Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, October 01, 1884, Page 2, Image 2

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Issued semi-monthly by the Hesperian Student
Publishing Association of th University of Nebraska.
Mnnnger, Eel. J. Churchill.
Chiefs, : :
Literary, : :
Local, : :
Associate, : :
Medical, :
busineb8 manager,
( C. 8 Polk.
J G. B. Frankfortkr.
Mary R. Camphell.
( R S.Mockett.
W. S. Perk in.
C. G. McMillan.
: Elmer Pierce.
Wm. E. Johnson.
The University may well congratulate herself on
the improvement in the quality of the entrance ex
aminations made during the past four years. Now
it requires some knowledge to enter even the first
preparatory dc.partartrnent; then the poorest appli
cant was hardly turned away Then the sub-Fresh
department was crowded with conditioned first prep
aratories; now unconditional passage is the only door
to the preparatory school. Apropos to this subject, it
is pleasing to announce that quite a decided propor
tion of this year's entrants joined the second prepara
tory and Freshmen classes and that the proportion
of the first prep are less than usual. "So mote
it be."
One copy, per college year, .... $1.00
One copy, one half year, .50
Single copy, .10
Single Copy, to Members of Association . . .05
All communications should be addressed to the Hes
perian Student, State University, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Press of the University Printing Company.
jgdiforial &oie$.
What our University needs now is more room
and worst of all a Chemical Laboratory. At present
our laboratory consists of one small room scarcely
large enough for a dozen persons to work. The
store and apparatus room does not exceed 10x12 with
not one tenth the apparatus required in the course
laid out. There are fifty students this term to take
laboratory work making it an utter impossibility to
do it thoroughly. The Student then hopes that the
Legislature will realize the importance of such a
building and appropriate funds to build such a labo
ratory as not only our institution but our state demands.
In one of John Hopkins' circulars last year our
course in history was mentioned with high praise but
a weak point was spoken of in the course as the ab
sence of American History. This year the course
has been so altered as to include a full year of elec
tives in that important branch. The Student is
glad to see that there seems to be an inclination
among the students to prefer this study of the early
history of our country and the rise of its institutions
to the corresponding foreign histories. Nothing is
more generally lacking in the average American than
an accurate knowledge of his own country and it is
occasion for pride that our University has joined
the foremost Colleges in the land.
An important change has been made in the library.
The scientific books are put in a room by themselves
thus distinguishing .the scientific from the literary
and historical departments. Many of our eastern
colleges have entirely separate rooms for their scien
tific libraries, just what our University will have in
the near future. This change is a step in the right
direction and would have been made before but from
the fact that we had so few scientific books that had
they been put in an alcove by themselves it would
have been impossible to find them. While we do
not expect a scientific library like Harvard or Johns
Hopkins, we should be glad to see one which would
correspond with the work done here in our Univer
sity. In another column the beauties of calisthenics are
fittingly discussed by one advocating physical drill
among the young ladies. This article reminds ye ed
itor of the pre-historic existence of a gymnasium
in the University for the development of
the boys. Why cannot this valuable addition to
college work be obtained again by the boys of the
school? Is not the present Freshmen class, for in
stance, in possession of a sufficient amount of spunk
to petition to the regents, raise a subscripition, or do
something to start the ball rolling? Will not the Sophs
or Juniors help them in the goed work? Cannot even
the intellectually profound Senior offer his influence
and pocket-book to the same worthy end? we pause
for a reply.
The Student congratulates itself at the beginning
of this year to find the chairs of Geology and Horti
culture filled. For two years the University was
without a chancellor But when at last the office was
filled the Student rejoiced that the regents ''made
haste slowly" and selected a man fitted for that
office. Again have they shown their interest in
the University, as well as their good judgement in
selecting Professors Hicks and Bessey to the chairs