St Johns College - Yearbook (Annapolis, MD)

 - Class of 1895

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ST. JOHN'S COLLEGIAN. 208 sicians of fame have graced her his-I tory, and surely the memory of these should he an incentive to help her aggrandizement. ' A -There are today in the ranks of her living alumni, men of state and nat- ional reputation and influence. It is for them now to rally to the aid of their mother, it is for them to band .together and by a strong united effort lift her to a higher and more pros- perous position. She is prospering now, but how much more can that prosperity be increased by the help of her influential sons. Let them come forward now and help swell the endowment fund to great propor- tions, not only from their own means, but by securing the interest and aid of philanthropic educationalists. Despite all the adverse comments made upon the conduct of the college students, a mass, and notwithstand- ing the fact that there may exist in many instances much that contains elements that should be excluded from the student's life, there are yet undoubted advantages, and some ad- vantage as is seldomed considered in the present system of college life, that commends itself to all good thinkers. This is leaving out of the question all effects or benefits derived from the portion of the prescribed curriculum pu1'sued. It is as much in the rough and tumble push of college life, the con- tact with men of many minds, the viewing of the busy world as from afar, the intermingling in societies, - n 1 1 fraternites and all other organizations that are essential to the perfect whole of the modern institutions, it is in these that more of practical .knowl- edge, more ofcommon sense doctrine, and more of the training of charac- ter, is brought out, fostered and en- couraged, We may say that all such outside affairs have but a tendency to direct the attention of the student to more frivilous things and distract him from those for the cultivation of which he comes to colleges. But can we say thatsiich is the intention and purpose of a college education ? Gan we say that the literary organi- Zations, in which are developed the innate genius, and the class-room principles put into argumentative shape, can we say that they are not excellent branches of liberal educa- tion ? Or are those contests in which the physical man seems to 'play the most important part-foot-ball, base- ball, etc.-are they unprofitable parts of the educational make-up? 'Itis claimed, because some few wild, un- tamed sports make manifestations at these games and act in a seemingly disgraceful manner, that the extent and number of such contests should be limited, if not altogether stopped, as tending to the detriment of good education. Such argument eannot hold 5 for these few boisterous so'- called students are bound to find some way in which to give vent to their inclinations, under any circum- stances, good or bad, 'favorable or unfavorable. All systems of education have their

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207 ST. JOHN'S nearly to the close of the,one-hun- dred and ninety-ninth year of the in- stitution's existence, and that we must take up our editorial quill and make therewith our little valedictory. Others before us have vacated the chair, some with sad words of part- ing, others with joy for a freedom gained-our's must be one of mingl- ed gladness and regret. We shall- not, in our closing columns, attempt to explain why the COLLEGIAN has not done what it anticipated, we leave that to our kind readers. Our errors have been manifold and our feelings great in number, but we ask for com- passion for these, our many short- coniings. Our experiences as college editors have been of a most pleasant sort, and we realize that the most joyous phase of college life is draw- ing to an end. We have endeavored to make the COLLTEGIAN an impetus to healthy college spirit and enthusiasm and a means for the cultivation of the stud- ent's powers. Our criticisms upon some of the most prominent college reforms have been given in a spirit looking to the betterment of the ad- vantages of St. Johnis. lt cannot be denied and the student of years to come will find that some of these must be recognized for the good of education. To the editors of the class of '96, into whose hands we give this prec- ious charge of our Alma Mater, to them we must express our best wishes for their success. live know the-ni to be men of earnest purpose and great Capacity, and we shall he-pe to see 9 COLLEGIAN. . I emanate from their combined efforts a better paper than any of its prede- cessors. 'Stern purpose and constant application will -enable them to ac'- complish much more than we have done. So may success be .theirs and their success that of St. Jrohn's. ,May their misgivings and trials be not so great as ours, who now abandon those cherished desires and all that might have been, and as gracefully as pos- sible-now step down and out. i We would take this last opportun- ity to urge from our lowly, station, that new effort be made to rapidly in-. crease the endowment fund of the college. At its inception the pros- pects for a large fund were very great. No' one can, for a moment, doubt or deny the claims of St. John's' for aid in her upbuilding, Standing as she does, the descendent of the iirst free school on the North American Continent, the sturdy spirit of sound education then im- bued, has remained with her to this day. With a curriculum well wor- thy of her history and position she merits the earnest support of all promoters of education. A glance over the long list of her departed sons, suffices to reveal the good she has done the commonwealth by training and lnstillinginto the minds and hearts of the illustrious sons of Maryland and thenation that received their education within her walls, principles of justice, honor and patriotism for their guidance in the adairs of state. Statesmen, ora- tors, poets, lawyers, divines and phy- -ai ,sa L-. 51, ,f,.,4ue- 1 1

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IQ O 'ZA 'fur r""' '6 ,,s. 209' ST. JOHN'S COLLEGIAN. . is e disadvantages., It cannot be expect- ed that the whole will be perfect throughout. If theugeneral effect is what is desired, then we cannot com- plain of inef'iiciencies.' The broad, liberal educational plan embraces manylelements, of all characters, all, however, rounding into the symme- trical whole, by which practical learning is promulgated and soithd principles instilled. d il - - 5 A QT .fqfibgn sv N, ' Q I s- A i cl H 5 'l M .., e ' ous nneusnio. Ours is a great republicy We stand today at the openiungof the fifth century of the discovery of this country and the second of its inde- pendence. Our history spans a course of years, characterized by numerous and varied events. We are a nation among nations whose destiny seems not to be liniitedby- Ti'me's changing cycles, andwliose glory and advance- ment in the scale of cirilization, erer-refulgent,shed a lustre on the great conxinonweiltli ot ll'illil'lll"' 1 -.,.. L .WJ -3. Our republic is not one of the ine- teor hind, which rises to an exalted plane of eminence, -and, then as if unforseen. falls to the ignominous plane of ilisintfj-gi'ation and oblivion, whose existence is niarlied only by a few paltry contributions to history N o! Ours ,is a republic, whirchp thought young, is founded on the ex- perience of ages, is built up by the 'sacriiice of inartyred sons and estaba lished by the deeds of heroes and by the institutions of statesmen. The 'republican form of govern- ment of these United States is an ex- periment, an outcome of that liberty loving spirit which inspired and was a characteristic of our ancient fore- fathers, the Teutons. This experi- ment, let me say, is one to be emulat- ed by all the nations of the globe. It has withstood and will withstand the deep probings and fearful onsets of demagogues and of advocates of other forms of government. It is a government 'of the. people, for the people and by the people. Has not this the intention of the framers of -our constitution,--statesmen who would grace the halls of any legisla- tive assembly? d Our constitution was not the pro- duct of a few hours consideration. It was adopted and ratified after weeks and months of ceaseless debates and discussions, and it bears the impress of a calm, thoughtful and i.mparti'al deliberation. The constitution is a wonderful invention of human in- tegrity. lt is the embodiment- of principles never before conceived' by human intellect, nor never before put into execution by any form of gov- ernment. .Althou gh, in a certain sense, we are indebted to the nations of antiquity for our plan, yet. it re- mained for us to set the example, and place the machinery of a repre- sentative government in operation.. -

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