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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 33, Number VI (March 1932)

While the clock strikes the hour,   pp. 182-184

Page 182

The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine                                           
                      March, 1932
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Another University regents may have another battle at  The total registration
at the beginning of the first
Gift   their March 9 meeting over gifts with "strings"  semester
last fall was 8,765, as compared with 8,357 at
Battle  but this time the fight will have a different  the opening of the
present semester. The decrease at
background from those which have already caused a    the opening of the second
semester last year, as com-
furore.                                                  pared with the first
semester total, was 540.
  The impending battle revolves around the will of     "With the decrease
dropping to 408 this year," the
the late Florence Porter Robinson who bequeathed the  registrar said, "it
would appear that the situation is
bulk of her $50,000 estate to a trust fund to create a  growing somewhat
professorship of history. She instructed that the post  Mr. Holt also pointed
out that the 1931 second se-
was to be held by a woman, a member of the academ-   mester registration
was 8,861, which is 504 greater
ic, not of the extension department; that at no time  than the second semester
total of this year.
should she be required to devote more than 20 per      It was believed that
the contribution of $5,000 by the
cent of her time to extension work, and that she re-  Wisconsin Alumni association
to the student loan fund
ceive an annual salary of not less than $6,000 by the  has been a means of
keeping a considerable num-
time of her second year's employment.                    ber of students
in school. This money is being loaned
  According to Francis E. McGovern, former governor,  out to students to
pay tuition and other fees, and
who is urging Wisconsin women to take an interest    probably was a strong
factor in keeping the decrease
in the discussion of the will before the regents, it is  smaller than was
the first time that the University has been given a trust
fund by a woman to give professional status to a
woman.                                                   Co-eds Co-eds of
the University are coming to the aid
  Miss Robinson's will was contested by her brothers,  Aidin  of Madison
welfare workers who have been
George P. and Irving P., and her sister, Mabel, when  Relief  almost overwhelmed
by the task of meeting
it was filed in 1926, but it has been upheld in the  the unemployment crisis.
Part of the co-eds' school-
county court of Milwaukee and the supreme court and  ing under the direction
of Miss Helen Clarke, profes-
the regents have accepted that portion of the will set-  sor of sociology,
is doing welfare work, and 11 mem-
ting up the professorship trust fund.                    bers of the class
are devoting 10 hours a week to relief
  The will also states that if within five years it is  work.
impracticable to arrange with the regents for the es-  Their duties consist
of taking in charge a number of
tablishment of the professorship negotiations shall be  families, checking
up on their needs, trying to find
started with the University of Chicago.              employment for the breadwinners,
teaching inefficient
  Now, according to Mr. McGovern, efforts are being  housewives how to budget
their scant funds, helping
made to defeat the provisions of the will on the     obtain emergency relief
for the families, and improv-
grounds the University cannot accept gifts with      ing home conditions.
Supervising their work care-
"strings" attached.                                      fully,
the Madison Public Welfare association keeps a
   "To my mind Miss Robinson's instructions are not   close watch of
the results of the girl's work, but each
in the nature of trammeling provisions," Mr. McGov-  one must conduct
her own researches on her indi-
ern said.                                                vidual cases.
   "If the gift is rejected it will mean that in the future  Financial
troubles, sometimes, are only symptoms of
the gift of any citizen, however disinterested or well  a family's real trouble.
A few of the causes of de-
calculated to advance the cause of education or effi-  pendency are feeblemindedness
or the habit of de-
ciency at the University, will fail of its goal if it be  pendence formed
through generations. These latter
coupled with a provision that the research or instruc-  must have their long
dormant pride awakened to the
tion be given to a woman. I trust the women of Wis-  social advantage of
being self-supporting. Other prob-
consin will get in touch with the board of regents and  lems meet the undergraduate
students, calling their at-
make themselves heard on this score."                    tention to
the real significance of the present economic
                                                          crisis, Miss Clarke
 Enrollment Exactly 408 fewer students have registered
 Decreases  for the present semester at the University  A Long Although the
phonograph recordings of "On,
 than were registered at the beginning of the first se-  Wait  Wisconsin"
and "Varsity Toast" were made by
 mester. The major portion of this number were forced  the University band
three years ago, the band will re-
 to abandon school careers, temporarily at least, be-  ceive its first royalties
on the record sales this month.
 cause of insufficient funds, according to Mr. Holt, reg-  It has taken three
years to pay out of the 3-cent
 istrar.  Mid-year graduations accounted for a small  royalty on each record
sale the $500 expense incurred
 percentage of the decrease.                              by a Madison music
dealer in the making of the rec-
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