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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 17, 1885)
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ation, of the University of Nebraska.
C. S. ALLEN, '86, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
WILL OWEN JONES, '86. E. C. WIGGENHORN, '87.
E. FULMEU, '87. II. P. HARRETT, '88.
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ADVr.UTISINt; RATKS ON APPLICATION.
Address all communications to the IIkspkrian, University
of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
Steam heat at last! Its introduction does not mark
an epoch in the history of anything or anybody, but
to a race of shivering students it is the most welcome
article that could possibly be brought into the build
ing. The use of the library has always been urged by
this paper upon its University readers. Frequent
and energetic protests against the abuse of the same
will soon be noticed if conversation 'and sociability
within its sacred precincts do not cease.
Recent events convince us that the spirit of mis
chief is not entirely dormant in the neighborhood of
the University. It is perfectly natural for young
men who have done hard mental work to make fools
of themselves when an opportunity is given, hence
we will not frown upon their horse play. So long as
the fun stops short of wanton destruction of property
The Hesperian will be found the champion of the
"rioters." As the State Journal remarks, "in after
years they will meet trot ble enough to balance it up."
The illness of the Registrar of the University gives
The Hesperian an opportunity to call attention to
the excellent work done by that lady since she has
had charge of the office. The duties of this position
aie heavy, but she has always discharged them promptly
and satisfactorily. The students especially are in.
debted to her for the faithful manner in which she
has watched over records. More than one tangled
course has been straightened, and more than one
careless student has been kept "regular" through he
kindly vigilance of the Registiar. The University
hopes for her speedy recovery.
It is the opinion of this paper that the University
could attract a large number of students from the south
and west by giving special facilities for the study of
Spanish. The rapid developemen t of the south-west,
coupled with the opening of Mexico and South Amer
ca to the business men of the United States, already
makes the command of the Castilian dialect of con
siderable financial benefit to the young min who lives
near our southern border, A chair of Spanish
would certainly increase the attendance and enhance
the reputation of the University.
Gas and steam are hereafter to be paid for by the
societies. This decision shows a spirit so niggardly
that we fear some new force is at work endeav
oring to create a reputation for economy. It would
be but little more unreasonable to saddle upon the
classes the expense of keeping the iccitation rooms
habitable; then, too, if we are to have genuine econ
omy, why not charge the professors for the gas burn
ed in their evening studies, or tax the janitor for the
light and fuel used in his room? If money is to be
saved by the University let it be saved with a ven
geance. No halfway measures should be adopted
in the present crisis.
The feverish anxiety of the literary societies to in
crease their membership is unnecessary and ridicu
lous. The real objects of the society are forgotten
in the desire to make it "popular" or a great success
socially. These things will do very well incidental
ly, but the organization that does the hardest liter
ary work will in the end be "the best society." As
to membership, each of the three societies has to-day
more members than can be used with profit to the
individuals. Twenty-five workers is the limit in
many colleges. With us the numbei is nearer seventy-five;
the result, is altogether too little work aprl
too much shirking of responsibilty.
The re-election of Regents Gere and Hurnham
should be a cause for congratulation to the Univer
sity, though that event was practically assured at the
time of their nomination. A rather unpleasant inci
dent, however, is the fact that the man who has per
haps done the most unselfish and able work for the
institution of any member of the Board since its or
ganization was slightly "scratched" by the followers
of one of the professional politicians of the state.
The reduced -vote may not be uncomplimentary to
the gentlemen, but it shows more clearly than ever
that the control of the University must be placed
above the reach of the demagogue. Until that is
done we have no assurance of the permanency of the
present able management.
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