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BOARD OF IDITORS.
A. D. Oliphant, '10, Euphradian.
B. J. Whitte, '09, Euphradian.
J. H. Brown, '10, Euphradian.
J. A. Marion, '09, Clariosophic.
C. N. Sapp, '10. Clariosophic.
'T. K. Vnney, '10, Clariosophie.
Y. M. C. A.
v. S. lutchinson, '09.
COLUMBIA, S. C., MARCH 4, 1909.
WILL THE SCRUBS GET
The Advisory Board meets some
time this week. It is earnestly to be
hoped that they will see fit to award
the monogram to the hard-working
and deserving "scrubs."
Although it would be too late to
give the letters to the football "scrubs"
of the past season, a start could be
made by awarding it to the baseball
men who make this year's second
Webster defines chapel as "a place
for worship." The nine o'clock chap
el services which are held at Carolina
are the offspring, doubtless, of the Ro
man Catholic five o'clock mass. This
early morning service, as a prepara
tion for the work of the day, should do
us all good, but does it?
We are all required to attend chapel
four days out of the week, and, if we
do not, the consequences are more or
less unpleasant. In other words, we
are made to go to chapel.
Now, do we go to chapel to wor
ship or merely because we are, in a
measure compelled to? How many of
us can honestly answer the first part
of this question in the affirmative? We
venture to say that those who can are
Suppose we were not obliged to go
to chapel, suppose chapel attendance
were optional, would not we approach
chapel in an attitude of wvorship and be
in a frame of mind to derive benefit
from the services? Even if wve did
not attend four times a week, which
we are now obliged to do, when we did
go we would get great good out of the
service, where now we get little.
Chapel attendance is not a matter of
conscietice. We go because we have
to. -It is an irksome duty to be gotten
over before we take up the rest of the
To the hard-worked members of the
faculty, who have to.,attend chapel six
days* in the week, we would like to say
that they lose four thousand .three
hundred and twenty minutes, which
might be spent in the arms of Mor
pheus. We do not say well spent, but
we simply call to their attention the
fact that it might be so spent,
We hope that we will not be under
stood to be in favor of the abolition of
chapel, for we are not. But we are in
favor of leaving attendance or non
attendance at chapel service to the con
science of each individual. Then we
believe that we would derive benefit
from tle fifteen minutes which we
might spend in worship.
NO MORE "NAUGHTY"
No, the classes show no signs of re
forming nor have we any reason to
hope that they will, as classes, change
their mode of existence. We venture
to predict that the prohibition mea
sures will affect them little, if any.
They will do just as they have done
since there has been such an institu
tion as classes. We do not look for
any startling reformation in morals,
still we insist that for ninety long
years there will be no more "naughty"
Next June, when the colleges and
universities of the world pour out their
strean of sweet boy and sweeter girl
graduates, the last "naughty" class for
four score and ten years to come, will
be liberated on the face of the earth,
to exhibit to the solid inhabitants
thereof their knowledge or their lack
of it. The world will not be startled,
for the same thing has happened for
an infinite number of years. Yet it is
high time to sit up and take notice.
With the advent of '09, "naughty"
classes will be a thing of the past.
There will be '10s and '11s and '25s
and '50s, but not another "naughty"
class until the class of 2000 A. D.
unties the blue ribbon from around
their diplomas and tries in vain to
read the Latin printed on the surface
of the sheepskin.
* * *
In some several issues of the Game
cock, articles have been published
which spoke in derogatory terms of
Carolina's college spirit. While by no
means are the articles untrue, it seems
that something should be said for our
college spirit. If we are in such a sad
state, the thing to do is to arouse some
little fire rather than to smother the
already smoldering heap.
There are several things that show
a spirit that should be encouraging to
us. Note the number of men out for
the various teams. At least forty men
were out for the regular football team,
and half as many more tried for the
class teams. Basketball has attracted
the attention of some twenty or twven
ty-five and the baseball field is literally
covered wvith aspirants for honors of
the diamond. The track team and run
ning clubs entice many more.
We cannot all be athletes. Some
have larger brains than others, which
must be exercised. These men shine
out in the various Society contests.
They naturally desire to attain dis
tinction in literary or oratorical
achievements. For various reasons
others may desire to do likewise. What
is the result ? Are not the societies
increasing in membership? Does this
not show cee spirit?
Then, consider our publications.
The Gamecock has the record of being
a pure news college paper. No ad.
vertisements are scattered over its
pages. Could it be thus if the students
did not feel an interest in it? Then,
The Carolinian has a reputation over
the State for its literary selections
and tjfeir excellence. Last, but not
leas;,' every student is proud of The
Garnet and Black. Those who do not
contribute to some of the publications
are scarce to be found.
