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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 60, Number 10 (Feb. 1959)

Compendium,   p. 6


Page 6


"Wait Until Next
Year" for Full
Budget Request
  The University may have to wait un-
til 1960   before its operations are
brought completely up to the level an-
ticipated by the 1959-61 biennial bud-
get request now being considered by
Governor Gaylord Nelson.
   Gov. Nelson told administrators in
early January that he would try to keep
all state departments operating as near
the current level as possible, until a
special session of the Legislature next
fall can provide for increasing state
revenues.
  The Governor, however, indicated
sympathy for virtually every objective
of the University's proposed budget,
which seeks $55.7 million' in state ap-
propriations for the biennium, an in-
crease of $13.7 million over present
two-year spending. He was particularly
impressed with the urgent need for
faculty -salary improvement (the Uni-
versity seeks a 22 per cent increase over
two years). In fact, it seemed clear that
Gov. Nelson would recommend an im-
mediate five per cent merit increase in
salaries, and possibly a general five per
cent adjustment as well.
  The Governor indicated he would
fight- for higher educational expendi-
tures next year. But he warned that
their extent would depend on public
willingness to accept higher taxes.
  President Conrad Elvefijem acknowl-
edged that the Governor's approach
was "very fair." On the other hand, he
said, 'he felt obligated to 'fight for the
full salary increases.
   "The problem is whether a promise
of a future salary increase will be
enough to hold our teachers," the Presi-
dent said. He noted that lack of salary
increases now will hurt not for just one
year, but for 25 years.
   The Governor also indicated a spe-
cial interest in increasing University
funds devoted to research in social
sciences 'and the humanities.
   In his discussions with University ad-
ministrators, 'the Governor was not
specific as to figures. His dollar and
cents recommendations were to come in
his budget message to the Legislature
in late January.
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compendium
   About 800 midyear graduates were honored at a convocation on January 10
and heard Conrad A. Elvehjem's first charge to a UW graduating class as presi-
dent. Presiding was Gilbert Blackmun, senior class president.
                                     ,
   The University Athletic Board has adopted a policy that Wisconsin teams
will no longer play at schools where 'team members are segregated or discrimi-
nated against. The decision followed a recent basketball trip to Houston,
where
Negro members of the squad were sent to a separate hotd. Both Student Senate
and Daily Cardinal had campaigned for such a move. The policy states 'that
"wherever a Wisconsin team plays another institution in any athletic
event, the
members of the team are to be permitted to travel together, lodge together
and
dine together, and play together as a team, without discrimination as to
any
members of the team resulting from a policy of the institution, or state
laws,
customs or practices
                                     *
  The Atomic Energy Commission provided the University with its major gift
on Christmas eve: a $150,000 grant for a nuclear reactor for education in
the
peaceful use 'of atomic energy.
  The Universi.ty band, conducted by Prof. Raymond F. Dvorak, played 14
concerts in six days between semesters.
                                     *
  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Expansion Committee of the Re-
gents announced plans to purchase the Milwaukee-Downer seminary property
(eight acres) which adjoins the UW-M campus. The transfer, however, is not
apt to be completed for several years, since the seminary must locate at
a new
site. This announcement, and approval of two more UW-M science buildings
costing a total of $3,850,000, came at a Regent meeting on the UW-M campus,
where the Regents were "picketed" 'by a group of demonstrating
UW-M stu-
dents who called for acceleration of expansion plans.
  A $63,300 National Science Foundation grant will enable the University
to
conduct a summer institute for teachers of high school biology with at least
three years of experience.
                                     ,
  Nine oil paintings by masters of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were
pre-
sented to the University by Marc B. Rojtman, Milwaukee. They are valued at
around $100,000.
                                     ,
  The first permanent professorship in the University's new Institute for
Re-
search in the Humanities 'has been filled by Prof. Marshall Clagett, nationally
known scholar in the history of science and a Wisconsin faculty member since
1947.
  Affidavit and loyalty oath provisions in the National Defense Education
Act
are opposed by both administration and faculty at the University. The University
has applied for money from the federal government to support its student
loan
funds, which are at a low point, and has suggested a change in the law, as
has
the American Association of University Professors.
  The Wisconsin Hoofers, encouraged by frigid blasts off Lake Mendota, are
pulling Winter Week out of a hibernation of several years, and have scheduled
this traditional campus event for February 9-14.
                                      Wisconsin Alumnus, February, 1959


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