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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

Lentz, Art
On Wisconsin in sports,   pp. 28-29


Page 28


scene long after and they enjoy many
more rights. You lack general knowledge
of the geography and customs of other
lands and your fear of Communism is
almost pathological. But these things are
balanced by the good impressions I have
gained: the U.S. always thinks in terms
of correcting its mistakes. The amount of
interest shown in foreigners is amazing
and hopeful for the future understand-
ing the world's peoples will have for
each other.
Father Roger J. Bekaert, Belgium:
  "American   students in    secondary
schools do not learn so much as our
European boys and girls, but they are
better prepared for life. I was struck by
the way they are taught to take part in
group discussions and how their indi-
vidual rights of free expression are care-
fully guarded. The behavior of American
youth in public places is much better
than I expected, and better indeed than
the average in many European countries."
Pieter Bloembergen, the Netherlands:
   "I thought Americans would be cold
and aloof; instead we have met with the
greatest kindness and cooperation from
everyone. My most vivid impression is
the broad attendance of youth in your
high schools. The absence of class dif-
ferences in the schools, the way the stu-
dents stand on their own feet and get
their lessons without overseeing, are also
remarkable. I do think you could im-
prove your educational system at both
ends, for the gifted and the below-aver-
age students. I was amazed at the num-
ber of students who have reading diffi-
culties. We have no such problem at
home."
Sundaram Krishnaratnam, India:
   "I found the real America in the one-
 room school. The relations between the
 teachers and students in these schools is
 more close and cordial than in the larger
 schools we visited. In my letters home
 I have been telling them that if we could
 build many one-room schools our illiter-
 acy problem would soon be licked.
 Another thing we must learn from you
 is the dignity of human labor. The
 moment our people get an education
 they get a little snobbish and look down
 on menial work."
 Maria Machado, Brazil:
   "It is much harder for teachers in
 Brazil to get enough equipment to do a
 good job. Another thing that is different
 is that we allow our students no choice
 of subjects. But I do think our exam-
         (continued on page 38)
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F IRST SEMESTER examinations
   have put an end to winter sports
   activity for Wisconsin intercolle-
giate varsity teams and not until the
first weekend of February will com-
petition be resumed.
  Here's a capsule review of action
to date:
  BASKETBALL: Wisconsin finished
its first semester schedule with   a
57-53 win at Butler, thus gaining a
7-6 victory edge in games played to
date. In the conference, Wisconsin
has a 2-3 mark, the two wins coming
over Illinois and Indiana, while losses
were inflicted   by  Iowa, Michigan
State, and   Michigan. Dick     Cable,
finishing out a four-year career, leads
  (From a Wisconsin State journal
colunmn by Henry McCormick, '26,
the Badgers in     scoring  with 281
points and now is the second best
scorer in   Wisconsin    history with
1,019 points. Competition for the
team resumed at Madison Feb. 5 with
Michigan State as the opponent.
  FENCING: Three victories in four
matches is the first seme~ter mark for
the varsity fencers. The Badgers split
with the Shorewood Fencing club but
hold wins over Iowa and Northwest-
ern. Jack Heider, co-captain, leads the
foils group with 9 wins against 3
defeats; Co-Captain   Charles Korxtier
with a 10-2 and Len Parmacek with
a 11-1 mark lead in the sabre event,
while, in the epee, Arnie Rich with
6-0, Eric Kindwall and        Malcolm
sports scribe who is also president
of the National "W" Club.)
     The fight over the type of college football television to be offered
this fall hasn't
been settled. The Big 10 and Pacific Coast Conferences, along with some other
allies,
have been a minority in their fight for regional television.
     However, the new National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (NCAA) television
com-
mittee knows that it must come up with a plan not too distasteful to the
powerful
minority schools or it will have nothing to sell.
     The Big 10 and the Pacific Coast Conferences will not bolt the NCAA,
but they
may abstain from taking part in any television program offered, and they
might set
up their own regional plan and leave disciplinary action to the NCAA.
     The NCAA originally was a rule-making body. It had charge of tournaments.
. .
     Any plan drafted, of course, must be submitted to NCAA member schools
for
a vote. Many of the NCAA members do not have football teams, but they have
a
vote.
     The greatest voting power is concentrated in the east, a section which
can
hardly be said to offer the most attractive football for television viewers.
     Problems are different with NCAA schools. Nine of the 10 Western Coa-
ference schools, and seven of the nine Pacific Coast Conference school are
state-
supported institutions.
     Their problems in the matter of public demand for television obviously
are
different from those of private schools.
     It boils down to this:
     The Big 10 definitely will not participate in any national television
plan sim-
 ilar to that of last fall. The Big 10 will do some compromising, but unless
the
 NCAA committee comes up with a satisfactory plan, the Big 10 will go ahead
with
 its own regional television plan and leave it up to the NCAA to take any
dis-
 ciplinary measures.
                                                       WISCONSIN ALUMNUS
The TV-Grid Debate


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