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"Entered as second-class matter November 20,
1908. at the postoice at Columbla S. C.,
under the Act of March 8, 1879.'
The Gamecook solicits humorous sketches,
essays, verse, etc., and will gladly pub
lish such as is available, when accom
panied by the full name of the author.
Unsigned manuscripts will neither be
acknowledged or returned.
All checks and money orders should be
made payable to Bernard Manning, Bus
Bernard Manuing, Sumter.
Assistant Business Manager.
B. S. Beverly, Virginia.
BOARD OF EDITORS.
A. 1). Oiphnnt, '10, Euphradian.
1. J. White, '09, Euphradian.
J. H1. Brown, '10, Euphradian.
J. A. Marlon, '09, Clariosophie.
C. N. Sapp, '10. Clariosophic.
Y. M. C. A.
'1. K. VnnMey, '10, Clariosophic.
Coluambin, S. C., February 18, 1009.
COL"-MBIA, S. C., IFEBRUARY 18, 1909
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Championship team? I guess yes.
Don't worry, exams will come again
* * *
Whatever you did in February,
hitch your wagon to a double star ill
The window of the Marshal's of
fice has lost some of the popularity
which it has enjoyed of late.
Don't tell it out loud, but Carolina
has bright prospects for putting out
the. best baseball team in the history
of the institution.
* * *
The joint faculty and student body
meetings which were begun last
spring might have accomplished much
good had they been kept up. The mu
tual expression of opinions, however
diverse, would do much to bring the
students and the faculty even closer
together. Why not continue the meet
Having been duly warned by our
worthy predecessor of the difficulties
attendant on the hatching of the
"Bird," it is with some hesitancy that
we assume the task.
With your co-operation, we mean
to make the paper a suIccess. The
Gamecock is your paper. If you have
anything to say, its columns are open
to you. Furthermore, you will confer
a favor by leaving any matter of newvs
interest at 7 West Rutledge, or tell
ing it to one of the assistant edlitors.
The Gamecock belongs to ever1 stu
dent of the University of South Caro
lina, .and it is "up to you," singly and
severally, to make the paper a worthy
representative of Carolina.
In passing, we would like to call at
tention to The Gamecock sketch con
test, notice of which appears else
where. Our only purpose in offering
this prize was to develop some of the
latent talent which we know is on the
campus. No member of the present
Gamecock' staff will be allowed to
compete, but the contest is open to
every other student.
ON GETTING TOGETHER
Conditions last year at Carolina
might have warranted the statement
that the only thing that the students
of this University could do harmoni
ously and unanimously was "bust."
. Not that we have not "busted" this
year, for logic 'has slain by the score
and first math. has slaughtered its usual
thousands, but we think ' that there
is more family feeling on the campus.
So far, so good I But why should there
not be more of this goodfellowship?
There are now only six classes in the
University, where last year there were
Nobody can advance a valid reason
why we should not get together, say
for instance, on baseball. If we can
not help the team with money, and
some of us can not, we can at least
all help by our presence at the games.
Coach Reid, who thoroukhly appre
ciates this fact, has made arrange
ments with. Manager Robert Cooper,
and no man need stay away from a
single game on account of financial
Let the impression once get out in
the city that this student body has
gotten together and is pushing its
baseball team and we will have to en
large the grandstand to accommodate
the crowd. As matters now stand, we
cannot expect the town people to come
to the games, as they do at other
places, when we do not take enough
interest in our team to be present our
There is no reason why matters
should stand as they have in the past,
and we do not believe that they will.
We have as good a State University
as there is in the South, and the soon
er we awake to the fact, the sooner
outsiders are going to find it out.
WHY THE EXAMINATION
During the examinations just over,
almost all the professors required us
to attach the pledge to our paper.
The isigning of the pledge is a
small, in fact, a microscopic matter,
but, since we have the honor system
here, it amounts to a gentle slap in
On examinations, the professors ap
pear to trust us implicitly. Then, why
they ask us to sign the pledge? The
examination pledge has 'never kept
anyone who wvas low enough to cheat
from cheating. It is simply a relic of
our high school days, which, for some
unknown reason, has survived in this
University, in spite of the honor sys
The pledge is incompatible wvith the
honor system, and the professors
should cease to require it.
* * **
The influence of our words is far
greater than we can possibly imagine.
Words once tittered are beyond our
recall. Words, like the wind, are uin
controllable. Their effect upon our
hearers may be very different from
what we intended, but, nevertheless,
the effect is made.
In an assemblage of one hundred
and fifty students of this University
of South Carolina, some words were
liberated not so very long ago whose
effect, unless counteracted, may be
more far-reaching than at present we
The men who spoke these words did
so openly, and, doubtlessly, honestly,
but the spiment which they ex
pressed %yis-not healthy. The men in
question got up before the meeting of
the students and announced, in sub
stance, that it was their conviction
that no man should be expelled for
cheating on examinations.
