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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

Editorial,   pp. 161-162

Page 161

  It is worthy of note as a sign of
the tendency of the times in univer-
sity curricula that President Angell
of the University of Michigan, in his
recent report to the Board of Re-
gents, recommended the establish-
ment of a course of instruction, or of a
group of courses, which should, to
quote President Angell's words,
" prepare men, so far as education
cart prepare them, for engaging in
international commerce, for respon-
sible positions in banking and other
financial pursuits, for careers in our
consular and diplomatic service."
Especial stress is laid upon the ne-
cessity for the training of merchants
and bankers who shall be fitted to
cope with the problems of interna-
tional commerce.
  It will be noted that the recom-
mendations are exactly in line with
those put forth by Dean J. B. John-
son in his inaugural address, pub-
lished in part in the November
MAGAZINE, for the establishment of
"Colleges of Commerce." President
Angell does not point out in so de-
tailed a manner the probable scope
of the instruction to be given in such
a department, but the needs which
he sees and which he seeks to supply
are the same as those so clearly set
out by Dean Johnson. The fact of a
widespread recognition of the need
for such instruction should be an in-
centive to a careful consideration of
the subject by our Board of Regents,
that Wisconsin may not be left be-
hind in the progress of the new edu-
cational activities so soon to be
called into being.
  Of a somewhat related nature is
the need emphasized by Prof. Bull
in an article pulblished elsewhere in
this issue relat ve to the establish-
ment of a course of instruction in
free-hand drawing. To anyone who
is familiar with the ignorance preva-
lent among University students with
regard to the simplest, most rudi-
mentary principles of art, no argu-
ment is necessary to prove the cry-
ing need for a school of art. The
establishment of such a school would
not at all mean an attempt to com-
pete with the more      pretentious
schools of the s)rt-at least not for
many years to come. Its immediate
purpose should be rather to develop
among the student body the power
of understanding and appreciating
real art, and to afford a means for
the individual to discover if there be
any artistic pow r latent within him.
  It is a noticeable fact that, with
few   exceptions, what illustration
there is in stu lent publications is
furnished by me rnbers of the engin-
eering courses. This does not mean,
of course, that a11 or nearly all stu-
dents of any a tistic talent go into
engineering, bu simply that only in
those courses is there any attempt
to train the h nd and eye, even
for mechanical rawing. This fact
alone is evidence of the need of
something in the line suggested by
Prof. Bull.
  We all know the obstacle that pre-
sents itself at every mention of a
plan to exttend the functions of the
University - the institution is always
in financial straits, and there are no
funds available for extension. Here,
however, is an opportunity for an ex-
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