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Mulany, John V. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. V, No. 2 (November 1907)

Van Hise, C. R.
The maintenance of democracy,   pp. [unnumbered]-51



THE WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
    Volume V           NOVEMBER. 1907             Number 2
JOHN V. MULANY, Editor               GEORGE B. HILL, Asst. Editor
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        KENNETH F. BURGESS        GEORGE M. SHEETS
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                       614 Langdon Street
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dropped
 in the "Lit" box in the front entrance of Main Hall.
   THE MAINTENANCE OF DEMOCRACY
                  President C. R. Van Hise
  I wish especially to dwell upon the maintenance of a demo-
cratic spirit in the university. There is abroad in the state,
to some extent at least, the feeling that the university is
becoming aristocratic. This doubtless is based upon the fact
that the students who are more fortunate financially, are more
conspicuous than the other nine-tenths; but the less conspic-
uous nine-tenths are the real university,-they are the ones
who are steadily doing their assigned tasks and are preparing
themselves for useful careers.  New students, be not mis-
taken on this point. The man for you to emulate is not the
one who is a leader in social affairs, but the one who is a
leader in the classroom, in the debating society, in the vari-
ous student enterprises which advance the interests of the
university as a whole.
  The university authorities recognize no difference between
the man who is earning his livelihood and the one who comes
here with ample funds.  But it can certainly be predicted
that twenty-five years hence a larger proportion of those who
are now waiting on tables and tending furnaces will occupy
positions of dignity and trust than those who consider them-
selves the aristocracy of the university.
                                                 [49]


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