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October 7, 1911     Arkansas Catholic
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Fap mx THE SOUTHERN GUARDIAN I i i iews and Short Sketch of Little Rock College and Its Patron Founder I Though onlyiu its fourth year, Lit- equipl)ed and has plenty of room for kitchen and recreation halls are sit- tle 1,ock College, founded by Bishop Morris, is rapidly taking its proper place among the institutions of higher learning in the South. and the whole country as well. Each year since the college was tirst opened has seen marked growth eve," the lweceding year. This growth has been both gradual and substantial, and, judging the future by the past. the best and only safe criterion, It is safe m pre- dict that the growth of this splendid institution under the rectorship of the Rev. Irather tt. A. tleagney, assisted by an able corps of instructors, will continue with increased measure as the years go by. Ireeling the need of more priests, Fits Lordship, the Rt. Rev. John B. Morris, Bishop of the diocese of Lit tle Rock, has started this year St. John's Seminary, with Very Rev. W. Arelz as rector. The enrolhnent in both the college and the seminary is at. present all the founder of the institutions hoped for, and the good work heing done is m- deed gratifying. Location and Equpment. Both nature and the skillful Iahor of man have joined forces in makin the site of the college an ideal one. It is located in the city of IJttle Rock proper, a city of 70,o00 l)opulitaon, the capital of the State of Arkansas. The prospect from the college is delight- ful High elevation, pure air, perfect drainage, recreation 14rounds that are unsurpassed in every respect, easy ac- cess to tile street cars, surromlded by many of the beautiful homes for which Little Rock is widely known-- these are a few of the exceptional advantages of the location of the college. In the spring of I0O8 the present gynmasium building was COnllh!ied. This gynlnaslunl is modeled after the j4ylllnasillnl at West I'oint, and is con- sidered one of the best in the South. physical de velopment .is ideally arran g- ed for hasket ball and other Sl,Orts. The swimming pool, forty feet long and twenty-live fet wide, running to a depth of from .four m seven feet, is situated on the lower ttoor. Adjoin- ing it are rooms fitted up witl, toilets. showers and lockers. This building also contaius a billiard room and places for all other innocent amuse- lnents to promote the welfare of the students. The factulty of the college, recog- nizing the truth in the ohl adage that ) " "a strong mind needs a healthy b dy, has done everything to enable her students to enjoy their favorite pas- times during the recreation periods. Sinee the opening of the college their athletic teams have always been very prominent. The college has 1)een a mernher of the Arkansas Athletic Association. and has won a high rank- mg in all hranehes of sports. The foothall team of the past year had an admirable record, and second place among the association was accorded to them, Its basket hall and football teams were of a high standard, and won recognition by their consistent work, All students must be up to a re- quired scholarship standard before they can partietlmte in any branch of athletics. A handsonae new dormitory buihl- ing, known as Fitzgerald Hall. is now nearing conllfletion. It joins the school and gymnasmm 1)uihlings and ]s situated on Twenty-lifth and State streets, It is absolutely tire-proof, lighted by electricity, heated by stean:, equipped with a complete sys- tem of waterworks, sanitary plunlb- ing, modern and perfect in every de- tail. This structure contains a large dormitory, a number of private roonls with a lavatory, hot alld cold water alld everything conducive to the well- uated in the basement. The Ilishop's apartnlerlts, tile l)rofessor's roonls alld the parlors are on the first floor. The second floor ix used for the students' rooms and the library. The third floor is occupied by a beautiful chapel, the dormitory and intirmary. The foundation of this institution has not I)een laid by the united ef- forts of it number of individuals. It has not grown and llourished by means of gifts aud donations from phil- anthropic-minded persons, but it owes its existence, ItS adv3ncenlent, ell- largement and improvenlent solely to the personal efforts of His Lordship, the lit. Rev. John B. Morris, Ilishop of Little Rock. it is a school of his making, and as such should appeal to every loyal Catholic heart in the State of Arkansas. System of Education. The system of education followed in Littel Reek College is practically the same as that used by the Catholic Church for centuries. This system is an evolution of a teaching experience of over tifteen hundred years. The Cathc)lie Church and its methods have been the greatest Christianizing, civ- ilizing and mightiest educational power the world has ever knowll, aud is well adapted to the development of the body, mind and the soul of our American youth. Its aim is to de- velop and train a boy's mental and moral faculties and to fit him to solve the fundamental prohlcms of life, pre- pare him to discharge his social pro- fessional and civic duties as he should. It will he seen at once that we aim at a high ide,l. A colleze which aims at less has tat) reason to exist. The State requires hat a college upon which it has couferred a charter im- part instructions according tO a de- terminm, form, that ii teach the prin- cqfles of sound morality and patriot- ism, and the Church demands it to be a herahl of Christian truth to those It offers every advantage for per[ect being of the students. Refectory, that seek uidance. T ehmeans era- ployed at the Little Rock College to accoml)lish this end arc traditional. moditicd to the exigencies of the age and eountry in which we live. Studies are so combined according to their varying values that the course of stndy pr,mises the lllOSt symmetrical training of the intellectual faculties. A severe and rigid system retards equipment, cannoe accomplish much rector and treasurer; Rev. Louis for good without a strong faculty. Cremmel. A M : Rex'. T. A. Claren- In this particular Little Rock Col- don. :\\;. M ; Rev. Mr. Michael Norton, lege is c.pecially fortunate. Each A. lk: Rev. Mr. Joseph Mehau. A. B,; member f the faculty is a specialist Rev. Mr. Edward Ucker. I'h. B.: Rev. in his particular work. Following Mr. E. Julien Blin. A. 1;.: Rev. Mr. M. are the names of the teachers: Mc(Jrath. A. B.; Thomas \\;\'. Matting- Rev. ltcrbert :\\;. tIeagney, A M., ly, A B.: Stephen G. O'Rourke. A. M.; rector: Rev. Paul Grueger, A. M.,viee I. Vincent Falisi. M. 12). progress, while a too easy and yield ....................................................................................................... ing one weakens and distracts. The .,cld gohlen lllean is It) be sought, l';x- perience teaches that the intellect of re;u1 is best developed by the assim- ilation of artisnc thought and xpres- sion in the best literature of all the ages. It is better litted to receive a technical training than one for whom there are no tradirious of the past. The essential elements of a lil)eral education have under,'one no change. Course of Study. The course of study is thorough and COml)lete. including m,tthematics. Latin. English, Greek. French Ger- man. history, science and a thorough philosophical course. A course of Christian doctrine is given, which ix obligatory for Catholic boys only. Faculty. No institution, whatever its founder might have hoped for, and however grand its 1)uildings and complete its MAIN ItALL 1N (;YMNASIUM COLLI,GI,; HALL, CONTAINING ASSEMBLY ROOM. CLASS ROOMS, LAIIORATORY AND 1)RESI l)I';NT'S ()I:Ft CI". ,% " TIlE RT RIV. JNO. 13. M()RR1S, 1). 1).. I,'()UNI)F.I. AND I'A'rI(.)N OF LITTLE ROCK COLLEGE. MORRIS HALL (OLD COLLEGF- DORMITOI THE GYMNASIUM, FITZGERALD HALL--NEW ROCK CO rLEGE. N