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About Hesperian student / (Lincoln [Neb.]) 1872-1885 | View Entire Issue (May 15, 1890)
The Southern University Monthly pleads nausea in the
fnco (if fncts nnd arguments. Tlint is a childish complaint.
We wish, moreover, to explain that vc do not complain but
The much talked af monthly literary magazine ol Brown
university, present Vol. I, No. i, for April. It is n very good
exhibition of college literary ability. Its poetry is consider
ably above the average college variety.
The Tuftonian asks, MIs the college press free?" Most
emphatically no. College editors, like politicans, to get an
nfliee must be prudent with their tongues or rather with their
pens. .If you don't think S'vwritc to to the exchange editor
or thi M. S. U. Argus.
Some time since the Norfolk Collegian wanted someone to
please tell them all about "McGlnty." Wonder if the deni
girls" have yet found out. If they haven't and will wait a
little longer, perhaps the old man himself will come back and
tell thorn a wondrous tale, more marvelous by far than any of
The Owl, Ottawa College, "disclaims the remotest con
nection with the Mutual Admiration league," at which we
hinted several issues back, but yet acknowledged that it "is a
laslidious bird, and not every kind of food is agreeable to its
tarte." That is nearly what we said and wc are glad thus to
be confirmed in our statement.
This editor has at last got hold of the Nebraska W. U.
paper. It is now called the Eccritean, more classical, you
know, than Hatchet and besides comparisons with George's
hatchet story arc odious at least just at present. The paper,
however, is vciy well rooted for so young a growth. Wc pre
dict that the next issue will make the hair fly.
The Vaster Miscellany thinks that The Hesperian's argu
ments against fraternities would gain much in force if they
were to lose somewhat of their bitterness and personal per
judice. This is but a sample of the general charges brought
against The Hesperian by different college papers. If they
would give some specifications we would appreciate it.
Moreover we never expect to become more prejudiced or
bitter than those that attack us. Furthermore it is only by
making arguments which cut that we are able even to recieve
a reply from a servile college press and besides we arc in this
matter to fight and not to girc sugar coated arguments. We
mean to have the courage of our convictions and to let them
be known, for truth will out.
In reading the criticisms vented in some of the exchange
columns we arc often reminded of the story of the high
school student who cribbed an essay from Bolingbroke, who
was noted for the brilliancy of his style but at the same time
a lack of thought. Now, this student handed in the essay
and received a fair mark from the professor, together with the
remark that there was considerable immaturity in his style,
but that his thought was excellent. Similarly, some time ugo,
some paper, we forget which one, criticised an oration that
appeared in The Hesperian as being but fair in style and
lacking in original thought. The College Review now says
that it is a well written oration giving in eloquent words of
praise the admirable works of its subject, Charles Stewart
Parnell. It is said that great minds run in the same channel.
Is it possible that small minds run in different courses. We
would not think so.
The Simpsonian denounces The Hesperian's attitude
toward fraternities. It says that among its exchanges there
is but one parallel to The Hesperian and that is the ex
change department of the Niagara Index. A beautiful simile!
It then says that whether wc continue our fight for notoriety
or because wc arc genuine anti-frats, wc but disgust other
people and produce no effect. An to disgusting people it
makes all the difference in the world who and what they are,
urn) judging from the notices wc arc constantly receiving, we
arc led to believe that some little effect nt least is being pro
duced. The Simpsonian declares our accusations against the
Greek system to be ungrounded and false. In reply to this
mere assertion, it gives us great pleasure to look to the inside
a moment and refer to a letter written by a member of the
Simpsonian stnfTto the organ of his fraternity, the Palm. In
this letter he gives the inside of matters at Simpson. He
says he is compelled to report a growing feeling of opposition
to fraternities and a consequent lack of frat activity. He
accounts for this by saying that fraternity there has come to
mean nothing but scheming for office and that the chapters
located there have for the past few years assumed but little
piomlnence except in these capacities. He then goes nu to
say that when they saw that this wa? hurting them (and he
assigns no other reason) they quit their meanness. In view
of all this, then, shall they say our statements nnd accusa
tions arc ungrounded and false? And are we to feel that we
are talking to the wind even though our paper is such an in
significant sheet, as some of our fra exchanges arc pleased to
call it? May we never so belittle ourselves as to try to be
little the utterances of any exchange of however low a rank,
by taunting them about their position.
The following from the Practical Student of the Ohio
W. U. is interesting reading to say the least:
"The inter state oratorical contest will occur nt Lincoln,
Neb., on Thursday evening, May i under the auspicics of
Nebraska State University. Mr. H, C. Peterson, chairman of
committee on entertainment, sends out a letter from which
the following is nn extract: It has been suggested to have a
ball immediately after the banquet.' All the denominational
schools of the state have objected for reasons probably
sufficient to them. If the visitors are to be kept here until
Friday evening it will be necessary that the entertainment
that evening be especially good. We have the unqualified
approval of our plan from the executive committee of the inter-state
association. One qf the members of this committee
is from the Ohio Wesleynn University, probably as Christian
a school as Nebraska can boast.'
Wc quote this to protest against the use made of the name
of our university as apparently sanctioning the proposed ball
in opposition to the ideas of the denominational colleges, of
Nebraska. While Mr. Allen was a student here at the time
he was elected to his position in the inter-state association, he
has not been in college for nearly a year; and . whatever his
opinion in regard to the ball, wc do not believe that with his
knowledge of the position of our university on the amusment
question he would pretend to give the proposed ball the sanc
tion of the university. We cannot believe that this letter,
emphasizing so especially the fact that the representative of
the Ohio Wesleyan University, a pre-eminently Christian In
stitution approves of the ball, was published with Mr. Allen's
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