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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 75, Number 1 (Oct. 1973)

The University,   pp. 12-16 ff.

Page 12

  "The dorm patrol is something that
would have been impossible a few
years ago with student attitudes toward
the police what they were," says
Police Capt. Robert Hartwig. He adds
that the foot patrol will also act as
a deterrent to rape and other crimes.
  Thefts, car-bike accidents, obscene
phone calls, exhibitionists, and rapes
are the major concerns confronting
campus police, says Detective Karen
O'Donahue, "and P & S puts a lot
of emphasis on instructing students in
self-defense and crime prevention."
Police-Student Detente
  Police-student relations on the cam-
pus have come a long way since
rock-throwing protests and heated
street confrontations of a few years
ago. Waves and hellos have replaced
the jeers of "pig" and "get off
campus," and patrolmen stop on their
beats to meet students and
exchange views.
  Police Chief Ralph E. Hanson of
the campus Protection and Security
Department, attributes the change to
"a reorientation of student values.
The rising crime rate-especially the
high number of assaults and thefts-
has increased student concern for
their personal safety and that of their
property," Hanson said. "Students
have turned to the police to help
eradicate these problems and get
their stolen property back."
   The end of the war, the 18-year-old
vote, and economic pressures that
impress students with the realities of
fierce job competition and the need for
adequate educational preparation are
other factors influential in the
change, Hanson maintains.
   Plain-clothes officers now walk a
regular beat around the dorms,
Bascom Hill, and the State St. campus
area in an effort to decrease thefts
of bikes, stereos, and other valuables.
($27,445 worth of property was
reported stolen on campus last year.)
Cultural Close-Out
  Early in October the campus admin-
istration got out a hurried report
stressing that its budget for programs
and financial aids to ethnic minorities
was bigger and better than ever:
up $200,000 from last year's, to allow
for anticipated expenditures of
$3,279,492. But this news didn't
appear to oil any troubled waters,
not since the September 17 closing
of the Afro-American and Native
American Culture centers.
  The two lost University support
as the result of a Board of Regent
decision that campuses operate only
multi-cultural programs, and from
late summer-when the word got out
  A campus policeman's day may in-
clude transporting a student injured
in a car-bike collision to UW Hospitals'
emergency room; straightening out
a parking lot crash; stopping a car
with suspicious or expired plates;
warning a careless driver; and finding
a lost child in the Eagle Heights
graduate housing area.
  "Students may not love the police,"
Chief Hanson said, "but now they
realize they can use our services and
count on us for help."
                      -Mary Nohl
that the axe would fall-the admin-
istration has been on the receiving
end of verbal blows from many sides.
Heading the offense was Kwame
Salter, the articulate, waspish director
of the Afro-American Center (WA
January '73), with support from at
least a few hundred students who
held orderly protests during the early
days of classes, a dozen campus
religious leaders, the city council,
which wanted to arbitrate the case,
and even the State Legislature.
  Representing the University in the
lonely role of spokesman was Dean
of Students Paul Ginsberg, who for
the most part was forced to repeat
variations on his original theme that,
because of the regents' ruling, "the
University (cannot) continue to fund
those groups that define themselves
as culturally, or racially, or ethnically
or sexually unique."
   Ginsberg offered new assignments
to Salter and five staff members of
the Afro Center at equivalent salaries
totaling $60,000 through next June;
promised to hire three new staff
members to develop more programs
for minorities; and said that $10,000
had been set aside for added cultural
programming. Only one accepted
reassignment, with the remainder cut
from the UW payroll after they
failed to show at their new jobs.
  The Afro Center is located at 1120
West Johnson Street. It was created
in 1969 in the wake of campus
demonstrations and demands by black
students that the campus be more
responsive to their needs. Last year
it had a budget of $90,000.

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