The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, June 01, 1894, Image 16

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    Of Harvard's twentythree honor men this
year eleven are dis•ingu:shed athletes.
The smallest university in the world is in
Africa. It has five students and five instructors.
Fifteen Vassar students have joined the Sal
vation Army as a result of the work of Mrs.
Ballington Booth.
Professor Henry Drummond has Leen called
to the presidency of McGill University, Mon
treal, Canada—Ex.
The faculty of. Colorado College have taken
an advance step. They will hereafter give
credit for work on the college papers. The
credit depends on the quality of work done.
Yale and Harvard have commenced a good
work in their ser'es of literary contests. May
the precedent established by them be followed
soon by all our colleges and higher institutions.
In the Harvard Graduate's Magazine, Presi
dent Walker remarks : "It will soon be fairly a
question whether the lett rs B. A. in the col
lege degree stand more for Bachelor of Atts
than for Bachelor of Athletics."—Ex.
In England one man in 5,000 attends college ;
in Scotland, one in 650 ; in Germany, one in
213; in the United States, one in 2,000. It
would seem that the standing of the col
leges are inversely proportional to these mem
The University of Chicago is to publish a
magazine similar to the Century. It is said that
it is intended to be a rival of the -.Century and
the representative of the thought and tendencies
of the West. It is to be called the Lakeside
How sarcastic. No doubt athletics are carried
to excess, especially .in •the rivalry between our
larger colleges. But college men seem'by nature
and occupation even more liable to excess than
any other class of young people and if it is not
excess in athletics, it is excess in something far.
President Eliot, of Harvard, who has become
so conspicuous before the college world of late,
especially on account of his attitude towaril
athletics, is oreiited with the following utter
ance: "The Greeks, who knew more about a:h
letic4 than we shall learn in a hundred years,
held their Olympic games once in four years,
while to-clay the college students want at least
four contests every year."
During the past year Yale University has re•
ceived by gift $291,595.43, together with the
sum which will have been given for Vanderbilt
Hall when completed ; and by bequest $154,000,
and also the residue of the estate of the
late. Martin S. Eichelberger, '5B. If old
State just hail a few rich friends like
these how short a time it would take us to erect
our Y. M. C. A. building and do so many other
things that would quickly advance us to the
place of our ambition—a university. But we
have only the state of Pennsylvania to back us.
When you try to arrive finally at a conclusion
as to the merits of a popular student you are
not at a loss to discover it. It lies in complete
forgetfulness of self. He is utterly unselfish,
and he shows it by being as nice to the bashful
freshman as to the dignified senior—by being
as kind to the plain, stupid one as to those more
brilliant. In short, he never courts favor for
himself nor acts the part of a snob. Moreover,
he is conscieutious in college work, and never
slights it. For love is founded on respect, as
every one knows, and no one can respect a dull
ard. Finally, he is always ready to help a friend
in need, or to join him in a gay good time. For
the popular student is extremely fond of fun.
.He is not a "prod," which is short for prodigy,
and means a class-room phenomenon ; nor is he
a "dig." He is, in fact, just what every gay,
good-natured student may become, if he tries
to forget self and love his neighbor. --The