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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, February 01, 1893, Image 11

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F. S. WHITE, Kr»miR-r\-CHiKF. T. H . BACHMAN, Camm'k. C. M. SER V ICE, E x c h a n g e . H. h . O AYLnRD, P e r s o n a l. B rsiurss B oard : J. K. BRODHEAD, II. C. HOOKER. Vol. XV. GENEVA, N. Y., FEBRUARY, 1N03. \To. 8, JnfCuence of €oZU§t Q p a p m . Road before the New York State Inter-collegiate Press Association , at ( Icneva, Jan vary -V, !'S')J, by H arry H, Bat stow, Editor-in-chief o f \■Rochester Campus.\ L IF E in a modern college or university is marked by features peculiarly f its own. Every institution is a little public in itself and has its own traditions and customs -which have been developed and fixed by the prece­ dents of years. But in addition to the peculiarities of individual institutions there are certain generic characteristics which can be predicated of every' col­ lege, and these are, for the outside world, summed up abstractly in the term “ collegelife,' ’ and concretely in the type “ college m an.'’ There is no need of a sociological exposition of the one, or a botanical analysis of the other, though the college man is as all admit the flower of his kind. Every institution being in itself a little public with its own traditions, customs and sentiments, it always follows that there exists in such institu­ tions a miniature “ public opinion,” as definite, fixed, and potent as that of the “ oi Polloi.” The mouth-piece and the moulder of public opinion in the world is the newspaper, and the mouthpiece and the moulder of public opinion in the college is, or should be if it is not, the college paper. College journal­ ism is an established fact, and like “ college life” and the “ college man” it has developed generic qualities peculiar to itself. These qualities are not merely those of form, binding, arrangement of material, etc., but qualities which determine its moral and literary character and therefore its influence. The influence of the college paper is a subject far broader in its scope, far deeper in its significance, and far more vital in its importance than can be adequately

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