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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 3 (Jan. 1927)

Byron, Chas. L.
The president's page,   pp. 103-104


Page 103


THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
profited. Paying dues, therefore, is not a matter of    THE PERSONAL EQUATION-"Gee,
I had a swell
getting" but rather one of "giving," of contributing     
 time. Wasn't Mrs. Frank friendly? And 'Prexy' is
something out of appreciation for services rendered in  a real fellow. He
played the victrola, told us a good
the past. We still have faith in Wisconsin Alumni.      story and talked
to everyone," said one. "I'll say we
                                                        did, and he remembered
my name, for he asked me if I
THE TICKET. PROBLEM-President Charles By-               was related to the
army captain by the same name."
   tron makes a s'uggestion this month that we believe  "I'd like to
go again," said the other.
is worthy of consideration by the proper authorities.     The conversation
took place between two freshmen
There has been complaint about "tickets" this fall.     who were
among the two thousand freshmen enter-
Some of it was directed against ticket officials, some of  tained by President
and Mrs. Frank at their home one
it against the Alumni Association, and some of it against  Saturday afternoon
last month. The fathers to whom
the University. Much of it was bitter. We believe that' President and Mrs.
Frank, opened their home on
there was -some cause for' complaint, not because       Father's Day, and
the football squad who were also
officias failed, but because the system is faulty. In  guests at the President's
home expressed the same
some instances active supporters of the University      sentiment, perhaps
in better language, but surely no
failed to secure tickets at all, and in some other cases more sincerely.
Opening their home to the fathers and
       Vthey drewI 'I.u  ,   "ie-othersw-o-sho-n-o    .   .       a-finething
to d:. a-i IdS; -p pr rct , .ed-by both
interest and offer no support to the University, drew   groups. But no event
of its kind in the Frankihome
fine seats. Had the better seats been secured by faculty will be as far reaching
in concrete constructive reaction
and students for their own 'use, there could be no com-. than that of recognizing
the Freshmen, who will fojlow
plaint. But when a friend and active supporter of the   with enthusiasm and
energy the leadership of "A real
University who had failed to secure tickets or who had  fellow."
secured very poor ones found some one with seats and    TAKING STOCK-This
is the season of the year
less'claim to them, perhaps willing to dispose of them     when we take stock
of our worldly possessions. Our,
if he could get his price, there is liable to be complaint,  tangible accounts
are readily balanced. A balance On
It is not a question of ticket officials. The solution lies  the credit side
is accepted as business prosperity. A
in the direction pointed out by President Byron.         nln     - nn A 
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A LUMNI DAY-A committee appointed jointly by
.L-L President Frank of the University and Charles
Byron, President of the General Alumni Association to
make arrangements for Alumni Day during Commence-.
ment next June is now a reality. The personnel of the
committee is as follows: F. H. Elwell, M. B. Olbrich,
George Chandler, D. J. Halverson, A. F. Gallistel,
Porter Butts, Mrs. Jessie Bosshard Maurer, Miss Jane
Sherrill, Walter Frautschi, and B. E. McCormick,
Chairman. A meeting of class secretaries to discuss
plans for class reunions and secure suggestions for
Alumni Day was held at Homecoming. It is none too
-  1 .  1   1 *  .  1
IdJ 1)' LU 1 ,4' p14in for cijIs reunions and commencement.
According to the new plan, classes to reune this year are
'II, 'Yi0 '09, 'o8, '02, '92, '91, '90, '89, and '77. Class
secretaries ought to "get busy" soon. Let's make 1927
a record year.
                       a~ %~LALOu   JiUWCL uy analuysis,
reorganization and readjustment. But how about the
more intangible things-those which cannot be eval-
uated in dollars 'and cents-friendship, benevolence,
tolerance, good will and service? It is not easy to strike
a balance. And yet they are becoming more and more
important factors in the affairs of men and nations.
A few', years back neighboring communities were
frequently bitter rivals because they were neighbors
and competitors in business and the professions were
often personal enemies because they happened to be
competitors. 'But times are changing. Communities
are becoming friendly, competitors are getting together
  nd the base theoryof "get the other fellow before he
gets you. Is succumbing to the more noble one of "live
and help live." This is the season of the year when the
individual who recognizes the value of friendship,
benevolence, tolerance and good will discovers that
"He frofits Most Who Serves .Best."
                               The President's Page
AS' THE     1926 football curtain was-rung down on      that the students
and faculty should receive first con-
     November 2oth at Stagg Field, Wisconsin follow-    sideration in the
distribution of tickets and the alumni
ers sang "Varsity" with keen' satisfactiob in knowing   next. Of
course, the sixty thousand Wisconsin alumni
,that Wisconsin had won and also had completed a suc-   will never attempt
to secure tickets foi a single game,
cessful football season. Wisconsin finished in first    but the indications
continue to be that more alumni will
division, which is saying considerable after playing a  apply for tickets
than can be supplied.
strenuous schedule, including the Michigan and Minne-     This raises the
question whether the alumni should be
sota teams, judged by many real critics to be two of the classified into
groups and one group be given a prefer-
best 1926 football teams in the country. As alumni we   ence over the other.
For example, there are alumni who
congratulate George Little, his staff and the football  belong to the General
Alumni Asociation, and those
squad for the splendid showing made. The Wisconsin      who are giving of
their time or money, or both, to help the
1927 football schedule is also a heavy one. Among       University and to
'make student life more what it should
others, it includes Michigan and Minnesota. We look     be. Would it not
seem perfectly fair and equitable that
forward with interest to the 1927 games.                those who do show
something of an active interest in
  In the meantime, those in authority will have many    the -University,
its student life, and in the Alumni As-
problems to settle. One of interest to the Alumni is the sociation should
be placed on the football ticket list
matter of securing football tickets, particularly for the  and other lists
ahead of those who show no interest
Wisconsin-Chicago game. A real effort is being made in  other than to secure
football tickets? Many other uni-
behalf of Wisconsin to secure a larger apportionment of versities and colleges
think such is fair and equitable
tickets for that game to satisfy the requirements of    and act accordingly,
I am in favor of such recognition.
students, faculty, alumni and the public. It is obvious What do you think?
              CHAS. L. BYRoN.
.7anuary, 1927
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