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Tom Marshall's The Burro '03


THE University Club came upon the University as an innovation and its timely organization has elevated and broadened society work in the school. As time goes on and more is known of its broad liberal work its influence will be more and more felt in the institution. The independence and originality which characterize its every action cannot but have a good effect upon its opponents as well as its members. The cosmopolitan nature of the club tends to lift the societies from the narrow beaten paths that have been followed by all the literary societies for ages, and give them room to broaden with the world, extending their work beyond the narrow confines of a "time-honored" threadbare routine.

The club boasts of no long varied history; its annals are few. Organized October third, nineteen hundred and two. by a number of young men, mostly upper class men: it was from the first and remains a strict student's organization. As the first year of its life draws to an end it has completed an epoch of its history, left its youth behind and taken on strength and proportions of a mature giant. Its strength bespeaks for it a great future.

At the first regular meeting Mr. F. C. Kelton was elected temporary chairman, and a committee was appointed to draft a constitution arid by-law;3. The constitution as drafted by the committee was adopted at a second meeting, and the following officers were elected: F. C. Kelton, president; C. L. Ball, vice president: T. E. Steele, secretary and treasurer. A programme committee of three members were elected. On this committee were Messers Drane, Jones and Johnston. By the constitution all members are required to perform all duties assigned by this committee and failure to perform such duty is punishable in any way which the club may elect. At these first meetings there were twelve members present.

The constitution of the club declares all students of the University of Arizona are eligible to membership, and shall be admitted to membership upon a two-third vote of members. It has been the will of the society during the year that only men be admitted to membership.

These restrictions have kept up the high standard that would not be possible were everybody and every interest indiscriminately admitted. While the standard of the society has been kept up a healthy growth has not been prevented.

In the one year of its life its membership has doubled. The names of the members of this club are as follows:

Frank C. Kelton

H. C. Parker,

C. F. Day

R. L, Drane

E. H. Jones

C. O. Byrd

John W. Prout, Jr.

J. W. Gorby

R. E. Johnston

T. K. Marshall

Will W. Brostrom

R. C. Jacobson

T. E. Steele

G. O. Gallen

W. K. Seitz

O. L. Ball

L. A. Gillett

E. O. Pickett

R. B. Metcalfe

Z. V. Bayless

B. L. Cosgrove

R. J. Mead

Leo M. Rosenberg

W. B. Alexander

The organization of this club came out of a desire on the part of its promulgators to enable them through practice to express their views and import their knowledge to the world. In consequence of the dislike of the members of this club for the methods in vogue with other societies that have had their existence at this University in the past the club broke away from all precedent, adopting a simple but broad and liberal policy. While in name the University Club is a literary society it can claim more than this. The nature of a great many articles and discussions have been purely scientific. The scope of the club's researches and discussions covers and goes even beyond the scope covered by our University itself. No branch of interest from athletics to engineering has been ignored. The object as declared by the constitution is to stimulate an interest in literary and scientific subjects by writings and discussions thereon and to attain ease and grace in the expressions of one's thoughts before an audience. A pure literary society has no charms for a man. of scientific turn of mind. Among such men as are to be found at this University science is uppermost and this fact has had its effect upon the determining of the policy of the club.

The Club has held a regular meeting on each second and fourth Mondays of each month since its organization. At each meeting a regular programme has been carried out and among the articles of interest contributed at these meetings was an address by Mr. Marshall upon the development of Alaska, her customs and prospects. M. Marshall having spent some time in Alaska, is familiar with the history of the country from its purchase from Russia, the discovery of gold in the Klondike and the conditions and prospects of that great icy twilight country, so that his address was very instructive and interesting, Mr. Ball gave some valuable hints on California's methods of reclaiming her and lands and her wealth in artesian water supply. Mr. Metcalfe's experience as a stranger in an Arizona mining camp was a rare treat and Mr. Steele's defense of co-education was exceptionally good as he spoke from conviction and showed exceptional qualities as an orator. Mr. Gallen awoke our fancies by referring to the great store of traditions in the sleepy regions to our south, bringing to mind the sturdy adventurers who three centuries ago planted there among the savages the emblem of Christianity, to which they now cling with superstitious zeal. At times during the foot-ball season, when our team was playing havoc with previous records, the meetings savored of the gridiron. The Club has been favored time and again during the year by choice music from its mandolin club.

At no time has the Club called on anyone outside its own members to assist in filling out a programme. A feature of every programme has been a number of extemporaneous speeches which have been as a whole good and instructive. There were a number of studied and extemporaneous debates: one of note was upon the question of the abolition of co-education at the University of Arizona, in. which Mr. Parker supported the movement for abolition and Mr. Steele ably opposed it, but Mr. Parker's sound logic won for him the decision of the house.

During the first semester the Club challenged the Philomathean to a joint debate and choose as the debaters Messrs. Ball and Seitz, while the Philomathean choose Whipple and Hayes. The terms were arranged by a joint committee and the date fixed for January 12th. The question being, "Resolved, that capital punishment shall be maintained: "the Club took the negative. The debate was held under the auspices of the Oratorical Association, composed of the two literary societies of the University. Both societies were enthusiastic and gave their respective champions deafening cheers. The Philomathean debaters handed their question with credit but it availed them nothing, for in the face of the arguments produced by the Club members theirs were of little note. Seitz spoke without notes, with force and clearness, and the decision was two to one in favor of the Club.

It was hoped that this should only be the first of a number of debates between the two societies but with this debate interest ceased and nothing more was done toward another contest, it is to be hoped that the importance of this work and the benefit to be derived from such contests will be appreciated at their right value and in the future they will be of more common occurrence. To say that it is not the fault of the Club that such affairs have not been numerous is not necessary, for it has declared its willingness at all times to debate under fair conditions with any and all societies at the University. The first challenge issued at the University was issued by the Club and this done, the ice broken, the next move was left to the other side.

When the call was made for entries for the Tempe debate the matter was left to the members to decide for themselves whether or not they should participate in the preparations and preliminaries for the debate, the Club not wishing to draw into the affair against their will any members of the organization. The outcome of this action was that only one member volunteered to participate and as this one member is Mr. Seitz it is safe to say that the Club will have nothing to fear from the outcome as everyone looks with good reasons for an excellent address from him. He has a good show to win and will without accident give to the University a second crown at expense of the Normals.

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