Occasionally I like to share articles from student publications of long ago. The Journal, which began publication in 1889, served as a mix of alumni newspaper, campus newspaper, and literary magazine until around 1915. Here are some excerpts from the October 1900 issue. It looks like some things stay the same.
Opening: Dr. Carlisle says that the number of students now in Wofford is larger than ever before in the history of the college. This fact is a source of much pleasure to both students and faculty, as well as to all friends of the institution. We are very glad to welcome so many new men to the college which has done so much for Christian education in South Carolina. We cannot but feel that this large opening is indicative of an awakening appreciation of the excellence of our college, among the people of the State and of adjoining States. It is a little remarkable that every junior of last year has returned and entered the Senior class. There are several additions to the Sophomore and Junior classes, and the Freshman class is very large.
So, in other words, enrollment was up and retention was good!
Football: The re-introduction of foot-ball into Wofford has already had one good result—that of creating a livelier, more wholesome college spirit and college patriotism among the boys—if one may judge from the enthusiasm manifested at the mass-meeting of students on October 1. And if one may judge from the practice that is held every afternoon on the athletic field, the management will be able to put out a very creditable first year’s team.
We believe that this game will build up the physique of a large number of students, who play, hardening them and serving as a finishing school to the development obtained in the gymnasium. There will, moreover, be a more general effect. The foot-ball men will be physical models for the whole college, and to be able to play foot-ball, many will rigorously train themselves, who would not do so, were this stimulus and goal lacking.
The eleven that Wofford puts in the field will of course follow the precedent that her former teams have established, of playing only clean, honorable foot-ball, with the earnestness and honesty that are characteristic of Wofford men.
A good football team will raise school spirit, and the players will be known for their sportsmanship and good conduct.
The Lyceum: The students of Wofford for the past two years have had opportunities that were as rare as they were valuable, in having access to the most excellent lecturers of America. The Wofford College Lyceum, of which Prof. J. A. Gamewell is president, and the existence of which is due in a large measure to his untiring efforts to secure a first-class course of lectures for the people of Spartanburg, is not one of the minor opportunities a student enjoys at Wofford. The lecturers that come to Spartanburg to appear before the Lyceum visit only a few cities in the South.
Any one of the lectures that have been given by the Lyceum would have been worth far more to the poorest student than the price of the ticket. We think that a student who misses one of these lectures has lost an opportunity very valuable, indeed. Every student should consider, as a part of his necessary expenses at college, the price of a season ticket to the Wofford College Lyceum. Surely the first lecture by Dr. E. Benjamin Andrews, on the noble Robert E. Lee, will be attended by all.
There’s always plenty going on around campus, and students should take advantage of opportunities to hear good speakers.