This happened at the University of
South Carolina, where, almost a hun
dred years ago, the honor system of
which we are so proud was born. The
men who voiced these sentiments are
both men of brains, leaders in their
respective classes. If they had been
mien, fresh from the high school, who
had not become acclimated to kulr
honor system, we would not'have been
so very much surprised, for, in the av
erage high school, honor on examina
tions extends only so far as the teach
er's eye can see. But, as we have said
before, they were men whose opinions
are calculated to have weight, in fact,
they were honorable men.
What effect will this opinion, thus
openly voiced, have upon the new men
who have betii in college scarcely four
months, ien just from the high
schools, where ideal conditions on ex
aminations do not prevail? We can
not answer this question, nor can you.
However, we take this opportunity
of warning the new men not to let the
A)inions, which the two speakers ex
Iiessed in the student body meeting
the first week in February, sink too
deeply into their hearts. There are
men in this University of South Caro
lina who do believe that cheating on
examinations and in classroom is a
crime which should be punished by
expulsion. We would further call to
the attention of the new men that the
two speakers, who ventured the above
mentioned opinion, hail from another
college where the honor system is not
We have yet to hear a man who has
been at Carolina four, or even three,
years say that cheating should not be
punished by expulsion.
The Faculty Try Their Hand at Our
The lobby of the Mess Hall was
crowded with honorable Senators and
Representatives, among whom flitted
the sundry members of our faculty.
It was indeed a memorable occasion
which we trust will live in history.
Logic, Biology and Ancient Lan
guage met and welcomed the guests
at the door. History, clad in a frock
coat whlichl has doubtless seen the
Battery, mingled freely with the rep
resentatives. In one corner hle hlad
captured a couple of worthly senlators
and proceeded thlusly wvith his lay:
"Char'ston, Char'ston, greatest
place on God's earth. All wve need up
hlere is King stre' and the Battery.
You gentlemen move 'em up, move
'em upl. Thent we will have a univer
sity worth while."
Ancient Languages forsook the door
and reposed in a corner until a repre
senlative disturbed him with a remark
thlat the decorations were handsome.
"IHI. he, he, yes, indeed. He h,
think so myself, he, lie." . Then he
Modern Languages, immaculately
garbed, sought out a senator who had
fled to the open air of the piazza and,
with his broadest a's, addressed him:
"Ali, senator, have you met all the
people in yonder? Oi should be glad
to show you around."
The senator thanked him, but de
clined to be coddled and Modern Lan
guages, baffled, sought other worlds
Inside, Biology was discoursing to
"Yes, I have an assistant now,
splendid young man, but Science Hall
is much to small for him." And Biol
ogy smiled sweetly on a bewhiskered
representative from the up-country.
"We must have a larger building for
him, and I hope that, considering the
pressing need, you gentlemen will give
it to us." And Biology continued to
Logic was enjoying himself in one
"Illicit process of the minor term,
sir; illicit process of the minor term,
and circuun. in probando, I think.
Yes, this year's logic class is brilliant.
Two of them may pass."
The representatives gazed in open
mouthed wonder as Logic proceeded
to demonstrate the efficiency of the
Socratic Dialectic through a sorites of
baffling dialemmic questions, arriving
at last at the conclusion, "Carolina is
a university which needs a new build
From another corner came a re
soundant "What is phact ?" The jaded
representatives turned to listen to the
"Without a doubt, my vines are so
crowded that yesterday nine changed
into co-tangents. I need more room
for my freshmen to 'bust' in. The
revibrations from the frequent explo
sions in the tiny math room is worse
than the coincident concussions of
Luna on her inverted orbit with the
"The ethereal, idealistic elements of
Transcendentalism about these old
buildings on the campus approaches
the pastoral, not to say the Arcadic,"
quoth English. "But, gentlemen, we
must stride on abreast of this modern
istic age. We need a new building."
Here the doors of the dining hall
were pushed back, and the legislators,
pressed fore and aft by the faculty,
Everything had settled down to sup
per, when in rushed Herr Deutsch
with his tale of the German beer-gar
-lens. He drank only water.
Biology was engaged .in a pro
tracted discussion of the location of
the retractor muscle and pedal gaug
lion of an oyster with a deeply inter
Elementary Economics was strug
gling with a cigar, which he finally
managed to conquer, much to the de
light of History, who had witnessed
the struggle from the door.
The speechmakers made their last
speech, the faculty gave their last glad
hand and bestowed their last sweet
smile upon the weary representatives
as they wvent trailing out, surfeited
with the faculty's politeness.
The Juniors elected Mr. W. G. Des
p)ortes captain of their baseball team.