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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 47, Number 6 (March 1946)

There's an international set on campus,   p. 5


Page 5


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ao--International Set
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  D ESPITE enrollment restrictions,
       the University of Wisconsin has
       128 students registered who come
  from  outside the continental United
  States. Turbaned Indians, barefoot co-
  eds from Hawaii, Algerians, royalty
  from  Iran, and a regular delegation
  from Chinaall lend a cosmopolitan air
  to the campus.       -
    CHINA HAS the greatest represen-
  tation with 44, 18 of whom are-doing
  graduate work in agricultural econom-
  ics. Their training includes one semes-
  ter of formal classwork followed by a
...... semester- of-pr-actical work in -th field-
    So Chinaconscio     s the campus-
  that one entire week last October was
  set aside by the Memorial Union to
  promote better understanding of Chi-
  nese customs and culture. Centering
  around Chinese Independence Day, Oc-
  tober 10, China Week included an ad-
  dress by Dr. T. Z. Koo, Chinese govern-
  ment adviser to the Chinese delegation
  at the San Francisco conference, and
  a Chinese tea hour when students
  dressed as coolies served refreshments.
    One of the 44 :Chinese students is
  Mary Jo "Bottleneck" Soong, trim lit-
  tle relative of China's famous Soong
  sisters, who earned her nickname as a
  secretary in the Honolulu naval base
  through which all Seabee supplies were
  'channeled. She is' engaged in cancer
  research.
    A DOZEN STUDENTS from India
  are now   studying at Wisconsin on
  scholarships. The great m a j o r i t y of
  them are taking biochemistry, since
  Wisconsin is regarded as, one of the
  leading institutions in this particular
  field in the country.
  Two bearded tubaned-Sikhs ,-whose---
  religion forbids smoking, the use of al-
  cohol, and the cutting of hair, are
  among the group of Indians. They are
  Kesar Singh and Kartar S. Thind.
  Both wear long hair, twisted and mat-
  ted around their heads and tied up in
  colorful, five-yard-long turbans. Singh
  permits his ebony-black beaTd to grow
  also, braiding and parting it so that
  it does not 'fall full-length over his
  chest.
    Razik Shah, a Vaishya, and Sara-
  swatichandra Trivedi, a Brahmin, are
  defying all the caste laws of their na-
  tive land by rooming and eating to-
  gether. Shah frequently wears a dhoti,
  a garment of light white material.
  Trivedi is having trouble with Amer-
  ican slang.
    "You go down the street and meet a
  friend and you say 'Hi,"' he complains.
  "In India, when we say the word that
  sounds like that, it is because we have
  a pain in our stomach!"
    India's national women's badminton
  champion and top-flight tennis player,
  21-year-old Tara Deodhar, is another
  of the Indians. When she came to the
  campus from Poona, a city in south-
  west Bombay province, Miss Deodhar
  wore the traditional sari, the principal
  garment of Hindu women, a long piece
  of cloth worn wrapped around the
  waist and thrown over the left shoul-
                                                         oiaie journIui pIiJLUO
COLORFUL MEMBERS of the University of Wisconsin's foreign student colony
are
the three natives of India engaged above in fitting a turban to the pretty
head of
coed Peggy Bolger. Madison. They are (left to right) Razik Shah. Saraswatichandra
Trivedi, and Kesar Singh.
der. Now she has laid aside the dress
of her native India for collegiate
sweater-skirt-saddle shoes.
   TWELVE WISCONSINs t u d e n t s
 come from Hawaii. Very much in the
-tradition of Camp Randall's legendary
Mickey McGuire, '34, is Marney Carter,
a freshman from Honolulu. M a r n e y
hates shoes and wears them to classes
only because professors insist. In her
room she~s always barefoot.
   "In Hawaii young people seldom wear
 shoes," she says.
 SOUTH AMERICA is represented at
 Madison by Anneke Posthumus, 19-
 year-old Dutch girl whose home is in
 Buenos Aires, Argentina. Anneke, a
 language major, can remember grade-
 school days in Argentina when she was
 forced to hold the Nazi salute during
 long radio speeches broadcast by Hitler.
  DAD AND ALI Farmanf arma,
brothers who trace their ancestry back
to the former imperial Iranian dynasty,
are members of Wisconsin's foreign
student colony. Born in Teheran, the
two came 8000 miles to study at Mad-
ison. Dad, the younger, is a student of
agricultural engineering, while Ali, for-
mer president of the University Inter-
national Club, is a journalism StudInt.
  AMERICAN SATURDAY n i g h t s
baffle Gilbert E1-Kouby from Algiers;
  "Why does everyone think he must
rush out and do something Saturday
night?" he demands. "What is this Sat-
urday night ?"
  Algerians would be shocked if they
saw the garb Madison co-eds wear,
he says.
  "Those flat boots, those Scotch shirts,
those pants," he moans. "At the Uni-
versity of Algiers girls dress in pretty
dresses and high heels."


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