Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, January 15, 1884, Page 2, Image 4

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Issued semi-monthly, by the IIkbpeiiiah Student
Publishing Association of Jho University of Nebraska.
( A. A Muniio.
: : ( JOSIK E. CirAWIAN.
( WiLii E. Johnson.
: ( Ed. J. Cuukchim
: : CllAB. S. AM.EN
: : : 0. E. Vkmty
: : : S. B. Letbon.
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Business Mahaoeh,
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All communications should be addressed to the Hes
perian Student, State University, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jjgdiforial &ote,
At the recent meeting of the board of Regents
charget and specifications were presented against
Prof. Thompson alleging his miwmanagcment and
incompetency as professor and as the head of the
college farm. The board decided that the charges
were, in the main, not substantiated, but concluded
that his methods were open to criticism in certain
particulars. One peculiar feature of the investigation
was the calling of witnesses to prove the manner in
which the Professor was regarded by the students.
This was a move that would have made an old fash
ioned disciplinarian despair of the future of our
school and of its present efficiency. However we
deem this a very proper course to pursue. Fully half
the students in this institution are working their owa
way, in 'part at least, and so must be in earnest, and
anxious to have as good a school as possible. Con
sidering these circumstances it may be seen that the
students are simply citizens of the state who have the
greatest interest in the University and are most favor
ably situated for judging of its needs. The fear of
disfavor with the professors will always be a sufficient
restraint upon a tendency to "crankism," and we be
lieve that the Regents in the future, as in the past
will do well to regard the opinion of the students.
Our Literary Editor has been smitten with vener
ation for Carlyle and gets quite garcastic in consid
ering Gail Hamilton's estimate of his character.
Gail says a great many foolish things, but there is
a certain amount of truth underlying the self-conscious
folly of her talk. Such wc judge to have been
the case in the present instance. Even the gentle
Whitticr says that the publication of Carlylc'i cor
respondence has disclosed so much bitterness that it
has induced him to burn a corscspondcncc covering
some fifty years, and that it almost compells one to
believe that Carlyle was devoid of the milk of human
kindness. "When I was in England," says Emer
son, "young men used to ask me to introduce them
to Carlyle, but I said, why will you have this vitrol
thrown over you?" Such expressions from such men
show that the great worshipers of Strength, or rather
of Ruggedness, might be charged, not only with
minor faults but also with a thoroughly unkind dis
position. We believe that it is acknowledged even
by Carlyle's friends that he paid a studied disregard
ed to his wife's wishes, always when they interfered
with his own, and often out of pure meanness.
No man can, ofcoursbe perfect, but we should b
careful ere allowing an excuse for indecency.
"Two-fifths of genius and three-fifths clear fudge,"
is perhaps a correct estimate of the make-up of the
scolding Scotchman.
We have often thought, and now we feel con
vinced that the Student ought to have a man
aging editor, through whose hands all matter
intended for publication in the Student should
pass, and who would be responsible for every
thing that appears in its columns. It is true
that there are two so-called editors-in-chief, but
neither has any authority over the ather, nor
over any other department but his own, and it is
a very easy matter for articles to find their way into
print without the consent or knowledge of any mem
ber of the board of editors. This is the only expla
nation we can offer to those who may feel agrieved at
having their names causelessly dragged before the
public in the last issue of the StudcHT. We
believe that when the good of the University is con
cerned the Student has a right to use its influence
even at the risk of offending the powers that be,
but it certainly it not intended as a medium far anyone
to give expression to his personal feelings.
With regard to that "Medical Bill of Fare" in the
last issue we are glad to be able to say that no one on
the editorial staff is willing to acknowledge himself the
author, and how any one having the good of
this paper at heart could find it in himself to write
such stuff, which contain1 neither wit nor humor,
but instead a good deal of vulgarity passeth all understanding.