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Mandolin Club.

At the beginning of the present session, it became apparent that the string sextette of last year could not be reorganized for this year by reason of the loss of certain members, and the lack of new talent to take their place. This important situation was discussed by a number of students, and the opinion was that some string organization was necessary to make the list of musical organizations complete. On looking into the practice at other universities it was found that a very large per cent had, for their string music, a mandolin club. The present Club is an outgrowth of these discussions and desires.

Those undertaking the organization were confident of the success of the Club because its primary purpose was to please the mass of the students. The promoters realized that the great majority of students did not appreciate nor enjoy that sort of music frequently called "real music," and those who do enjoy that have ample opportunity to hear it as interpreted by professional artists. The attempt by the Musical Organizations, (whose members have talent, but are amateurs), to render this class of music would be, to say the least, assuming. It was decided in the outset that the Mandolin Club should give its attention only to popular music, "the music with a tune."

In other words, the Mandolin Club is to be one of those jolly college clubs whose rollicking music is typical of college life.

The Club has been practicing hard under the enthusiastic leadership of Director W. R. Gillette, and is progressing well, notwithstanding the fact that it has lost a number of members who had to be replaced by new material.

The Club desires to express its thanks for and appreciation of the many kindnesses of Doctor Penick and Mr. Lewis Johnson of the Glee Club. Without their generous encouragement the club would have died a slow but torturing death in its infancy.

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Fraternities.

The fraternities of the University have entered recently into what is undoubtedly a very wise agreement-they have decided hereafter to pledge no new men before January 15 in each session. This agreement has been warmly endorsed and encouraged by the Faculty. The wisdom of this course will readily be seen by any one familiar with the conditions existing here as in every college where the fraternities have not made such an agreement. The freshman arrives in town more or less bewildered, and, like a lost dog in the crowd, is anxious to make friends with everybody who will speak to him. A "rush committee" meets him at the depot and takes him in charge in the good old way. About midnight they ask him how he likes the frat, and the freshman, who has perhaps never heard of a frat before, states that "the XXX frat's the best d-n frat there is." Hereafter, however, the freshman will have to spend a few months in showing the people what he is really worth, if he is worth anything at all, and the frats will have to show him what they are worth, if they are worth anything at all. The consequence will be that we shall have fewer freshmen dissatisfied with their frat, and fewer frats dissatisfied with their freshmen.

Press Club.

A. F. W.

A short time ago about twenty-five students banded themselves together and launched into existence what is now known as The University of Texas Press Club. The plan of the Club, in brief, is to limit its membership to such students as will agree to write a sort of news letter, relating the happenings of university life, to some Texas newspaper, at least once a month. Students belonging to the staff of any of the University publications are also eligible to membership. It is expected that space in the county papers will be easily secured-just where it is desired to send this informationespecially when the correspondent comes from that community. The Club has not yet settled down to work, but, it is hoped, will do so at once. clubs are doing good work at other institutions, and there is every reason to believe that the same may be true here. Fifty students actively engaged in this work can do more to broaden and liberalize the attitude of the rural districts toward the University than the most extravagant expenditures for ordinary advertising. It is hoped that this movement, so wisely conceived, will not be allowed to wither and die away. It can bring incalculable benefit upon the University, and if properly managed, should be a source of valu able journalistic training and much real pleasure to its members.

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II.

The two literary societies for women, The Ashbel and the Sidney Lanier, are both highly instrumental in furthering the literary standards of the

Girls' Literary

Societies.

University girls.

Their roll is open only to those who stand well in their classes and have a certain amount of literary taste. That of the Ashbel is limited to twenty-five active members, but

meetings are open to all honorary members, among whom are numbered Mrs. Prather, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Sayers and a great number of the Faculty ladies. The membership in the Sidney Lanier is not restricted.

The Ashbel is "subject to" two open meetings annually, the one presenting a formal literary programme, consisting of a debate and papers, the other usually an original play or some performance of a humorous nature. The Ashbel reception given during commencement week has for a long time been an established feature in the season's festivities and is looked forward to by the entire student body who are for that evening Ashbel's guests. The Society has its own neatly furnished room in the west wing of the Main Building. This the alumnæ have helped make pleasant by welcome gifts of pictures.

The Sidney Lanier devotes its attention this year to "Southern Prose." As usual there will be one open meeting. The Society is strengthened by numbering among its members several of the younger lady members of the Faculty. Among its activities is the building up of a Loan Fund by means of which one girl will be sent to the University each year.

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The members of the University Ladies' Club have continued their unceasing efforts to come into intimate relation with the young women of the institution. They have entertained each class in turn University Ladies' and have called on all the girls in the University. They cannot, nor can the girls themselves, estimate the wonderful amount of good that has been done by this work. There has been a notable change in the Varsity atmosphere. The attitude of the girl students towards the Faculty ladies and towards each other is decidedly more friendly.

Grace Hall, presided over by Mrs. J. M. Leisewitz, has had a most successful year. Not one of the fifteen rooms of the Hall has been vacant a single day and for a time it has even been necessary to put three girls in a room.

