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

What alumni are thinking about,   p. 69


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December, 1926
               What Alumni Are Thinking About
  (Because splendid suggestions and con-
structive criticism  have  been  received
during the month, the editor is opening
this column Jor contributions from mem-
bers. We do not anticipate that advantage
will be taken of it for pet peepes or per-
sonal panning, hence we are not placing
restrictions on its use, except for anony-
mous communications.       We invite sug-
gestion and constructive criticism. Because
we have not secured permission to publish
the comments below in all cases    g we are
withholding names of someof the authors.
orclinatecl in a constructive way. r'er-
sonally I am 'fed up' on the tendency
of the various organizations to 'horn
in' and try to run things, hence my
desire to eliminate that feature of mis-
directed effort. I get it two ways here:
Through my association with Wisconsin
people and through my interest in
Minnesota as a citizen of the state. I
hear the alumni 'pan' the coaches,
'pan' the faculty members, 'pan' the
regents, 'pan' the  president, 'pan'
everything and most of the time they
don't know a thing of which they are
speaking and their comments are of no
constructive use .whatever."-Harry S.
Kedney, '14, Sec. University of Wiscon-
sin Club of Minneapolis.
   The above says it in a very under-
 standable way. Remember what some-
 one said? "Knockers are inanimate
 things made for doors. Don't be a
 knocker."
 THE FIRST issue of the Alumni
      'Mag' for this year is fine. Pictures
 make a hit with those of us who are far
 away. They bring the many changes in
 the campus and the colleges more vividly
 before us than words do."-William
Stericker, 'I!, Sec. U. W. Club of
Philadelphia.
" NOVEMBER. issue of the Alumni
     N Magazine at hand.
  "I cannot resist the temptation to
drop you just a line to tellyou how much
I admire No. I, of Vol. 28.
  "I like the way it is gotten up. I like
the subject matter. I like the whole tone
of it-except one thing-L. W. Bridg-
man did not get anything in regarding
the class of 19o6. You will reply im-
m1             nq T _ didn't ront ribilte
anything, I am as much to blame as he.
  "You are right."
  -Cudworth Beye '6, Tonawanda,
N.Y.
  News is always welcome.
._AVE at hand quite a voluminous
       envelope with all sorts of things
to fill, out, most of which I am filling
out and sending back.
  "As far as I know, I-have done all
that a loyal alumnus can do to help out.
I was one of the team captains for the
Memorial building and'I have been a'
member of the Alumni Association for
many years and also of the local club.
   "This year I received the customary
 announcement that Wisconsin     had
 solved the 'football ticket problem and
 please send in my application and
 money. Which I-did in good order, and
 then a notice saying' 'You're out of
 luck.' Oh boy, isn't that a glorious
 feeling? Hope you never have it."-
L.nicago, hilnois.
Athletic authorities liave, a big prob-
lem. They are doing their best. Perhaps
we may be able to get them to tell us
of their problems 'some time through
the columns of this magazine.
C.ERTAINLY do enjoy the Maga-
   ' zine. I would hate to miss a copy.
I see a great many Wisconsin people in
Chicago, but your Magazine always has
new news.
  "Am   on the- herald & Examiner,
Prudence Penny department, and my
title is Ha-Penny. Besides getting a few
columns 'in,' I broadcast frequently
during the Prudence Penny Hour from
i 1-12 from WEBH.
  "Being on a publication, I appreciate
how a little recognition and news helps."
-Dorothy Dietz, '21, Oak Park, Illinois.
  You are right. Many thanks!
4G ENTLEMEN: Pardon the pencil.
       Justbefore' starting on a fishing
 trip, the Magazine came and I chucked
 it into my pack sack and here I amr,
 in the heart of Oregon's great outdoors, in
 the Cascade mountains, 4o miles from an-
 other cabin and 6o miles from a railroad.
Congratulations on the best issue of the
Alumni Magazine I have ever seen and
I haven't missed an issue" for 2o years.
  "And now comes an issue with more
of a personality than eyer in it-also
pep. The real -old Wisconsin spirit on
every page. Yes sir, it's good. Even the
friendly ad of the Windermere on the
last-page. Your word picture of the new
dormitories was almost as good as a
visit. That 'Alumni in the News' page
is good. Keep it up.
   'Campus Notes' are always welcome
iUILL[  LILIC  J11 :LlUX Ll:  U%-LU;;I.  %J I V%, %A  A JL. 1%,
tips about what the students ar'doing-
do Froshies go in the Lake any more?
What are the big stunts that the stu-
dents get the most kick out of? If there
is a scrap between the men in the new
dormitories, let us know-write it up in
the refreshing style; that 'Time' uses.
  "Now here is a sample of what I
believe alumni would welcome in the
Magazine. When Paxson was here for
the inauguration, our alumni club had a
luncheon. We all sat around drinking in
every word he had to say about the
campus and I think the biggest hit he
made was when he told how the En-
gineers would say 'Well, well, well, is
this the Law school?'
  "One more kick, and I've exhausted
everything  there is to kick   about.
At the bottom of page 25 is a row of
pretty girls. I made a futile attempt to
tie them into the text above but failed.
If they were married, I wanted to find
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put their class numeral after their name
and then we can tell'if they are engaged,
married or what.
  "Now this next point probably brings
up the greatest value the Magazine has.
The eternal friendship that we swear
at college-the" vow  to write letters
always, etc.,--but as we get out into the
game of life we drift apart- - Letters
are fewer- and fewer and then never.
We still think of the old friends and
wonder where they are 'and what they
are doing and then as we scan the death
notices, I hoping they are all strangers,
we are stunned to see one of the old
gang has passed on; John Potter, whose
death is recorded in this issue, was my
old roommate.      John  and  George
Cousins and I had room 2 in the Y. M.
C. A. in 'o5-o6. They are both dead.
I. think it is 15 years since I received a
letter from John.
  "This letter is of course fiot for publi-
cation. It's just to let you know your
efforts are appreciated and here's to
your success."-An Old Grad, Eugene,
Oregon.
   Permission to publish the letter was
 received later.
Eclitor.)
   THE COVERS on the 'Mag' are
   Jreally very attractive, and I have
heard many favorable comments upon
them. We hope you will continueto
surprise us with them, for itis indeed a
pleasant surprise to remove the wrapper
and find a new idea each month.
  "When I was attending George Wash-
ington  Unvesity    during  the past
semester, I   'screwed  UP   courage'
enough to bring my 'Mag' to classes
with me. It was not long before I had a
group of interested spectators waiting
each month to see my copy, and I was
always proud to show it. I need not add
that pictures of this great institution
'out west' were sought with avidity."
Margaret R. Purcell, :'25, Madison,
Wisconsin.
EI glad to get yours of the 25th.
      We will endeavor to arrive at a
 basis whereby our efforts may be co-
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