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Bloomington Indiana Student (Newspaper) - December 1, 1889, Bloomington, Indiana So we Mem Muthe Indiana student. The one which binds him closest to its individual members. Let us Hope that the work is done Here with the same Zeal that it once was done in the literary societies. The last reason we will note of the degeneration of literary culture and taste at i. U. And the apparent Lack of interest in the prizes for oratory is the system of judging and gradation. Until within the last two years All contestants for prizes in oratory must present their manuscript to be graded by judges upon thought and compositions much if not More stress was Laid upon thought As upon delivery and quite frequently when the number of speakers was limited the Ablest orator would be unable to enter the contest because his manuscript was not up to the Standard. In other words the contest ceased to be one in oratory but one in essay. Last year however this unfair system of gradation was abolished and the present impartial one substituted in its place. But there still remains the difficulty of selecting judges and it is one perhaps that will not be eradicated soon. The trouble does not arise from the partiality or dishonesty of the judges but from a vagueness of Conception of that upon which they Are to judge. Why these bitter criticisms from an audience after a supposed unjust decision has been rendered ? Why the dissatisfaction after nearly every contest in oratory ? How often do we see True Merit trampled beneath the feet of ignorance and awkwardness ? what inducement to any one to give his time and thought in preparation for a contest the winning of which depends upon Accident or Chance ? but we Are glad to know that Many go into these contests without giving the pecuniary consideration a thought and strive Only to better the condition of his Art. For these then let us keep alive the sys tem of prizes. Let us make it possible for them to work for the cause of oratory alone. There is much of the work connected with the University of which the students cannot Avail themselves. It is the place of no student to dictate to others which of the Many lines that offer themselves should be embraced. But it is natural to fill the time with such work As presents itself first and the real value of other lines fail to be appreciated. Not the least in importance to the University and to those engaged in it is the work of the Christian association. It is organized in the interest of All the Studen and professors of the University. \ the association wishes first to tank those who have Given it such Hearty i fian Cial support in securing its neat and comfortable Hall and then to ask their Earnest co operation in executing the purposes of the organization. The greater need is that the thing the association stands for should be accomplished. It Piters All in the line of religious work the churches do and something More. One feature is its devotional meetings for worship and for the discussion of questions of a moral and Relig ious nature. The value of the e meetings is in their thoroughly religious and not sectarian character. Another fruitful line of work is the study of comparative religions in which the different religions Are candidly and reverently though critically studied. The intention of such a study is in Short to see this phenomenon of human nature which we Call religion in its Universal bearing whereby we May regard it intelligently and come to a rational understanding of our own position. Perchance the gentle reproof of Paul to the athenians in that they worshipped ignorantly May apply personally to All men. Measured by some Standard every one

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