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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 48, Number 5 (Feb. 1947)

Berge, John
Two important years,   p. 23

Page 23

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Two Important
   TWO YEARS FROM NOW the University of
 Wisconsin will start its second century of service
 to the state and the nation. All Badgers hope that
 this second century will be even greater than the
   The quality of Wisconsin's educational service in
this second century will be determined largely by
-what ihappens in- the-next- two years. In other
word-, the next two0yearswill beveryimportant-
in determining Wisconsin's future position in the
field of higher education. As loyal alumni, all of us
should take stock and see what we can do to help
our Alma Mater to maintain her leadership among
American universities. Here 'are some of the ways
in which we can help:
   1. Help the University get sufficient funds to
meet its post-war needs.
   Your University is struggling valiantly to handle
the largest enrollment in its thistory-24,00-stu-
dents. Thousands more are ready to enroll as soon
as they can find living quarters. This enrollment is
twice as large as the highest pre-war attendance
and educational authorities tell us that the peak is
still to come.
  To meet the educational demands of this record
enrollment, the University is asking that the Legis--
lature appropriate $18,300,000 for operating ex-
penses. This is the largest, operating budget ever
proposed by the University, but this money must
oe macte availa le 1t our University is to do a good
job for its 24,000 students. Unless this money is
provided, the University must curtail activities
that are important to its students and the citizens
of Wisconsin. Such retrenchment in the next two
years is bound to be harmful to our University's
future development.
  2. Help President Fred keep the key men of his
  During the next two years, all universities will
have trouble in keeping their key men. In the first
place, universities will be competing with each
other for capable men and women. All universities
must expand their staffs to take care of increased
enrollments. Just this week, for example, I saw a
letter from a neighboring university to a member
of our faculty which asked him to "write his own
ticket" on the question of salary. That's tough
competition. President Fred has to meet this com-
petition if he is to keep his key men. Secondly,
business and industry are already making attrac-
tive offers to our faculty members. Universities
cannot compete with business on the basis of sal-
ary, but Wisconsin must be able to pay salaries
that offer some inducement to remain on our fac-
ulty. This, of course, means a budget adequate for
this purpose.
   3. Help the University get the new buildings so
 urgently needed.
   Fourteen campus buildings are more than 50
 years old. Two campus landmarks, North Hall and
 South Hall, are more than 90 years old. The center
 section of Bascom Hall is 87 years old. Chadbourne
 Hall is 75 years old. Science Hall, the Chemical
 Engineering Building, and the Eiectrical Engineer-
 ing-Building are--5Tyears old. Th-e&-5-year old
 dairy building has long outlived its usefulness.
 Wisconsin makes two-thirds of all the Swiss cheese
 produced in the United States, but Swiss cheese
 cannot be made in the Dairy Building on our
 campus. This building is inadequate and obsolete
 --a disgrace to the greatest dairy state in the
 Union. All these buildings must be replaced.
   4. Back up the University of Wisconsin Founda-
   The Foundation is now raising $5,000,000 in
-coetion-with the-Universitys- Ce      i-.This-
campaign deserves the support of all loyal Badgers.
You can help in two ways: (a) you can make your
own contribution to this worthy cause", (b) you
can encourage non-alumni to make gifts and be-
quests to the University. These funds will not sup-
plant appropriations made by the Legislature.
Instead, they will supplement legislative funds so
that the University may expand its cultural and
public service functions.
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  Increased budget needs make our University a
natural target for snipers. Groups and individuals
unfamiliar with the University's post-war prob-
lems will talk glibly about educational inefficiency
and the dangers of building a university that is too
large. As alumni, we must do our part to protect
the University from unfair sniping. In so doing,
we must differentiate between constructive criti-
cism and sniping. The University must welcome
constructive criticism. But unfair sniping is dan-
gerous in these critical post-war days.
  6. Encourage your fellow alumni to cooperate
with the Association in promoting the best inter-
ests of the University of Wisconsin.
  Scattered alumni working alone are not nearly
so effective as thousands working together for our
Alma Mater. Today Association membership is the
highest in its history-nearly 11,000. A thousand
new members would make us increasingly effec-
tive in getting things done for the University.
Five thousand more members would make us still
more effective. Ten chances to one you know some
alumnus who would welcome the opportunity to
share in this important work. A word from you
as a member is often all that is necessary to turn
this part-time Badger into a full-time Badger like
yourself.-JOHN BERGE.

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