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

Dear editor,   p. 22


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  You have been doing a fine job of edit-
ing during the year since you took over.
The magazine is very readable and has a
good selection of material and pictures.
Also, it is attractive from a layout stand-
point. As one of your alumni readers, I
just want to let you know I like it.
          CRAWFORD WHEELER, '16
          New York City
  In reply to Mr. Boardman's letter in
the March Alumnus, I should like to offer
a few facts for the consideration of Mr.
Boardman, and also for any of your read-
ers who happened to read his letter.
  I have attended numerous activities of
the International Club on the campus this
year, and at least 20 of the "foreigners" in
this club I know personally. This club is a
social and cultural group, not a political
organization, and it has as its aim the de-
velopment of international friendship. It is
one of the few campus groups which has
no political ax to grind, because it 'is a
group devoted to mutual understanding,
rather than one seeking to represent a
single point of view. In our discussions
there are often as many points of view as
there are persons present. Our activities
are not all merely such things as dances or
parties; we also have a weekly discussion
group at which we discuss many of the
major problems of the world today to-
gether, and we have tours to acquaint the
foreign students with America. I do not
think of these friends of mine as "foreign-
ers". Many of them are my friends and I
find them to be human beings like myself,
and often with very much in common in
ideals, ideas and interests. I think if Mr.
Boardman would visit the International
Club he might find it a different group than
he had expected.
  Next, as to the question of foreign stu-
dents, I can only quote the official registra-
tion figures- given by Prof. P. L. Trump,
associate director of student personnel
services, for the first semester, 1946-47:
"total student enrollment, 18,672; foreign-
ers, 235." I think that for Wisconsin to lose
the 235 foreign students would be a greater
loss than to lose- 235 American- students,
because these people are in a sense repre-
sentatives of their nations, and can tell us
much about their parts of the world. I con-
sider my contacts with the foreign students
on campus one of the most interesting ex-
periences of college life. The other day I
wanted   to know   something   about the
Philippines; something you couldn't find in
a book, so I went and asked a Filipino
friend of mine (also interested in Interna-
tional Club). There is not a single one of
these foreign students who is not an excel-
lent, intelligent student. They represent the
most enlightened, the most educated young
people of their country. Many of them are
here on fellowships or scholarships given
them in recognition of exceptional merit. It
is my hope that we shall have more inter-
national exchange of students in the future,
and that we may eventually be able to
have 5 percent of our student body from
foreign countries. You say that these peo-
ple are displacing Americans. Mr. Board-
man, there are 903 foreign universities
where an American veteran may enroll
under the GI Bill of Rights. We can send
the displaced 5 percent overseas to study in
foreign universities, and complete the ex-
change on a 50-50 basis. I believe the
foreign universities at present are playing
host to a considerable number of American
students.
            JEROME P. PICKARD, '47
            Madison 5, Wis.
  Your magazine deserves a nice, big,
brassy medal for knowing how to admin-
ister a well-worded kick in the teeth.
  Your recent article on The Daily Cardi-
nal in the last issue of the Alumnus man-
aged to do that job very nicely in its clos-
ing paragraphs. In not too nice a manner
it told of how the Cardinal degenerated
during the war and was brought back to
its regal existence by the returning vet-
erans.
   I am the last person to deny the very
 obvious fact that the Cardinal just isn't the
 Cardinal without the men. I have already
 written to Leonard with praise for this
 year's paper. He's done an outstanding job
 of' editing. I also agree that up until 1942
 it was a rip-roaring paper . . . and that
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during the war years it suffered the nat-
ural decline of a paper that lost its best
writers.
  However, during those very trying years
when you and the rest of the men were out
fighting a war, the women did a highly com-
mendable job on the Cardinal. They worked
until all hours of the night to keep that
paper going. And this isn't just sentiment
that prompts me to say this. NO OTHER
C A M P U S ORGANIZATION DID AS
MUCH TO SELL WAR BONDS, STIMU-
LATE    ACTIVITY    IN  AID   OF   WAR
SERVICES, BOLSTER THE A. W. V. S.,
HELP WOUNDED VETERANS, AND
PROMPT     CAMPUS WORK       FOR   CAN-
TEENS    A N D   DRIVES    COLLECTING
BOOKS AND      OTHER PACKAGES FOR
MEN OVERSEAS!
