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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 10 (May 1953)

Freizer, Lou
The class of 1953: its past, present, and future,   pp. 18-19

Page 19

  Perhaps one of the most remembered incidents of that
second year was collapse of part of the steel skeleton
of the new library. A crane accidently hit the steel beams
and the resultant noise reminded students of the ice-quake
from Mendota which shook the campus buildings the year
before. Luckly there were no casualties.
  The football team continued to climb but was momen-
tarily outshined by the crew which surprised everyone but
Badger fans by taking first place in the Inter-Collegiate
Rowing Association Regatta at Marietta, for the first time
in Wisconsin's history.
  The housing shortage eased and Truax closed down as
enrolment dropped, with the graduation of most of the
vets, from a peak of nearly 20,000 to about 15,000.
  Many of the seniors will recall the winter of 1950-51
for, if nothing else, the weather-always a hot topic of
conversation in the City of Lakes. Lone Rock, Wisconsin,
hit the nation's front pages that year with a temperature
of about 54 below zero. Madison wasn't far behind with
the mercury dropping to nearly 36 below between semesters.
  When the Class of 1953 began its junior year it came
face to face with a change of pace in student activity. "A
Generation of Jelly Fish," as the rejuvenated campus literary
magazines, Wisconsin Idea, termed the modern youth, turned
towards a mood of apathy. Interest in practically everything
dropped to a new low. For some reason-perhaps the
thought of the Korean fracas-students seemed to adopt a
"don't care" attitude. Organizations such as the Wisconsin
Players and the Cardinal had trouble securing participants.
No one could actually put their finger on the causes but
enthusiasm lacked. Junior Prom severed connections with
the class and became a regular social event.
  This so-called student apathy seemed to carry over the
summer until late last fall. The student government elec-
tions, a sure indication of interest in extra-curricular affairs
could hardly be termed successful. One major party, Dogrin,
captured most of the positions by default.
  But a turning point came when the Badger football team
copped the Rose Bowl bid. The Cardinal, suffering from
serious financial difficulties, put out a special Rose Bowl
edition and made several hundred dollars on advertisements.
Student board, also lacking funds, chartered a Rose Bowl
train to Pasadena and profited to the tune of over a
thousand dollars.
                 (continued on page 34)
Senior Council: What Is It?
W HO SELECTED your class's gift to the Uni-
versity? Do you remember who arranged for
senior week or graduation announcements? Probably
not, but don't feel too badly about it; many of today's
seniors can't answer the same question. Not more than
one out of a hundred prospective June graduates
would be able to tell you that all these functions and
many others are performed by a small and little known
organization called a senior council.
  What is a senior council? How does it get its
powers? What does it do for seniors?
  The council is a group of approximately 25 seniors
headed by the class officers. The officers for 1953 in-
clude Robert Studt, president; "Mike" Putzier, vice-
president; John Weber, secretary; and Louis Friezer,
treasurer They were elected at an all campus election
last Spring. These officers appointed their council from
interviews held in the Fall. A representative body from
the dorms, the Greeks, the independents, and stu-
dents from all major schools and colleges of the Uni-
versity were selected. They meet in a group ori the
average of once every two weeks to discuss the admin-
istrative matters of the class.
  Empowered by a constitution and University recog-
nition, the 1953 council has dealt with the senior gift,
the  February  convocation, June week, and    other
  The selection of the senior class gift gives an excel-
lent example of the workings of the body. After decid-
ing to poll all graduating students for final approval,
a gift committee approached many large student or-
ganizations for suggestions. Armed with these, the
council sent out letters complete with return post
cards enumerating the gift ideas. The poll cost the
council about $60 which was borne by the class treas-
ury (collected from senior dues of one dollar paid
by most seniors at September registration).
  When returns were all in, the results were presented
to the council, which decided to approve what the poll
indicated was the choice of a majority of the respon-
dents. The gift this year will be a financial contribu-
tion towards a room stocked with popular reading
matter in the new library.
  However this was only the beginning. Until the
beginning of June the council must collect the funds.
The members will aim to secure a minimum of three
dollars from each graduating senior. To accomplish
this, letters have to be sent out to every prospective
contributor and personal contacts made. The immen-
sity of the job becomes apparent when you consider
that 25 council members have to contact nearly 2,000
students within a few weeks.
  Meanwhile, different committees of this year's coun-
cil are at work on the traditional senior week, grad-
uation announcements, and other programs.
  The activities of a council don't end at gradua-
tion. Officers, having been elected for life, plan, with
the aid of the Alumni Association, the periodic re-
unions, and keep in contact with the University.
  This, then, is a senior council. Through it the
senior class of this year, years past, and others yet to
come, develop a unity and class spirit that helps link
the University of Wisconsin and its graduates for
many years into the future.                   N 0
MAY, 195319
MAY, 1953

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