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Adler, Philip A. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Volume XVI, Number 4 (January 1917)

[Editorial],   pp. [unnumbered]-110

Page 110

We may smile at the idealism. We must recognize
though that any organization working towards this
ideal must combine, to some extent, the various fields of
learning and present them in an artistic manner valuable
to any group of people. Too often in our specialized
education, the trend of the times flows past unnoticed.
Too often are we unaware of the results of the fields of
learning with which we are not connected, though they
may greatly affect our life.
The chief interest in the Forum though lies in the
fact that it originated among the students. Its concep-
tion proves that there is a student sentiment which looks
beyond the materialistic view of education and sees as
its hope not high salaries and good incomes alone, but
the true ideal of culture. Let us then encourage and
aid the Forum as one of the best outgrowths of stu-
dent life.
T      HIS year's production by Edwin Booth and
Red Domino has a deep significance to those
who are interested in modernity from the dramatic
standpoint. It stands for a certain trend in future dra-
matics that is essentially good. The large audience
and the enthusiastic reception of the plays proved the
appreciation of the efforts that the clubs were making
and the satisfaction at the outcome of these efforts.
In presenting their work this year, the dramatic clubs
departed from all precedent and did so with good
taste. We were not asked to spend our money to see
a great work by a great author amateurishly murdered
or to see the difference between a professional and a
college production of the latest "hit." The dramatic
societies decided to stand on their own legs. They of-
fered us three one-act plays whose titles and authors
were unknown to the average theater-goer. They
claimed to be able to produce them as well as anybody
could, not "almost like professionals." They chose the
plays with their ability to produce them, not with the
amount of publicity they would make, in view. The
results were as pleasing as surprising.
The societies have realized that the biggest thing
they can do is to develop the latent dramatic abilities
in the university and present the best of these to their
audience. They have succeeded this time and there is
no reason why their following eAc:'-3 should not be
crowned with even greater success.
I N one of the following pages we publish a letter
from a Mr.N Hammond, regent of the university,
who takes issue with our editorial in the November
number of the Wisconsin Literary Magazine. The
editorial was written at the time that Music hall was
;bikg rebuilt and questioned the foresight which per-
mitted certain alterations to be made which did not in-
clude the alterations that would make possible the use
of Music hall for our dramatic productions which now
cost us more than two thousand dollars a year.
Mr. Hammond accuses the writer of ignorance, in-
gratitude, a fault-finding disposition and other minor
sins. He claims that the Board of Regents has been
trying for years to do what we have suggested, that it is
only "the 'economy' policy so prevalent in the last leg-
islature" that has prevented these changes which
"would provide comfortable for Student Dramatics."
All of his statements succeed only in proving that the
editorial was necessary; that instead of being written in
a spirit of fault-finding, it had criticized an evil that the
Regents had tried for years to overcome.
Mr. Hammond seems to think that the blame was
directed against him and the other benefactors of the
students. The editorial however, criticises the "pro-
gram of service to the state." It does not specify that
the regents any more than the faculty or the legislature
are responsible for the poor program. We have point-
ed out a lack of foresight in the reconstruction of Mu-
sic hall, "The remarks were justified by the present
conditions." We have left it for the students to dis-
cover who is responsible for that absence of foresight.
We thank Mr. Hammond for pointing out the party at
fault. It is now the duty of the students to see that the
legislature treats the recommendations of the Board of
Regents with greater consideration.
IN our first issue, we used the editorial columns to
ask for contributions for the "Lit." We shall now
make bold to use these columns to explain the form in
which we want these contributions sent.
The article must be legibly written on one side of
the paper and in the most conservative orthography-
we have the space, spell out your words. Those who
wish their contributions returned must enclose a stamp-
ed envelope or call for them at the office. Wisconsin
Literary Magazine, Madison, Wis., is sufficient ad-
Contributions which do not adhere to these condi-
tions cannot be considered.
January, 1917

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