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ing with such a loss, but the State of Nebraska must
not forget that to retain men of national reputation
it is necessary to provide liberal support for the
University. Buildings, equipments and salaries must
be adequate, or we are in danger of a failure to real
ize the brilliant prospects of the present.
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C. S. ALLEN, '86, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
WILL OWEN JONES, 'S6. E. C. WIGGENHORN, 'S7.
E. FULLER, 'S7. H. P. BARRETT, 'SS.
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The number of students who ride or drive from
their homes to the University is quite large, and
would be much larger if shelter was provided some
where on the campus for horses. At present the
shady side of a bride wall is the only protection giv
en the animals, and we are sure that were opportuni
ty given the' would enter some energetic protests
against such treatment. The old fashioned horse
shed of the New England meeting house would be
an excellent thing to annex to the belongings of the
The recent election of officers for the great and
good Freshman class seems to have been no "happy
family" affair. We do not know what paity is re
sponsible for dragging politics into class meeting,
but suppose it is, as usual, the almost inevitable con
sequence of the existance of party lines in the col
lege. The class of 1So openly boasts of its strength
and ability; it would have the rest of the college
believe that it is wthout doubt the salt of the earth.
If it wishes to demonstrate the existance of so many
concentrated virtues it can easily do so by taking a
sensible course in the management of its own affairs.
The worth of some of the men who have been
added to our Faculty during the past few years is quite
forcibly demonstrated by the efforts made to secure
them by other institutions. Minnesota State Uni
versity lias even now a covetous eye fixed upon one
of our Professors and has semi-officially announced
that if advantageous offers can be of any avail he wilJ
soon take his place as a prominent member of their
Faculty- There is no immediate dangerof our meet-
A young man who last week delivered a theme
that might fairly be called a failure, philosophically
remarked in the hearing of The Hesperian that he
had received more benefit from his work on the same
than the member of the class whose production mer
ited the highest grade. He was probably righL
The value of this kind of effort cannot be measured
by results; the man who depends wholly upon him.
self in writing will,at the cost of a few failures, event
ually learn to walk alone. There is no better disci
pline than the preparation of a thoroughly or
iginal theme. When the student is given the "raw
material" to work upon and not comments and criti
cisms upon the same by various authors, his finished
theme will be his own and not a compilation. The
production may not be very valuable; wrong conclu
sions will be reached in many cases, but the writer is
strengthened,and developed, and made ready for a
more successful aftack upon a similar problem. In
the University there has always been a feeling that
the library, and perhaps a few books outside, con
tain all the the thought extant on almost any subject.
Accordingly the proper thing to do in preparing an
essay, oration or theme is to rerd exhaustively and
give the results in a dazzling compilation. Would
not original failure be better?
Students in all colleges will watch the experiment
in self government by students, now being made at
Harvard, with great interest Not that the fate of
this move will in any way affect the general principle
that college students should be largely self governing;
but after the principle is acknoivledged there yet re
mains the question of means. Various opinions are
freely expressed in our exchanges as to the wisdom
of the Harvard movement. For our own part, we
are inclined to think the movement too formal. It
is doubtful whether sufficient interest will betaken in
simply a conference committee. The cautious way
in which the faculty at Harvard takes hold of the
matter shows a lack of confidence in the scheme or
in the students. Such confidence in students we re
gard as absolutely essential to successful self-government
by them. When such confidence and sympa
thy exists, where it is instructors and instructed, not
rulers and ruled, any formal arraneemenr ,,iM.
but where such confidence does not exist any formal
ity only makes the lack more evident. '
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