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Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 4 (Feb. 1926)

Journalism news and notes,   p. 101

Page 101

U. W. CLUBS                                                     101
T   HE first annual Matrix Table of the
    Wisconsin chapter of the professional
journalistic sorority of Theta Sigma Phi
was held at the Hotel Loraine on Janu-
ary 9. Over four hundred women of the
student body, faculty, and-city of Madi-
son attended.   The honor guests in-
cluded  Miss Zona Gale, '95, Mrs.
Genevieve Forbes Herrick of the Chi-
cago Tribune, and Mrs. Sophie Kerr
Underwood, New York, well known
writer of fiction. The speakers, besides
these guests of honor, were Mrs. M. B.
Rosenberry, former dean of women,
Mrs. H. S. Richards, Dean F. Louise
Nardin, and Miss Alberta Johnson, '26.
A series of clever dramatic skits written
by members of the sorority preceded the
program of toasts. The purpose of the
banquet is to bring together student
leaders among the women with the
women of the faculty and of the city.
  Prof. W. G. Bleyer, '96, will speak at
the annual mid-winter meeting of the
Wisconsin Press Association in Mil-
waukee on February 13, on the subject
of community service by weekly news-
papers, in connection with the awarding
of prizes to the Wisconsin weekly news-
papers that have rendered the most
signal service  to  their communities
during the past year.
   "Journalism must find the facts,"
 said President Glenn Frank, "it must
 not prejudge things in terms of con-
 servatism or liberalism or radicalism; it
 must not decide in advance that it is to
 be  conformist or non-conformist; it
 cannot fly in the face of facts without
 courting ultimate disaster.
   "Journalism must focus the facts;
 facts- are not- important for their own
 sake; they are important only as a basis
 for action; journalism must focus the
 facts it finds upon the issues its readers
   "Journalism must filter the facts; it
 must with conscientious care separate
 the facts from admixtures of prejudice,
 passion, partisanship, and selfish inter-
est; facts that are diluted, colored, or
perverted are valueless as a basis for
   "Journalism must face the facts; it
 must learn that the energy spent in
 trying to find ways to get around, under,
 or over the facts is wasted energy; facts
have a ruthless way of winning the day
sooner or later.
  "Journalism must follow the facts;
journalism must say of facts as Job said,
of God: though they slay us, yet shall we
trust them; if the facts threaten to upset
a paper's cherished policy, it always
pays the journalist to re-examine his
policy' that way lies realism, and real-
ism is the ultimate good."
   Walter Pfister, '23, is city editor of the
 Sheboygan Press-Telegram. Sheboygan,
 Benita Spencer, '25, is on the staffof a
 trade journal, The Chain Store Manager,
 in Los Angeles, California. Her address-
 is 8 1I South Lake Street.
 0. T. Banton, '23, is assistant state
 editor of the Milwaukee 7ournal.
 George Merrill, '24, is in the advertis-
 ing department of the Armstrong Cork
 Company, Pittsburgh, Pa.
 Arthur Prussing, 'I.6, is advertising
 manager of the Olson Rug Company,
 Chicago, Ill.
 Elizabeth Bennett, 'i9, is editor of
 True Romances, New York City.
 Marion Crosby, '22, is with the Elect-
 rical Workers 7ournal, Washington,D.C.
                                             U. W. CLUBS
               "Sit together, listen together, sing together, eat together,
and you'll work together."
                                             LOCAL U. W. CLUBS
     The organized alumni body of our University is rapidly growing in nuĂ˝!ness.
Local U. of              cubs-jerve as valuable
 agencies to bring about a closer fellowship among the alumni, former students,
andfriends of the University. There are many communities
 in which the number of members of the GENERAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION is such
as to make the formation of these local clubs entirely
feasible and highly desirable. Clubs have already been established in a number
of cities, in several counties and in a few states.
    Lucy RoGoERs HAwKINs, 'I8
THAi the campus of the university
   reaches out to the very fringes of the
state is being proved by the lecturers
invited for the Open Forum in Ashland,
which opened Sunday, January 10,
under the auspices of the American
  Aubrey Williams, executive secretary
of the Wisconsin Conference of Social
Work, opened the series with a talk on
Ashland's rating in the Better Cities
contest which created a lively discussion
and proved to be highly interesting in an
overflow meeting held in the community
room of the Ashland National bank.
  Professor Gillin is scheduled for the
following Sunday, and others who will
speak at later meetings are Professors
D. D. Lescohier, '21, Max Otto, 'o6, and
E. A. Ross.
  Dr. R. L. Gilman, '2o, is one of the
most active members of the Legion in
securing  the Forum    speakers, and
several U. W. alumni are among the
  To promote acquaintance among the
various college women in the city, local
University of Wisconsin alumnae are
lending a hand in the formation of a
College club in Ashland.  The first
luncheon and meeting was held Saturay,
Jan. 16. The sponsorship committee
included three Badgers, Helen Dodd
Winter, '2o, Myrtle Miller Roehm, ex
'17, and Lucy Rogers Hawkins, i&-I-
         EDWARD WILSON, '84
FIDAY, December 18th, we had a
joint luncheon with the Wisconsin
Alumnae Club of Chicago for the pur-
pose of listening to a most interesting
talk by our new president, Glenn Frank.
As usual, the N. W. R. R. failed to do
its stuff and Prexy was about one hour
late. In the meantime, we 'had eaten
our luncheon- so were ready to devote
ourselves to the message Prexy had for
us.   He discufssed' several important
problems relative to the 'present and
future development of the real useful-
ness of our universities, particularly
state universities.
  More than 6oo were present at the
  Bertha Weeks, '1i, president of the
Chicago   Alumnae   Club, introduced
President Frank with a few very fitting
  That those present were very favor-
ably impressed by the address was in-
dicated by the noticeable change in the
ending of the two sky rockets given for
the President. 'Before tie talk the sky

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