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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT
Issuuil semi-monthly by tlio Hksi'Kiuan Student
Publishing Association or the University of Nebraska.
BOARD OF EDITORS:
( A. A. MtJNltO.
EniTOits-iK-CitiKK, : : : -j ,t0sik 15. Chapman.
( Wii.t. 15. Johnson.
LOCAI.P, : : : : E.,T. Chuhciiim..
Litriiaiiy, : : : : : Chas. S. Ai.i.EN
Associate, : : : : : 0. 15. Vkiuty.
Medical, ::;::: II. C. Letson.
IJUSINESS MANAGER, : : : W. C. Knight.
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I'Eiuan Student, State University, Lincoln, "Nebraska.
Our literary societies now have about seventy
members each. We were going to say that their
numbers should be reduced by a rigid enforcement
of the rules relative to fines etc., but as one of us does
not agree with the other on that subject we will for
bear. It seems inadvisable to turn the editorial de
partment into a symposium.
The present board of regents will not select a
chancellor, but leave that duty to be performed with
the assistance of the four new men whose terms begin
on the first of next January. Though the Student
has complained a good deal about delay in this mat
ter, we yet believe that it is better to have no chan
cellor at all than to have a poor one. Hurry up
gentlemen, but make haste surely.
Dr. Thomas lectures here on the 22nd under the
auspices of the Palladian society. To bring good
lecturers to the city is a work worthy of a literary
society, and it is better for students to expend their
energies in making provision for such entertainments
than in preparing for oyster suppers or other small
money making schemes copied from ladies sewing
societies etc. Dr. Thomas is one of the advanced
thinkers of this country, and has won a reputation
for broad thought and eloquent expression such as is
enjoyed by few ministers.
The work in the various history classes this year is
made to include the writing of a theme, the length
of which is not limited, and each member of the
higher classes is also obliged to give one lecture on
some subject assigned by the professor. This gives
an'cxcllent chance to those who are ambitious of do
ing independent work. When a student, working
with but little guidance, has collected and systemat
ized a list of all the authorities on a given subject, and
has, from the conflicting opinions of many authors,
formed and systematized opinions of his own and
writen them out as clearly as may be, when he has
done these things he will surely have gained much in
knowledge and much in mental strength. Such
plans of work are characteristic of a real University,
and this school should become a real University as
soon as possible.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, while speaking
of his sons, that they were deprived of all that had
made him what he was, the bare chambers and the
coarse fare; ''And yet," he added, "I cannot Jiclp
it." He thus recognized the effeminating influence
of wealth. The rule is that men are "born tired,"
and if they do not have to work they will not do so.
Necessity is the mother not only of invention but of
endurance and of perserverance as well. The boy
who begins to study Latin when he is but ten or
twelve years old, and has nothing to do but study
from that on until he graduates, will acquire a more
thorough knowledge of what the school can teach,
than he who has had to work his ow.i way. But if
the former has not learned the lesson of the eternal
need of work, his so called opportunities for self-improvement
have been a detriment to him. It is easy
to learn this lesson theoretically, but the practical
knowledge of it that compels a man to labor not only
long, but rapidly, is oftenest taught by necessity.
Nearly every one who has taught in third class
country schools must have been impsessed by the
great number of children who have not intellect
enough to enable them to thoroughly understand the
first four rules of arithematic. We talk grandly
about the advantages of universal education, but
what is to be done with a boy who has gone to
school steadily for five years and is still at the foot of
the second reader class with no prospect of ever being
fit for promotion? One connot blame the boy, for
he probably has already gained a better education'
than any of his ancestors though the line were follow
ed backto Adam, or to original protoplasm. The
teacher can only labor faithfully with such a speci
men, and hope that if other teachers shall work with
equal faithfulness, this boy's grandchildren maybe
able to attain the third reader, or ever, team how to
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