Memoirs of the 1925 Round-Up
A Peep Into the
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Graduates Hear Dr. MacLean
Memorial Day Address
The Chancellor's Corner
Your Presidents Report
Reports of the Alumni Officers
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The Nebraska Alumnus
Entered April 13, 1906, at Lincoln. Nebr. postoffice, as second-class matter, under Act of March 3, 1879. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Sec. 1103, Act of October 3, 1917. authorized August 2, 1918.
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Vacation time has arrived. Like the rest of you folks, the ALUMNUS is planning on a vacation. This vacation will last for two months. During that time the ALUMNUS is going to refresh and invigorate itself, so that when it comes to you again in September it will surprise and delight you. It will have a new cover design, new features, and more news.
The ALUMNUS hopes that you have a good time and a happy vacation this summer,and bids you goodbye until September.
With a record of twenty years of untiring effort in the service of the state of Nebraska as Chancellor of the University, Doctor Samuel Avery has resigned. His resignation is effective August 31, 1928, and it has been accepted by the Board of Regents.
The headship of a great institution such as the University of Nebraska is a most trying position. Great intellectual powers and administrative abilities are required. There is the task of correlating and harmonizing the various parts of the University. Then there is the still greater work of co-ordinating the work of the University with the state at large. Still another duty of the Chancellor of the University is that of leadership and inspiration for the thousands of students who come each year.
Not many men have the intellectual power and the resistance to physical strain to withstand the burden of such responsibility. Good chancellors are rare, and those who, though successful, can withstand the drain on the physical powers made by this position, are even more rarely found. University executives, as the chief executives of the nation, often break down under the sheer weight of their various duties.
Despite these difficulties Chancellor Avery has handled the affairs of the University of Nebraska thru twenty years of progress and growth. Altho assailed at times by jealous politicians, Chancellor Avery has gone straight ahead, building and working for the development and prosperity of the University of Nebraska.
The Board of Regents has a real task to choose a capable successor for Chancellor Avery. Fortunately he has given them three years in which to carry out this duty. May they do as well as their predecessors did.
THE NEBRASKA ALUMNUS has received a letter signed "Phi Beta Kappa" and commenting upon the editorial, Wanted, A Library, which appeared in the March issue. The mere fact that the author has concealed his identity takes away most of the value of the communication for it shows an unwillingness to support the opinion expressed in open debate.
The letter from "Phi Beta Kappa" would have gone the route of most anonymous communications--i.e., the waste-basket--except for the fact that it was signed with the name of a highly respected organization and that it was apparently an attempt to put forth the opinion of one individual as the view of the entire organization. The letter follows:
"It has certainly taken some people at U. of N. a long time to discover that a library was needed. Facilities were inadequate in 1903. When the stadium campaign was under way I stopped in Lincoln and found the same library as in 1903. The stadium received no money from me.
PHI BETA KAPPA."
THE ALUMNUS doubts if there are a dozen members of Phi Beta Kappa who would approve this letter. It is much more probable that the vast majority would condemn the action of the author in concealing his or her true identity and in giving the impression
The Nebraska Alumnus, June 1925
that the opinion expressed is that of all members of the organization.
THE ALUMNUS does not deny the right of the author to express such an opinion, but it does question the right to set forth these views above the signature of such a worthy organization as Phi Beta Kappa. The remark was apparently made without complete analysis of the situation.
For several years THE ALUMNUS has urged an adequate library as one of the important elements in a comprehensive program for the institution, a program with which it believes all alumni are in hearty accord. The editorial did not infer that the need had just arisen nor that it had just been perceived. The library conditions have been recognized by all but it has always been felt by University authorities that a library should, in fact could, be secured only through legislative appropriation. Other things were considered more urgent in the last building program.
A new library cannot be built on mere talk. It takes money. And not since 1915 has the state legislature appropriated any money for new buildings at the University. This year $900,000 was granted to the institution and THE ALUMNUS feels safe in predicting that the library situation at the University will be greatly relieved within a short time.
In the struggle to gain a livelihood which keeps the average alumnus busy from morning until night, too many of us forget the inspiration which our instuctors of college days give to us. We forget these men and women who strive for a comparatively small stipend to teach us the fundamentals of life, and to give us the foundation which will enable us to do our life work in a manner befitting of college graduates. We fail to realize just how much a little friendly letter, a note of appreciation, addressed to our former instructors would mean to these men who strived to inspire us to greater and better things.
