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Lochner, Louis P. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 12, Number 3 (Dec. 1910)

Richardson, W. D.
The 1911 football season,   pp. 118-120


Page 119


THE UNIVERSITY IN THE 50s.
tablished  in  the  basement   of
the South hall, where a student
could get good board, roast beef,
roast turkey   and  their acceso-
ries, eating at the same table
with the professors, at $25.00 for
thirteen weeks' board. Our other
expenses were on a like economi-
cal scale. The professors of the
several languages taught sat at
the heads of the tables. A rule
was adopted that no language
should be used at any table ex-
cept the language taught by the
professor sitting at the head of
the table. It may well be imag-
ined that our conversation was
very limited and confined chiefly
to asking for the passing of some
article of food.
  In those early times the coeds
were not with us to bless and
brighten our days. On the other
hand they did not compete with
us in our studies and frequently
carry away with them the high-
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securely fastened a large, sage
looking goat. The professor cast
one look at the goat, then turn-
ing to the class said, "I perceive,
gentlemen, that you have a very
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bestow.
  The literary societies, the Ath-
enian and the Hesperian, were ac-
tive and full of vigor, each *vith
a chip on its shoulder ready and
eager to fight in wordy warfare
for supremacy.
  It is not to be supposed that
the grave and decorous students
of today ever indulged   in  any
pranks, such as enlivened the col-
lege days of long ago. On one oc-
casion the professor entering the
class room found the class very
demurely sitting in their seats,
and in his chair by the table was
correct appreciation of the teach-
er suitable for the class."   On
another occasion, about the mid-
night hour, was heard the violent
ringing of the college bell. On
examination, a cow was found in
the bell tower eating from a pail
of bran mash. The cow's head
was tied to the bell, so that every
time it took a bite of the mash it
rang the bell. As "bossy" was
hungry and the mash good, the
rings of the bell were frequent
and loud. It was a seven days'
wonder how the cow got up into
the bell tower, and it took all
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