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Boyle, Ruth M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. XIII, Number 6 (March 1916)

Co-operative housekeeping at Wisconsin,   pp. Twenty-five-Twenty-six

Page Twenty-five

  The living problem at the university
has been solved in part by the co-oper-
ative house furnished by the alumni of
Chicago. The success of this year's ex-
periment is evidenced by the fact that
two organizations-the Madison Asso-
ciated Collegiate Alumni and the wo-
men of the class of 1916-are follow-
ing the lead made by the Chicago wo-
men. Funds have already been started
for the new houses.
  "The response has been wonderful,"
stated one of the A. C. A. officers in
speaking of the movement. "Not only
have the old members taken a pleasure
in the work but the membership roll
has increased. Several citizens of Mad-
ison have aided us materially." With
such enthusiasm, the establishment of
the A. C. A. cottage is assured.
  According to the proposed plan, each
group in the association is making it-
self responsible for one room. The con-
tributions and pledges up to the pres-
ent are: one double room by each of
the following, Delta Gamma alumni,
Alpha Phi chapter, and Wellesley
alumni; Northwestern, a single room;
and enough individual gifts have been
made to furnish three additional dou-
ble rooms. The dining room will be
cared for by Smith College, and the
living room by Bryn Mawr. There re-
mains only the kitchen to be furnished.
Each college will stamp its personality
in the decorations and furnishings of
its special room, and the result will be
a cottage with greater individuality
than any of the group.
  The Blue Dragon women have met
with a parallel spirit of encourage-
ment. Senior girls have paid cheer-
fully their five dollars or have given
their I. 0. U.'s in the same way, and
half the necessary funds are certain.
A group of Madison women have vol.
unteered the funds necessary to fur-
nish a double room and the girls are
confident that a second canvass will
bring the funds up to the required
  Reducing board to three dollars a
week and rent to sixty a year are not
the only advantages of the co-operative
house. It has values for the university.
As long as admission is based on schol-
arship, character and financial need,
the house will aid in keeping desirable
students in school and at the same time
will raise the standards of university
scholarship and activity by giving
those students more time than they
would have if they earned their board
by some other method.
  To the student, life in a community
house means practical experience, in-
dependence, and a home. Each woman
at the Mortar Board Cottage will leave
school not with a vague idea that a
kitchen will somehow provide meals
but with a fair knowledge of how a
house must be run, of buying and cook-
ing. Instead of beginning graduate
life with a debt of borrowed funds, each
woman knows that by her labors she
has cut her living expenses. The work
at Mortar Board Cottage has been
planned so that each girl does not have
more than an hour a day of work and
it is possible-and many of them do-
to find work outside to fill financial
  The home feeling of the co-operative
house is its most commendable feature.
Most girls who work for their board
lose the social pleasures and advan-

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