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Tom Marshall's The Burro '03


WELL, fellows, 1903 is done; at least so far as actually living over again those college days is concerned. I don't know whether all your ardor has been entirely dampened in this last half--I suspect not--it wasn't that way during a game of football. When you come right down to it, we have such an existence as a U. A. man. That was proved up this year. I don't mean just a registered being in attendance at an institution called, say, the University of Arizona, or U. A., for short. Oh, no, that's too easy. But a living being, a red-blooded individual, characterized by a sentiment and qualities of character which distinguish him as the U. A. man. The first half of 1905 showed us that we did have the individual and I think the last half has shown us that we still possess him.

Now this isn't chronicle-you have had the news several times over this year. This is what the chronicle means, I believe. So you employ the facts to illustrate what we have to say here. Of course if there is a U. A. man, this unique circumstance is a bond between such men, a spirit uniting them in one.

Did any petty, insignificant feeling or other tie, ever show itself on the gridiron or in the debate or tennis court? No, it was a whole-hearted support among the students. You know that it takes only a word to get support to defend a fellow, to aid a fellow, to wish him God-speed and success when he acts or when you recognize him as the Arizona college man. You are loyal to that self-you unselfishly forget smaller things because of it. You can summon instances galore that show this. I need not repeat them. Of course there is a U. A. man.

And as the first half of the year showed so truly the university spirit, the spirit which is the U. A. man's sentiment, it showed too the characteristics of the active side of this person.

The successes accomplished this year were the result of entire student initiative and stick-to-itiveness of student resource, work and talent, of these alone. They weren't accomplished under a favorable sky either, you know that, save in one exception. We aren't cheering now, we are reflecting. but if we were, wouldn't there be a round of the three heartiest yells that ever split this Tucson air for that one exception ? Well, read over the doings of the first half: do you not find the U. A. man is independent? Am I not right? Don't they pretty near all propose to do their own steering and aren't they capable? You know it. He is initiative, naturally being independent and capable of accomplishment, he has been and still is initiative. He is hospitable and social. You best know this when you drop in here as a stranger at the first of the year. We have the word of gentlemen, that he is a gentleman--read your chronicle and does it not show this in and through all?

We have said the second half of the year showed the U. A. man was still here. Now, did you ever see a perfectly frictionless bearing? No? It is the friction which shows up the bearings. So too "it is the friction which has shown up our man. It has shown that our U. A. man is still capable of handling himself, he still has a warm heart, is still a gentleman and is loyal through and through to the college tie which binds. Don't forget that tie is a self--the U. A. self. But it shows too that the U. A. man not only is this, but proposes to be this. It shows he recognizes his mission at college, and that in pursuing his purpose he guards zealously his independence and freedom. He is initiative and proposes to meet obstacles which restrict and domineer, for becomes not here to be lead, to accept opportunities of work which bring a development for his native possibilities.

So as you reflect over the chronicle of this year, over its laurels, there were no defeats; over the moments of perfect accord amongst all the factors here and these are few, save only in the student body you will not have cause to regret that you were a true and loyal U. of A. man. Until the time comes when everyone feels those distinctive qualities and sentiments we have mentioned in everyone about him and likewise the privilege ' of exercising those characteristics which mean not restriction, not obstacles, but opportunities with encouragement, will there be a slumbering coal of discord where it should not be. Happily, it exists not amongst the students, for which fact will 1905 ever be remembered as the birth year of the U. A. spirit, of the U. A. man. Yes, 1905 is done. No, not done. Three cheers for the U. A.

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