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"IHE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
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C. S. ALLEN, '86, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
A. G. WARNER, '85. 0. G. MoMlLLAN, '85.
WILL OWEN JONES, '80. S. D. KILLEN, '87.
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pewan Student, State University, Lincoln, TJcbrnsku
PitKSHOKTiiK University Piuntinq Company.
The girls of one of our literary societies presented
the other evening, a short farce the plot of which
hinged upon a boarding school escapade. This re
minds us that we are a co-educational establishment
and that such things do not happen here. "Chain
up a child and away he will go," says the revised ver
sion of an old saying, and it is measurably true.
We have, to be sure, some fools of either sex in this
institution, but we can be thoroughly sure that they
were born that way, and that it is not the result of
old-maidish regulations in the school they are attend
ing. The mania for amateur theatricals, seems to have
broken out, with some violence among our students,
A German play, a farce, a series of tableaus, and aid
rendered at various times to down town tr.oups for the
benefit of the different churches makes up a consider
able amount of this kind of work performed by those
connected with the U. of N., and this without men
tioning the long line of gallant "stipes' ' that so ably
supported Kecne and others. We believe, however,
that the work in this line has gone about as far as will
be advisable to carry it, unless the actors can thereby
get practice in some foreign language, or shall begin
to write English plays of their own. We believe that
nothing in this line has yet been done here, and it is
time to begin. "
The erection of the new laboratory on our little
old campus probably settles forever the question of
the removal of the institution to some place wher
there would be more elbow room for the different col
leges. We understand that the present action has
been taken advisedly, the regents thinking that the
benefits of a central location outweighed the disad
vantages. We are inclined to question the wisdom
of the decision, but now that it is made we suggest
that the very next thing that should be done is to get
control of a patch of ground not too far away, where
students can at least practice jumping without being
restrained by the size of the field they exercise in.
The instructor in logic announced the other day
that he thought it wise that all should henceforth
abandon quibbling, and resort only to legitimate ar
gument. When a student is unable to recite, it is
the most natural thing in the world to cover the dis
astrous retreat by raising a dust-cloud of idle
questions. But in this business one must not reck
on without his Prof. There are instructors and in
structors. Some can be induced to ride a favorite
hobby for an hour, whenever their attention is to
be drawn from the state of dense ignorance on the
part of their classes; some can be befogged by a
multitude of useless questions, and some can be
blinded with "words, words, words." But there
are others who insist upon finding out what the
students do know and, with such professors, bold
ness is the better part of cunning. If a man don't
know the answer to a question he might as well
say so and take the consequences.
The changes in she curriculm which our new cat
alogue annouces are all in the direction of making
the various courses more difficult. It was noticed by
the instructors that some of the students habitual
ly took more studies than were required, and in some
instances succeeded in gaining a year by this extra
work. The fiend at once inspired them with the
thought that it was their duty to arrange things so
that this would be no longer possible, and an aggre
gate of more than ten hours work per week for a
whole year, was added to the course. Some of the
students look upon this as a final announcement of the
fact that the policy of extermination has been adopt
ed by the faculty, but we are inclined to think that
it will result merely in the lowering of the standards
of achievement in the various classes. There is too
much good sense among our students here to permit
them to allow themselves to be killed off uselessly.
Some four years ago the faculty blunderingly increas
ed the work of the then sophomore class till it was im- r
possible, thoroughly to accomplish the amount laid
down. The members of the class, however, did not
hasten to injure themselves by over-work; the amount
of "mid-night oil" was not perceptibly increased.
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