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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

Madison memories,   pp. 34-38


Page 34


The Class of 1953
    (continued from page 19)
   After that, things began to look up.
Prom, with its theme of "Enchant-
ment," made a good profit for the first
time in years. Campus elections this
spring shaped up into a major political
battle, and even Military ball was a
financial success. The seniors of the
Class of 1953 seemed to have looked
around, got disgusted with "apathy"
and decided to have a good time for
the remainder of their college career.
Under their lead, other undergraduates
followed and the gloom of non-partic-
ipation in campus activities seems to
have lifted.
  How about the contributions of the
Class of 1953? A jokester might make
reference to last year's panty raid. But
the campus saw its mistake and, under
the leadership of Student board, more
than outdid itself in making financial
restitution for all the ruined and dam-
aged property.
  On the scholastic side, the Class of
1953 has its Rhodes scholar and its
share of Phi Beta Kappas. Seniors have
been instrumental in pushing a re-or-
ganization  of Student board, which
would change it to a student senate
with more power and prestige in under-
graduate affairs. One senior put through
a plan for a block cheering section at
football games.
  This year's senior council selected a
popular reading room in the new li-
brary as its class gift to the Univer-
sity. The Class will donate over $2000
towards the project. The council also
worked on a February convocation and
is planning a Centennial d a y th-s
month for all seniors.
  These events and programs of the
past and present are pleasantly recalled
by this year's graduating class. But
what of the future ?
  The. graduate of today must now
occupy his mind with making a living.
His thoughts have turned from whom
to date next Saturday evening to which
job interview to attend next Monday
morning.
   *Ma~io Meowo44-eSo
                                         ... from     the Alumnus files
   ONE YEAR AGO, MAY, 1952-Regents approve closed circuit television
system . . . Regents indicate University is "not in the market at the
present time"
for property south of University avenue . . . Panty-and-bra "riot"
on Langdon
Street by students captures state headlines   . Group of faculty members
and
students form "Stick-Your-Neck-Out" club ... Faculty approves 1960
deadline
for removal of discriminatory clauses from charters of campus fraternities
and
sororities . . .
   FIVE YEARS AGO, MAY, 1948-Ed Gibson becomes field secretary of
Wisconsin Alumni Association . . . New Association "Forty-niner"
membership
is inaugurated . . .
  TEN YEARS AGO, MAY, 1943-About 500 alumni come together for
Reunion Weekend May 28-29 . . . Regents create new post of "assistant
to the
president" . . . Langdon St. fraternities become "home" for
1,000 new ASTP
trainees . . . Work day results in tree transplanting at Arboretum . . .
  TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, MAY, 1928-Mothers' Weekend held on
campus . . . IF Council accepts deferred rushing plan . . . Chinese students
pro-
test Japanese intervention in China . . . College Comics Assn. breaks sole
reprint
contract with College Humor... Dean Scott Goodnight chosen as executive
director of the "Floating University" to leave New York Oct. 6
on an eight months
cruise around the world, with 55 leading U. S. faculty members, including
UW
Sociologist E. A. Ross, aboard . . .
  FIFTY YEARS AGO, MAY, 1903-Sigma Chi fraternity buys lot on west
side of Lake St. near Lake Mendota for $10,000 . . . Camera club takes trip
to
Devils Lake . . . UW baseball team first to ever play "baby act,"
says Alumni
magazine. At Champaign, the team protested long and strong, the game was
for-
feited. Said the reporter: "Of the college games this writer has seen
this spring,
only Chicago has played a clean, quiet game worthy of college men and gentle-
men.
34
CDR. CHARLES JOHN ALLEY, '40, flies a new
Marlin anti-submarine patrol bomber as ex-
ecutive officer of Patrol Squadron 44. He has
been a naval aviator since 1941. With his
wife, three sons, and a new daughter, he is
making his residence at Norfolk, Va.
   Employment seems plentiful. More
 firms than ever are sending representa-
 tives to the Madison campus to look for
 prospective employees. If Cardinal ads
 are any indication, there is a particularly
 great demand for the engineering grad-
 uate. Commerce seniors, too, seem to
 have their pick of positions, while the
 journalism school last semester reported
 that it had more jobs than it could fill.
   Of course, the male graduates of the
 Class of 1953-at least a good por-
 tion of them-will not be in the job
 market this spring. Many are going
 from R.O.T.C. into the armed forces as
 newly commissioned second lieutenants
 or ensigns. Others will be drafted while
 some will volunteer to get it, so to
 speak, "over with." Especially feeling
 the effects of the current manpower
 needs of the government are those grad-
 uates planning to go on into profes-
 sional work. An economics major, for
 example, reports that he must inter-
 rupt his education and serve his two
 years before he can return to law school.
 Male students in all phases of graduate
 work are facing the same possibility.
 The  senior  co-ed, benefiting  from
 this situation, finds her services more
 in demand than ever. Many are going
 into the field of education while others
 are setting their caps on future execu-
 tive positions in business and industry.
 Wherever the U.W. graduates of
 1953 will be next fall, the consensus
 is that they will be confident-confident
 in themselves, and  what the future
 holds. They feel that their four years
 at Wisconsin were well worth the time,
the effort, and the money.       N N
           WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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