At least to some people who get the opportunity of seeing and knowing the collegian of today, he is improving in some respects. It has been said that a century ago the college student was looked up to; fifty years later he was admired; twenty-five years ago he was respected; today he is tolerated.
But, nevertheless, the opinion of the college youth held by Bill Stonaker, veteran engineer on the Junction branch of the Pennsylvania railroad which hauls all of the boys to Princeton who do not walk, has taken a sudden jump for the better in the past few years.
"It is 25 years," said Mr. Stonaker, "since I've been on the Princeton to Princeton Junction branch, and college boys have changed a lot since I started. They ain't so kiddish as they used to be now they're grown up like and act like old men.
"Why, I remember when the seniors used to come down here to the station after graduation and throw each other through the car windows; it would get down to where only two or three were left, then the others would come out of the cars and throw the last ones in and they got a lot of fun out of it; catch any senior nowdays throwing or being thrown through a window!
"Then sometimes they would get real prankish and trim my engine with flowers buttercups and dasies on a locomotive! Oh, they were cards!"
Asked about hazing, the veteran railroad man replied, "There ain't no hazing no more at all, but they sure used to make it hard for the freshmen when they did. Many's the time I've seen freshmen rolling peanuts down Blair steps with their noses. There again the boys are too old now, too grown up and 'fastiddynus'! why the boys all look like President Hibben now."
And again, we argue that the modern youth is no worse than the youth of a century or half a century ago. From Bill's report, it would seem that the modern so-called flaming youth keeps the flames under control better than the modern youth of days gone by. Purdue Exponent.