State collegian. (State College, Pa.) 1904-1911, October 26, 1904, Image 4

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Published on Thursday of each week during the
college year in the interest of The Pennsylvania
State College.
W. B. HOKE, ’O5, Chief,
ALEX. HART, Jr., ’O5,
T. F. FOLTZ, ’O6,
$1.50 per year or $1 25 if paid within 30 days after
date of subscription.
Thursday Oct. 26, 1904.
The rules for various class rushes
published in the Collegian of
last weeK, seem to meet on the whole
with a favorable reception. The
greatest objection seems to be with
the rule in the Banquet rush, giving
the Sophs the victory if they cap
ture the President of the Freshman
class, the toastmaster, or two of the
speakers. This seems to us an emi
nently fair regulation. The Sophs
should be given a fair opportunity
to win and in the previous banquet
rushes this has not been so. It has
been urged that a Freshman presi
dent may not want to go. Well, it
is the duty of every Freshman to
attend his class banquet and if a
president should happen to be finan
cially embarrassed, the class will
find a means to take him along as
previous classes have done, especial
ly if the running of the rush depends
on his attendance.
It is manifestly impossible for the
Sophs to permit the entire Fresh
man class from attending and if they
succeed in getting one of the pre
scribed men they have done well.
At any rate it will make the rush
more interesting than it has in the
past to the upper classes.
That Game!
The score of the Navy-Dickinson
game last Saturday gives some idea
of what the team must do this
year. The team fully realizes that
in Annapolis and Dickinson it has
opponents worthy of the name. W.
& J. had a first class eleven but it
was not the equal of either of the
above named teams.
This means that the men who are
practicing hard every evening need
your very best support now as well
as later. Get out to the field and
systemize your cheering. Practice
is the only way to learn yells and
Dickinson is sure of victory.
Each week their slogan sounds,
“Remember!” It is yours to see
that they do remember it in a way
they cannot forget. They are going
to have a large crowd. You must
have a larger. Every student is due
at Williamsport on Saturday, No
vember 12, and should have the
worst of excesses if he is not there.
College Mass Meeting.
On Monday evening, October 23,
a mass meeting was held in the old
Chapel for the purpose of practising
songs and yells for the Williamsport
game. Capt. Forkum was present
and gave an account of the W. & J.
game at Pittsburg. Hamilton led the
cheering, and great enthusiasm was
shown. Indications point to the
largest crowd of State rooters ever
known at a game away from State
College, when State meets Dickin
son on Nov. 12. Every new man,
and every old man as well, should
make plans to go. It will be very
lonesome in State College that day.
Get into the game!
An Inspection Trip,
The Senior Agriculturists journey
ed to Bellefonte on Tuesday to in
spect a car load of horses that had
just arrived from the West. Prof.
Mairs had charge of the trip.
Jacob A. Riis.
No one in our time perhaps has
done more to better the social con
dition of our great cities than has
Jacob A. Riis. President Roosevelt
was so impressed with the value of
Mr. Riis’s work as a social reformer
that he has spoken of him as ‘ ‘the
most useful citizen in New York.”
Mr. Riis’s career as an American
is of peculiar interest. Something
over thirty years ago he landed in
New York, a poor young man seek
ing his fortune in the new world.
He wandered about the city for
many days in search for work, sleep
ing in police stations and wherever
else he could and suffering the se
verest privations of poverty and
homelessness. His first start was
made in newspaper work when he
became police reporter for the New
York Sun. His work brought him
into close touch with the awful so
cial conditions of the slum districts
and revealed to him the urgent need
for reform. It was thus his career
as a social reformer began. During
twenty-five years of newspaper work
he aimed at enlightening the people
of New York as to the real con
dition of the city tenement districts.
In all his writing and work his only
thought was the bettering of these
conditions. His plan for reform in
cluded the tearing down of crime
and disease breeding tenements and
the substitution of lighter, cleaner
homes for the poor, the construction
of parks and play grounds for the
children: the providing of ample
public school facilities and the es
tablishment of boys’ clubs and girls’
cooking and sewing schools. That
Mr. Riis has been able to see these
reforms begun and in many cases
accomplished bears witness to the
wisdom of his plans and the energy
and success of his execution.
Mr. Riis is perhaps best known to
the American public by his writings.
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