Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE)

 - Class of 1917

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Peru State College - Peruvian Yearbook (Peru, NE) online yearbook collection, 1917 Edition, Page 191 of 302
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y hrt v ar? irs transformations, and the forces involved is chemical. Chemistry permeates ami activates every part of the great body of science, industry and world-activity. One can not he an efficient farmer without a knowledge of chemistry. The composition and test of soils and fertilizers, the nature and effects of sprays and germicides are chemical in nature. Domestic science is dependent upon chemistry for the preparation, preservation and testing of its foods, the purification of water, cleaning and disinfectants, etc. Botany and Zoology without Chemistry, is like the drama Hamlet, with Hamlet left out. Biology tho a great world in itself, is almost entirely biochemistry. One must he a very superficial physiologist without a knowledge of the nature of the hundred and one life processes of the body, digestion, nutrition, metabolism, muscular and nervous action, and the multitudinous catalysts, enzymes, and activators of the glandular. alimentary and circulatory systems, all of which are chemical agents or chemical actions, if you delve into the earth, you will find chemistry regnant there in the principles and processes of mineralogy, geology, and assaying. If you ascend into the heavens, you will find Astro-Physics the chief department of modern astronomy. Spectrum analysis of the sun and stars, the remarkable use of celestial photography, and recent evidences of the evolution of terrestrial elements in the proto-elements and solar radioactivity, are some of the wonderful applications of chemistry to the study of heavenly bodies. Chemistry is dominant in industry, engineering and manufacturing today, and is destined to become increasingly so in the future. The processes of fermentation, conservation, bleaching and dyeing, and the production of soap, paints, dyes, explosives, concrete, alloys and steel are chemical and chemical only. I hink what modern industry would be and do without tungsten or vanadium and other varieties of steel, making possible modern architecture with its skyscrapers and its miracles of bridge building. Is it of more value, cultural or otherwise, to get a conception of Caesar’s rickety structure across the Rhine, or of the marvelous suspension and cantilever bridges found in all parts of the world? In the field of medicine, chemistry has been without a serious rival since there was a science and art of medicine. What would the medical world do today without the anesthetics, antidotes, antiseptics and the thousand therapeutic agents it owes to chemistry? Chemistry adds hundreds of millions of dollars to the annual output of the world’s industry in the conservation of waste products alone. It has been estimated that by the application of scientific processes, an average beef from the slaughter houses would he worth $2,500.00, all but five per cent of which comes from chemically treated by-products. If "lie is a benefactor, who makes two blades of grass grow where hut one grew before.” what shall we sav of the chemist who makes one beef worth thirty as they come from the farm? How does this transaction of industry, life and world-activity in its evaluation of chemistry, compare with our school curricula? W hich is right ? 1917

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 Z£(? y°6 r£ WC f7 ductal iEiuntts THK RECEPTION OK WELCOME. All of us have experienced that lonesome, homesick feeling which will present itself even in the rush of the first week's registration and class adjustment. So many people, and oh, so many new faces! The Christian organizations—the Y. W. C. A. and Y. M. C. A., X. C. A., and Episcopal (iuild—and also the faculty, realizing just how each one felt, gave a reception in the gymnasium where all might get acquainted and feel the warmth of a true Peru welcome. A delightful program was given hut the greater part of the evening was spent in greeting old friends and meeting new ones. Time passed quickly and happily for all. The religious organizations surely demonstrated the value of their existence in school life. Many who came discouraged and lonely departed cheered and comforted, thinking that Peru was a splendid place to be after all. SENIOR CLASS PICNIC Did the Seniors ever limber up and have a good time? Well, I guess! When? Why, one night in the gym where they had a frolic. The fun began with relay and sack races. Of course the sedate seniors wouldn’t dance, they just played “Skip-to-my-Lou,” “Miller Boy,” and “Pig in the Parlor.’’ Miss Redfern chorded on the piano and they swung on the corner and bowed to their partners in an astonishing manner. Games were dropped suddenly when “eats” were announced. Sandwiches, pickles, apples and coffee disappeared rapidly. The left-overs were slyly stowed away in Dorm girls’ pockets for future feeds. Following the supper we played “'Ken Little Indians" just once more and then took our good advisers’ wise advice, resumed our dignity and departed for home having had a “grand good time.” DOANE RECEPTION After the big rally in chapel and the overwhelming defeat of the “Doanitcs’ down on the field, we ended our victorious day by a reception held in the gym in honor of the Doane players. Every one aided in showing the Doane fellows a good time. 1 he visitors were introduced by a committee of popular young ladies. During the evening the following short but pleasant program was given: I usical selection Welcome to Visitors Violin solo Reading Piano solo Words of Appreciation Philo Orchestra Dr. House Paul Thomas Lulu Burkett Genevieve Gregg Captain Blust 9 7

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