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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)

The state of the University: undergraduates ponder the future,   pp. 11-12


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The State of the University
Undergraduates Ponder the Future
    * Parade magazine asks Wisconsin students some questions.
UNDAY PAPER readers whose
    favorite publication includes the
    weekly feature section, Parade,
were faced New Year's Day with a
two-page layout of opinions by six
Wisconsin students.
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team a few weeks earlier had se-
lected three University men and
three co-eds, put them in a room
with moderating Prof. Robert C.
Pooley, chairman of the department
of Integrated Liberal Studies, and
asked them to "speak out about to-
day's society-and to give their
views on the kind of a world they
want to build in the future."
  "Whether or not you agree with
all of their views," reasoned Parade,
"they are worth studying because
they reveal what youth is thinking."
  The six students are Tom Engel-
hardt, 23, Wauwatosa senior and
former Student Board president (co-
author of "Student Board See-Saw,"
May, 1949, Wisconsin Alumnus);
Sylvia Fudzinski, 20, first year med-
ical student from West Allis picked
last year as the outstanding coed of
her class; James Christoph, 21,
Waukesha senior and chairman of
the Union's Forum committee; Janet
Williams, 20, senior in psychology-
from  Kenilworth, Ill., and sales
chief of the Badger yearbook; Karl
Meyer, 21, New York junior in eco-
The Family
  What about the family? In the
field of human behavior, will the
family continue to be the foundation
stone of our society?
  "The family will lose influence,"
predicted Miss Williams, "In the
past century the home has lost much
of its old position. I think this trend
will continue but I'm sorry to see it
because certainly every thing you
believe in is born and bred in the
family."
fine ideals on a number of occasions.
Yet usually we have side-tracked
them later."
  "No," said Miss Fudzinski.
"We've got to stop worrying over
whether England is socialistic or
Russia communistic and accept the
fact that we have to live in a world
of varying social, economic, and poli-
tical ideologies."
  "Well," said Meyer, skeptically. "I
just hope we don't make the same
mistake the ancient 'Greeks ,made.
nal; and Charm Bolles, 21, Janes-
ville psychology senior and head of
Eastern Region of Intercollegiate
Women Students.
Questions: On Government
  A good variety of opinions-some
skeptical, some optimistic--came in
answer to several pointed questions.
What about our government-for
instance. "What special advantage
of our form of government must we
g u a r d most carefully?" Parade
asked the six.
  "Civil rights," replied Miss Fud-
zinski. "And among civil rights the
most important is freedom      of
thought and speech. It seems now
that this is the one right being en-
dangered most often."
  "Fair representation," said Mr.
Engelhardt, a major in international
relations. "Our government is rep-
resentative, and I think it should be
preserved."
  "Checks and balances," believes
Mr. Christoph, a political science
major, "are vital to a successful
democracy. I think that these con-
trols now are threatened because
the government is getting bigger."
FEBRUARY, 1950
                                                           -i- araae.
WISCONSIN STUDENTS SPEAK UP: Tom Engelhardt, Sylvia Fudzinski, Janet
Williams, Prof. B. C. Pooley, James Christoph, Karl Meyer, Charm Bolles.
Education
  And in education, what should we
set as the goal for our schools in
the next 50 years?
  "All-around improvements," said
Miss Bolles, speaking for the entire
group. "Education is our key to to-
morrow. We need more schools,
better schools, improved  teacher
training, higher teacher pay and
better teaching. We need better cur-
ricula, more imaginative textbooks,
and a return to old-fashioned liberal
education."
World Affairs
  In world affairs, are we taking the
part we should in the leadership of
world organization?
  "No," said Christoph. "The US has
given lip service to a number of very
You can't practice democratic poli-
cies at home and undemocratic ones
abroad."
War in 50 Years?
  Finally, do you think we will have
war in the next 50 years?
  "Yes," Englehardt said. "Foreign
policy is a game of blind man's bluff,
but someday someone is going to go
toQ far and another major war will
be touched off."
  "Maybe," Miss Williams said. "A
lot depends on what happens in our
efforts to make world government
work."
  "No," said Meyer optimistically.
"At least there will be no war while
there still is hope. That's the strong-
est wall we now have against dis-
aster."
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