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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 4 (Feb. 1927)

The secretary's page,   pp. 142-143


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THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine
                       Published by
The General Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin
            Member of Alumni Magazines, Associated
BART E. MCCORMICK, 'o4, General Secretary and Editor
               ErrA RADKE., 'i6, Assistant
                   Board of Directors
       (24 Months' Term)
CHARLus BYRoN, '08, Chicago, Ill., President
M~a CLARK BazrmoHmi, '89, Madison
   Vice-President
F. H. EnLWE4 '08, Madison, Treasurer
LoyAL DuRa&N, '91, Milwaukee
OscaR HALLA , '87, St, Paul, Minn.
       (12 Months' Term)
WALTER ALEXANDER, '97, Milwaukee.lRe
   cording Secretary
L. F. Ga naR, '10, Madison
FRAoxoasRs, '96, Berkeley, Calif.
VTICoR FALK, '11, Stoughton
KARL MANN, '11, New York City
        (18 Months' Term)           (6 Months' Term)
B.IE. McComucr, '04, Madison  . B. Kam, '89, Portland, Ore.
L. F. VAN HeaAN, '04, Madison W. J. MoRoNEY, '81, Dallas, Tex.
JosmR E. DAvIs, '98, Washington, D. C.  Curroan BEus, '13, Denve, Coo.
N. V. Smrm, '26, Chicago, Ill.  GsoaoE EvANs; '94, St. Louis, Mo.
Jzsssm NzLsON SWANSEN, '98, Milwaukee  MARJORIM MUs.Ijz, '26, Milwaukee
   Published monthly during-school ,year except September and October. Entered
as
seeond class matter at the Post Office, Madison, Wis.
   Alumni Dues, including subscription to the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine,
$4.00 peryear,
payable inadvance. Fifty cents extra for foreign postage. Checks, drafts,
and money orders
should be made payable to the General Alumni Association, University of Wisconsin,
and
mailed to 821 State St., Madison, Wis.
   Subscription continued unless subscriber sends notice of discontinuance
to the Associa-
tion prior to the date of expiration.
  The Secretary's Page
  VARSITY! VARSITY!-Seventy-eight years ago,
    seventeen Wisconsin youths with John W. Sterling
as their professor met and the first University class
was established.   Two of the members of this class
four years later received the first baccalaureate de-
grees conferred by the University.
   We, whose conception of the University- includes
 spacious  grounds,  a   beautiful campus, attractive
 buildings, well-equipped laboratories, multiplicity of
 courses, and thousands of students, have little idea of
 the conditions under which the members of that first
 class went to-school. Ten years before this first class
 met, Indians hunted and fought in the forest wilder-
 ness where the University now         stands and paddled
 their canoes through the four lakes in a stillness broken
 only by the song of birds and the rustling of wild ani-
 mals in the underbrushf of the wooded shores. There
 was no Historical Library or Science building, no
 Bascom Hall. Those first students went to classes in a
 little red brick building somewhere down town. North
 Hall was constructed and the students moved into it
 before the first class was graduated.        It served for
 classes as well as for living quarters. Behind it in the
 winter time were piled cords and cords of wood which
 the students carried to their rooms and burned in their
 stoves. North Hall was the center of student life for
 thirty years. Here they lived and studied and made
 history for Wisconsin, here was "Wisconsin Spirit"
 born.
   By 185S, a twin building, South Hall, had been con-
 structed across the campus and in it the students se-
 cured board.    Rooms were $5.oo per term, including
 wood and janitor service, and board did not exceed eighty
 cents per week to members of the club. John Muir said
 that he managed to live on an expenditure of fifty cents a
 week. A fair estimate of expenses was $ 118.OO or $120.00 a
 year. Yet many of that first group of students found it
a hardship. Perhaps the sacrifices they were called
* upon to make helped to develop in them a sincerity of
purpose that characterized them as men and citizens.
   There were no football games at which forty thousand
 fans urged on eleven gladiators in mole skins; there
 was no clamor for basketball tickets; no electrically
 lighted hockey field or skating rink; no crew; no cross
 country team; and no indoor pool. There was swim-
 ming, but only at seasonable periods.      There was
 wrestling, but the bare hillside was the arena. Quoits
 had just "come in, and foot racing, leaping, and box-
 ing was the extent of student athletic competition.
   There is but very little in the University of 1927 to
 remind one Of the University of 1849 except- one thing-
 Wisconsin Spirit. Established on a firm foundation of
 perseverance and progress by those hardy pioneers and
 developed by succeeding generations, the thousands
 who have been graduated since that first class in 1854
 have carried away with them to every state in the Union
 and to the countries of the world a determination, a
 leadership, a freedom, a love and a loyalty -that is
 recognized as typical of Wisconsin.     It is entirely
 commendable that we, the alumni, meet during this
 month to express appreciation of our heritage, to show
 our pride in the past, to demonstrate our faith in the
 future, to renew our loyalty to our Alma Mater, and to
 experience again the thrill that comes to every patriotic
 heart as we reverently raise our voices in"Jarsity!
 Varsity! U Rah Rah Wisconsin!"
 T HANK YOU, DETROIT-The action' of the
    Detroit Club in providing song folders for alumni
 gatherings is appreciated. The folders themselves
 constitute a valuable contribution. But of still, greater
 value is the "spirit" back of the contribution. Under
 the shadows of a great sister university and in a city
 with a great Michigan Alumni Club, this little band of
 Wisconsin men are upholding Wisconsin tradition and
 Wisconsin spirit in a manner that does credit to them-
 selves and their University. Their contribution is a
 challenge to Wisconsin Alumni.
 A  WISE MOVE-Two years ago George Little came
    to Wisconsin as Director of Athletics, succeeding
 Tom Jones. Of his own initiative, he undertook the
 additional responsibility of head football coach. He has-
 been successful. Each year Wisconsin finished in the
 first division of the Big Ten Conference.
   But not even a man of George Little's capacity and
 endurance was equal to the task of "carrying on" two
 big jobs at the same time. Intra-mural sports and
 physical education for the masses is a man's job.
 So is coaching intercollegiate football. Mr. Little is a
 disciple of the former. He likes the latter and it was
 not easy to give it up. To his credit, he took the initia-
 tive in recommending to the Athletic Council that a
 football coach be employed so that he might give his
 undivided attention to the duties of director. Upon
 his recommendation there is coming to Wisconsin an
 outstanding football coach of the Middle West, Glenn
 Thistlethwaite of Northwestern University, thus as-
 suring Wisconsin a continuance of the high type of
 coaching that obtained under Mr. Little's personal
 direction. And therein is displayed wisdom and judg-
 ment typical of the man in whom alumni and other
 citizens of the state have grown to have unlimited
 confidence,-George Little.
 IT CAN     BE DONE-Thriving alumni clubs exist
 in a majority of the cities in Wisconsin and in many
 cities outside of the state. Up to the present time there
 has been no alumni club in Madison. A very large
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February, -927


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