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Niles, Donald E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 48, Number 3 (November 1943)

Niles, Don
Introduction to the issue,   pp. 2-3

Page 2

             THE ISSUE __
  Here comes the third issue of our 48th year of publi-
cation. As far as we have been able to check, this is the
first time in those 48 years that we have put out ten issues
in a volume. When first started, the Engineer consisted of
four issues a year, book size, of tremendous thickness.
All, incidentally, written by the faculty.
  In the last few years, each issue was dedicated to one
or the other of the five engineering departments. This
time, we are covering all in one issue, and in addition, the
department of agricultural engineering, and the applica-
tion of engineering to military purposes. A new feature
in these department studies is to soft pedal the depart-
ment itself, and crescendo the discussion of the job the
engineer does.
  Agricultural engineering is covered by a senior ag. me-
chanical-Hobart Hagen, Hob for short. Hob is a mar-
ried man and has received his degree in agriculture. Now
he's struggling valiantly to finish up his engineering.
When he is through he will have somewhat better than
200 credits. It seems that his engineering credits are elec-
tives toward an ag. degree and ag. credits are electives
toward his engineering degree. Therefore, all other elec-
tives including 12 credits of R.O.T.C. don't count. Inci-
dentally, he finished his R.O.T.C. and is now a shavetail.
  Then we have the chemical engineering department.
Our new business manager, Don Caldwell, ran that one
out. A note to those of you who will be approached by
me with a gleam in my eye. When asked to write eight
or nine hundred words for the next issue, Don moaned,
"My gosh, it'll take me a month to write that much."
Three days later he called up and said, "Hey, Niles, how
much did you say to write? I've already got 1300 words
and I've just finished the introduction!" That from a
business manager-of course, you know what a business
manager is, don't you?-just a purse string with !egs.
  The civils were run down (oops! I mean out) by a
junior V-12-Fred Engler. Fred has done a bit of writ-
ing before for us, in fact, one article about Isaac Newton
was reprinted in SCIENCE DIGEST. There was just no
holding the boy down after that. He's the fellow who
talked the staff into holding a picnic at Vilas Park last
summer because his current heart throb was life-guard
there. The only catch is that only three of us went swim-
mning-the rest of the staff hung around the life-guard
  Russ Johnson shocked the electricals. Being a senior in
'chat marvelous organization, he was well-equipped for the
job, having three and a half years of frustration behind
him. It was a devil of a time catching up with him, but
the article finally nestled happily in our mailbox.
  The mechanicals were raked over the coals by Bill
Mueller. Bill's that short little twerp who's always trying
to get you to join the M.E.S.W. If he had his way, the
mining and mets would be allowed to join. Yes, even
some chemicals! An extraordinary feature of this article
is that it was turned in on time.
  C. Gordon Benson, that long drink of water with a beer
mug's shape, dug the dirt for the mining and mets. You'd
never mistake Benson, when you walk up to him, he looks
down with a benevolent sneer and says, "Hello"-isn't
that unusual? Read the article, it's just like the guy.
  The additional write-up, that of the military engineers,
is by P.F.C. Karl Wegener, of the Corps of Engineers.
Karl was a sergeant on active duty all last summer, ex-
pecting to be shipped across any day, and what happens
-he's in with the whole bunch of junior R.O.T.C.'s sent
back to get some more education. "This is a fine wel-
come," he says when asked to write.
  The second edition of our "Prof's in Who's Who in
Engineering" appears this month, this time under the
direction of Harold May. Harold, affectionately termed
"Stinky," is the lesser of the two evils working under Pro-
fessor Volk in the library. The big guy is George
Zuelke who was going to write an article on pipe lines
but then had to put it off for a month. (Ha, now you're
stuck, George.)
  Two Eta Kappa Nu initiation articles are presented also.
It seems Johnny Buxbaum threatened the initiates with
the fate of having their articles printed in the Engineer if
they didn't behave. This is the payoff.
  Next month, unless I'm slaughtered by one of my
friends, we will present our feature writers, the guys who
grind out stuff every month. Like Arnold Ericsen who is
looking for an alumnus who is a bootlegger, tsk, tsk.
  Watch for the February issue, it's gonna be something!
                                 -DON NILES

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