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Gilman, James W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XIX, Number 6 (April 1920)

[Editorial],   pp. [unnumbered]-142

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Publication of the Students of the University of Wisconsin
Copyright 1920, by James W. Gilman.
Volume XIX                        Madison, April, 1920                  
   Number 6
Editorials    ...........        ........... 141
Re-Dedication .................. Elsie Gluck.... 142
Eddie ...................        Earl Hanson     143
Summer .F................... Fern Busby          144
Bubbles ..................... Edwin Guyer.... 145
Christmas, 1916 ............. Victor Solberg     148
The China Lady ............ Adeline Briggs       152
In the Gray Dawn ........... Nancy Pattison      156
The Proposal a' la Mode ........ Mira Bowles     160
Verse ...    ........           ........... 164
The Book Shop .         ..................      166
STUDENTS who are not heading directly for a
certain profession at the end of their college
careers, are often at a loss to discover just what they
want to take up as a life occupation. Just what to
choose from the number of things that present them-
selves in these modern times seems to most of us one of
the gravest problems of our lives. We have voca-
tional convocations to help us chose. We have
trained men tell us the qualifications necessary for
each profession that is open to the educated man or
woman. And when all is said, each of us feels that
he or she is fitted temperamentally for several possible
professions, and the problem remains as insoluble as
before. We are tempted to vacillate for months be-
tween two occupations, and at the end of that time
to reject both in favor of another which after suffi-
cient consideration we reject in its turn.
And after all do we not take the whole business too
seriously? In a letter to Boswell on the subject Dr.
Johnson once wrote, "Life is not long, and too much
of it must not pass in idle deliberation how it shall be
spent: deliberation, which those who begin it by pru-
dence, and continue it with subtilty, must, after long
experience of thought, conclude by chance. To pre-
fer one future mode of life to another, upon just rea-
sons, requires faculties which it has not pleased our
Creator to give us.
"If, therefore the profession you have chosen has
some unexpected inconveniences, console yourself by
reflecting that no profession is without them; and that
all the importunities and perplexions of business are
softness and luxury, compared with the incessant
cravings of vacancy, and the unsatisfactory expedients
of idleness."
W      ; HAT  is the matter with Wisconsin?  That
v     v    question is producing considerable speculation
among the student body at the present time. All
sorts of things are being censured as being at the
bottom of what is wrong: frivolous co-eds, tea-dancing,
lack of interest in athletics, prohibition, all these and
many more are considered evils which, at least, con-
tribute to the lack of "spirit" and loyalty in the uni-
versity. Perhaps, all of these things lumped together
are in a measure responsible for the lack of general
enthusiasm evinced by the students in general toward
the university and its conventional affairs.
To us, however, the difficulty is a deeper, less
easily combatted evil than any so far named. Frivo-
lous co-eds, tea-dancing, and all the rest may go, but
the general spirit of Wisconsin would not be immedi-
ately improved. The real cause of the trouble is so
large and great a thing, so obvious and self-evident
that it has been overlooked in the search for the germ
of infection.  The real trouble with us is the inability
to realize the increased size of the university. We
have outgrown the old time clannish organization and
its methods of arousing enthusiasm among its members.

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