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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 48, Number 9 (June 1947)

Summer session in full swing,   pp. 10-11


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    "We don't try to make creative
 artists out of our students," says Prof.
 Jerome Buckley, who taught in the
 Institute last year. "We attempt to
 give them   an idea of where their
 strength lies and the style in which
 they work best.
    "One of our primary purposes is to
 guard against arty, pseudo-aestheti-
 cism. Too many young writers feel
 they are creative as soon as they be-
 come a little bohemian. Fortunately we
 don't have as many as most writer
 groups. Our students are generally
 pretty sane.
   "Most writers in the Institute, over
 half of whom are veterans, have a
 healthy acceptance of facts as they are,
 with no bitterness but with no false
 illusions. There is no evidence of a re-
 turn of the feeling that was apparent
 in w ritef6 rs o 0 f _t he _'2_0s_._
   "We -get most of our wartime- horror
 stories from our women students who
 haven't been within a thousand miles
 of a battlefront," he declares. "We seem
 to be returning to what Dos Passos
 classified as 'straight writing' with the
 story, becoming more important."
   HUNDREDS OF LABORERS from
 all over the state and country will
 attend the 23rd annual School for
 Workers on the Wisconsin campus from
 June 8 to August 16.
   Wisconsin's trail-blazing School was
 recently praised in Dr. Caroline F.
 Ware's book, Labor Education in Uni-
 versities. The UW course is the oldest
 such program in continuous operation
 in the country.
   Dr. Ware particularly lauds the Wis-
 consin theory of "running a labor
,school for labor people only."
   The School has been handicapped,
 however, in the opinion of the author
 by the lack of support it has received
 from labor in the state-especiallv the
CIO-and from the attitude of a "con-
servative" Legislature and Board of
Regents.
   An analysis of current trends in
worker education programs, and meth-
ods by which labor can increase its par-
ticipation in community life are the
subjects of two booklets recently pub-
lished by the School for Workers.
   The booklets are entitled The Wis-
consin Idea in Workers Education, by
Ernest E. Schwarztrauber, PhD'41,
director of the School, and Union-
Community    Handbook, by    Virginia
Hart, a faculty member of the school
  The fact that Wisconsin became a
pioneer in the field of workers' educa-
tion is ascribed by Professor Schwarz-
trauber to the fact that the University
"had been fortunate in the socially lib-
eral impetus given it by leaders within
its own faculty ranks who in turn re-
ceived strong support from men of out-
standing political stature in the state's
governmental service.
  "Such were John R. Commons and
the senior Robert M. La Follette, to
name only two in their respective
fields," he adds. "Men of this calibre
helped to give reality to the scope of
the University's educational responsi-
bilities which Pres. Charles R. Van
Hise described as being 'co-existent
with the boundaries of the state."'
  With the currents of industrial con-
flict again moving "strongly and dan-
WISCONSIN'S UNIQUE LABORATORY SCHOOL IN SESSION AGAIN
gerously," Schwarztrauber d e c 1 a r e s
that the "Universiy     of Wisconsin
School for Workers believes that insti-
tutions of higher learning in the United
States can do much toward channelling
those conflicts in the direction of stable
industrial relations if their objectives
in the education of workers recognize
world cannot be made secondary or sub-
sidiary to industry.
   "That job well done should result in
a social order wherein labor shares on
a basis of equality with all groups in
society in the creation of a better
world," Schwarztrauber concludes.
   The Hart handbook was written as a
guide for local unions, city federations,
or councils which plan to work in closer
unison with other community organ-
izations.
  "The real task of breaking down mis-
understanding about a n d prejudice
against unions must be done by the
local unions in their respective commu-
nities" the foreword states.
  BANKERS ARE having their day at
the UW Summer Session this year.
Three special sessions have been set up
for them-a school for bankers, June
1-14; a school for mortgage bankers,
August 17-30; and a school for credit
executives, August 17-30.
  The School of Banking offers a three-
year summer course to men in the
banking business. First-year students
take basic economic problems, invest-
ments, commercial bank credit, and
law. Courses for second-year students
include commercial bank administra-
tion, investments, urban real estate
financing, and agricultural economics
and credit. Third-year courses include
trust department operation and man-
agement, investments, country banking,
departmental administration, public re-
lations and advertising, and world
banking systems and problems.
  Herbert V. Prochnow, '21, vice pres-
Chicago, is director of the School,
which is sponsored jointly by the Uni-
versity and the Central States Bankers
Conference.
   The School for Mortgage Bankers
will be under the charge of Prof.
Richard   U. Ratcliffe, '27, and the
School for Credit Executives under
Prof. W. Bayard Taylor.
   Regent Pres. Frank Sensenbrenner
has called the three banking courses
'the greatest piece of advertising for
the University that has been proposed."
   THE UNIVERSITY not only has
the job of teaching a flock of students
every Summer Session but also of doing
its darndest to prevent drownings on
Lake Mendota.
  Ever since World War I the Univer-
sity has maintained a lifeguard and
lookout station at the University boat-
house. It must have saved scores of
lives, for in a normal year 225 people
will spill into the lake and be rescued
by the University launch, which hits a
45-mile-per-hour clip when on its way
to rescue persons in trouble in the
water.
  Capt. Harvey Black, x'30, head of
the University lifeguard staff, will use
a ship-to-shore radio this summer for
the first time.
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