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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 50, Number 10 (July 1949)

The state of the University,   pp. 27-37


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THE STATE
UNDERGRADUATES
Opening the Gates
  THE UNIVERSITY of Wisconsin
faculty has voted to make it easier
for out-of-state students to attend
the University. Faculty members
voted to lower slightly the scholastic
admission  requirements for such
students.
  While Wisconsin students with
average grades always 'were ad-
mitted, only the top quarter of out-
of-state students were accepted as
new freshmen by the University last
year. The faculty voted to allow,
next year, the top 35 per cent of
out-of-state high school graduates
to attend Wisconsin.
  The faculty also lowered the bars
a trifle on transfers from out-of-
state colleges and universities. Last
year, a grade point average of 1.75
was required of all transfers into
Wisconsin freshman and sophomore
classes and a 2-point average, (B),
was required for transfers into Wis-
consin's junior and senior classes.
These were changed recently by
faculty action to allow freshmen
and sophomores at a 1.5 average
and juniors and seniors at a 1.75
average to attend Wisconsin.
Religion Counts
   MORE THAN      8,000 students at
 the University of Wisconsin actively
 participate in religious group activ-
 ities, according to a survey con-
 ducted by a student-actitiviasub-
 committee, part of a University
 committee engaged in evaluating
 studies.
   The number active in the 15 reli-
 gious groups is more than double
 the number who participate in in-
 tramural athletics, the next largest
 group.
   Students who participate in extra-
 curricular affairs generally attain
 better grades, with fewer hours of
 study, than those who do not partic-
 ipate in activities outside of the
 classrooms, the survey indicates.
   It also shows that student leaders
 are a year- and a half older, on the
 average, that a larger number of
 them are married, and that more of
 them earn part of the cost of their
 education with part-time jobs, than
 the students who stick strictly to
 classroom work.
   Members of the committee inter-
 viewed 45 student leaders, mainly
 campus organization presidents se-
 lected at random, as part of the sur-
 vey. To learn why some students do
 not participate in extra-curricular
 activities, 45 men and women, also
 selected at random from the stu-
 dent body, were interviewed.
 JULY, 1949
   OF          TH-E              L
   Student leaders were found to
spend about 20 hours a week study-
ing, to attain a "B" average. Non-
participants were found to spend
about 22 and a half hours per week
in study, but attained an average
somewhat lower than "B".
  The leading activities were reli-
gious groups, intramural athletics,
social fraternities, recreation, social
sororities, and intercollegiate ath-
letics.
  The student committee stated, in
its recommendations to the Univer-
sity  Student Life and    Interests
Committee, that it believed "extra
curricular activities should be an es-
sential part of the total educational
experience of every student at the
University." It went on to give 10
recommendations w h i c h included
educating the students as to the
values of activities, providing more
office space, more informal get-to-
gethers, conferences, and more stud-
ies of attitudes and values.
Early Election
  MAY MARKED, among other
things, the election of Francis A.
"Tony" Brewster, a Madison junior,
to the presidency of next year's
senior clasps-in an electoral pro-
cedure long sought but never before
realized.
   It was the idea of the class of
 1949's Prexy Paul Been, who was
 swept into office by dormites late
 last fall and inherited a flood of
 problems which had been     rising
 since the opening of the fall
semester.
  "It doesn't make sense," argued
Been, "to elect a class president
weeks after school has started. He
doesn't have enough time left in the
school year to even think about class
problems, much less get anything
done." Nonethtless Been got things
done-and the early election of next
year's prexy was one of them.
  Says Brewster, who endorsed the
idea: "Now we'll have time to or-
ganize and do something for the
mid-year grads."
  Also elected: Robert "Red" Wil-
son, vice president; James O'Connor,
treasurer.
  Colorful campaign sidelight was
the candidacy of "Honest Tom"
Englehardt, who ran on a platform
of Americanism, Coordination,
Health, and Motherhood and gleaned
"endorsements" from "the Amal-
gamated Reactionaries and Progres-
sives for Honest Tom, the Junk
Pickers and Hod Carriers for Hon-
est Tom, Cub Scout Pack 105, and
the W. F. Englehardt family." His
explanation for defeat: "The Engle-
hardt family withdrew its endorse-
ment."
fNIVERS.ITY
  Union Takes a Beating
    FACED WITH unexpected large
  financial burdens next year largely
  because of new state wage legisla-
  tion, the Union Council, governing
  board of the Memorial Union, in its
  spring budget-making session ap-
  proved drastic cuts in Union pro-
  gramming and services and some
  price increases in an effort to offset
  the new expenses.
    Knowing that thousands of stu-
  dents and other Union members
  would be affected, the Council set
  about answering the typical ques-
  tions, such as:
    What is this new financial burden
  that the Union faces?
    1. A recent measure enacted by
  the legislature shifts employee re-
  tirement costs from state funds to
  revolving funds like the Union, add-
  ing an expense of $40,000 to the
  Union budget, 8.4% of the civil
  service payroll.
    2. An estimated decrease in en-
  rollment will cause a new drop of
  $5,500 in Union fee income and
  $160,000 in dining volume.
    Why can't the Union, with many
  more students paying fees than in
  the early years, absorb, these new
  costs?
    The Union operating margin has
  been wiped out by the general in-
  flation which has cut the pre-war
  $5 student fee to about $2.50 in ac-
  tual value, by a drop of $26,000 in
  fees in the past year, and by state-
  enacted measures such as the 40-
  hour week and cost-of-living bo-
  nuses which increased Union wage
  costs by $75,000 last year. Last year
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costs. However, this year the Union
faces a situation similar to the one
faced by the university itself: with
an additional financial burden to be
absorbed it is no longer possible to
operate without curtailing services.
  Other businesses operate on the
basis of paying employee pension
costs-why can't the Union?
  Most businesses pay 1% of their
payrolls in employee benefits ("so-
cial security"). The new legislation
will require the Union to pay 8.4%
of its payroll in pension costs. The
rate is abnormally high because the
state retirement system is new. The
effect of the law is to require the
present generation of students to
pay for past service of employees,
in some cases when they were work-
ing for other state departments.
  The Union does not receive any
state funds. It must operate on a
self-sustaining basis and compete
with other restaurants, clubs, and
hotels.
  How could the Union be remod-
eled last year, if funds are so short?
   The remodelling was made pos-
sible by gifts of individuals for
permanent improvements of the Un-
ion and by a reserve for replace-
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