It is well known that men when in college, as a rule, will accept few advantages which they are not forced to, and also that after graduation they, with as few exceptions, thoroughly regret this neglect. Especially is this true of contributing to the college papers. Leaving out of consideration the benefit to those who later in life take to journalism as a profession, the practice in putting one's thoughts into such form as shall interest others is of incalculable advantage. We may have the materials for the best thinkers of the age in our midst, but they take no trouble to bring out their powers, and so never find they have them. And to any man it is of the greatest importance to be able to put his thoughts, when occasion requires, into good form. Now there are but few men who can do this without a good deal of practice. And the college papers afford just this opportunity, an opportunity for the most varied kind of talent-humorous articles in the Lampoon, stories in the Advocate, and general articles and expressions of opinion in the HERALD-CRIMSON. All the instructors in rhetoric unite in recommending this means of exercise for the mind, and advise all the students to take advantage of it. Then let there be a stop from this constant crying for material which we hear from the various papers. Let all who desire to improve themselves take advantage of their opportunities, and perhaps the just clamor against the opportunities afforded by the English department will be somewhat lessened.
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