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Binning, Jack (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 58, Number 1 (October 1953)

The decision is yours,   p. 15


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The Decision Is Yours
   With the permission of the upperclassmen, I should like to direct
this editorial to the incoming freshmen.
   In the past month you freshmen have been adjusting yourselves
to this new experience of "college life". The stabilizing influence
of
home is gone-you are on your own. In this helter-skelter campus
life, you feel as though you are being run over much as an insect
on the steps of Bascom, not knowing which way to turn to avoid
trampling feet. It is time for you to stop and ponder-"Why am I in
college?-Where am I headed?-Where do I fit in?"
   Will you become a part of the campus infestation of the brightly
colored, gaudy, Social Butterfly? The typical specimen is a gay,
carefree fellow with a bravado attitude and a distinct disdain for
anything academic. He abhors professors and merely tolerates in-
structors. He avoids classes as a plague. He is usually a parasitic
demon relying completely upon his fellow insect, the Bookworm, for
his assignments. Like most insects, he is attracted by glittering lights,
only to fall mortally wounded by the intense heat-realizing too late
that the dean bases probation and dismissal from college on the grade
report, not the date book.
   At the other end of the line are those, commonly referred to as
'Bookworms." They are the sallow-complexioned, hollow-eyed physi-
cal specimens that leave their rooms only long enough to attend class
or to replenish their supply of No-Doze. They dream of but two
things-a three-point and a $600 per month job. These creatures are
in as bad a state of delirium as their companion parasites, the Social
Butterflies. These Bookworms have neglected to realize that per-
sonality development, too, is part of a college education.
   Now would it be presumptuous to assume that neither of these
species of college student represents the solution? Perhaps we can
combine the two and produce a far superior cross-a good sound atti-
tude toward academic pursuits, tempered with just the right amount
of social diversion and the whole interspersed with a few extra-
curricular activities.
   The decision is yours.
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