The full significance of the letters which former students send to their old professors was recently brought home to us by a paragraph in a letter from a Nebraska alumnus, now a professor in one of the large eastern universities. It is truly worth pondering over, and should stir many of us to pen a few lines to these men and women who stood loyally by us in the struggle though which we went as undergraduates. Lest we forget, let us quote:.
"As you see there is not much in the teachers and investigators life which is very striking, nor is much of it of great importance to any but his immediate associates. He hopes to stimulate and inspire his students, and the very occassional letters from former students telling of his help and inspiration to them is about all the fortune he is able to amass. But he has the feeling that perhaps he is contributing somewhat to the growth and development of men and women, and sometimes finding something which adds to our knowledge and so aids in the actual growth and progress in his field of investigations."
The Round-Up is over. The hundreds of loyal Cornhuskers who gathered on the campus for a grand celebration during the last three days of May have gone home. Everyone had a grand time. Every event of the program was enthusiastically received.
Each alumnus who came to the Round-Up went away a better and more loyal Nebraskan. The fires of devotion to old U. of N. burn brighter than before. Appreciation for the University and the work it is doing has been increased.
A word or two of thanks to those who helped make the Round-Up a success is appropriate here. It was only thru the untiring efforts of the many alumni who gave their time unsparingly that the Round-Up was made a success. The results of their work were apparent.
Various members of the faculty filled speaking engagements for high school graduation exercises during the last part of May. Prof. C. W. Taylor of the Teachers College spoke at Cedar Rapids, Nebr.; G. R. Boomer, extension agent in agriculture, at Linwood; Dean W. E. Sealock of the Teachers College at Orleans; Prof. A. A. Reed at Mitchell, Sunflower Consolidated and Lakeside; Rev. Harry Huntington, University Methodist pastor, at Hordville and Verdon; Dean R. A. Lyman of the College of Pharmacy at Strand; and G. W. Rosenlof of the Teachers College at DuBois.
The Nebraska Alumnus, June 1925
Reported by Howard Buffet, '25
LOCKE TIES WORLD'S RECORDS
Nebraska's Fastest Human, -- A sprint marvel whose dash records equal the world's records, -- is Roland A. Locke, member of the Nebraska football and track teams. Locke has not been defeated in a race this year, in fact, he has not been forced to extend himself. Henry Schulte, coach of the Husker team, and developer of many champions, declares that Roland Locke is the greatest runner in the world - that he can beat Charles Paddock, the "Flying Human."
In the first meet of the season, the K. C. A. C. meet, Locke tied the world's mark for the 50-yard dash of 5.1 seconds. He won first in the 75-yard and 300-yard dashes at the Illinois Relays in March running against the best dash men in the Big Ten.
At the Kansas Relays during April he ran the century in 9.6 seconds, which equalled the world's record. Two watches caught him in faster time. He won the century dash at the Drake Relays a week later.
At the Missouri Valley outdoor meet at Norman, Okla., he broke the tape in the hundred-yard dash in 9.6. Several of the timers caught him in 9.5. A few minutes later he tied the world's record in the 220-yard dash, running it in 20.8 seconds. A slight wind helped him, but in neither race did he extend himself.
A tabulation of the points that Locke has made for Nebraska on the track this year shows a total in the vicinity of 150 points, including the points he has made as a member of Husker relay teams. He has been running on the Scarlet and Cream 440-yard, half-mile, and mile relay teams. Locke also runs the low hurdles occasionally, where his great speed is a distinct asset to him, altho he has trouble in clearing the barriers.
Locke is a junior in the law college, and has one more year of varsity competition in football and track.
HUSKER NINE WINS THREE
Lang Loses First Game in Two Years of Pitching in Valley
By scoring three runs in the eighth inning, the Oklahoma nine overcame the Husker lead in the first game of a two-game series at Lincoln, May 15, and defeated the Nebraska past-timers, 4 to 3. Rhodes was on the mound for Nebraska. The game was held on the Ag campus because of the soggy condition of Rock Island Park. The second game of the series was called off.
On May 18 Byrel Lang, Husker pitching ace, lost the first Missouri Valley baseball game of his career when the Kansas Aggies trimmed the Huskers, 6 to 2, at Lincoln. Each team made but six bingles, but the Nebraska nine was chalked up with six errors. The Aggies scored five runs in the fifth inning on errors.
In the second game of the Aggie series, "Choppy" Rhodes turned back the Farmers with a 6 to 1 defeat. The Huskers were on a batting spree, and made a total of twelve hits, while the Aggies were only able to collect nine, and in addition made three errors.
