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Matthias, F. T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 33, Number V (February 1929)

Campus notes,   pp. 166-167


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The WISCONSIN ENGINEER
Volume 33, No. 5
ENGINEERING PROFESSORS TO
   ATTEND WORLD CONGRESS
   Four university men have been
named to cooperate with the Ameri-
caln committee of the World Engineer-
ing congress, of which President elect
Herbert Hoover is honorary chairman.
The four who will endeavor to stim-
ulate interest of local engineers in the
Tokio convention of the organizatioA
next fall are Profs. G. L. Larson, D.
W. Mead, E. F. Bean and J. T. Rood.
A LPHA TAU SIGMA ELECTS FOUR
  Initiation of members into Alpha
Tau   Sigma, honorary   engineering
journalism  fraternity, was held on
Tuesday, Jan. 22, at which time the
following four were admitted to mem-
bership: Robert V. Brown, m'29; Jack
Lacher, ch'30; Sylvester K. Guth, e'30;
and Rezin S. Plotz, c'30.
            LIVE WIRE
  "Hello son, what's the matter,"
said the electrical engineer to his small
son who was showing signs of distress.
  "Well, Daddy," said the boy, "you
see I picked up a little bug and one
end of it wasn't insulated."
     NIGHTMARE OR WHAT
           HAVE YOU?
  The big day was one. The wonder-
ful gigantic bridge connecting two of
the country's cities was being formally
opened. At the height of the celebra-
tion, when thousands of people had
thronged onto the bridge, the center
span-with a crash to be heard for
miles-fell into the river, a twisted
mass of girders and human bodies.
  The frenzied engineer standing at
the river's bank, madly beat his chest
with his slide rule and cried with
great anguish:
  "Ah me, ah me! Damn that decimal
point; I knew it was in the wrong
place!"
    GRADS GO OUT OF STATE
  Some statistics prepared by Dean
Millar on last year's graduates show
that two out of every three graduating
mechanicals go outside of this state
for their jobs while the remaining one
of the three stays in Wisconsin. The
graduating chemicals split up in the
same proprotions. The civils reverse
the order, however, two out of three
remaining in the state and one of the
three going outside. The electricals
split up half-and-half.
  This is the first time statistics of this
sort have been prepared and it is not
known whether the distribution is
normal or abnormal. They at least
show that in last June, Wisconsin
presented a better field for civil engi-
neers than for mechanicals or chem-
icals.
CASE GIVES TALK ON AVIATION
  Clinton D. Case, m'29, who is a
mechanical engineer of some flying
ability entertained the members of
A. S. M. E. at a meeting on Jan. 15.
"Clint" has spent a major part of his
vacations with the U. S. Navy and
through this means has acquired a
knowledge of flying that few of us
have. His stories of incidents happen-
ing to himself and to others served to
make this meeting of A. S. M. E. one
of the most interesting of those held
thus far this season.
  The practice of securing members of
the student body to entertain is a
commendable one and when a meet-
ing is thus planned, it becomes inter-
esting because of the local color lent
by a fellow student speaker.
           AN OLD ONE
  Emmy: "How do you suppose Noah
could see during all the flood and
darkness?"
  Lab: "He probably had arc lights
aboard."
   A. S. C. E. ELECTS OFFICERS
   John Dahlman was elected president
of A. S. C. E. at the regular meeting
held Jan. 10, 1929. The other officers
elected were Wesley Bliffert, Vice-
President; S. Duncan Bailles, Secre-
tary-Treasurer; and Alfred Wickes-
berg, Publicity Director.
  A. S. C. E. has been very lively in
sponsoring activities. The first of a
series of inspection trips, conducted
by A. S. C. E., was made to the Forest
Products Laboratory. Other places that
will be visited are the new Nine
Springs sewage disposal plant, Madi-
son Pumping Station, and the Burgess
Battery Company.
  A movie showing how the world's
iargest tunnel was driven was given
in the auditorium on Jan. 22 and
drew a large crowd.
  These inspection trips and movies
are open to all students.
         OH WHAT COAL
  A former shoe ad salesman now
selling coal was giving his sales talk
to a prospect: "There's no ash in this
coal. Not a bit of sulphur or dirt.
It's a wonderful coal."
  "How many B. T. U.'s are there in
it," asked the prospect.
  "Not a damn one!"
ENGINEERING SOCIETY OF WIS-
CONSIN MEETS FEB. 21 AND 22
  The annual convention of the Engi-
neering Society of Wisconsin will be
held in the Engineering auditorium on
February 21 and 22. The twenty-
second falls on Washington's birthday
this year, so the notice reads, and
"Rube" Markwardt of the Forest
Products Laboratory has agreed to
furnish a cherry tree to be chopped
down by anyone present who cannot
tell a lie. The slogan is, "Bring your
ewn hatchet."
  The program is as follows:
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