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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 8 (May 1950)

Brockhaus, Winifred
Cooperation . . . at Tabard and Andersen,   pp. [unnumbered]-15

    By Winifred Brockhaus, '50
      President of Tabard Inn
      phrase that has come to life for
      30 girls who live at Andersen
  House, 228 N. Charter St., and
  Tabard Inn, 115 N. Orchard St., the
  two University cooperative houses
  for Wisconsin women students.
    Furnishing a place for fine living
  at about $200 a semester, Tabard
  Inn and Andersen House meet the
  needs of their students for low cost
  housing. In addition, they offer the
  girls the opportunity to work, play,
  think, and act with one another in
  a home setting. Most of the girls
  are at least partially self-supporting.
  They have part-time jobs at Univer-
  versity libraries and departmental
  offices; they also do baby sitting,
  house work, and clerking in stores.
    But what do the girls in these two
  houses do that makes living at such
  a low cost possible? How much of
  their free time does it take ? Just
  how does the system work?
  House Jobs
    At Tabard and Andersen every
  girl has assigned duties which repre-
  sent her contribution in balancing
  t he house budget. These duties,
  called "house jobs," take about four
  hours a week of a girl's time and
  fall into three categories: dishes,
  general house jobs, and special house
  jobs. A definite schedule is set up for
  each girl in each category.
    General house jobs are assigned
  each semester. They consist of keep-
  ing the living room or dining room
  clean, setting tables, mopping up the
  front porch, or raking the lawn.
  Special house jobs are like the once-
  a-year spring cleaning, or the break-
  fasts, or the "special" dishes jobs.
     The wonderful thing about these
  jobs is the willingness of the girls to
  switch when Jean has a noon class,
  or Alice goes home for a weekend,
  or Sue has a dinner date. This is
  what is meant by cooperative living,
  with the emphasis on cooperation to
  make the living more satisfying to
     Work isn't the only thing that
   girls living at Tabard and Andersen
   enjoy and profit from. The old say-
   ing that "All work and no play
SCENES from the co-op houses:
(top) A 10 o'clock Tabard house
meeting conducted by the author,
(upper center) study time at An-
derson, (lower center) a "house
job" at Andersen, and (bottom)
books, checkers, and boy friends
at Tabard.-Photos by Gary

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