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Gangelin, Paul; Dummer, Frances; Commons, Rachel (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XX, Number 7 (April 1921)

P. V. G.
[Editorials],   pp. [unnumbered]-166



Publication of the Students of the University of Wisconsin
Volume XX               Madison, April, 1921         Number 7
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CONTENTS
Page
Editorials .................       P. V. G..... 165
Autobiography .......... Horace V. Gregory .... 166
The Adventures of Gaucelm..I. M. Ramsdell.... 167
Lunaria ................. Stanley Weinbaum .... 170
The Jest of Jests ......... James W. Gilman .... 172
Quiz Section .................. Helen Pouder .... 175
Sonnet ................. Mary W. Ruffner .... 176
Alcaics ................... Sterling Tracy .... 178
Garden Fancy ......... Margaret Emmerling .... 178
Jim ................... Katherine Rockwell .... 182
Return of the Fairies ........ Mavis McIntosh .... 184
A Cup of Coffee ......... Walter K. Schwinn .... 184
Blackberries ................. Mabel L. Cook.... 192
Sappho ............... Margaret Emmerling.... 192
$500 A  YEAR.    There is at present before the Leg-
islature a bill intended to raise the
tuition fee at Wisconsin to $500 a year for students
from outside the state. This is probably the quick-
est and most effective way that could be devised to
eliminate Wisconsin from the list of America's great-
est universities. It is argued that the state should not be
expected to spend money to educate students from
other states. Are we so provincial that we must cavil
jealously with our neighbors over who is to bear the
expense of education, when that education will affect
us as well as them? Wisconsin is a part of the United
States, and if she is able to maintain a great university,
she should be proud of the homage which is paid that
university by the whole country and not stop to quibble
over the cost.
If we must reduce the size of the University for
economic reasons, why not do so by judicious elimina-
tion of those who are unfit to carry on the work, rather
lan by a wholesale discrimination against those, no
matter what their merit, who happen to live outside the
State? For a discrimination it will be, and an effective
discrimination. Five hundred dollars a year would be
prohibitive for most of the out-of-state students at pres-
ent in the University and would discourage most of
those who plan to come in the future. Let us prune
in the right place, if prune we must, and raise the en-
trance requirements, or set a limit on the enrollment,
regardless of the residence of students or prospective
students. We have too much dead wood here now.
Let us select it and cast it out, but let us not blindly
chop down a great tree because there is a caterpillar on
the topmost twig.
FOR CONTRIBUTORS ONLY. Consider the word
c r a s y."  Spelled
with a capital letter, it might be a Hungarian surname;
it might be an example of simplified spelling. It might
be, we say, but it isn't. To the discerning editor who
meets it in a manuscript it is immediately plain that
"crasy" represents nothing more esoteric than a slip of
the typewriter; "crazy" is the word. The point
which we are making is that the editor must be dis-
cerning, nay, omniscient, perspicacious, and possessed
of unearthly powers to read even the neatest of the
manuscripts that are submitted to him.
One learns to pity the lot of the theme-reading in-
structor when one has almost daily to puzzle through
pages and pages covered with marks that by the ar-
rangement of them look like verse and by all stand-
ards of handwriting should be cuneiforms liberally in-
terspersed with Chinese characters. Needless to say,
contributions that are written carelessly are at a dis-
advantage; the reader stumbles over illegible words,
stops to scrutinize a strange creature in the midst of a
sentence, and when he is through he has nothing but a
sense of having staggered over heaps of disjointed
words. Poetical contributions that give this impres-
sion can hardly be regarded seriously.
As for prose manuscript: It is no uncommon thing
for a member of the editorial staf to be compelled
to typewrite a whole story. We may say that the
prose is usually typewritten, but that is all. To judge
from appearances, it is customary for undergraduate
authors at Wisconsin to wear boxing-gloves when they


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