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

Hoyer, Theo. R.
The greater university,   pp. 17-20


Page 20


THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE
iaion 0of all these ends an adequate club
house is necessary. In the evening when
the students are done with their work, the
union will be at hand where refreshments
may be had, and a pleasant hour may be
spent in games or in a social chat.
  The general design and dreams of t-e
men who see in Wisconsin one of the lead-
mig universities in the country, in athletics
as well as in arts and sciences, will be
completed by the construction of a new
athletic field with a large stadium, a
gymnasium, and grounds for minor sports
such as tennis, hockey and lacrosse. This
field will lie in the same area between the
agricultural buildings and the men's dor-
mitories on the extreme west end of the
grounds.
  It is of course not the intention of the
state to carry out this gigantic undertaking
regardless of the development of the in-
stitution within. The future of the uni-
versity depends on the progressiveness of
students and faculty, or better as President
Van Rise stated in his recent address on
optimism before the student body.
  "The future of the universitv is as
boundless as the ideas and ideals of those
entrusted with its guidance."
  These immense and beautiful plans will
have developed as a result of Wisconsin's
progressive spirit, and the environments
so created will again affect the lives of the
men and women, and lead on gradually
but surely to the goal of better manhood
and womanhood-better citizenship.
  The women's dormitories out there on
beautiful Lake Mendota, away from the
noise of the town, surrounded by elms
and landscape gardening must be con-
ducive to a new tvpe of woman. Com-
munism will lead to truer democracy.
Cliques and groups, considered by some to
be the sore spots of university life, will
be absorbed in one big family life with
common interests. Let us hope if caste
and social position do exist they be ban-
ished from college life and result in truer
fraternal spirit.
  Who can calculate the effects of the new
men's dormitories on college life?   The
quadrangles prettily grouped on the lake
shore and surrounded by recreation
grounds must mean an entirely new life
for the future Wisconsin student. The en-
tire life of the student body will centralize
about the shore of the lake, and the lone
student now hidden under some low attic
roof will be thrown among men and learn
how to associate with them. If students
of the greater university wish to be on
the inside of college affairs they must live
in the dormitories. To carry out the Ox-
ford plan instructors as well as students
should make their home in these quad-
rangles. If an instructor is valuable to a
student in the class room he should be
still more valuable as a -comrade and
monitor, and fortunate will be the day for
Wisconsin when students, instructors and
professors mingle daily in close com-
;panionship, for in this sort of intimate
communal life every fellow learns to ad-
just himself to others. It will be a train-
ing in adaptability, and instructors will
also learn to understand the student's view
point better. In this mixing process the
product of the University of Wisconsin
will be well rounded, adapted to the high-
est usefulness in political and private life.
  Let us then remember that this great
future of the university will be bounded
"only by the ideas and ideals of those en-
trusted with its guidance." We the stu-
dent body of the University of Wisconsin
will be responsible in possibly the great-
est measure for the success' of the im-
mense plans that have been laid. May the
growth of student spirit lead on towards
the consummation of the Greater Uni-
versity.


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