The
first movement of the kind was made in
Louisville, Ky., in June, 1877. There have
been organized since then, and are now in
operation in 20 states of the Union and
the District of Columbia, one hundred
and forty.ftve college associations. Ten
nessee leads the list with associations in
sixteen of her colleges and universities,
including the State University. Illinois
comes next with fifteen, then Ohio comes
next with thirteen, Ohio University amoug
the number. Indiana and Iowa have each
twelve, including both State Universities,
and next to these is Pennsylvania with
eleven associations. Thirteen states have
associations in their State Universities,
viz.: Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio,
Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Nortli
Carolina, Mississippi, Mibsouri, Tennes.
see, Kentucky and Nebraska. A few
prominent universities and colleges that
have associations arc, Yale, Princeton,
Browti, Amherst, Cornell and Woostcr.
The example of such institutions is evi.
dently sufficient precedent for the students
of any college to organize themselves into
a Y. M. C. A. The total membership of
the association is 7000, including nearly
three-fourths of the professing Christians
in the colleges that have the organization.
The name of the association implies its
object. It is to throw about students the
restraining and refining influences of
Christianity. Through its influence and
assistance more than 3000 students have
professed conversion in the past five years.
Members arc stimulated by correspond
ence between colleges and with the Col
lege Secretary, who keeps a constant over
sight of nil the associations. The Secre
tary also publishes monthly the College
Bulletin, a four page periodical giving
religious news from colleges and sugges
tions in regard to the work. We com
mend it to oil who are interested in the
progress of Christianity in colleges.
Copies of it may be found on the Univcr
sity library table.
The tendency and aim of the association
is the same as of other religious organiza
tions. It is not to teach airy pnrticulur
creed, but to encourage and teach moral
ity and the deeper truths of Christianity,
which are the foundation of true morality.
"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
tilings are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever thing.-, are pure, whatso
ever things arc lovely, whatsoever things
are of good report; inhere be nny virtue,
if thcro be any praise, think on these
things." a Member.
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