The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, June 01, 1887, Image 8

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    thought; the mind goes through exactly
the same process in solving a problem
in higher mathematics as that involved
in the simplest arithmetical calculations.
But, in the one case, there must be that
ability to take in a wider scope of rela
tions ; and, in order to be effective, to
do it readily ; this is mental discipline,
which gives the possessor that mental
bearing so desirable in a professional
The importance of the knowledge
acquired by a college course is not by
any means to be overlooked. We may
be for a long time in the dark as to what
passible use the medley of facts, which
we daily glean, can be put to ; but these
are the blocks we build with. We may
rest assured that this confused mass of
apparently irrelevant ideas will by and
by take on a shape. We know, when
looking at a system of distant objects or
at different parts of the same object,
the eye fails, at first, to catch the design
in its entirety; but, continuing, it rec
ognizes more or less suddenly the con
spectus ■, clear and entire, and then the
eye finds pleasure in contemplating the
unity and design of the whole. Like
wise, the. young mind, in dealing with
the world’s facts will, after a time, from
what it has gathered, build up a mental
structure which becomes the leading
principle of the man’s life.
THE late election of the editorial
staff was such as to make it nec
essary to: elect two more members for
the remainder of the present term of
office, as two of our number are mem
bers of the present graduating class.
Hereafter, it will be the rule to exclude
the Senior class in the selection of new
members. The constitution of the edi
torial staff, now being drawn up, fixes
the beginning of the staff year with the
first issue of the spring session, thus
giving the outgoing Seniors additional
leisure during their last term. In mak
ing up the staff two members are to be
chosen from the Freshmen, three from
the Sophomore and three from the
Junior class ; the newly chosen Editor
in-Chief is to appoint the business man
ager, who, in turn, shall have the right
to appoint his assistant.
The retiring members take the op
portunity to express their satisfaction
in seeing the new Free Lance on so
good a footing. The position it now
enjoys as a literary medium is much
above what was at first expected. But
the publication is only in its infancy ;
with the promising outlook for the col
lege and with the continuance in office
of the present efficient and trustworthy
business manager, it cannot but grow
in merit and esteem until, as a college
journal, it will be found second to none
in the ranks.
. We bid adieu to the palatial sanc
tum, and wish our successors all possi
ble success, and may the Free Lance
always be an acceptable monthly visitor
at the hands of all.