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Hacker, Robert W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 53, Number 5 (February 1949)

R. R. J.
The way we see it,   p. 19

Page 19

What makes it tick? -  Students!
               The Waga
  How many engineering students at Wisconsin know
anything about their student publication, The Wisconsin
Engineer? Do they realize it is composed of an all-student
staff who write the stories, collect the jokes, take the pic-
tures, solicit the ads, take complete charge of circulation
and finances, and still operate in the black without finan-
cial help from the University? Sometimes that is quite
a job, and none of the fellows are professionals. Some
twenty-five regular engineering undergraduates do this,
not because of any remuneration, but because of the fun
they derive from their association with the other staff
members, because of the experience they obtain in read-
ing and writing technical articles, and because of the busi-
ness and personnel experience acquired on the business
  Perhaps YOU would be interested in working on this
magazine. Wait-don't run off saying "I'm no good at
English" or "I have twenty credits and not nearly enough
time alone for study". That may be what you feel at the
moment, but stop and read this short description of the
activities on the Wisconsin Engineer; decide in which you
are most interested and would receive the most experi-
ence, and then come up and talk to the editor, Bill Haas,
in room 352 M.E. building.
   The magazine staff is divided into two general classifica-
 tions, business and editorial. The business staff consists of
 the business manager, Bob St. Clair, an M&M senior; and
 his staff of an assistant business manager, an advertising
 manager, and a circulation manager. These men supervise
 the activities of the other men on the business staff whose
 duties range from paying and collecting bills, keeping
 books and accounts, soliciting and filing all national and
 local ads, maintaining the current subscription files as well
 as soliciting new subscriptions, and distributing the maga-
 zine every month to the various news stands and the post
 office. These activities afford excellent practical business
 experience, the application of which is not limited to work
 on publications alone. In fact, this is the type of experi-
 ence many companies desire in men seeking sales or per-
 sonnel jobs.
   The editorial staff is composed of men who collect and
 write the material for the regular departmental features
 such as the alumni, campus, science, and "humor" col-
 umns; and the regular staff writers who do the correspond-
 ence, reading, and writing required to prepare a good
We See It
article for the magazine. In these branches of the staff
there are a great variety of jobs to be done. Consider the
alumni and campus departments. The men in charge of
those columns make contact with the students and faculty
of the entire campus collecting their material, and in this
way obtain considerable experience in both personnel and
editorial work. The writer who keeps up-to-date on recent
developments in engineering for the science department
gets a very good background in modern technical accom-
plishments; and the joke editor has a riotous, and some-
times difficult, job collecting the multitude of good jokes
required each month.
  The staff writers who prepare the five or six articles
appearing in each issue have an unlimited choice of ideas
on which to write although items of current interest
among the student body of engineers are not always easy
to find. In fact, the staff is always very glad to receive
ideas presented by anyone for future stories. The actual
preparation of the material is then delegated to a staff
writer who proceeds to obtain information from as many
sources as possible (other publications, prominent indus-
trial or academic engineers, and other scientific person-
nel-whose acquaintance at a future time might, incidental-
ly, be beneficial to the embryo engineer). Not only does
the writer gain ability and notice for his technical writ-
ings, but he also broadens his own technical knowledge
and develops his professional capacity considerably more
than by a mere formal education. Of course there are
still the many jobs concerned directly with the actual pub-
lication of the magazine: story and advertising make-up,
proof reading, decisions regarding titles and captions, ar-
ranging for printing and photo-engraving, and the many
other odd jobs always concerned with the monthly prepa-
ration of a forty page magazine.
   What do you think? Doesn't this sound like quite an op-
 portunity for a fellow looking for chances to improve
 himself and his ability in his chosen profession? Outstand-
 ing technical ability is not always the sure road to suc-
 cess, and an outstanding extra-curricular activity like the
 Wisconsin Engineer is a definite asset on job application
 blanks. Read over this description of the staff, think about
 what you might like to do to fit in with its activities, and
 then come up to 352 M.E. We'll be glad to have you, and
 you do not have to be an expert; none of us are.
                                               R. R. J.

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