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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
THE HESPERIAN STUDENT
Published semi-monthly by the students of the
Nebraska State University.
Monday, Mat 15, 1882.
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persuasion, to secure the passage of a
mciisure or the election of a candidate.
But all underhanded schemes such as
threats, misrepresentations, unfair rulings
and challenging votes upon mere techni.
cal grounds should be beneath the dignity
of the students.
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On behalf of those who visited Crete
from the University, we return to the
students of Donne thanks lor the many
preparations that were made for our
pleasure and comfort. No kinder treat
went could have been wished. The cold
weather, it is true, prevented the carrying
out of many things, yet the intention was
there the means had been provided.
The Student is not at all sutificit with the
result of the contest, but for the students
of Doano College, their hospitality,
though tfuln ess and generosity, it has only
respect nnd good will.
The Student is afrnid many of the
University students were not aware of
how gum chewing looked in an opera
house. It would not raise any class of
students in our estimation if at a public
entertainment in Lincoln they should all
make that delightful jaw music caused
by chewing gum. Put others in the same
position you were in last Friday night at
Crete, and then imagine how it wnuld
look. We have no desire to do more than
call the attention of the students to this
matter, as their own judgement will tel
them If, at the late contest, they did the
Unkoutunatei.y some of the greatest
evils of American politics are fostered at
college. Students who arc- trying to lit
themselves for the duties and responsibil
ities of citizenship should aim at some
thing higher than mere skill in wire-pul-ling
and bull-dozing. Yet how often do
we have a society election, or oven a busi
ness meeting of any consequence, at
which these arts are not practiced V It is
perfectly prober for any one to use all
honorable means, such as arguments or
The literary society at the college farm
has decided to give an exhibition two
weeks from next Wednesday night. This
will be the first entertainment of the kind
ever undertaken by the farm boys. This
year, as during previous years, they have
had n well organized society, meeting
every Saturday night, and doing good
work. Hut heretofore they have never
seen fit to let the public know what they
were capable of doing. Now that they
have decided to have an exhibition, the
Student takes pleasure in announcing
the same. In the coming years there is
no reason why this should not be one of
the constant features of Commencement
week. As it lies wholly within the power
of the farm society to make it such we
have no doubt that it will hcreiftcr rank
along with the other society exhibitions.
It again becomes the painful duty ol
the Student to allude to a habit which
some of our hitherto respectable students
are acquiring. In an institution for
higher education honor should be held
high. Wiiatcver other vices we may
have, we should not be lacking in per
sonal integrity. If for any reason ono
does not ieel prepared to pass an hones',
examination in a study, the honorable
path to pursue is the right one. Better
a thousand times to endure the disgrace
of failure than the questionable honor of
passing (V) by means of organized deceit.
We learn that in a recent examination
concealed books and prepared notes were
used by several members of the class. This
is not only dishonor but cowardice, aim
bhould he frowned upon by every res.
pectable student. If the professors would
show greater vigilance and the students
strive t raise the moral tone of the iiiBti
tution, we believe this evil might be
If a stranger should find himself in a
knot of students, their conversation would
be about equally intelligible with so much
Chinese Vague allusions to events, past,
present and future, which have no earthly
inleresl to anyone except the initiated are
the rule. College expressions are so
numerous that we can almost say that the
students have a dialect of their own.
Law and medicine have their distinct
nomenclatures, why not we V There is no
objection at all. But what do we think
of the lawyer or physician who constantly
makes use of technical expressions pecu
liar to liis particular profession, but
Greek to those "outside the pale?" The
sensible man shrugs his shoulders and
sets the offender down as a pedant or a
fool. Now, although among themselves
students are at perfect liberty to converse
after their own fashion, would it not be
more in accordance with true politeness,
when comparative strangers are among
them, to use the vernacular common to
all English speaking people?
To say that the students of Donne Col
lege and of the University are indignant
over the indecision manifested by the
judges chosen to decide upon the respec
tive merits of the participants in the late
contest, would be superfluous. We were
very happy to be informed that the pro
ductions were "excellent; " but, as Lieut.
Webster said, "we knew that before," and
to be paternally patted upon the head and
told to "try again, children, it will do you
good," was not the object of our visit to
Crete. It !s all very well in theory to say
that literary productions should bo mens
mod by the amount of the actual benefit
derived, but such is not the solo object
aimed nt in these contests. Why not tell
us that the student should burn his pro
ductions as soon as written, because the
applause of an audience is a false stim
ulus ? Students no less than men engaged
in practical life want something definite,
tangible, to show for their efforts. We
think we but echo the sentiments of the
student.! of the University when we amy
that an adveise decision would have been
preferable to such nmbiguity as charac
terized the verdict rendered.
We notice that the Journal was so well
pleased with the debate of Messrs. Yates
nnd Stephens that it made editorial men
tion of the same. It is gratifying to stu
dents to know that their efforts are appre
ciated. While wo too "pronounce the
arguments of both gentlemen very ud
mirnblc and exhaustive exponents of the
issue, better upon the whole than have
been made on Ihe stump by regular pol
iticians of the state," still the Student
was surprised to hear Mr. Stephens make
so many slighting remarks concerning his
oppouont's argument. Ho indulged in too
much brow-bcating. Some of this may be
overlooked, but when he openly and
explicitly nccused Mr. Yates of plngnrisni
at best, he carried matters loo far. No
doubt it was for effect upon the decision
of the judges, as he afterwards went to
Mr. Yatos and apologized for using such
language. He tried to ingratiate himself
again Into the good graces of the one
whom he had wronged and still keep the
audience under the impression that his
opponent was a thief. It is the humble
opinion of this paper that the man who
would do this lacks some of the elements
of n true gentleman. In justice to Mr
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