Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, May 01, 1882, Image 2

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Published sanil-nionthly by tho students of tho
Nebraska Stato Unlvorslty.
Monday, May 1, 1882.
N. Z. Sneli,.
Local Kditoii Ci.km Chabe.
Absooiate Editor Will 0. Jones.
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lected invariably In advance. Advertisements
collected monthly.
Ouu friend Gale has an extended reply
to our remarks on his article on "Senior
studios." Space forbids answer in this
issue. As the discussion involves the
elective system we hope the students will
take time to read it and give the matter
sufficient thought to have a clear under
standing of it.
On the afternoon of the 12th inst., nt
Crete, lovers of the game of base-ball will
have an opportunity of witnessing a
match between tho Doane and University
nines. We feared lest this contest would
not tuke place. But it will and wo are
pleased to note the fact. Our boys arc
not so confident of success us some peo
ple are, but still they handle themselves
well and we expect to sac lome good
playing. Mr. Netleau of the Chicago
Lumber Co. will act as umpire. Tho
Doauilcs are jubilant nod it will take
work to deleat them.
It is rumored that Ex-Chancellor Ben.
ton has been tendered a professorship in
the University. We have no means of
knowing whether it be true or not, but
trust that it is. Few men were ever ad.
mired nnd inspected by the students as
was Mr. Benton when Chancellor here.
If their testimony count for aught, if their
wishes were consulted, no more accepta.
ble man could be found and none they
would welcome so warmly. A perfect
gentlemen and a fine scholar, n friend to
students and to all, his return would bring
satisfaction to many a oue. Few would
be tho dissenting, while many would be
the assenting, voices.
no trees were planted, and very little
attention was given it. As no money was
appropriated "George" could neither hire
help nor fix it up as he desired. Tho
Student is well aware that it takes
money for all of these tilings, but it would
not take much eacli year. A lew hundred
dollars a year judicouslv expended would
improve our campus very much. Such
money would he well spent and not
thrown away. It is a shame that our
campus is not better taken care of. We
call the attention of the Regents to this
matter, nnd ask that at their future meet
ing they give it some consideration.
We are pleased to note that the colleges
of Nebraska will, atfhe next meeting of
the Northwestern Collegiate Association,
apply for membership in the same. Noth
ing can be done this year in the way of
state contests. The right of competing
next year in the Inter-State contest, how
ever, will be secured. Our young and
self confident orators can spend the sum
mer months preparing for sonic imaginary,
if not real, contest. But that is the point.
Will the matter be pushed further? Like
many another good tiling it is liable to
amount to naught, because neglected.
It is not now the time to do more than
apply for admission, but next fall is the
time for work. When the colleges of the
state then open, we hope that the inten
tions ot the now worker will be carried
meeting of the Regents will be a critical
one, and evidently Mr. Carson lacked the
nerve to face it. All of which should I
teach the people of tho slate to.. choose
Regei.ts less from political considerations .
and more on account of their actual qual
ifications. Men with political. aspirations
who are afraid to act as they think for .
fear they will lose a few votes in a futuro
convention, are not tho men to be Regents ,
of a State University.
Tiik Parliamentary Law class seems to
have amusing as well as instructive ses
sions. The Student has no desire to
depreciate the value or underestimate ilieir
practical worth. Yet, while a thorough
knowledge of Parliamentary Law is the
main object, could not this bo obtained
by the introduction and discussion of
questions of more impoi lance? There
are many bills and resolutions introduced.
Few indeed are tiiose that the movers, in
their sober moods, can look upon with
much of a feeling of pride. If twenty
minutes or so of each hour were given
for shoit unit pointed remarks on some
sensible and live issue of the day einbod
led in n bill or resolution, tho lime might
be as well spent as in quibbling over a
motion to sing on page 120 or reading
a bill noted only for its wit, verbosity,
or absurdity.
Tnis spring the campus is in much
better condition than It was lnsl. But
this is not saying very much. Last year
Regent Caiison of Brownvillc placed
his resignation in the hands of Governor
Nance and it was accepted. Under the
present circumstances this is quite a siir
priso to the people of the state. Political
aspirations cause a man to do many queer
tilings, and it is in the air that our Ex
Regent wants to bo Governor. This may
explain his action. Matters will now be
more complicated than ever. The June
Tun second Hespcrian-Palladinn con
test takes place at Crcto on the 12lh of
May. In one sense, representatives of
Doane College stand opposed to repre
sentatives of the University, while in
another, the former named are opposed
to representatives of the Palladian society
only. However the students may look at
the matter, there are no reasons why the
professors could not encourage the con
testauts witli their presence. At Doane
college, we are informed, the professors by
their help and suggestions give the stu
dents to understand that their sympathies
and earnest wishes of success are theirs.
University students do not ask Mint they
be treated as pet children, allowed to
engage in no enterprises without the
direction of their alma mater, but they
do ask that when they undertake j.n.
able and legitimate work that the faciu.y
give them what support they cn.i. The
presence of a few of our professors would
surely be welcomed by the University
class. The Student would urge upon'
all who can to go, not only professors
but students.
It is to be hoped that at the coming
meeting of the Regents some steps will
he taken toward raising the standard of!
admission to the University. Why not
abolish the first preparatory year entirely ?
There seems to be no good reason for
continuing it longer. Most of the high
schools of the state now aim to prepare
students for the Freshman year. In fact,
all the graded schools arc competent to
tit students to enter at least the second
preparatory year, and would willingly do
so, dul they not have to compete with
the University. And besides this, the
graded sehuols are better adapted for
doing elementary work than the Univer
sity is. Tho University professor may
justly look upon teaching Arithmetic,
Grammar, Elementary Algebra, Book
keeping, ect., as extra outside work. But
to teach these branches is tne profession
of the instructors in tho graded schools.
College methods are not well suited for
children whose undisciplined minds re
quire the personal cateaud supervision of
the teacher. We believe a change of this
sort would be a mutual benefit to the
University and the public schools of the