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Wc arc glad to place the Simpsonian on our exchange list.
Oberlin got away with the honors in the Ohio state oratori
The botanical collection of Columbia numbers nearly 75,
Students of Leavenworth chartered a special car to take
them to Topcka.
Every Senior of Trinity has to write a poem of 1 00 lines
Enoch Pratt, has recently donated to the city of Baltimore a
library costing $1,145,000
Two Seniors of the University of Pennsylvania gave $500
each to the new gymnasium.
The dividend declared by the oratorical association of Kan
sas was one dollar and thirty cents.
At Illinois College a recent ruling of the faculty freed all
students having a term grade of 85 or over from examination.
A Yale Senior has invented a surveying instrument by which
the height and distance of objects can be read off without the
usual tedious process.
The University of Pennsylvania has opened its gymnasium.
Four trainers have been employed and numerous prize cups
and medals are already ofTered.
We have some curiosity to know how long that oldest stu
dent on record in the Vermont University is going to con
tinue to be eighty-three years old.
The York Collegian takes quite a parental interest in us and
kindly pleads with us to stop using slang. Thanks Collegian,
but can you give any really valid reason why college slang
should not be used?
Freshmen tried to have their pictures taken at Yale on
Washington's Birthday but the cruel Sophomores persisted in
throwing fire- crackers among them and the expression of
their faces was not satisfactory
At Wabash College the Seniors have originated a scheme
for founding a chair of history. The beginning is small
one dollar or more from each graduate but the fund is ex
pected to grow till it reaches $30,000.
In a late Vidette-Reporter a writer endeavours to show that
the northern and southern elements in our national character
have been instrumental in making it a distinct character. He
draws some interesting comparisons.
The State Unn'crsity of Iowa seems to find some most bit
ter opposition. When it is not one thing it is another This
time it is charged that Catholcism is discriminated against and
Catholic students insulted by the University professors. The
last Vidette-Reporter & up and tears its hair over the charges
that have been made.
Wc learn that Professor Neward of the Univeisity of Indi
ana has conceived the idea of having his class write a history
of the United States from 1760 to the present time by divid
ing the work into periods and assigning the periods to com -mittees
chosen fiom the class. Humph! Good for the class;
for the history, murder most foul.
We should like to have the Kansas University explain why
it is that their most august faculty sits on evening meetings
of the literary societies of that institution. . We do not wish
to incite rebellion or anything of that kind but it is our opinion
that if wo wanted to have a literary society in the evening
the representative of The Hespeuian would be there every
The Berkleyan doubts the truth of the assertion of The
Hesperian that the intcr-collcgiate oratorical association is
being worked up in California on the ground that there are
not enough colleges in that state. In reply wc would say that
one college is enough for an oratorical association. The Neb
raska oratorical association consists at present of only one col
lege why not elsewhere?
The Press and Badger of March 19th prints in full the de
bate between the two societies of the University of Wisconsin,
for the championship of the University. The question was,
"Is universal suffrage, as it exists in the United States detri
mental to the best interests of the nation?" The debate was
long but interesting, and the extra size needed of the Press
and Badger shows a commendable amount of energy in its
The College Rambler excuses itself for continually saying
'Subscribe for the Rambler" by comparing itself with Cato
Major who finished every speech with but every body knows
the rest The Hesperian would suggest that Cato Major
with his little speech did not accomplish so much as Scipio
with his army. So the true policy of any paper is to get a
business manager who is alive and awake. There will then
be no need for appeal or apology.
The Pacific Pharos is a consolidation of two college papers,
but scarcely sustains its position as the equal of the two.
The editorials are on topics that have grown old in the service
and Pharos would better shorten its editorial columns if it can
find writing of current interest upon which to remark. Then
again, reprints of society productions detract from the stabil
ity which should characterize Pharos and make it impossible
that it can stand in the front rank of college papers.
The Academiea, according to its usual custom, does up its
exchanges but inadvertantly oversteps the boundaries of dig
nity and common sense in a late issue. The old quotation
about setting up a man of straw to knock it down again applies
to the Academiea. When any college paper tries to prove that
the Notre Dame Scholastic is not a good college paper the ef
fort is wasted for everybody knows it without proof. The
Scholastic is so seldom good that instead of sarcasm, denun
ciation and ridicule kind charity should prompt to commend
ation of everv praiseworthy feature.
We are the recipients of a small sheet which seems to be
trying to play the role of college paper and, at the same time
partakes largely of the character of an ordinary country news
paper. Wc have examined it. The first page is a reprint of
the ordinay slush with the heading "Ked Ears and Kisses"
and throughout the paper we have been unable to find the
slightest resemblance to a college paper. It rejoices our souls
to exchange with local papers of our own state, no matter how
much of the afore-mentioned slush they may contain, but
when it comes to "Red Ears and Kisses" from the Empire
State wc don't want any in ours; no, thank you,
It becomes moreandraorcewdent that Nebraska is hard and
stony soil in which to sow the seeds of oratorical associations.
The oratorical assocation now at Crete, which is both state
and college association, appears to be tottering to its fall.
The last Owl contains premonitions of this. The faculty of
that institution yearn to take the said association under their
protecting care in order to prolong its feeble existence. It
seems to us, however, that the ground must have factor prep
aration before an oratorical association can be made to flour
ish in this state and our Doane friends are undertaking an im
possible task when they attempt to run an oratorical association
all by themselves