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Issued semi-monthly by the Hesperian Publishing Associ
ation, of the University of Nebraska.
WILL OWEN JONES, '86, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
P. F. CLARK, 'S7. E. C. WTGGENHORN, 'S7.
E. FULMER, 'S7. H. P. BARRETT, 'SS.
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every person interested in the University a subscriber.
Among the things of interest in contemporary
events is the probable action of the various forces in
English politics. We think it worth while to call
attention to the matter, as The Hesperian advocates
the idea that students should make a specialty of con
temporary events. The caution is much needed be
cause, in the press of study, students are too apt to
neglect all else.
Increased attendance at the opening of the sec
ond term can be taken in no other way than as an
evidence of growth. The University can be con
gratulated upon losing a very small per cent of the
students of last term, and upon matriculating a
larger number than usual, at the beginning of the
present session. There is much encouragement in
the present state of our enrollment.
The Hesperian doesnot desire to showlevity when
discussing a solemn matter, but would Uir w
what dn the name of ancient Greece has become of
the alleged Nebraska Oratorical Association. We
suspect that it is in hiding down at Crete, at least
that portion of it that was notjpocketed by the fac
ulty of York College. Clearly this is the most mys
terious disappearance ever heard of outside the lim
its of St. Louis.
Charter Day is the next holiday of the Univer
sity. As the date is the fifteenth of the present
month, arrangements for its celebration should be
made at once. The day belongs to the University
as a whole and not to any one department, hence we
regard it as eminently proper that the initial steps
for its observance be taken at once by the faculty.
The body of students will heartily second the move
ment and work enthusiastically to prepare exercises
worthy of the day and of the University.
THEtime for the selection of classes for the June ex
hibitions of the literary societies is at hand, and the
world will soon be startled by a formidable array of
orators, essayists and debaters. The Hesperian
had hoped that the movement to takeaway this great
aggregation of literary productions from Commence
ment week wot. Id prevail. The plan was to have
the society exhibitions some time during the year,
leaving Commencement at the disposal of the Junior
class. It was rejected by at least two of the societies
on the sole ground that it would make the Junior ex
hibition the important event of the year for the un
dergraduates, leaving the society programmes mere
"side issues." If a scheme can be proposed that will
not exalt anything above the old June exhibition it
will undoubtedly be accepted, as the necessity for a
change of some kind is universally admitted. Here
is a practical problem for the embryo statesmen and
philosophers of the University. A solution will be
most thankfully received by the entire community.
The occurrence of the annual oratorical contest of
one of the literary societies brings up the question of
the value of these struggles. We are convinced that
when held between different organizations or differ
ent coHeges, they result in more harm than good.
When held within organizations, as is the case with
the Chase and Wheeler contests, their influence de
pends entirely upon the temper of the contestants.
One who enters determined to do his best and to ac
cept defeat cheerfully, will unquestionably be
strengthened. His opponent, who can see no good
in the conflict unless a prize is won, may be benefited
bythe literary work he has done, but this good is al
most counterbalanced by the fact that he learns to
harbor petty jealousies and is beginning to know
how to grumble. Perfect fairness, or rather full ap-
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