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McCormick, Bart E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 28, Number 2 (Dec. 1926)

Things in general,   pp. 56-58

Page 56

December, 1926
Things In, General
WVET WEATHER and threatening clouds failed to
    dampen the ardor of the Homecoming crowds that
gathered to witness the Wisconsin-Iowa game on No-
vember 13th. The great horseshoe stadium was com-
fortably filled and, of course, the game was a great satis-
faction to Homecoming rooters.
  The Capitol, University buildings' stores, residences,
fraternity and sorority houses, and the city as a whole
were decked in gala attire for the occasion., The big
mass meeting on Friday night was well'attended by a
wildly enthusiastic crowd that refused to allow former
defeats of the team to crush their spirit. The. bonfire on
the .lower campus was witnessed by what was perhaps
the largest crowd in years.: Congestion onState Street
stopped traffic for a considerable period of time during
the bonfire ceremonies. It is estimated ftat ten thou-
sand alumni '"'came back"' to renew acquaihtances, visit
old familiar -college haunts, and experience old associa-
tions.- All of which bespeaks splendid interest and loyal
support -of their" Alma Mater by alumni.' 7Wisconsin, is
always glad to welcome, her sons and daughters home.
JUDGE John C. (Ikey) Karel, Milwaukee, gridiron
star-of the 9o's, added his bit, and it was a big bit,
to the spirit of the "Homecoming."   At the Rotary
Club meeting on Thursday where George Little'and his
squad were guests, Ikey" presented a word picture of
early football at Wisconsin which kept the gathering in
an uproar and at the same time showed by contrast the
vast improvement in the game of today and the methods
of playing it at Wisconsin. The only feature of the
nineties that remains in nineteen twenty-six he pointed
out, is that peculiar and inspiring "Wisconsin Spirit"
which always characterized Wisconsin in defeat or vic-
tory and which today is stronger than ever before. On
Friday night at the great mass meeting he again gave a
practical demonstration of the fight and determination
that has made Wisconsin famous.
W    INTER COURSES in Agriculture for Farm Boys
     -1926-27"hasjust been issued by the College of
Agriculture. The short course was established in 1885
and since that time has been an important factor in the
agricultural development of the state.
THE WISCONSIN CLUB of Cleveland was all set
    to "get" the returns of the Wisconsin-Minnesota
game. This office wired the wave length of the Univer-
sity station, the radio was set, a group of loyal Wiscon-
sinites were on hand to cheer "Old Wisconsin" to vic-
tory, but-let M. D. Cooper, president of the Wisconsin
Club of Cleveland tell it: "I am  sorry to have to
report failure to pick up the broadcast of the Minnesota
game by radio at our alumni party in this city. This
was a joint party of the Syracuse and Wisconsin Alumni
Clubs looking forward to the Wisconsin-Syracuse bas-
ketball game which will be played here next January.
With bridge playing in the afternoon, a clam bake and
dancing in the evening, we had a plentiful good time
and were of course able to get the football scores on the
telephone from down town."
THE GENERAL Alumni Association held its regular
   meeting on Saturday morning, November 13th, in
the Pompeian Room of the Loraine Hotel. The at-
tendance while fairly good was not as large as might be
expected by a virile, thriving organization. Plans for
extending the influence of the Association by enlisting
the active support of a greater number of alumni were
discussed. President Chas. L. Byron of Chicago was un-
able to be present on account of the death of his father.
IT WAS reported in these columns that at a meeting
   of the Executive Committee of the Board of Direc-
 tors in September action was taken raising single life
 membership dues from $50.00 to $75.00 and family
 membership from $75.00 to $125.00, the same to be-
 come effective October first. At the meeting of the
 Board of.Directors on Saturday, November 13th, it was
 decided to make the new rates effective on January I,
 1 927. Life membership in the General Alumni Asso-
 ciation may therefore be purchased at the o1d rates up
 to January I, 1927. Life membership entitles the
 life member to the privileges of the association, in-
 cluding the Magazine.    Life membership dues are
 placed in an endowment fund by the treasurer of the
 Associajtion and the income is used for operating ex-
 penses. There. is some confusion between life member-
 ship in the General Alumni Association and contribu-
 tions to the Memorial Union. The two are entirely
 separate and independent of each other. Contributions
 to the Memorial Union are administered by the Memo-
 rial Union Board and will be used to build and equip
 the Memorial Union building.
 IN LAST MONTH'S issue it was stated that amend-
 / ments to the constitution, designating who may be-
 come members, defining active membership, and dele-
 gating power to the Board of Directors to fix dues, had
 been adopted by vote of the membership. A friend
 called our attention to the definition of active member-
 ship in the article. Like the appeal to the jury of a
 young lawyer who was attempting to collect damages
 from a railroad company for some porkers which had
 been killed by a train-"Just think of it, gentlemen,
 twenty-four slick, fat hogs, just twice the number in this
 jury box, killed, etc."-it says what it was not intended
 it should say. Active members are not "those who are
 in arrears for dues for not more than one year," but
 those who have paid their dues in advance or who pay
 during. the current year. Members who are in arrears
 for more than the current year will be dropped from
 membership according to the new policy. Moral-Pay
 your dues promptly.
THE "Hill" Class of 1889 is the first class to answer the
    call of the Alumni Association for new members with
 a hundred per cent enrollment. Fifty-nine '89ers are now
 enrolled in the Association and will receive the Alumni
 Magazine regularly. If all classes had the same record,
 the Association would have something like thirty-five
 or forty thousand members. Wow! Wouldn't that
 make a real Association? The hundred per cent '89ers
 is a result of the interest of Mrs. T. E. Brittingham, a
 member of the famous class, and a director of the Gen-
 eral Alumni Association.

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