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

The state of the University: student life,   p. 17

Page 17

Students Brighten Life
Of Mendota's Patients
  WHEN     Barbara  Morgridge, a
Wisconsin student, worked a sum-
mer with the Quakers in an Illinois
mental hospital, it was the prelude
to an idea which she turned into a
reality back on the Badger campus.
   She had found -that the difference
between many of the hospital's men-
tally ill and the "normals" on the
outside is much less than people
realize; and she came to believe the
inmates' road to recovery is rough
because there is little variety in their
entertainment and almost no chance
to associate with outside people.
  Both these hamperings to recovery
are now being reduced at Wiscon-
sin's Mendota State Hospital because
Miss Morgridge last semester got
together with several campus reli-
gious groups and put on a variety
show for Mendota's patients. And
last month, though the orginator had
graduated and moved away, another
chairman was selected and another
program given.
  In the entertainment was a "Spike
Jones" band presented by the United
Student Fellowship, a barbershop
quartet representing  the Baptist
Wayland Club, a skit by the YWCA,
and a chorus line and rope-twirling
act given by the Presbyterian stu-
  The whole plan worked so well
students are now collecting maga-
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tients at the hospital. Another group
has been going over twice a month
to have a square dancing party with
the patients. And, to make it easier
for discharged patients to go out and
face the world again, the students
are hoping to develop a charm and
poise course for the patients-in-
cluding giving them T o n i hair
Karl's Daily Cardinal
   OF THE 42 college daily news-
papers in the country, Wisconsin's
Daily Cardinal is one of a handful
that is financially and editorially in-
dependent. By its own testimony,
it is also one of the few college
dailies that has a vigorous editorial
tradition of college liberalism. And
its own testimony is quite accurate.
  When the "old" staff went out and
the "new" one came in at the Car-
dinal's a n n u a 1 changeover last
month, its retiring editor, Karl E.
Meyer, recalled the paper's editorial
campaigns of the past year.
  "Our paramount editorial theme,"
he wrote, "was that the aim of edu-
cation is to produce critical think-
ing. It stressed the importance of
having an opinion-and knowing
MAY, 1950
how to defend it. It asked that the
University inculcate a 'passion for
change' in the student body." That
was liberalism all right, and the
record supports the claim.
  These were the crusades as Meyer
sees them:
  "e A continuing attack on short-
sighted legislators for the Univer-
sity's inadequate budget. We high-
lio-hfiar fhi-_ nmpn~iom xv,;+b - a
call to show how legislators voted on
University measures.
   "t A  campaign for a realistic
anti-discrimination p r o g r a m. We
helped bring about faculty adoption
of a hard-hitting program on hous--
ing as well as the elimination of
Dean Fayette Elwell's job-file which
included commerce student's religion
and ancestry.
  "e A campaign against secrecy in
government, a campaign w h 1 c h
helped bring about a reconsidera-
tion of the Board of Regent's closed-
door policy.
"e An attack against the sham of
Dorm-Greek student politics a n d
anemic student government. Now,
political parties are pushing their
platforms more than ever before,
and student government is awaken-
ing to the real interests of the stu-
  "0 A campaign to raise the stu-
dents' economic s t a t u s through
scholarship programs and higher
wages in part-time jobs. We argued
that if Wisconsin becomes only a
rich-man's school, it will no longer
be a democratic state university.
  "e A plea for increased student
voice in University policy-making.
vv e neiped bring about the formation
of a student-faculty policy commit-
   Cardinal crusades have had an in-
 fluential bite throughout the news-
 paper's 58-year history. It was even
 born of a crusade which its first
 editor, W. W. Young, '92, formu-
 lated into the plaform that "We be-
 lieve the University is in need of
 a daily paper, and to do without it
 longer would be an irreparable in-
 jury." Young quickly set his paper
 to campaigning for a new library
 and new courses.
 In later years other editors made
 their own news with even more
 dramatic campaigns. Their papers
 h a v e fought faculty censorship,
 fought attempts to fire professors
 for their political and religious
 views, fought "snooping" tactics of
 the' dean of men and women, com-
 pulsory ROTC, dirty campus poli-
 cics, and o u t w o r n educational
 Today the Daily Cardinal is fresh
 in the hands of Jack Zeldes, a
 Galesburg, Ill., sophomore who ser-
ved during the past year as the
paper's associated editor. A b o u t
Chapter 59 in the Cardinal's history
everything remains to be said.
23rd Frankenburger
   ... an oration
  A PEOPLE of the Spirit, an ora-
tion by a Madison L&S junior, Ells-
worth Kalas, won the 23rd annual
Frankenburger contest held on cam-
pus last month. As winner, Kalas
received a cash prize of, $100 pro-
vided by the Wisconsin Alumni As-
sociation and the right to represent
the University of Wisconsin in the
Northern Oratorical League Contest.
  The Frankenburger contests orig-
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B. Frankenburger was a popular
professor of rhetoric and oratory
on the campus. It has borne his
name for 23 years under the spon-
sorship of the Alumni Association.
  Judges we r e Chairman A. T.
Weaver and Profs. Gladys Borchers
and Henry Ewbank of the depart-
ment of speech. The three other con-
testants were Charles Burch, Mil-
waukee, and his Limitations that
Trammel Inquiry; Robert Miller,
Janesville, with Rotten Potatoes and
Eggs; and Daniel Waselchuk, Pound,
speaking on The Education of Pro-
fessional Students for Citizenship.
Students Strike Uranium
  FOUR GEOLOGY students last
summer found ore in central Canada
which contains about $6,000 worth
of uranium per ton, but they didn't
publicize their feat until early this
spring because they thought publi-
city might be detrimental to their
  The men, Robert and Hillis Ford,
Black River Falls, Roger Waller,
Taylor, and Richard Claus, Eau
Claire, have staked claims to about
700 acres.

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