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

The secretary's page,   pp. 64-65


Byron, Chas. L.
The president's page,   p. 65


Page 65


THE WISCONSIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
A LUMNI, read the advertisements in this and every
    issue of the Alumni Magazine. Our advertisers are
helping to make the Magazine a success. They are
spending their money with us and it is our responsibility
to see to it that they not only get returns in good will
but also in dollars and cents. Besides, you will find the
ads interesting. If you haven't read them, do so now.
And'remember that 'in return for their support, our
advertisers have a right to expect your patronage.
Don't forget them. When you buy, direct or by mail,
please mention the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
A  MONG other plans of the General Alumni office for
    keeping alumni in touch with the University, is the
effort being made to acquaint alumni organizations of
proposed visits to their cities of members of the Faculty.
A number of notices were sent out-during the mo'ith.
In some instances faculty members addressed alumni
groups; in some others, committees of alumni held con-
ferences with faculty members, and in still others there
was no response from -alumni.  "Sitting in" with a
member of: the faculty when he is in your city is a splen.-
did opportunity to "keep up" with things at your Alma
Mater.- Besides, a friendly call ona faculty member
away ,from home is a fine courtesy and at the same :time
evidence of your interest in your University. Why not
have a "Courtesy Committee," in your club whose duty
it shall be to call on visiting University officials: and
faculty members, make arrangement to have them ad-
dress you, meet with them informally, 'or at least offer
them ithe services of alumni while they are in your city?
THE NEW Experimental College,, plans for which are
   now in the making by a faculty committee appointed
by President Frank and headed by Dr. Meiklejohn, is
attracting attention of educators everywhere. Read
President Frank's article on "The New College" and
keep up with progress at Wisconsin.
R3EAD the interesting article on Colloid Chemistry
     and the proposed National Institute for Research
in Colloid Chemistry. This is one of the many research
projects, scientific and otherwise, in which Wisconsin
professors are "torch bearers." Alumni are and should
be interested in them. When the Colloid Institute is
built, it should be built at Wisconsin. Wisconsin offers
every advantage, Wisconsin men initiated the move-
ment, and Wisconsin men are contributing to the ad-
vancement of the "n ewscience Wisonsin alumni will
respond to the appeal for help.
JUST as we go to press Madison receives a call from
   old King Winter who paints the town white, regard-
less of the fkct that the football season is not quite over
and the red trimmings of Homecoming still remain in
stores and on buildings. We are suddenly reminded by.
the softly falling snow that the 25th of December will
soon be upon-us and this will be our only opportunity
to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We hope that
it will mean for you the gathering in of loved ones to the
home circle, the joy of bringing Christmas cheer to the
less fortunate, and a grateful remembrance of that glori-
ous song, "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men."
  Again we wish you "Merry Christmas!"
The President's Page
THE FOOTBALL SEASON is over, championships
   are decided, 'early season prophets are willing to for-
get their erroneous mental wanderings in the theory of
football probabilities, bones and bruises are mending,
team, the squad, coaches, and athletic director have
done their best to make the football season a success.
* Quite a few years ago, Michigan, Minnesota, Chicago,
and Wisconsin were the top notchers in midwest foot-
ball, but during more recent years the ability to. win
games in any branch of sport has been balanced. As
pointed out in a recent issue of the Big Ten Weekly,
"Last year every school in 'the conference won at least
one sport championship."  As a general balancing of
coaching skill and material is taking place, football is
becoming a better game.
  This article went on to mention that President Max
Mason of the University of Chicago recently made an
interesting statement. He said that if all teams were
equal all that any school could expect by the law of
averages, would be an unbeaten football team once in
sixty-four years. He further stated:
  "If all teams are equal in strength and the luck and
breaks of the game balanced, a team should win only
every alternate game *  *  *. Carrying that propor-
tion out through a schedule of seven games, for instance,
the mathematical progression shows that once in sixty-
four years one team would win every game.
  "Such a condition, of course, President Mason knows,
could never be arrived at. There-'will always be weak
teams. In i919, it was Michigan that was far below
normal, in 192o and 192i, it was Minnesota, in 1922 and
1923 Ohio State was weak. Illinois was 'off' in 1921 and
1922  *  *  *  and they all go up one year and down
the next, in varying degrees. That's football's greatest
lUre, its uncertainty from year to year."
  While some may measure success entirely by scores,
as some men measure success by gold, most of us long
      114  V Itv L fLL ic LI  success has a mucn larger mean-
 ing in the same sense that a man withouit money may
 be wealthy. I am told of a successful football game that
 was played about twenty-four years ago between Michi-
 gan and Wisconsin. Frankly, I don't know which team
 won, but that game was a success for both teams be-
 cause of a single incident. Michigan had been held for
 &downs and was forced to punt. Fogg, who was playing
 safety for Wisconsin, scooped the pigskin -while running
 full speed in a low crouching position. Redden, a,
 Michigan end, dived, to tackle'Fogg. Their heads met
 with a terrific impact. Both -fell- unconscious, and as
 Fogg's form relaxed, the ball rolled. out of his arms.
 Herb Graver, a speedy Michigan halfback, seized the
 ball and ran for a touchdown. Captain Weeks of Michi-
 gan followed him, picked up the ball froim behind the
 goal posts and brought it back to the spot of the acci-
 -dent and presented it to the Wisconsin team With the
 statement that the touchdown would not count and that
 the ball would be put into play by Wisconsin where
 Fogg fell. Is there any wonder that Michigan and Wis-
 consin are such friendly rivals, when there exists that
 splendid spirit of sportsmanship? Such is the spirit
 which exists between those Universities and their
LAlumni, and between other universities and their
alumni.
   As a strong united Alumni supporting our teams and
 our University, we may make success -mean a large
 accomplishment.
                               CHAS. L., BYRoN.
December, .1926
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