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NUMBER 84. ATLANTA, GEORGIA. ' JUNE, 1897. ATLANTA UNIVERSITY, ATLANTA, GA., Is a Christian Institution, unsec-tarian in its management and influence, wholly controlled by an independent Board of Trustees, and receiving no aid from city, state or national government', or benevolent society. Has 290 students in College, Normal, College Preparatory and Sub-Normal departments, under 23 officers and teachers. Trains teachers and leaders of their race from among the sons and daughters of the Freedmen of the South. Has sent out 316 graduates from College and Normal courses, nearly all of whom, together with hundreds of past undergraduates, are engaged in teaching and other useful work in Georgia and surrounding States. Owns four large brick buildings, on sixty-five acres of land, one mile from the centre of Atlanta, Ga., library of 9,400 volumes, apparatus and other equipment—all valued at not less than a quarter of a million dollars. Having no endowment (except about $33,000, mostly for special objects), the Institution requires at least $20,000 a year in donations from its friends, to continue the work now in hand, and a fund of about $500,000 to put that work on a permanent basis. Annual scholarships of $40 each are asked for to provide for the tuition of one student for one year, over and above the nominal tuition fees paid by the student. Subscriptions of $100 and up-wards, or any smaller sums, are solicited for general current expenses. Remittances of donations, or inquiries for further information, may be addressed to Pres. Horace Bumstead, D. D., Atlanta, Ga. The weather during Commencement week this year was charming, and the exercises themselves were very interesting. We give elsewhere an account of the Conference, a part of Dr. Hall's sermon, and an abstract of Dr. Bradford's Commencement address. The address was peculiarly happy in its many passing allusions, which do not appear in our abstract. -------------------------------------------------- The contest for the Qulz Club prizes on Monday night attracted the usual large audience and awakened great interest. The general subject was: A Needed Social or Economic Reform. Each contestant selected his own specific subject. The first prize of $30. 00 was won by G. F. Smith ('97), the two second prizes of $20.00 each by S. A. Peters ('97) and J. T. Porter ('99), the two third prizes of $10. 00 each by H. L. Keith ('00) and C. L. Maxey ('00). --------------------------------------------------- The address before the Phi Kappa society on Friday night was an able presentation of the topic: The Hebrew and Christian State. The orator was Prof. E. L. Parks, D. D., of Gammon Theological Seminary. --------------------------------------------------- This year, instead of the customary oral examinations on Monday and Tuesday, the regular class work was continued until Tuesday noon. The different teachers, as in other terms, had such written examinations as seemed to them desirable. The quartet finally selected for the summer trip is made up of G. A. Towns ('94), R. W. Gadsden ('97), E. L. Simon ('00) and A. Sengstacke ('01). In the college course this year there were four graduates, three young men and one young woman; in the normal course there were seven, all young women. DR. BRADFORD'S ADDRESS. The Rev. Amory H. Bradford, D. D., spoke on " Culture for Service." The following is an abstract of his address: John Bright has spoken of culture as " a smattering of the two dead languages of Latin and Greek;" and Frederick Harrison has said of men of culture, "Perhaps they are the only class of responsible beings in the community who cannot with safety be entrusted with power." If these statements are correct, then all schools and institutions of learning are folly, and all who seek education beyond the bounds of simple necessity are fools. But culture is not for ornament but for service. It seeks the perfection of the individual in order to promote the amelioration of humanity. Culture has relation to soul, and. is the result of intelligent effort. Emerson would educate the individual, " and the evils of society will disappear." Matthew Arnold says culture has its origin in the love of perfection, and it moves chiefly by the force "of the moral and social passion for doing good." Shairp adds to the idea of Emerson and Arnold the truth that culture is " to make reason and the will of God prevail." The aim of culture is the perfection of the individual in order that that perfection may become a minister to humanity. This ideal can be realized in our time only as those who have culture, viz., the scholarly, recognize their responsibilities. They have political responsibilities. Republics rest on intelligence and virtue; but in America the best citizens shirk political duties. Professor Brice says that since the heroes of the revolution died out, no man has been President except General Grant, who would have been remembered if he had not been President. The problems of our nation are many and great, Immigration is still increasing with amazing rapidity, and bringing a poorer class than formerly; our municipal affairs are sadly in need of wiser heads and Contiued on 2nd page.
|Title||The bulletin of Atlanta University, 1897 no. 84|
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|Description||The bulletin of Atlanta University was a publication sent to faculty, friends and alumni of the institution; Telling of the institution's progress and present needs. This issue is June 1897, no. 84.|
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