Grace Hall.

Most of this year's Freshmen are scholarship students from some of the best high schools in the State and have been doing good work in the University. There will be five graduates from the Hall this year.

The rules of the House are few and sensible and are, therefore, the more readily and cheerfully obeyed. As the place is equipped for the very purpose of accommodating college girls, it is one of the most popular boarding places in Austin.

Early in February Mrs. Leisewitz gave the girls a most enjoyable recep tion to which a number of the gentlemen of the Faculty and students were invited. Grace Hall, for the first time in her history, is this year to be represented by a group picture in the Cactus.

Y. W. C. A.

The Y. W. C. A. is this year, as it has always been, one of the most influential organizations in the institution. With Miss E. Z. Rather as President and Mrs. Rice as Secretary and Treasurer the Y. W. C. A. has had a most successful year. The Bible class contains forty members, and is led by Miss Roberta Lavender, whose long and deep study on the subject and keen appreciation of Bible literature have made the course an intellectual treat and an inspiration to all who are fortunate enough to attend.

The funds raised by the organization are spent for charity.

Sororities.

The two sororities, Pi Beta Phi and Kapppa Kappa Gamma, established here last year, have done their rushing this year under conditions unprecedented in the University of Texas. At the end of last session they made an agreement with each other not to rush, pledge or initiate first-year students before the middle of January. Thus they had opportunity for investigating class standing and a sufficiently long time to know all the girls well and to judge whether they were congenial and good sorority material or not.

The Girls' Gymnasium has only been a regular department in the University for the last four years. In spite of this, it is well stocked with all

The Girls' Gymnasium.

the necessary appliances. Gymnasium hours come in the afternoon after classes are over, a time that gives plenty of vigor for the study hours and yet ensures

a healthful sleep for the night.

Miss Norvell directs in all over a hundred and fifty girls. Of these only twenty are upper-classmen, the remainder being the Freshmen for whom the course is prescribed. Some of the Freshmen, however, are not enthusiastic workers and shirk whenever they can. About the middle of her second year the college girl sees the great benefit to be derived from gymnasium work, but at that time is so weighted down by her studies that she has no time to spare for it. Moreover, she would rather employ her time in taking something that counted toward her degree. If credit (be it ever so little) were given for the work, the enthusiasm would increase seventy-five per cent. There would be more vim in the work and the good derived would be proportionate.

Last Valentine's day the Gym girls entertained all the girl students and can boast of having brought more girls together on that occasion than have ever been gathered at any other time or place. The gymnasium was elaborately and appropriately decorated, delicious refreshments were served, and dancing and other amusements appropriate to the day were indulged in.

The classes this year have been very lucky in having among their numbers several excellent basket-ball players. Two teams, a Freshman and an upper

class team have met on the field, resulting in the victory of the Freshmen. From these two teams the first team has been formed. Miss Fannie Aden was chosen captain. The other members of the team are: Misses Bolton, Alma Proctor, Edith Claggett, Claudia Bralm, Lucy Johnson, May Hopkins, Winifred Kingsley, Midy Maverick and Minnie Cade.

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ATHLETICS.

In many respects the work in the gymnasium this year is in advance of that accomplished heretofore. In addition to the Freshman class the Junior Laws were also required to take the work. Gymnasium Notes. This materially increased the attendance and brought the benefits of the work home to practically all first-year men. A helpful feature was added by requiring all the students to wear the regulation costume consisting of an orange and white sleeveless jersey, black tights and trunks and tennis slippers. This made the class present a trim, neat appearance and enabled them to work to better advantage. The feature which proved to be of the greatest advantage, however, was requiring the Freshmen to take their class work at a particular hour instead of at any of the regular class periods. This hour was from 3 to 4 p. m. and each man was required to select two days per week as his regular days and report on those days. This made the 3 to 4 p. m. class consist entirely of Freshmen and the attendance showed a great improvement over last year. The upper-class-men came later in the afternoon and the Junior Laws from 11 to 12 a. m. The first half hour was spent in hygienic pulleyweight work or dumb-bell drill and then, as usual, the class was divided into squads of ten or twelve, each under a leader, for work on the apparatus. After the apparatus work came a run of half a mile and the lesson closed with a series of deep breathing exercises.

When a man was absent on his regular lesson day he was required to "make it up" by coming at some other period so that he did not lose any lessons nor get behind his squad in the apparatus work.

The apparatus work was carefully graded and the class was required to compete and pass on the lowest grade, consisting of five series of about eight exercises each, on the horizontal bar, parallel bars, vaulting bar, side horse, tumbling and wrestling. This varied and all-round training was designed to develop to a considerable degree the power of co-ordination and control and to give each man a knowledge of how to work in a gymnasium without a teacher.

The amount of work covered and the form in which it was executed showed a great advance over last year. More men did advance work and the work was of a higher grade than ever before. This was especially true in tumbling. The tumbling squad was invited to take part in a minstrel show given by the High School at the opera house and also at the high school when the entertainment was repeated later.

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