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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 2 (Nov. 1910)

Progress of the University,   pp. [82]-88

Page 86

  The teams for the intercollegiate de-
bates with the University of Iowa and
the University of Nebraska to be held
Dee. 2, have been elected as follows:
Andrew T. Weaver, Pewaukee; Howard
T. Lewis, Madison; Hal R. Martin, Law
'11, Madison, and Frank Daley, p11,
Madison, to debate against Iowa at
Madison; Harry Meissner, '12, Milwau-
kee; Raymond Bell, '12, Madison; Will-
iam  Spohn, '11, Janesville, and John
Childs, '11, Eau Claire, to debate against
the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
The subject to be debated is: "Resolved,
that the movement of organized labor to
secure the 'closed shop' should receive
the support of public opinion."    The
team which will debate with Iowa univer-
sity will defend the affirmative side of
the question, while the team that meets
Nebraska will uphold the negative side.
Prof. R. L. Lyman will coach the affirma-
tive team and Carl N. Hill, '09, the nega-
   That graduates of the high schools
 who enter colleges are extremely ignor-
 ant of the location of important cities,
 mountains, rivers, etc., is shown by the
 results of recent tests given to freshmen.
   Of a class of 162 who were examined
 in the simplest geography, one-fourth
 failed, one-fourth made a poor showing,
 one-third did fairly well, and but one-
 sixth made a satisfactory showing. Only
 two displayed an unusual knowledge.
   A surprising ignorance of the location
 of prominent cities in the United States
 was discovered. The pupils were asked
 to name the state in which the cities of
 Richmond, Mobile, Memphis, Butte, Syra-
 cuse, Nashville, Spokane, Atlanta, Key
 West and Scranton were located. Many
 could name but a few while the number
 who could name all was very small.
  The greatest ignorance was shown with
respect to the location of mountains. A
considerable number of students could
not locate a single one of the five moun-
tains, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Himalaya,
Sierra  Nevada, Mt. McKinley, while
nearly half missed two or three out of
the five.'
  Theta Sigma Phi, an honorary journal-
istic sorority, is to enter the university
in the near future. The charter member-
ship will include Aimee Zillmer, Frances
Shattuck, Helen Connor, Elsie Bullard,
Ada   Hopkins, Alma    Slater, Herriett
Maxon, Florence    Lundquist, Florence
Two and Lydia Gross.
   Reorganization of the student confer-
ence committee of the University of
Wisconsin, in an effort to eliminate the
unwieldy personnel of the body, was af-
fected recently. The committee, which
serves as an arbitrary medium between
students and faculty, always has been an
effective body but has recently been open
to criticism on account of the method of
determining the members.
   The members of the committee, under
 the new arrangement, will be elected
 from each of the classes according to col-
 leges and from the following organiza-
 tions and student publications: Y. M. C.
 A., Union, International club, Interfra-
 ternity, council, Athletic board, Daily
 Cardinal staff, Sphinx, Badger, Wisconsin
 Magazine and the Athenae, Hesperia,
 Agricultural and Engineers' clubs.
   Over 300 graduates and former stu-
 dents of the college of agriculture met
 on Thursday, Sepetmber 15, at the State
 Fair at Milwaukee, and held a rousing
 informal reunion. All were heartily in

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