The Huskers journeyed to Ames May 22 for a two game series which closed the season. With Domeier on the mound for the first game, the Huskers won easily, knocking the ball all over the park for fourteen runs while the Aggies were only able to score two counters.
In the second game of the series with Iowa State, the Huskers were again victorious, this time by a 4 to 1 count. Lang pitched for the Huskers, and it is interesting to note that the one run that the Farmers made was the only earned score made off pitcher Lang this year.
The Nebraska Alumnus, June 1925
HUSKERS LOSE CHAMPIONSHIP
Missouri Tigers Take First Place in Missouri Valley Track Meet at Norman
After winning the Missouri Valley track and field championship for four consecutive years, Coach Henry F. Schulte's Husker track artists trailed Missouri in the conference championship meet at Norman, Okla., May 29 and 30. The Tigers scored a total of 44 3/4 points, while Nebraska was a close second with 40 1/2 points. Grinnell took third honors, and Kansas University was fourth.
Hard luck in the mile relay and the hurdle races cost the Huskers the championship. The Husker mile team, admittedly the fastest in the valley, ran in a slow heat during a dust storm, and only scored one point, altho the Huskers; won their heat. In the hurdle races the breaks went against the Huskers, and Weir only scored one point.
The performance of Roland Locke in the sprints was excellent. The fast Scarlet and Cream speedster tied the world's record of 9.6 in the century, and again in the 220-yard dash he tied the world's mark of 20.8. Neither mark was allowed because of the wind at the back of the runners.
Morgan Taylor of Grinnell was the individual star of the meet. He took three firsts and ran on the Grinnell half-mile relay team. "Choppy" Rhodes bettered two Nebraska varsity records during the meet. He and Wirsig of Nebraska tied with two others for first in the pole vault, having cleared the bar at 12' 7". Rhodes broad jumped 23' 10". The Nebraska record was 23 feet even.
Captain Crites of Nebraska won the quarter.
Jack Ross was second in the mile run. Bill Hein took third in the century and second in the "two twenty."
WIN MEET AT LINCOLN
In a triangular track meet at Lincoln between Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas Aggies, May 16, the Cornhuskers won easily by piling up a total of sixty-three and two-thirds points. Kansas took second with forty-six points, and the Aggies third with twenty-one and one-third points. Locke of Nebraska led in the individual scoring with ten points resulting from firsts in the century and 220-yard dashes.
The Husker team took all three places in the 440-yard dash, while Kansas scooped all points in the high jump without difficulty.
Pratt of Kansas showed great endurance powers by winning second in the mile and then coming back and taking first in the two-mile.
The Cornhusker team won the relay without difficulty. Captain Graham 1924 Olympic star of Kansas scored points in four events, tying for first in the high jump, winning second in the broad jump, and third in both of the hurdle races. Weir won the high and low hurdle races.
The time in all events was slow, due to the heavy rains that had soaked the track the night before, and the cold wind which swept across the stadium during the meet.
By a 90 to 40 count the Huskers walked away from the Kansas Aggies in a dual meet at Manhattan, May 23. In only a few of the distance runs did the Farmers offer serious competition. Ross of Nebraska set a new Nebraska record for the mile, running it in 4:24.1. The old record of 4:26 had stood for fourteen years having been set by "Andy" Anderson in 1911. Locke and Weir did not compete.
TENNIS AND GOLF
In the only regular golf meet of the year, the Husker golf team tied with Drake at Des Moines in a dual meet on May 15. The feature match was between Palmer of Nebraska and Blanchard of Drake. Each shot a 78.
On May 22 the Nebraska tennis team won from the Kansas Aggies at Lincoln by winning two out of three singles matches and the lone doubles match. Herb Rathsack starred in both the doubles and singles play.
WINS FOLDAWAY BED
Mrs. W. J. Schoen (Cecile Baldwin) of Rapid City, South Dakota, was the winner of the foldaway bed in the cross-word puzzle contest conducted by THE NEBRASKA ALUMNUS. The idea for the Round-Up submitted by Mrs. Schoen was that each alumnus returning for the Round-Up bring as much news as possible for THE ALUMNUS concerning alumni residing in his locality. In this way a greater loyalty and Nebraska spirit would be created in the various communities.
The solution of the puzzle reads as follows:"Come a running boys
Do you hear that noise
Like the thunder in the sky
It's the howl and din of a champion.
The Nebraska host, oh my."