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T II E HESPERIAN S T U I) E N T.
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT
Published semi-monthly by tbo Htmlcnts oftho
Nebraska State University.
Satimuiay, Ainn. IB, 1882.
May li. Fmufikmi. N 'A. Snem,.
l.OCAI, KlllTOIl, Cl.KM CtIA!E.
Associate Kmroit Wiu. O. Jones.
HUBI.NES8 IUaNAUEU J. F. MaHSIIAM..
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lected Invariably in ndvanco. Advertisements
It is with reelings only of regret Hint I
tnke my final lcavo of llicso editorial col
umns. For many months at three differ
ent tunes lliey have brought me pleasant
duties, in the fulfilment of which I have
met with kinder and more considerate
treatment than falls to the lot of most
editors. That my successor may find the
paper the source of the enjoyment which
it his brought to me is the wish with
which I leave my place to him.
MAY B. FAIRFIELD.
The Student solicits articles on the
elective system, and the effect the pro
posed change of the academic year into,
three, instead of two, terms will have
When tho University next issues a cat
aloguo wo predict that, an an extra edition
will bo necessary. The pamphlets will
be such curiosities that everybody will
want one. We have almost forgotten
how a catalogue looks and how it is
arranged; whether they place the Latin
school boforo the Seniors or the Student
editors in with the Faculty. The cat
alogue last issued was in 1880 and the
next will be for J882 or '83.
The Doanites were not desirous of a
game of foot-bull and declined the dial,
leugo sent by tho University boys. Thoy
say they are not up to the game of foot
ball, but indicate their willingness to play
base ball. We would like to see some of
our boys lake hold of the matter and give
the Doano nine a chauco for victory or
defeat. There is nearly a month yet to
practice, and in that time a nine ought to
get in very good working order. Come
boys, let us have a base ball, if we cannot
have a foot-ball, contest.
Last year the Alumni gave no recep
tion. They intended to, of course, but
a misunderstanding arose between them
and the graduating class so it fell through.
If our memory serves us rightly a very
energetic committee was appointed to con
duct affairs this yenr. Information as to
what it intends to do lias not reached this
ofllce. The Student trusts that it has
done something, and that the reception
w.ill be a success. The present Senior
class is looking forward to that evening
and anticipating a plcnsanl time. Mem
bers oftho committee, let tliier hopes be
The class in Parliamentary Law is fast
becoming one of the most popular studies
in the University, and now that it is an
elective it will count in one's course the
same as any other. The presidents of the
societies and of tho Hesperian Associa
tion would find it to their advantage to
belong to this class. The lime will soon
como when no one not well versed in this
subjeot can be elected as presiding officer.
Few positions arc more unpleasant than
to attempt to preside over an assembly
and be, at tho same timo perfectly igno
rant of parliamentary usages. We have
seen all soits of ridiculous blunders made
by presiding officers and some of there
mistakes were productive of almost too
serious results to be so very ludicrous
The preparations for the Crete contest
seem to bo inching slowly along and the
contest, as it now looks, will probably
not take place until tho twelfth of May.
It is to be hoped that tho University, or
rather tho Puiladian society, will not
come off so much tho worse for the fray
as they did a year ago. A second defeat
would load the Union society to consider
that it must take up the battle for the
credit of tho University. The judges for
the contest have not yet been chosen and
all sorts of opinions arc rife as to who
thoy will be. Undoubtedly a great deal
depends upon thorn. They must bn capa-
ble or nico distinctions, be able rapidly
and wisely to draw conclusions and while
free from bias and prejudice, know their
own minds and know that they know it.
Tho Student awaits further developments
with considerable interest.
Anew lot of books has been received
for the library and brought more forcibly
to our attention one of the deficiencies of
the library the want of light literature.
Scott and Dickens have been read to
pieces and aside from George McDonald's
works and a few of George Eliot's and
just now the Mill on too Floss is the only
one wc recall together with n couple of
J. G. Holland's and Mulilbach's historical
novels, the University contains little light
literature outside of the periodicals.
While no student should propose to give
his time exclusively or chiefly to such
reading, yet an education to bo rounded
and complete must include an acquain
tancc witli the standard authors of our
own and other times in this department
of literature. The Student hopes that
tills deficiency of tho library will be the
recipient of early and careful attention.
The exercise of courtesy, politeness and
truo toleration seldom comes amiss. But
one, or all, of these good qualities is gen
erally lacking in the treatment our liter
ary socitics extend to eacli other. There
are members of the Union society who
cannot so? any good in tho Palladlan.
Thtro are Pailadians who scarcely rccog
nizc tho Union the equal of their own,
and they appear astonished if, perchance,
the Union is mentioned before the Palla
dian, or if at auolcction a Union editor
in.chicf is clio'sen before a Palladian.
Gentlemen, by such conduct you show
a spirit that would have better become
your ancestors of the 15th century, tnan
it becomes you. You would sneer down
your honest rivals and feed your intoler
ant spirit on arrogance. The Student
would not mention this matter did it not
on every occasion, whether it arises from
an invitation from one society asking tho
other to join with it in a sociable, or
something else, seo the need of a higher
and better standard of toleration. Each
society is fearful lest tho other gain some
advantage over it. There is not enough
confidence in the acts and intentions of
those belonging to different societies, not
enough courtesy shown, not enough frank
How far a student may safely go in his
cricticisms of a professor is perhaps a
delicate as well as a debatable question
By this we do not mean how far he can
safely go in throwing out slurs, insinua.
lions, innuendoes, without just cause and
for no other reason than to gratify a por
sonal splto or prejudice, and at tho samo
time cscapo public reprimand, suspension,
expulsion or an invitation to appear
before the Faculty. But how far a
student can justly and honorably and
fairly criticiso tho method, motives,
scholarship and ability or his teach
ors. Students in the moie advanced
classes at leust are men and women
whoso judgment and observation aro
growing more and more mature, and who
arc ovary year becoming more critical,
and while a collego education is demand-
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