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ation, of the University of Nebraska.
H. P. BARRETT, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
P. F. CLARK, '87. E. C. WIGGENHORN, '87.
A. H. BIGELOW, '87. C. S. LOBINGIER, '89.
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attain its greatest usfulness should not be made a
reading room, nor should readers be annoyed by the
bustle which is inevitable in a library.
Thus, though we have held our peace till now, we
desire to voice the demands of "the University" that
those in high places make good the anticipations
roused by the rumors we have heard. The impor
tance ot the library as the workshop of every course
justifies us jn asking this in the name of every stu
dent connected with our school. Let us have a li
brary and reading room; separate, yet convenient to
each other so that each may become , to the students
all that it should be.
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'Commencement has been fixed by the faculty for
the sixteenth of June. This was done because the
fall and winter terms were greatly interrupted by the
work on the bailding, by blizzards and by various
other things so that without an extension of the
spring term the usual amount of work cannot be com
pleted. A regularschedule has 4been adopted, howev
er, which it is hoped will prevent any irregularities in
the future and make the terms regular in length..
Though The Hesperian cannot speak authorita
tively concerning any changes to occur on the re
moval to the new chemical laboratory we are informed
that a change in library and reading room facilities is
proposed. We have refrained from noticing deficien
cies in our accommodations of this kind because we
have seen that those having the management of these
things were unable to give an immediate remedy.
It now seems proper when there is good prospect of
a removal of the hindrances under which we have
heretofore labored, to notice a thing in which the
students as "the University" are interested.
It has long been patent to all who have given the
matter thought that a library and reading joom can
not be maintained together with great profit. They
are two different things and, though many who go to
the reading room also use the library and many who
draw books from a library may, if it be permitted
turn the library into a reading room, yet a library to
We can, perhaps, find no fitter opportunity than
now and no fitter place than here to touch on the
question of the relation between a college paper, its
subscribers, and the institution of which it is apart.
It is a question which we approach with some hesita
ion as one which should have such delicate hand
ling as we may not be able to give. Nevertheless we
think it better to have even an imperfect policy than
There can be small question that a college paper
should be published in the interests of the students
who support it. The students are, we are told, the
University. As such, then, the paper to represent
the University should be under student control. If
a distinction may be drawn between the University
of students and the University proper, we may yet
assert that their interests are identical. Therefore
that which is for the interests of the students is also
as much for the interest of the University organiza
tion. It may be said that the interest both of or
ganization and students may be better subserved
by a paper under the control of some one else
than the students, but it should be remembered
that the usefulness- is guaged by the students' in
terest in it, which depends largely on the extent of
their control. If they feel that the policy of the pa
per is not the;r own their interest is small and if what
is said in the columns of the paper reaches them at
all it falls on unwilling minds. But if a college pa
per be a true exponent of student ideas, and can be
so regarded by the college authorities, there will be
no occasion for any Harvard plan of student commit
tees to act with the faculty. We shall therefore not
consider it a sufficient reason for rejecting contribu
tions that they do not agree with the present regime.
In fact it is tl.e differences rather than the agreement,,
which we want.
Western colleges, though popularly supposed ,to
be free from most of the vices which have grown in-
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