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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 86, Number 2 (Jan. 1985)

Letters,   p. 6

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         April 9, 1985
 Program includes:
 * Morning Sessions with
   prominent UW-Madison
 " Luncheon in Great Hall,
   Memorial Union
 " University Chamber
   Orchestra in performance at
   Memorial Union Theater
 " Afternoon Tours/
 Previous attendees will receive an
 invitation to this celebration in
 early March with full details and
 reservation information. Others
 may call or write the Wisconsin
 Alumni Association, 650 N. Lake
 St., Madison 53706, Phone: (608)
Credit Due
We were dismayed and disappointed by an obvi-
ous oversight in your news item on basketball in
the November issue. In mentioning senior mem-
bers of the squad, you omitted recognition of
Jack Hippen, a crowd favorite and sincere stu-
dent athlete.
   While not performing in a starting role, he is
always first off the bench to congratulate team
members, spark enthusiasm, or urge on his fel-
low Badgers. In failing to mention him in this, his
senior year, you do him and other supporting-
role athletes a great disservice. Jack Hippen is a
credit to the University and he deserves your rec-
ognition and perhaps your apologies.
ARLENE (Posekany '69) and ROMAINE
We're happy to offer both. While the story had to
do with the senior/junior nucleus around which
Coach Steve Yoder plans his starting five, we
agree that the starters don't function in a
vacuum. -Ed.
Tuition and Access
In a letter in your September issue, a high-
ranking faculty member (Gerald Marwell, Soc.)
categorically concludes that tuition can be sub-
stantially increased, since the present system
subsidizes the educational costs of "rich and
well-to-do parents." No doubt this thinking will
come as a real surprise to parents in the middle-
class category-the families of most of the
students-whose incomes have not gyrated
much above the median level if at all. Regarding
parents' ability to support students, nothing is
said about the sizable bank and federal loans
taken by them, federal loans to the students, the
$161 million that the UW System received in
1982- 83 for need-based aid to students (Page 19
of that same issue), and the continued tough lot
of those working students who are largely on
their own.
    For a decade and a half, parents have been
whipsawed by unprecedented escalation of all
costs pitted against lagging compensation. The
tax collector has also been a drag. Moderate in-
creases in compensation were largely nullified by
bracket creep in tax rates. The recent $1000 per-
sonal federal tax exemption, as parents with
growing teenagers well know, hardly pays for the
three-tier snacks they take upstairs at night, to
say nothing of $35 shoes and $25 jeans.
   Professor Marwell wants to raise tuition suf-
ficiently to make salaries adequate to assure con-
tinuation of quality instruction. This certainly
should be done, as there is no free lunch in the
present educational labor market. A sensible
program would be to move present salaries to
fully competitive levels, and to provide for future
automatic adjustments for inflation, which is
sure to continue at some level.
   But the professor wants more. He would set
tuition at a level that would, at least in part, rep-
resent a redistribution of income. This would be
done by including an additional amount above
essential costs to provide larger handouts to the
poor. He contends that parents can afford this.
Meritorious as the idea may sound, it has no
place in a system that has long striven to keep
quality education affordable for the largest gross
number of students.
Falls Church, Va.
On November 1, UW System President Robert
O'Neil announced his proposed budget for the
1985-87 biennium. It would probably necessitate
a tuition raise across the board. For example, esti-
mates are that resident undergraduates would pay
an additional $90-$100 the first year of the bien-
nium and an additional $150 the second. - Ed.
Dear Old International Club
I enjoyed the excellent article on foreign stu-
dents by Christine Hacskaylo in the September
issue, but she says not a word about the dear old
International Club of which I was a member in
1913-1915. We had both German and French
members and the war was coming on, you re-
member. Exciting! As I recall, we took no more
than one in five of Americans and 80 percent of
foreign students-all countries. It was a wonder-
ful organization, one of my most vivid and mem-
orable of my Wisconsin memories. Don't tell me
it has disappeared. We even have an interna-
tional club in our local Washburn University.
The Menniger Foundation
The Wisconsin International Club was founded in
1903 and was one of only eight such organizations
in the country at the time. It remained a going con-
cern for another sixty years but became entangled
in the anti-establishment brouhaha of the late '60s
and early '70s, when it was finally disbanded.
There was a brief, unsuccessful attempt to revive it
between 1977-1980. -Ed.

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