Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1915

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1915 Edition, Page 196 of 284
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 silks! Subdued and colored lights, glittering receptacles, hangings of many lines, flowers in profusion, enhancing perfumes, heavily-laden tables from which clouds of aroma rise lazily—all these, intermingled, make it seem as though Fortune has permitted one to intrude upon an enchanted abode, lavishly decorated for a royal wedding. May that tongue be palsied which docs not utter “Long live King Belshazzer! Long live the King! Huzza!! Huzza!!! Belshazzcr had his feasts and festivals. Fvery age has had its ravenous attempt to satisfy the tendency or instinct of gregariousness residing in the breast of every man. In every clime, people in the lower status, have tried in a more or less meager way to alleviate the pangs of the same desire. We hear of the Goulds, the Astors, the Vanderbilts, giving dinners, balls and social entertainments at an outlay of months of worry and thousands of dollars in preparation. At the same time, we arc pained to learn of the waif, the thug, the degenerate meeting his particular social group in the alleys, dingy dives, and crime-breeding saloons of cities of this commonwealth. The social butterfly with “voluminous” earrings, blood-red lips and cheeks, led by a “dealt” quadruped of the canine species, trips coqucttishly to a foxtrot affair, or to occupy a box seat at the matinee, while a member of the same sex. after having spent ten, twelve or even fourteen hours behind a counter, or listened to the hum of factory wheels, for a similar fatiguing time, enters a five-ccnt “movie.” On Fifth avenue is seen the so-called leisure class members of which carry gold-headed canes and smoke initialed Turkish cigarettes with no thought save that of sailing on the social sea of the “four hundred.” A few blocks distant are the city’s emaciated poor whose opportunities to satisfy the craving for social development and gregarious aggrandizement is niggardly denied. It takes no colossal minded individual to note that one of the problems demanding solution today is: How can wc impress and compel the more fortunately situated to see the folly and wrong in squandering along the lines spoken of and how can we provide more ample and wholesome chances for those who arc less blessed with material wealth? In some, the social tendency is given a role too prominent; in others, too minor. Wc need more equable distribution of advantages; withdrawal of special privileges and an injection of fair play and democracy, which would balance and tone us up wonderfully as a nation. But not only is this true in this field: it is likewise true in no lesser degree and possibly more in university and school life. Particularly is it true in the large universities of our land. Social distinctions are more or less tightly drawn, not upon the merits of the individuals, but usually upon some artificial or financial criterion. Most colleges are graced with the presence of fraternities and sororities whose primary function is that of providing adequate social advantages. They have their place and justify their existence. There is one inherently wrong principle about the “frat” idea, namely, undemocratic exclusiveness. And so long as that is true they can never hope to receive the full sanction of the American conscience. The fact that these secret societies do not have the sympathy of legislators and educators is borne out by recent attempts to suppress One hundred eighty-aix

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Sums ” There arc knots of many descriptions. There are beaux of many kinds, too; But if you would tie one forever, Start it elsewhere than here in Peru. With bow knots we all are familiar, They are easily tied and untied. If you think beau knots stay tied forever, The experiment sure you ne’er tried. The start is cpiite simple and lovely. But, though finished, the knot is ne’er true; For scarce is it “off with the old love” Before it is “on with the new.” Mow different the bow knots of friendship! They’ll still last when our school days are o’er! And, if true friends while here at the Normal, We’ll be true friends tho far from her door. The social bow knot of our Normal Out of friendship and comradeship grows, The girls have their share in the tying, But tis finished bv adding the beaux. Serial Artfitnrrarg The shadows of the two hundred and fifty-six towers begin to lengthen. The Euphrates rolls on, touched by the reddened splendors of the setting sun, whose last beams, reflected on gates of brass, make them glitter like doors of flame. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, dew soaked, shed a fragrance for miles around. Lighted streets invite dance, frolic and promenade, and theaters and galleries of art lure the wealth, pomp, and grandeur of the city to entertainment rare. One hears commotion of riot and wassail intermingled on every street. A feast at the King’s Palace! a feast! a feast! Look down the highway! Chariots, drawn by sleek and prancing horses, are loaded with Sir Galahad-like knights and charming ladies dressed in all the Syrian pomp and gorgeousness. Nearer and nearer they approach. The royal palace is now in full view and ready to receive. Fling wide the gates and let the guests enter! Everything is in readiness—cupbearers and chamberlains are there to do their part. Listen to the soft music of the flute—to the rustle of ________________________________________________________:_________________________________ One Hundred eit ht z-flrc

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 them. California considered a bill which sought to deal a death-blow to the Grcek-letter organizations in the University of California. Moreover, the "fraternity spirit" does not meet with approval because it conflicts with the ideal of the American home. A certain amount of artificiality and extravagance is always present, and the members could not maintain, respect in their home community if they indulged in as much “high living" and formality as they do in the college community. When non-fraternity men maintain higher scholastic standing than do their Grcek-letter friends, it appears as though some activities in college arc being emphasized too much, while others more vital and fundamental are understressed. Is it or is it not the fortune of the Pale Blue and the White to have no exclusive organization? Shall we consider her social life? Certainly, to approach the ideal there must be equal, ample and varied chances for all students to develop symetrically. Toleration should be given only to such entertainment and events as arc sure to contribute to the general well-being of every son and daughter of “Old Peru." Such training should be acquired here by those who arc going out. not only to lead the youth of this and other states, but also to take a leading role in the larger social spheres, that the effect shall react on the increased popularity of Peru graduates and an enlightened civilization. What arc the facts as they exist here? Certainly through the class units, literary societies, Christian associations, the churches and through the auspices of other organizations, many and varied, and it is safe to say generous, opportunities arc given to meet the normal tendency of sociability. Above this, however, is the fact that these advantages are of such wholesome character as to do nothing but contribute to the SUMMUM BONUM of everyone connected with this Hall of Learning. Social Democracy is here. Aristocracy must give way to the new order of things. Not over two score years ago a serious controversy arose between peoples of Chile and Argentina. They fought, but finally came to an understanding and pledged themselves never to struggle with each other again. In honor of this agreement and to afford some tangible and concrete memorial of this solemn pledge, they erected on the border line, in the heart of the Andes, a huge figure of the Christ, on the base of which were chiseled these words, “Sooner shall this figure crumble to dust, than shall Chilians and Argcntians break the vow which they have made at the foot of the Christ.” So. too, may the walls, the mortar, the stone of this institution crumble away before any son or daughter of Peru shall break the bond of sweet memory or forget the tie that binds all the loyal ones to their Alina Mater. One h mill red ci{thtth crrn

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