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Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 8 (May 1910)

Smith, Charles F., Jr.
The problem of the Alumni Association,   pp. 37-39

Page 37

premumption to expect our student mana-
gers to at least partly determine what the
status of athletics shall be.
  It is quite evident that the present sys-
tem  of assistant managers tutelage and
subsequent managerical elections is not
adequate in that it does not induce the
best men to try for the positions, nor does
it always elect the most qualified candidate.
I have pointed out several reasons why
this is true, not with the idea of trying to
militate against the athletic board in any
way, nor with the idea of decreasing its
power. To the athletic board is largely
due the credit for the prevention of our
complete athletic dissolution during sev-
eral years past. It is the one strong bul-
wark between athletics for the students
and by the students, and the ubiquitous
powers of destruction. The athletic board
has in the past responded nobly to calls
for clean and aggressive athletics, and we
are sure that it will eventually devise a
system of election for student managers
which will have none of the undesirable
features so evident at present.  It may
not be entirely a work of supererogation,
however, to point out that many large
universities have committees composed
partly of alumni which attend entirely to
the election of student managers.     The
universities of Dartmouth, Michigan, and
Pennsvlvania, for instance, have special
committees which elect their student man-
agers, and this plan has been uniformly
  The Pennsylvania university system is
taken  as fairly typical.   They have a
separate election committee for each sport.
Each committee is composed of four
alumni who were formerly prominent in
the particular sport for which they are to
choose a manager, and the manager of
this sport. The committee members meet
personally all the assistant managers upon
whom they are to vote and become famil-
iar with their work. The alumni commit-
tee members are elected by the athletic
association, which is practically identical
to the U. of W. athletic association already
mentioned. Each assistant manager who
wishes to become a candidate must get
the signatures upon a petition to that ef-
fect of ten members of the athletic asso-
  It is recognized that this particular sys-
tem would not be adaptable to Wisconsin
conditions because there are probably not
enough resident aulmni in Madison who
were formerly closely identified with ath-
letics.  It has been suggested that one
eommittee for all sports might be suffi-
cient for our needs, the committee to con-
sist of two resident alumni and one mem-
ber of the faculty, elected by the athletic
board, and the president of the athletic
board; these four acting in conjunction
with the managers of the various ath-
letic teams; a manager being allowed to
vote only for the candidate of the sport in
which he is directly interested. This plan
seems to remove some of the objections
which have been raised against the pres-
ent system, but it is merely tentative and
is offered in the hope that the athletic
board or any other organization may be
able to develop a system which will more
nearly fill the need for a, fair and im-
partial election; an election which will
give us the best men without fear or
The Problem of the Alumni Association
                          CHARLES F. SMITH, JR., '08
  The class of 1910 has started a move-
ment, which if successful, will be a long
step in the direction in which the Alumni
Association of the IUniversity of Wiscon-
sin has been working. The plan is sim-
ply to get the class together for the last
time before its commencement at what
will be known as the "Senior Men's Feed."
At this dinner the main aim will be to
form  some means whereby the class may

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