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Nicholson, D.C. (ed.) / The Sphinx
Vol. 8, No. 1 (September 22, 1906)

The Sphinx,   pp. [unnumbered]-ix

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The Sphinx
Always remember that this is only pretence, so that you are not to believe a word of it, even if it is true.-Kingsley
D HE SPHINX smiles her inscrutable smile on a new generation of Wisconsin stu-
dents. For seven years she has watched the University grow and change. She
has helped to make some of the changes, and she has fought others. Slowly
but with quiet strength forces have been at work to make the institution more
and more like a modern manufacturing plant. Each year the question "How large a
per centage on the investment is my four years at Wisconsin going to pay me?" has been
answered more accurately and more satisfactorily. Each year some waste product has
been eliminated, some new and more economical plan adopted. A man of ordinary
ability may enter the University, put in four years of ordinary work under the advice of
the authorities and, on graduation, be provided with a safe position, whether he intends
to teach history, plead cases, build bridges, put up prescriptions, clerk in a business house
or manage a farm. An institution which can do as much is doing the public a service,
just as is the railroad or the telegraph company.
THE SPHINX feels that the University is filling a great place in the economy of the
state, but she is not satisfied. It may be that there is no place in a modern educational
plant for the humanities; certainly the place these studies occupy at Wisconsin is small
and ever growing less.
THE SPHINX is aware that the classics are ably taught by members of the faculty.
But they are taught scientifically to men who wish to teach them for a living. Most of
the men who major in Greek do so with the express intention of teaching it, and teach-
ing it, not as a literature, but as a language.
We cannot criticise the university's department of fine arts, for such things as sculpt-
ure and painting and architecture do not exist for the University of Wisconsin. But
take the case of English. The University provides numerous courses in English litera-
ture aud two or three in advanced composition. Both composition and literature are
ably taught by scientific methods and most of the students who major in English intend
to teach it, and teach it as a science. And yet composition is not a science; it is an art;
and literature is not a science; it is a humanity.
We do not wish to be understood as holding aloft the slipshod at the expense of the
scientific. We acknowledge the value of modern educational methods and systems.
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1fy Students of the University of Wisconsin.
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EDITOR, 202 Park St
D. C. NICHOLSON, '07, Editor.
LUCIAN CARY, '08, Asst. Editor.
T. STEMPFEL, '08, Art Editor.
GUSTAVE G. BLATZ, '08, Manager.
W. H. LIEBER, '07.   M. C. OTTO, '06.
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