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ation, of the University of Ncbraskn.
WrS. PERRIN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
P. F. CLARK, '87. E. R. HOLMES, '89.
A. H. BIGELOW, '87. C. S. LOBINGIER, '89.
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The double number contemplated for Commence
ment week will not be published. It would have
been necessary to omit this number had we issued a
a double one June fifteenth. That number will, how
ever, contain the promised programs and Commence
ment exercises. Beside a full report of the events of
that week we contemplate publishing a short sum
mary of the year's happenings, by which we hope to
revive and continue such customs and influences as
have tended to arouse among us the college spirit.
A portion of our space regularly devoted to other
work will have to be sacrificed for this purpose, but
wc deem the events of Commencement week of suffi
cient interest to warrant such a disposition.
The contribution by a friend of the University in
which he asks for some explanation of the disrepute
into which the Agricultural Course has fallen, is cer
tainly worth a brief notice. Perhaps l.e has failed to
consider all the circumstances which have tended to
destroy the interest of the student in that department,
perhaps he has somewhat overdrawn the matter or is
misinformed; if so, he should certainly be allowed
some explanation since he is undoubtedly sincere in
his views. There is indeed some cause to ask for im
provement. Whether or not that improvement is now
being made, and time only is needed in order to
prove it, is the question. The charges, as he says are
not. new ones, and it isa question whether or not suffi
cient time and opportnnity has been given to remove
the causes of these old complaints. This is truly a
matter of moment to all and in particular to students
of the University. In accordance with our an
nounced policy wc publish all such articles as this
would seem to be, asking only that all statements, all
criticisms, all exceptions taken, be fairly stated, and
charitably discussed. Here you have an opportunity
to express your opinions, provided you are truly hon
est in those views. The chronic fault-finder shall find
no place in these columns, nor any sympathy among
our readers so lonj; as wc may be able to discover
him. But a fair and open discussion will soonest re
lieve us ofsmothcied discontents, and will soonest
right all grievances.
We sympathize in no small degree with Sans De
tour concerning the importance of the work done by
our literary societies, and the seemingly needless re
strictions laid upon them. But we are not "all wise"
and shall make no complaint on that score. But if
the work of these societies is really valuable and
worth encouraging, why arc they so seldom visited
by members of the faculty? Some few of the pro
fessors and tutors do visit them and speak encourag
ingly of the work done. Knowing the value of their
time we do not feel like asking them to attend often-
er, but we do feel like saying to other of our instruct
ors that we take it to signify their approval or disap
proval, accordingly as they attend or stay away from
the Friday evening programmes. Wc believe that
the presence of membars of the faculty would bring
about two good results.
In the first place it would tend to raise the stand
ard of the productions offered, since the performer
would exert himself the more, knowing that he would
be favored with the presence of his instructor. Wc
believe, again, that in order to understand fully and
to sympathize with our literary societies in their
worthy attempt to attain to the proper standard of ex
cellence, such knowledge of their workings is neces
sary as can be gained only by repeated visits, and by
a closer acquaintance with the members. There arc
few so busy that they cannot find time to visit them
once a term, and we are authorized to say that
all will feel encouraged rather than embarrassed by
In another column of our paper there appears an
article the purpose of which is to ask of certain news-,
writers fairer statements of our merits and of our de
fects. We make a note of those reports in this col
umn because we would not be misunderstood or mis
quoted in our opinion. We do not hope to silence
all adverse critics, nor do we wish to encourage flat
terers. One who has but lately completed a course of
study here, and passed through those troublous times
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