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The Elon College Weekly.
THE ELON COLLEGE WEEKLY
Published every Tuesday during: the College
The Weekly Publishing Company.
W. P. LAWRENCE.
J. W. BARNEY.
A. C. HALL,
W. C. WICKER.
T. C. AMICK,
question here and get some opinions from
those who have a right to judge as to
whether we are on the decline in scholar
All matters pertaining to subscriptions should i
be addressed to W. C. Wicker, Elon College. E. C. 1
The office of publication is Burlington. N. C.
The oflBce of the Editor is Elon College, N.
C.. where all communications relative to the
Weekly should be sent.
Application for entry as second-class mail mat
ter at the postoffice at Burlington. N. C., pending.
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1910
Is the grade of scholarship on the
decline in Elon College ? This is a
question that has been recently raised
here, and is of no little concern to both
the Institution and to the students them
selves. The gloomy view is taken by
more than one., and by persons who
ought to know. This question is, per
haps, of the same nature as the query as
to whether the world is growing worse.
There are those who hold to the view
that it u, and on the other side, others
of equally well informed and equally
logical minds, who hold that it is not
The College is superior in equipment
to what it was fifteen years ago, and the
faculty is larger and is, perhaps, fully as
well equipped to fill the professorship
and the instructorship as the faculty was
fifteen years ago. The library and read
ing rooms are far superior to what they
were then. The cultural departments
certainly have not declined. Our opin
ion is, that if the grade of scholarship is
on the decline it is due to one or the
other, or all of the following causes: first,
a less energetic faculty, secondly, students
of less mental caliber, and thirdly, stu
dents more given to indolence than for
merly. If the efficiency of the College is
declining as its equipment increases, it
would seem that equipment is a hin
drance rather than a help. The poorest
work, under those conditions, we should
reasonably expect to find in the best
equipped and the best facultied colleges,
and if the mental caliber of the student
body is on the decline, it is an argument
that an educated parentage means a
weaker minded offspring.
It is a generally conceded opinion,
however, that wealth, comfort, and ease
breed idleness in the constitutionally lazy
man. Necessity to earn one’s own bread
is the salvation of this class in college as
well as elsewhere.
But we had intended oiny to raise the
The Unexpected Seven.
Last night, when all the rest of the
world was lost in slumber, and yet a long
while before the appearance of the
" comet" and the gray dawn ; the " Un
expected Seven " convened again. The
meeting was called to order by "Bonus
Pater" Epicureus, and after the calling
of the roll, the Society proceeded to
transact business according to their usual
The first matter to claim the interest of
these mysterious fellows was the choos
ing of suitable colors, to represent the
sentiment of this now famous organiza
tion. It was moved and seconded that
the matter of choosing should be settled
at once. The motion was carried, and
suggestions were called for. Thereupon,
" Bonus Pater" called upon Wm. S.
Thucydides, knowing him to be a de-
cendant of the Greeks, and to have a
well cultivated taste for the artistic, to of
fer his opinion. Mr. Thucydides then
arose and thanked " the one of the chair"
for the compliment, and said:
" I have given this matter considerable
thought during the past week, and I
know of no other colors, which wi I more
nearly express the feeling of this body
than " sage green" and " dark brown."
This suggestion met with the unanimous
approval of the body, and was adopted
without a dissenting vote.
The writer would like very much to
tell his readers the meaning of these two
colors, to the " Unexpected Seven," but
such a disclosure might mean disaster to
the organization; for this reason the
writer withholds the secret.
The next matter presented for the
consideration of the meeting was that of
punishing some miscreants, who would
deceive the public concerning the pur
pose of the Society. A detective was
employed to investigate the case, and if
the guilty parties are caught, some one
will make a noise like a frog. The fel
lows are highly indignant that outsiders
continue to commit offences about the
College, and palm it off on the profes
sors as being the work of the " Unex-
After this matter was disposed of, the
regular work of the evening began.
Having just considered a concrete case,
John Socrates thought it an opportune
time to make some remarks upon the sub
ject, " The Proneness of Mankind to de
ceive." " Without doubt, said he, "those
who have attempted to bring this Society
into disrepute again, sooner or later will
need a screen for their mischief, when
none can be found.
" The sort of deception that hurts us
most is the kind that we practice on our
selves. In the case of the men they
turn the spy-glass on the other fellow, be
lieving that it is a useless waste of time
to take an inventory of our own stock.
I’ve seen cases here at Elon College,
when the fellow under my observation
would rather have been talking to the
other fellow’s girl, but told the girl at his
side, ' honestly, I never was really happy
before in my life.'
"The boys say that the girls lack tact
in this respect. There is this much in
favor of the girls, at least especially if a
girl does not like a fellow, he won’t
have to wait a year to find it out, i : e,
if he has as much sense eis a setter pup.
For example, I heard a beautiful little
feminine creature say to herself once as
1 was spending a quiet evening at her
little shrine 'the hours drag wearily
along.' I knew that there was some
thing the matter with them, but I never
should have put it like that. I would
have used some diplomacy, and said
something like this, ' when I am with you
the minutes pass just as quickly as they do
during a math period.' (Laughter).
"It makes the reputation of Ananias
pretty 'shaky' when one sees the flat
teries, et cetera, which are piled up
during a period of rule-suspension, but
I have neither time nor space now to
"Now I must confess that I don’t know
how one woman sizes up another, I do
not have a woman’s mind, and have
never had, except a little bit at a time
as many others have had. It is my opin
ion though that an X-ray, a spectroscope
and a kaleidoscope would be sufficent
for the test.
" 'Oh what a fragile net we weave.
When fisrt we practice to deceive.'"
At this juncture the speech was
brought to an untimely close on account
of the lateness of the hour. Next week
Hiram Demosthenes will tell what the
" Faculty" think of the "Student Body."
Upon motion of “Bill Shakesphere ”
the meeting adjourned to take a look at
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