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INDEX. 29 — e ' 91 — . WE are fully conscious of our inexperience in writing an article which will come before the eyes of so many, but by the request of the editors of the Index the following is submitted to your criticism. Although but few in number compared with former classes, we are proud to say that we passed the best entrance examinations of any class entering, and hope that in our future college duties we will do as well. Many of the class have entered well into sports, and we trust that the class of ' 91 will do its share in promoting the interest in athletics, and be as well developed in body as in mind. The Sophomores, having the experience of a former rope-pull, and the excellent training which comes from long and hard practice, were so confi- dent of " dragging the Freshmen around the campus, " as a Sophomore was heard to say they would do, that a rope more expensive than usual was ordered, they expecting the Freshmen would have to pay for it ; but, as it proved, the dragging was all done on the other side, and amid the cheers of ' 91 and ' 89 the rope was carried off by us. As Freshmen we have not had the drill which the Sophomores have, and consequent!}- are not so proficient in military duties, especially that of stacking (rooms), but having learned that exercise from them, we did our best to follow the example set. We enter on our college hfe as the beginning of the final j reparation for our life-work, not knowing what our future will be ; we feel as if all our energies ought to be put forth to develop that which is noble and good within us. As we have the eyes of our parents and friends fixed upon us we should do our best to come up to the standard which they ha -e set, and may our work here be a success, so that we can say as we look back in after life on our college course, that our time and labor was profitably spent. May each one have that degree of confidence in himself so that when difficulties arise, as the} ' often do, he will work the more earnestly and over- come them, graduating with the realizing sense that by his own exertions he has obtained the reward which comes from hard and faithful studv. G.
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INDEX. 34 — i A Good Fellow - - HAPPY is the college class that numbers among its members a real good fellow. No two classes are alike. It is said that the last class that graduates is always the best till the next one comes upon the stage. But, flattery aside, classes differ in ability and in other characteristics the same as individuals. They are dull or bright, famous or of ill repute, jollv or morose, as circumstances and natural development combine to make them. The character of the class is largely due to the influence of a few of its leading spirits who create the esprit du corps. If these men are studious the class ranks high in scholarship ; if they are mischievous, the class is a torment to faculty and town: if they are fond of athletic sports, the college makes a record in base-ball. Now whoever controls the leading spirits of the leading class, controls the college. If his voice is for war and commotion dire, there is no j eace ; if it be raised in behalf of discipline and good order, heaven ' s tirst law is the law of student life. As sunshine brings light, so true is it that a real good fellow is the leader of the choice spirits of his class, and so is an uncrowned king. He is no politician, he pulls no wires, but where he goes the rest go. He demands nothing, he wants nothing for himself, but all the boys are deter- mined that the man who has plotted and schemed to get the phim, shall not have it, but that the real good fellow who does not want it shall have it in spite of all his protestations. Good fellowship is like the flavor of rare old wine ; it is something that improves with age but which no skill can counterfeit. The genuine is recognized by all; imitations cheat no one. We forget it may be in the course of years who took the valedictory, but no old alumnus when he returns to Alma Mater to the fiftieth reunion of his class, ever forgets that real good fellow whose genial mirth and cordial ways were ever the inspira- tion of the enthusiasm of all the boys. Good fellowship is the outgrowth of a good heart. It comes of sympa- thy and enthusiasm. It is born of self forgetfulness. He is not a martyr, for the martyr is always self-conscious. The good fellow becomes so absorbed in making the other fellows have a good time that he never stops to think whether he is getting left or not. Since he never has time or incli- nation to take care of himself, it comes to pass that every other fellow in the class appoints himself a committee of one to see to it that he is well takfen care of.
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