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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, February 01, 1893, Image 12

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152 THE HOBART HER AUD. treated in a brief paper. However, if we can gain an insiglit into the possi­ ble significance of tbe work of a college editor, if we can have our conception of tbe mission of the college paper elevated and broadened, tbe consideration of the subject, however brief, w ill not have been in vain. Requisite to any consideration o f the theme is an appreciation of three points, viz.: The true function of a college paper, its influence as it now exists, and its possible influence ; and the greatest of these is the last. In exposition of the first of these points, viz.: the function or sphere of the college paper, pardon may be granted perhaps for a repetition more or less verbatim of some thoughts expressed not long since 011 this subject in the columns of the Campus. The college journal is certainly something more than a mere newspaper, for most of the news has ceased to be new by the time the paper is published. It is not merely a means for the development and exhibition of latent literary talent. That is the function of the Depart­ ment of English in the university. It is something more than a critic 011 the faults of the college— a sort of Cynic's wash-tub in which the board of Editorial Diogeneses sit and amuse themselves by pointing out the spots on the garments of faculty, students, alumni, aud the college in general, except­ ing when lantern in hand they are searching for the honest college man who always pays his subscription to the paper, the teams and the Y. M . C. A . It is also something more than a means of entertainment to its subscrib­ ers. If it is such only, it succeeds as often by its blunders as by its efforts iu that direction. It is not simply a commentator ou passing events, neither cau its sphere he limited to that of the reformer, the moralist or the scold. What is it then? It is all of these in one— news-gatherer, garden of genius, critic, entertainer, commentator, reformer, moralist, and sometimes scold. Bn tit is more than any or all these combined. In the highest sense it should be the interpreter, the niouth-piece of college spirit and. life In all their varied manifestations. It .should be the organ of the college, not merely of the students, but of faculty, trustees and alumni also. It should be in touch, actively and vitally with every side of college administration, and ready to sound the note of progress and improvement wherever possible. It occupies a place which nothing else can fill in college to-day; neither faculty, socie­ ties, nor recitations. The next question is, how is it filling its place ? No statistics are at hand from which an estimate can be made as to just how much endowment has been added to any college through the influence

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