Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, May 01, 1882, Image 3

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XE 11 It ASK A.
A new made college, to ho euro,
Scarce counting n decado of years,
Yet onn which, growing, will ontluro
Despite her tronblcH nml our fears.
Despite her troubles and our fonrn
Nebraska's University
Will rise above the ctltlc's snoors
An lionoraa western school to bo.
An honored western school to bo
If students by their faithful toll
Will show so all tho State may see
Thnt men are rising on her hoII.
That men nro rising on her soil
WIioho hope and future aim shall bo
To tave from slander and from spoil
Nebraska's University.
Editou Studknt. Wo wish to say a
few words in regard to our "misleading
statements" referred to in your editorial of
the loth. In the first place, we admit
being a "classical;" wo thought the
article itself sutllcient evidence of the
fact, without stating the same in black
mid white, and hence our remarks were
intended for the most pari as applicable
to that course. Don't put on the shoe,
Mr. Editor, where it doesn't lit. Although
we say we had the classical course mainly
in mind, yet if you will look at the "He
vised Course" (get Prof. Emerson to ex
plain if necessary) you will llnd that
1'hilosop! y occurs in two of three courses,
viz.: Classical and Scientific. Now we
think the statement made in regard to the
distinctive character of Senior studies in
Ihc Classical course just as truly applica.
ble to those in the Scientific course, or at
least as respecting Philosophy, and per
haps even more uo. The studies pursued
in this course, previous to the Senior year,
are for the most part those involving the
mero acquisition of definite knowledge.
They require little or no original thinking
or investigation. Mathematics with a
majority of students is of the same
nature, few become sufficiently Interested
or have the time to spend to work out
original problems; true it requires think
ig to understand a demonstration, but
it is n different kind of thinking from
that of Philosophy. It is simply follow,
ing out tho thoughts of another. A
student of the classics, however, Is com
pelled to use his own judgment in deter
mining upon the construction to bo put
upon the sentence under consideration, in
choosing the right meaning of a word,
one that will best express tho thoughts of
the writer.
So much for the first misleading state
ment. Now for tho next. Yes, Mr. Ed
itor,"this applies to tho Senior year;"
(referring to our assertion in regard to tho
number of studies) wo were writing about
Senior studies we believe. In the Class!
cal course (to which our statement
especially referred) there aro three differ-
en l studies prescribed, and six hours
elective, necessitating either two three
hour or three two-hour recitations. On
examining the "Revised Course" (for ex
planation see previous reference) wo And
no two three-hour recitations occuring
the same term which a Senior would bo
likely to choose; henco the only alterna
tive is to elect three two-hour recitations,
making "six different lines of thought."
In regard to tho Scientific course, we
admit our assertion will not hold good.
Now for our "conclusions." The sec
ond and third evidently mutually involve
each other. More time alotlcd to each
study of course lessens the number and
renders tliein consecutive. What effect
will this have upon the elective system
you ask. Now, Mi. Editor, you never
heard us say "None whatever." It ought
to bo evident to a First Prep that with a
constant teaching force and a limited time
for recitations tho number of studies
could not bo increased without lessening
the time devoted to cacli one. (We've
passed In the Logic class.)
The only question to bo considered is
whether tho advantages of a liberal elec
live system, with our present limited
teaching force, overrides the disadvantages
which such a system involves. This ques
tion we answer in tho negative Pleaso
bear in mind, Mr. Editor, what we said
in our former article, that the object of an
education is to secure mental training and
not tho mere acquisition of knowledge;
hence those means must be adopted which
shall best secure this end. Such end, we
reiterate, is best attained by consecutive
and moio thorough study. No lawyer
thinks of working up several cases at the
same time; no writer thinks of being
occupied with several books on widely
different subjects at the sumo time; no
student endeavors to work two or three
different problems at the same time.
These wo admit are not exactly parallel
cases, yet the principle involved is much
the same. Wo aro not opposed to the
elective system itself. Indeed, we think
it has great advantages. All we wis!; to
say is that it should not be so extended as
to interfere with its efficiency in securing
tho proper end. Only cnlaigo as our
teaching force will allow without weaken
ing the course.
Your conclusion, Mr. Editor, is most
decidedly "misleading," viz.: "To tho
proposition that there bo a less number of
subjects pursued at tho same timo we give
our hearty concurrence." Now how in
the name of common sonso, with a con
stunt number of hours, aro you going to
lessen tho number of studies without
increasing the timo given to each, render
ing them perhaps consecutive, to which
you objected. In sincere good will wo
await "further light" on the subject.
j!gxcl(mtQc ric-n-brnc.
Kansas University sends out a monthly,
the Review Literary articles predominate
to the detriment of the otherjdopartments.
Tho Nation has taken up the discussion
of the parental system and of elective
studies. Several articles of interest to
college men have appeared.
Emory Mirror, fr.tm Oxford, Ga., wishes
to "forget the past and think of things
which will do goort to the proscnt and
future citlzons of tho 'U. S.' " Amen.
The Doane Owl hoots once more. To
mollify the exchange editor wo have a
compliment for this number. It is realty
the best wo have yet examlucd and leads
us to believe that a monthly, at least,
would be a success at Doane. Tho local
department is especially good.
The writer of "Daniel O'Connell," in
the Spectator, from Montreal, Canada,
mistakes his calling if ho docs not coma
to this country and make a Fourth of
July orator of himself. As a "spread
eagle" effusion this article can not bo sur
passed. The William Jewell Student has been
dubbed tho "old moss-back" by tho ex
changes. Not an elegant nickname, but
appropriate. Old essays and cight-col-uiun
editorials on "The Mission of Educa
lion" and similar subjects fill up well but
are not profitable to the roader.
Notre Dame Scholastic has a decidedly
ecclesiastical tone, and it is not surprising
as the editor in chief is a Catholic priest
and a member of the faculty. This may
be a convenient arrangement for tho
faculty, but cxpeiionce has shown tho
wisdom of having tho college papers con
trolled entirely by students.
The Senior Preps and Freshmen of
Ohio Wesleyan Unlvcrstly have organ
ized a military company. Tho Traiu
script gives the following as tho "cry of
the boys in blue:" "Build us straight, O
drill master; strong Senior Preps and
graceful Freshmen that shall march with
drum and banner and with Sophs and
Sem. girls wrestle."
Wo are glad to sco that Harvard Her
ald has received a sound drubbing from
the Knox Student and Oberlin Review for
tho following absurd statement in regard
to the standard of scholarship In western
colleges: "Wo will venture to state that
tho preparation required to enter Har
vard, and tho prescribed work of tho
Freshman year, amount probably to as
thorough a grounding in tho leading
departments of human knowledge, as tho
entiro course of most of our western
sisters." Tho difference between the
courses of eastern and western colleges
la so small as to be hardly noticeable.