Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, January 15, 1884, Image 18

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Vol. XII.
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No. VII.
We are inclined to think that the local department
of this paper is getting a little too personal for general
comfort. "It may be fun for you but it is death to
us" said the frogs to the small boy who was pelting
them with stones. Personalities are the forlorn
hope of the country editor who wants to make his
paper spicy, but who has exhausted all other kind
of wit. We hope our paper will not be obliged to
descend to it.
When in the course of human events it becomes nec
essary fbr us and others interested in the success of
the Student to buy books, clothing, stoves and coal,
let us bear in mind that it is our duty to buy of
those who advertise in its columns, and thus contrib
ute toward its necessary expense. Some of the busi
ness men of Lincoln advertise in the Student,
others do not, and it is but justice that those who do,
should as far as possible receive our patronage.
Again the Regents have met and left the chair
ofNatual Sciences vacant. There is no chair of
greater importance in our school, and the students
in the scientific course, who are regular in their
classes have good grounds for grumbling, when neither
Faculty nor Regents provide a competant
teacher for the branches taught by that chair. How
ever, we think it better to let a (aw suffer now, than
to get a poor teacher to satisfy their wants, and
hereafter hear a continual complaint, which in a
short time will be echoed by the state press.
Oliver Wendell Holmes says: "People who
make puns are like wanton boys who put coppers on
the railroad track. They may amuse themselves and
other children, but their little trick may upset a
freight train of conversation for the sake of a bat
tered witticism." We thought no one used puns
but students of the Nebraska State University, but
Holmes evidently had the train of his conversation
knocked off the track before he made the above
sweeping denunciation. No matter how sublime or
rediculous the subject of conversation may be, there
is always a chance for the inventive punster, and he
never fails to fling one at you, and you must laugh
though you feel like kicking yourself for it. LetJ us
leave puns where they belong, with the slang of the
Newspapers are generally supposed to mould pub
lic opinion, and it is often amusing to see how each
paper takes to itself the credit for the accomplish
ment of whatever it may previously have advocated.
It is now in order for the Student to claim the hon
or of having aroused the regents to a sense of their
shortcomings and of having persuaded them to elect
for us a chancellor, because ever since the chancel
lor's chair became vacant that fact was a fruitful topic
for editorial writing, and the regents were time and
again informed that the University of Nebraska was
without a head. At last we have a chancellor, who
comes to us with the highest recomendations, and we
hope that all friends of the University will cooperate
with him in making it a success.
Under the management of Dean Hitchcock the
University has had a larger attendance and has been,
in every way more prosperous than ever before, with
an able corps of teachers, and harmony all around
there is no reason why we should not go on from
victory unto victory.
One of the most pressing needs of our University
is a good gymnasium, one that will be a part of the
University and under the charge of a professor of
gymnastics. It is hardly necessary to enter into
any discussion proving the necessity of
physical exercise, or that bodily health
and strength are not necessarily vulgar. In
many colleges attendance upon gymnastic exer
cises is required of the members of the college
classes, because the studious, who are never seen out
side of their rooms, who burn the 1 2 P. M. oil, and
who never kick tthe Toot-ball, are those who especi
ally need the gymnasium, but never go near it. In
the present financial conditon of the University we
do not ask the Regents for a fifty-thousand dollar
building, suppliedwith all the necessary apparatus,
but we do suggest that the room now used for that
purpose be fitted up on a moderate scale. If this is
done we venture to say that the Athletic Association
will revive, and the room be kept furnished in the