College spirit is dormant in every
student. Let some person attempt to
abuse old Carolina before any student
and see what he will do. The evidence
of college "vim" might easily then be
As regards "rooting" on the ahletic
fields. Forty per cent. of the students
are Freshmen. They do not at once
acquire the athletic fever, which in
spires one to go out and "root." If
one looks over the spectators at our
games, the majority arc the higher
classmen. By the last of the year, the
Freshmen will have the same spirit
and join in furthering the good work.
In order to bring out college spirit,
the different abilities of the various
students should be centralized on some
one thing. Carolina cannot support
several, branches of the same nature.
For instance, we could not support a
glee club, orchestra, band and a mins
trel. Our forces must be centralized
on some one of the several or a combi
nation of some two. To do this some
young Gideon must raise his band of
followers and go forth on a crusade of
The result would be an organization
of which every student would be
proud. They would all back it up and
college spirit would be greatly fur
thered. Somebody please get busy.
* * *
THE Y. M. C. A.
A LARGER ATTENDANCE DESIRED.
Signs of spring are here. ''here is
a fringe of green on the campus trees,
the afternoons grow long, and the
sun shines most invitingly. After a
good Sunday dinner, the temptation to
lie on the grass or stroll away to the
river is almost irresistible. And,
judging from the attendance at the Y.
M. C. A. last Sunday afternoon, most
fellows did not resist. We must do
something to increase our attendance.
It is just too bad to invite speakers
here and then have nothing but empty
seats for them to address. Field, for
est and river are especially inviting at
this season, and there are other attrac
tions, we know. But the afternoons
are long enough now to give us time
to attend Y. M. C. A. first and yet
have time for other things afterwards.
We have got to do better or turn our
Y. M. C. A. work into a mere farce.
LAST SABBATH AND NEXT.
We failed to get Mr. Brunson to
address uts last Sunday, but he has
promised to come for our next ap
pointment. He is an attractive
speaker, and we must try to get out a
M. R. McDonald and S. J. Wall
were chosen to represent us at the In
terstate Convention to be held in Char
lotte March 1R..o.
DISTINOUISHOC ALUMNI OF
j. THE SOCIETIES
In the belief that the Clariosophic
and Euphradian Societies are two of
the most distinguished in this coun
try, and in the hope that a knowledge
of the Iiistory of their distinguished
alumni will stimulate us to more active
appreciation of their worth, the author
of this ~sketch intends writing each
week in The Gamecock singular ac
counts of the famous graduates, be
ginning, of course, with those whose
portraits adorn our walls, and alter
nating between members of the two
CHANCELLOR WILLIAM HARPER.
On the right as one enters the Eu
phradian Society hall hangs the por
trait of a stern-looking old gentlemap,
attired after the fashion of the early
nineteenth century, entitled "Chancel
lor William Harper," who, as he was
one of the first alumni, so he was one
of the most distinguished. William
Harper, the son of a Methodist mis
sionary, was born on Cagua Island,
17th of January, 1790. Very soon
after this, however, the Harpers re
turned to South Carolina, where Wil
liam entered the South Carolina Col
lege at its opening in 1805. One of
the first things that he did was to join
the Euphradian Society very soon aft
er its foundation, and lie was always
a sincere and conscientious society
worker. As a student, lie was noted
for his attention to duty and literary
ability, and upon his graduation in
18o8, lie recited an original poem
which received, a great deal of com
mendation. After graduation lie stud
ied medicine for a short while, but
soon gave it up for law, being admit
ted to the bar in 1813. He attracted
no special attention as a lawyer be
fore his arguments before the Court
of Appeals in the case of. Butler vs.
In 18z6 Mr. Harper began his pub
lic life, in that year going to the Leg
islature as representative from Rich
land county. Soon, however, in com
pany with his father-in-law, Mr. Coul
ter, lie emigrated to Missouri, where
lie immediately rose to distinction, be
ing elected chancellor in 1821. Re
signing that position and returning to
South Carolina in 1823, lie served. as
State reporter till in i86 he was ap
pointed by Governor Manning to fill
the unexpired term of John Gaillard
in the United States Senate. In 1827
he moved again to Charleston, whence
he was returned to the Legislature.
IHe then held in succession the offices
of speaker of the house, chancellor,
associate justice of the Court of Ap
peals, and chancellor again when the
Court of Appeals was abolished. 'He
took a very important part in the Nul
lification Conventions of 1832 and
1833. In 1842, on leave of absence
from his duties as chancellor, lie made
a visit to Europe. In his own account
of his travels lie says they were pleas
ant, but it seems that Paris some
what shocked his nice sense of pro
priety. He continued in the office of
chancellor till in October, 1847, aft
er a long illness, he closed his earthly
existence, lamented by the people over
all the State on account of his wvis
don, justice and integrity.