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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 8 (May 1948)

Up and down the hill,   p. 4


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    STEREOTYPED OPINIONS PICTURE some alumni as pests
 whose voices rise to high heaven only when their -Alma Mater's
 athletes and coaches slip down the conference ladder. Others are cari-
 catured as spry old gentlemen who return to reminisce at class re-
 unions. Or as jolly fellows who occasionally get together to spin a
 few yarns, sing some college songs, enjoy a meal, and then depart with a
 revived-if not galvanized-spirit for "the old school."
   Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago is on
 record as saying something to the effect that alumni as individuals are
insignif-
 icant and in organizations are "positively dangerous" to higher
education.
 Henry Seidel Canby has declared that alumni alone are capable of holding
 together "a centrifugal America"--whatever that means.
   President Charles Cole of Amherst is willing to state that "the colleges
and
 universities of America must look to their eight million former students
for
 their very existence. With all the social, economic, political, and international
 factors that are working for greater control and greater regimentation,
I am
 convinced that alumni loyalty alone can preserve the freedom of American
 education."
   Gov. Earl Warren of California told an American Alumni Council convention
 last summer that "the nation is proud of its college alumni. It is
fortunate to
 have millions of them--more fortunate in this respect than any other nation.
 But it sorely needs their devotion and service. To them it must look for
leader-
-ship. It seems to me that the organized alumni of America ought to be able
to
determine whether our educational laboratories are turning out human prod-
ucts capable of meeting the practical requirements of the democratic system
to which we stand committed before the world."
   Out of this welter of opinion this much seems clear-that there is no sub-
 stitute for graduate support in attaining many of the objectives of higher
 education. To overlook the role which alumni, through intelligent and continuous
 support, play in lending strength to the institutional program is to ignore
one
 of the vital cogs in the machinery of higher education.
   Alumni these days are willing to do more thdn merely keep alive the "rah-
 rah" spirit of their college days. They are eager to promote the welfare
of their
 Alma Mater, to perpetuate friendships formed in campus life, and to support
 the cause of education generally.
   What Pres. E. B. Fred of the University of Wisconsin thinks on the matter
 will be found on page 3.
   The doings of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Club of Washington, D.
C.
 broke into Drew Pearson's famous Washington Merry-Go-Round column last
 month.
   To quote Mr. Pearson, it all happened like this:
     When benign Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge ('14) put on his
   dinner jacket for a Wisconsin University Alumni banquet in Washington
   recently, he didn't realize that before the evening was over he would
find
   himself in the middle of a hot political row over Gen. Douglas MacArthur
   that almost broke up the dishes.
     The fireworks started when toastmaster George Worthington ('10) presi-
   dent of Wisconsin's D. C. alumni chapter, suddenly veered from a nostalgic
   speech on his alma mater and began praising MacArthur. He extolled the
   brass-hatted presidential candidate as "that great, colorful American
we
   all love so much . .. that great champion of democracy, who has done such
   an outstanding job in the Pacific."
     Worthington had hardly finished when another Wisconsin alumnus in the
   rear of the banquet hall jumped up.
     "I offer a resolution that the Washington chapter of the Wisconsin
   Alumni association shall never again be used as a political platform for
any
   presidential candidate." he shouted.
   WHERE THERE'S A BADGER THERE'S HOPE might well have been the
 caption for this month's cover shot. The picture shows Trans World Airline
 Hostess Elanor Krueger, x'47, (left) as she unloaded film and radio comedian
 Bob Hope from a TWA Constellation at Hollywood after his command perform-
 ance before the King and Queen of England. Miss Krueger's home is at 3035
 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. (Sorry, Alumni Records Office files do not
 include phone numbers). Elanor rates the cover of the May Alumnus for two
 rejasons: first, because she posed for this picture with none other than
the
 Pepsodent Kid; second, and more important, because she represents the great
 mass of young University of Wisconsin alumni who are not yet particularly
 famous or outstanding but who are plugging away at solid jobs all over the
 world in the best traditions of their Alma Mater.
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