  Pat Hogg, Ruth Jaeger, Eileen Martin-
son . . . all women, yes. None as outstand-
ing journalists perhaps as your veterans,
but all hard workers. And, believe me, they
worked. They wrote editorials until the
very words "contribute" and "help" and
"buy bonds" became a constant pounding
and almost a nightmare. And, on top of
this, they kept the ideals of that paper
foremost. I worked with them, and I never
admired more the efforts of any group of
campus leaders as I did those women.
Eileen Martinson, especially, never missed
a day at her desk, never lost an opportu-
nity to work toward the one major goal
. . the winning of the war. And who was
it who started the campaign for re-building
of the campus . .. for needed improve-
ments? . . . Eileen.
  You've denied all that hard work in your
article. You've ignored completely the task
those women undertook to accomplish, and
the very fact that the Cardinal operated
under shortages and obstacles of every con-
ceivable type. With a handful, and I mean
just that, of people on the staff, the Cardi-
nal kept covering the news, kept pounding
out editorials, kept up its spirit and did a
fine job.
  And if my words do not seem enough
proof of that fact, just look over the issues
of the paper during those years. You, as
the editor, should sanction the publication
of articles which appear in your magazine.
And if you sanctioned that one, you de-
serve to be called on the carpet for a gross
injustice.
  The energy, the enthusiasm, the devotion
which those, women gave to their jobs, and
the willing support they had from the scat-
tered remnants of their staff was nothing
short of amazing. And if the paper was not
all it had been before the war, neither was
any other organization laboring under the
same handicaps. The satisfaction gained
was enough reward. But it is a great dis-
appointment to see that effort abused as
your magazine has abused it.
            JANE WEISSELBERG, '46
            New York City
  The changes you've made in the Alumnus
are a definite improvement-the publication
now has the life and zip it's needed for
years.
  Finding the Alumnus in my mail once a
month is like taking a fast "shot" from the
fountain of youth-gives a guy a chance to
escape the cold, cruel world and sneak back
via memories to the secure, complacent
years spent drinking coffee next to the juke
box in the Rathskeller.
  Enough of this dribble-now to get down
to business. You pulled a few boners on
your Haresfoot article in the March issue.
First -your photos of the production
"Serve It Hot" shows the Prof in two
scenes; your caption identifies both pro-
fessors as Fred Gerber; not so-one is
Chas. Figi, '42, and the other is Gerber,
'43. That's not so bad-what is worse is
the complete omission of the 1942 produc-
tion "Keep 'Erm Laughing" in your history
of Haresfoot. You've probably received a
sizzling letter from Doerflinger, Haresfoot
president in '42-or I don't know Freddie!
We don't want to sound prima donnish, but
we of "Keep 'Em Laughing" are sensitive
about that show. A lot of sweat, a lot of
laughs, and a bundle of future memories
get wrapped up in a Haresfoot show. To
us, "Keep 'Erm Laughing" was the best
damned show Haresfoot produced-and we
think it's worth at least a mention don't
you?
                   SAM F. GRECO, '42
                   Milwaukee, Wis.
  Here is another criticism of the Wiscon-
sin Alumnus. I suppose you will think or
are thinking that I am an old crab, but it
is my opinion that the picture of the "slave
market" on page 24 of the April issue is
anything but proper. Hollywood with its
"diaper girls" doesn't have much on the
above mentioned picture. I believe the day
will come when Hollywood will not be tol-
erated by the public; neither will Holly-
wood imitators.
  They are still keeping me in the hos-
pital, but am feeling much better than I
did in January and February. They had
Gen. Irving A. Fish '03, here for a heart
ailment last month, and he has gone home
feeling better.
            BERTRAM F. ADAMS, '02
            VA Hospital, Wood, Wis.
  I truly enjoy reading the Alumnus. I
want you to know I am glad to see it
coming each and every month, and I read
it from cover to cover. It's got the kind of
stuff that keeps one in touch with what's
going on at school. In this outside world,
it's about the only real contact with the
"old days". Congratulations on a fine job.
               MANNY S. BROWN, '40
               Racine, Wis.
  It's good to know that one can continue
to receive all the interesting publications
that were received from Madison during
the war. Enclosed is my check.
  As a lieutenant commander in the Navy,
I enjoyed the news while overseas as well
as in the States where I commanded a
Navy fighter field.
  Best success to you in your efforts.
            DORSEY A. BUCKLEY, '29
            New York City
  The April issue of the Wisconsin Alum-
nus is one of the most significant, interest-
ing, and constructive issues I have ever
seen. The material is representative and
the presentation  outstanding. McNelly's
article is sound and interesting.
  Congratulations to you and the associa-
tion.
       Prof. FRANK THAYER, MA'16
       University of Wisconsin
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