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THE COLLEGE CRITIC.
VOL. II.--No. 1. ; ROLLINS COLLEGE, WINTER PARK, FLORIDA. ; JUNE 30, 1888.
IS PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY BY THE STUDENTS.
For the College Year, . . . 50 cents
Per Term, . . . 20 cents
Single Copies, . . . 5 cents
Advertising rates given on application.
TO BEGIN WITH,
DELAY in transportation of our material has made this issue a little later than we wished, but here it is.
We assume what should be true -- that everybody, certainly every student, will want a copy, perhaps some to send to friends. A price of 5 cents is put upon them. We hope it will be worth that to you; this first issue certainly costs us that. Extra copies can be had at the same price.
A GOOD WORK.
IN ANOTHER column we have spoken of the Orlando Y. M. C. A. Florida has reason to be proud of her young people in this regard. All over the state, the young men are working hard to sustain the association; and right in the same line are the Christian Endeavor societies.
THIS number. would scarcely be complete without some reference to the "dirty pool of politics," into which the nation is just preparing to wade. Of course it is not fitting that the CRITIC should champion any party. The candidates: -- Cleveland and Thurman, Harrison and Morton, Risk and Brooks -- are all wise and patriotic men, with any of whom the country would be safe. And it is to be doubted if there has been, for years, so many competent men before the country at the same time. To choose from them will require sober thought. The CRITIC don't bet, and will only prophesy to the extent of saying that nothing could surprise it more than the unanimous election of Belva Lockwood.
THE COLLEGE CRITIC. How It Came to Be. and How It Grew.
History is rather scarce as to the origin of the CRITIC. This version being written by a later arrival on the scene, may contain some mistakes; if so, they will be corrected. But it is certain that near the beginning of the college year, the first number appeared in the form of four pages of foolscap, written and placed upon the bulletin board. The editor-in-chief was one of the young lady students, who deserves the hearty thanks of all for her work to make the paper a success.
It was a very pleasant little sheet, and was enjoyed by all. But the idea kept growing, that we ought to have a printed paper. During the last term, efforts were made to print the paper on a hectograph, which were unsuccessful. The air now began to buzz with schemes for the purchase of press and types; the more so, as a new student was a printer, and signified his willingness to undertake the task of printing the paper if he could receive the generous help of all the students. Soon these plans began to take form, resulting in a fever of practice for the projected concert. At last, after much hard work, and spasmodic advertising, the day came. But alas! "the best laid schemes o' mice and men, gang aft agley." On the night in question, Friday, May 25, the rain was dropping steadily in a decidedly dampening way. Though disappointed, they were compelled to postpone the concert till the next night (Saturday). A pleasant evening was spent in the dining-hall.
Saturday evening was clear and bright, and at the appointed hour the chapel, which had been kindly granted for the occasion, was well filled. But, owing to some "hitch" in the proceedings, a large number from Orlando, among them some of the performers, were not able to come up. But, considering all, the concert was a remarkable success -- so much so that there was lacking only a small part of the amount desired. Kind friends came forward and subscribed enough so that, contrary to the predictions and expectations of many, and to the utter surprise of the principal "schemer," the press and a part of the type were brought up to the college during the week. The rest of the type has only just appeared, so that it was only until now that we were able to issue the paper. The office is not all paid for yet. Quite a little is still needed, but we are confident of seeing every cent paid before the close of the summer, so that next fall the regular publication of the CRITIC will begin, free from debt, and the "long-felt-want" will be "filled."
But now, having told how the office was purchased, a description of it might not be out of order: --
Upon entering the room, the first thing that calls your attention is the 7x10 Model Rotary Printing-Press, running well and doing good work. Next claiming your attention is the rack holding the type, which is Bourgeois in size; the face is the Old Style Self-Spacing -- a new invention, likely to be understood only by printers. Suffice it to say that the claim that a saving of one-fourth in labor of composition is made, is fully justified. It is a pretty face of type, in our opinion, and handles easily. Below in the rack is the case that holds our two faces of job type. Beyond is a table holding a good-sized "imposing-stone," where the making-up of the forms is done. Other necessary material is indifferent parts of the room. The office is small, but well-equipped as far as it goes. It is a good foundation to stock up on. The purchaser believes that the office and paper will prove satisfactory to all, and that the students especially will stand by and not let the interest flag. A department for contributions from students will be opened, and it is desired that it be freely used, and kept brisk and bright. The CRITIC is for the interests of the students, and we are confident they will loyally support it. According to the many schemes afloat, next year is going to be a most wonderful year, and the CRITIC intends to keep to the front and CRITIC-ise everything freely.
What we do not understand, we do not possess.--Goethe.
|Subject||Hemple, Adolph, 1870 - 1949; Rollins College (Winter Park, Fla.) -- 1880 - 1890; Students -- Florida -- Winter Park -- 1880 - 1890|
|Description||The paper preceeding the Sandspur, and holder of the honor of first student publication at Rollins, the College Critic, was published in early July of 1888.|
|No. of Pages||5|
|Coverage||Winter Park, Fla. -- 1880 - 1890; Winter Park, Fla. -- 1910 - 1920|
|Rights||Rollins College Archives|