Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885, December 02, 1889, Page 6, Image 6

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We are glad to note n returning liberality toward students
on the part of the faculty, and especially the librarian and
library committee. And we arc sure that as soon as we get
n little heat in the library room that evidence of our apprccia
tion will not be wanting. For a few years past, it has always
seemed to the average student that the periodicals and books
in the library were for the use of the faculty, and that he
should not meddle therewith any more than was absolutely
necessary, and that only when directed to do so by some in
structor. This was hardly the true state of affairs, yet so
long as the students knew no different it was the real state of
afTairs. Now there arc few students that do not know that
they have access to the periodical tables, and to the alcoves,
and that there are tables and seats conveniently arranged so
that books may be used in the quiet of the library room, and
without being carried away from the proper alcove ; that there
is a catalogue properly indexed where they may at a glance
see what books are accessible on any topic or subject in which
they arc interested. As soon as the library room is comfort
ably heated, the faculty cannot help but sec that this broad
cning of the library rules; or if not a broadening, then this
interpretation of them, is greatly appreciated by the upper
classmen at least
Wc admire tact and ability to come out of an encounter or
escapade with colors flying and the laugh turned upon the
other party. Wc also admire the accomplishment of this by
means that arc fair, honest, dignified and honorable, rather
than by tricky, impudent, tattling, childish means employed
by our mob of the freshest of Freshmen. Three times al
ready this term the Freshmen, in encounters with the Sophs
have "squealed" and howled" in cowardice until they at
tracted the attention of a dignified "copper," and by impu
dent and cowardly exaggerations, twice succeeded in bringing
themselves and their university into disreputable mention in
the evening papers of the city. The third time a precocious
Freshie after bragging all evening about "our ability, and
successes, "walking along the street, upon meeting two Sophs
threw up his hands and emitted a scream, equal to a girl try
ing to entertain a mouse. The Sophs, taken by surprise, arc
probably running yet. As was proper, the "copper" ap
peared and our Freshmen related to liim how he had met
two Sophs and he thought they were going to do something
to him. The non chalancc of the Frcshics in their coward
ice reminds us of a little girl who, when playing out of doors
and being attacked by the mother of a flock of little chickens
ran screaming to the mother, and between gasps, said,
"Ma-a-ma, that old hen's f r a-i-d of me!"
Dr. Brace has been very busy during the last week mak
ing tests of the new dynamo, which he had built this summer
from his own design. The casting and some of the heavier
lathe work were done at Rochester, N. Y., and the winding
and setting up by Jack Chowins, in the University shop, all
under the personal direction of Dr. Brace. The form of the
dynamo is very compact, being a perfect cylinder about
eighteen inches long, with about the same diameter. It is
built to run at about 5,000 revolutions of the armature per
minute, and to consume about fifteen horse power. Mechan
ically, the machine runs beautifully at a high speed with no
perceptible jar,or heating; clcctrically,so faros tests have been
made it is very satisfactory, approaching very nearly the
voltage, efficiency and power calculated. If the dynamo
proves as successful as the tests so far would indicate, and we
are able to secure a power plant of sufficient size to run it,
the University may soon have the pleasure of being lighted
by her own plant, by a dynamo made in her own shop and
laboratory. This would be, not only a matter of pride and
pleasure to us, but n matter of economy as well, for then we
could have light when and where wc want it, at cost, instead
of paying for light for a time and at a rate fixed upon a basis
of the average use of light. Besides this, wc would have an
excellent practical laboratory for the electrical engineering
students, that would be running with an income, rather than
at a heavy expense. There is no reason why our theoretical
courses should not be attended by some practical results, and
if Dr. Brace continues as he has bugun he will certainly ac
complish this.
To tho Editor of The Hesperian:
Dear Sir: Since you invite communications as to "re
forms, etc.," it has occurred to me to suggest one reform in
the columns of The Hesperian. Five years ago in January
the "Current Comment" column was inaguratcd for the dis
cussion of such public events as are of interest to students.
Under the pen of its first editor this column was well man
aged and a credit to the paper. Under the management of
succeeding editors it has assumed more and more a partisan
tone. Now a partisan editor must stand in one of two posi
tions. First, it may be that The Hesperian is a political
paper, and the political editor is elected upon political
grounds, and so represents the political sentiment of the Uni
versity. It is needless for me to say that the question of poli
tics does not enter into the making up of the editorial board,
and under the same board the editor of the Comments might
be of any political slript whatever. Second, it may be that
the editor is trying to mould public opinion by giving his
own personal views of political matters. I think this is just
the position of the Comments editor. In regard to this I
would suggest that the aforesaid editor is too young to mould
public opinion. More than that, nobody cares what his per
sonal political views may be. I don't think Hesperian read
ers want their opinions moulded, (live them straight facts
and let them form their own opinions.
I sec no reason why the column should not contain what
its name implies, comments upon current events. Political
and social questions might be discussed, not from the parti
san standpoint, but from the standpoint of the student of
history or political economy.
In conclusion, there is one all-important reason for a
change. The Hesperian is not, in any sense, a political
organ, and should therefore not dabble in party politics.
Call on Edddd. Ccrf & Coooo.
Skinner lets good rigs at low prices.
Hats and caps at Ed. Ccrf & Co's.
Cadet suits, gloves and caps at Ewing's.
Call on Ewing for cadet gloves and caps.
Clothing for everybody at Ed. Ccrf & Co's.
Go to Ed. Cerf & Co. for furnishing goods.
The latest styles in hats at Ed. Ccrf & Co's.
For instruction in book-keeping, penmanship, short-hand,
type willing or telegraphy, the Lincoln Business College is
the best place to go. Over Ooo students last year.