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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


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THE WISCONSIN LITERARY MAGAZINE
   The men who are earning their livelihood in whole or in
part are moved by a deep-seated determination to gain the
full advantages given by a college education. They are
driven from within rather than from without. They have
already been tested and winnowed. A successful career for
the greater number of them is assured. In contrast with the
men who are self-supporting, many of those in easy circum-
stances have frequently been sent here instead of being driven
by an interior impulse. These men must resist the tempta-
tion to follow the lines of easiest resistance. Because of
their easy circumstances it requires perhaps even greater
stamina for them to take full advantage of the opportunities
offered at the university than is required of those whose lot
is apparently harder.  However, in fairness it should be said
that many of them, as has already been proven not only in
this institution but in many others, will show they have the
necessary force of character, but as a class the winnowing
process is yet before them.
  At the opening of this new college year I wish to appeal
to the older students of the university and to those who are
in better circumstances, to do everything possible to make
easier the struggle of the less fortunate. I make this appeal
no less upon the account of one class than upon that of the
other. If you heed this appeal, you will have helped your-
selves even more than you will have helped others.
  Many young men and women come here with no acquaint-
ances; they are lonely, they are lost in the crowd. At Ox-
ford and Cambridge the new students find quarters in the
halls of residence. If these halls will not accommodate all,
the older classmen go to the town. A new student has at
least a half dozen formal calls by card, each of which he must
return by finding the one who left the card. When the call
is returned the older student inquires into the capacities and
preferences of the recruit and assists him in finding a path into
the life of the college.  Thus every new student has his
chance. If he has any capacity to make himself a source of


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