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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA.
LINCOLN, NEB., FEBRUARY i, 1885.
At this day, ns much compitny as I have kept, and as
much as I lovo it, I love reading belter liopc.
Those authors who appear sometimes to forget they are
writers, and remember they are men, will be our favorites.
He who writes from the heart will write to the heart.
The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thorough-fare.
It closes in the twlight to open with the dawn. I im
prove every hour because I love this world us my father
land. My work is only beginning. My monument is
hardly above its foundation. I would be glad to see it
mounting and mounting forever. The thirst for the in
finite proves infinity. Victor Hugo.
No matter how poor I am; 110 matter though the pros
perous of my own time will not enter my obscure dwell
ing; if the sacred writers will enter and take up their
abode under my roof if Milton will cross my threshold
to sing to 1110 of Paradise; and Shakespeare, to opm to
mo the worlds of imagination and the workings of the
human heart, I shall not pine for the want of intellectual
companionship though excluded from what is called the
best society in the place where I live. Channing.
Representative Holmes has introduced a bill into the
legislature authorizing the regents to expend what may
be necessary of the University fund for the erection of a
Science Hall and also a Chemical Laboratory. It does
not require a very high order of intellect lor one who is
in the least acquainted witli our needs to see Unit those
buildings are absolutely essential to our growth and pros,
perity. We sincerely hope this will be carefully consid
ered by the legislature.
Knowlege of books in a man of business is a torch in
the hands of one who is willing and able to show those
who are bewildered, the way which leads to prosperity
and welfare Addison.
Congressman Cox has undertaken the task ol putting a
stop to hazing in educational institutions under the con
trol of the U. S. government. The death of Naval Cadet
Strong, which is supposed to have been caused by hazing,
has aroused great indignation against the pernicious
Rev. Charles P. Thwing, author of "American Col-'
leges," says that i I student "arc inclined to demand all
their rights, they are not inclined to exact more than their
rights. What belong to them they want, an.l usually will j
have; but want no more. I have often thought that they
form at once the hardest and easiest class to govern."
Of the things which man can do or make here below,
by far the momentous, wonderful and worthy, are the
things we call books! These poor bits of rag-paper
with blank ink on them, from the daily newspaper to
the sacred Hebrew book, what have the' not done, what
are they doing? Qarlyle.
In its issue of October 2o, the Current taking' up the
discussion ol college journalism makes a peculiarly hap
py and praclial suggestion, which can best bo given in
its own words. It says, oiling Harvard as an example:
"Harvard University is one of the most important, somo
will say the most important, educational institution in
America. Its students enjoy rare privilege, and the ad
mirable excellence of the training they receive is aliunde
antly evidenced in the post-University lives of its gradu
ades. But Harvard University has a two -fold character.
It is not only tho Alma Mater of the students that seek
its halls, but it lias a mission to peifonnasa factor in
American educational progress. It has relations to tho
public as well as to the students. And what wo have to
say of its public relations is to bo said of Princeton,
Brown, Yale, Cornell and other Universities. Tho pub
lic lias the right to know what Harvard's faculty think a
bout literary and scientific matters. Under the present
system when President Eliot desires to make a public
statement upon a matter in which the whole public is in
terested, he seeks somo other journal than that of his cols
lege. Why does lie do this? Why does he not go to tho
magazine published by his students? Why does ho not
endeavor to dignify the Advocate by making it an abso
lute authority for college opinion? It is not necessary
that the editors should bo other than the students. The
college journal could atill contain all the gossip and fun
it now does. It could still open its columns to the work
of student-contributor and gives them all the journalistic
exercise they may desire. The Current wishes to hotter
tho condition of tho editors of college journals. When
the faculty holds aloof, the students cannot bo expected
to do bettor work than thoy are now doing, which is often
very excellent. Would tho presidents of tho various Uni
versi'ies of the land be willing to rest their claims for
patronage upon the inherent evidences of studont culture
to be found in tho average periodical? Wo think not.
And yet it is possiblo for ilio (acuities of those grout edu
cational establishments to so assist tho students in their
work of publication that a graduate could acquire special
distinction from having been a college editor. As tho
Current has had occasion in tho past remark, either tho
college journal should bo a product to bo proud of, or it
should bo abondoned. And if it is easily possible to make
it thoroughly representative of collego alms, college
opinions and college culture, as It is of collogo sports
and collego humor, without sacrificing any of those tea
turos, it should most assuredly, for the benefit of both
collego and students, bo made so" Wooslcr Collegian, .
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