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Kasum, Emil (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 52, Number 1 (October 1947)

Mitchell, Robert J.
Operation mutual,   p. 17

Page 17

                  by Robert J. Mitchell
ONE of the grandest things about friendship is that it
    goes both ways. A friendship is a hollow thing with
only one friend. As a matter of fact, it is so different from
the real thing that our forebears thought up a different
name for it. They called a one-man friendship "conceit."
  The Wisconsin Engineer would, indeed, be a conceited
publication if it thought that it were self-sufficient. At the
same time, we feel justified in saying that you, the engi-
neering students of Wisconsin, cannot very well get along
without us. The reason is that the Wisconsin Engineer is
your sensitive finger-tip on the pulse of current engineer.
ing activity, developments, and thought. Again, however.
it would be a useless digit without the central brain to
signal to.
  Now let us get away from generalities and be specific.
How can you help the Engineer? In your practical engi-
neering experience, and many of you have had such, you
have, perhaps, run across facts pertaining to the conduct
of various industries. This information is vital to building
a broad concept of modern industry in the minds of our
fellow students. If you have such a grouping of facts,
they may be presented in the form of an article. Perhaps
a member of the editorial staff could work with you to
polish up the facts to a readable treatise.
  The Wisconsin Engineer is going to help you by gather.
ing together the results of studies by undergraduates,
graduate students, members of the faculty, alumni, and
industrial researchers. Through these articles we hope to
see you become-not merely engineers, and good engi-
neers-but balanced individuals of high social and techni-
cal accomplishments.
  Now all these high-sounding ideals may make you won-
der about the limiting factors. Think carefully. Are not
the chief limiting factors within ourselves? Throw them
out! Over-ride them!! Think more carefully. Would not
mutual effort make it an easier task?
  One of the first things that a man should find out, no
matter what his profession, is that he cannot stand alone.
This is taught in kindergartens, grade - schools, high.
schools, colleges, and, ultimately, where it really hurts-
in our everyday lives. You may never work on specific
development projects, but you should know the results of
such enterprises. Sometime during your career, someone
will be dependent on your knowledge of developments
outside your own specific field. Such knowledge can come
from within you only if it has been placed there. Your
obligation to future employers is to gather and remember
such data. The Wisconsin Engineer is a good clearing
house for varied technical material.
  One of the major desires of the Engineer at the present
is to interest members of the lower grades in the handling
of technical literature and the accompanying jobs of
makeup, advertising, and circulation. Eventually these
men will be carrying on the tradition which is at present
some fifty-one years old. They should be qualified and
trained for the positions before the load is placed on their
  Cartoonists, photographers, and occasional contributors
can be accepted now. Do you have talent for taking tech-
nical pictures? Would you like to try? Could you break
the gray between these covers with an occasional cartoon?
Talk to the staff members of the Engineer about it.
  As for the rest of you, just continue reading the mag.
When you benefit by this, so do we. You see, we are a
mutual outfit, and all such groups reflect their sentiments
on their surface. And there never was a reflection with-
out a source of light.

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