University of Georgia - Pandora Yearbook (Athens, GA)

 - Class of 1911

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Student Self-Government MAGIN’K ji perfect democracy: n democracy in which there is no«l for little government. Ixit in which the little that must be is well organized and spontaneously sup-I orttil l v public opinion. Imagine the wise men advisers. the strong men leaders, every member of the community an enthusiastic worker. This, then, is the ideal toward which the I'nivcrxity of Georgia is aiming. Is it the ideal of a dreamer? If then had not been SO much progress in the past, one might well think so. Hut when one looks luiekward and secs what has Ih-cii accomplished. it s not idle to hope that the I'nivcrxity of Georgia may some day la a training place for perfect citizens of the state, a n al school for the duties of life, a community for the development of the good and the purging of the laid— nor is it wasted effort to work for this end. Hoginning at the organi jition of the Cniversity in Athens nmn than a century ago. its students have always exercised more than the usual amount of self-government. At lirst, however, it was more on the principle of individual re-s|x nsihilitv and of less organization. At first there wax lack of definite pur|xwc. and of fundamental working principle. Later the tendency of the students to govern themselves liecaim more defined, and those in authority adopted the principle of allowing the students to go as far in managing themselves as they could. This limit of possibility has Istii pushed higher and higher. i-spccially since Chancellor David 0. Harrow has lain at the head of the institution. until one need not Im a dreamer to lio|x for an ideal of perfect democracy in the Cniversity. There are six organizations dial have liecn made effective by the students and for the students. Classroom work, individual development, home life, religious association, athletic achievement, ami general welfare has each an organization for its supervision and tli reel ion. These an the Honor System, the Faculty Advisers, the Dormitory l roe- tors, the Young Mens Christian Association, the Athletic Association, and the Senior Advisory Council. The Honor System has existed in the leading colleges of the South for a long time, having its origin in the I'nivcr-sitv of Virginia and soon after spreading to all the most important institutions southward and a few of the greater colleges of the North. No one rrmriulters when it was not in force at the Cniversity of Georgia. In the beginning, however. it was enforced by the faculty, but now. in line witJi the tendency of the students to govern themselves, it is enforced by an Honor lioard. This Hoard is com|x»sed of 011c member of each class elected every year, to remain a mein-lier of the Hoard as long as he remains in college—thus giving the Senior Class four mcmlicrs. the .Junior Class three ■uemiicrx. the Sophomores two memlx-rs. and the Freshmen one mciulicr. It is governed hy a constitution adopted hv the whole student laxly. and its work of skimming tin dross from the pur gold among the students has Itcon effective at all times. Then an weak points in the constitution which an yet to Is remedied, hut even as it is now. it instills a high sense of clussnioni honor in every man who comes under the full influence of the Cnivcixity;—and classroom honor must always Im a part of that personal honor of which Southerners an so pnrnd. The Honor System, in the moulding of a heterogeneous standard of morals in the Freshman Class to a unit of perfect honor in the Senior Class, has a thousaml times over justified its existence. Of later formation, hut of scam-ly less in line tire, is the system of Faculty Advisers. Kacli individual student has some mciulicr of the faculty to whom he can at any time go for advice in any matter. Should a student fall lichind in his work, this mendicr of the faculty consults with him and directs him. When a student is in doubt iilsiut what course lie should pursue, whether personal or pertaining to the welfare of the Cniversity. then is always this older and wiser man ready to advise and encourage him. Though introduced only about ten years ago. such has Im cii the good that it has accomplished through individual influence that no memlM r of the faculty, nor any student, would Im willing to dispense with this system of |H rsonal contact.

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Georgia-Alma Mater (TrxK: Amici). H 1 J. 1$. Wrioiit, Ju. From the hills of Georgia"s norlhland ]teaiiis thy noble brow. And the sons of Georgia rising I’ledgc with xiu-ml vow. CiKMcrs: Alum Mater, thee we‘11 honor True and loyal he.- • Kver crowned with praise and glory Georgia. hail to thee! 'Neath the pine trees stately shadow Spread thy riches rare. And thy sons, dear Alma .Mater. Will thy treasure share. Through the ages. Alma Mater, Men will look to tins — Thou the fairest of the Southland, Georgias 'Varsity.



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