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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

Vakos, Catherine
Campus chronicle,   p. 13

Page 13

   POLITICS HAS BEEN the nation's pass-word these last
 few months-and on campus there is no exception to the
 rule. Political club meetings, rallies, speeches, mock elec-
 tions, and "get out the vote" campaigns have highlighted
 some spectacular politicking. Pogo, Stevenson, and Ike but-
 tons decorating the lapels of coats and jackets . . . the field
 house crowded for Stevenson's address . . . issues discussed
 in Daily Cardinal editorials . . . absentee ballots being nota-
 rized . . . Adlai and Ike supporters arguing heatedly in
 the Rathskellar . . . all these scenes combine to make this
 election year, 1952, on Wisconsin's campus.
   The political scene isn't the only thing'that has occupied
student attention this term. Parties, charity drives, football
week-ends, conferences, and the inevitable six weeks exams
have made "Oh, for a good night's sleep," the most familiar
greeting on the hill.
   "THE EDUCATED       DOLLAR makes sense," was the
battle-cry of the fourth annual Campus Chest drive. More
than $4,000 worth of "sense" was collected to give to World
Student Service Fund; Negro, Foreign Student, and Campus
scholarship funds; YMCA; and YWCA.
   Several "firsts" in this year's drive worked up more inter-
est and support than ever before from student organizations
and Madison residents. This was the first year the campaign
lasted a whole week instead of two days. Solicitations and
the faculty auction were carried on as usual. Added to these
events were the Greek Week-Campus Chest dance "Boe-
theia" (Greek meaning: benefit), work day, and radio mara-
thon. All proceeds from the dance went into the Chest fund.
On work day students washed cars, shined shoes, and did
odd jobs for Madison citizens for the benefit of the chest
drive. Station WISC donated its full staff to play records
for people calling in pledges. About 300 phone calls were
received from 11:45 a. m. Saturday to 3:30 a. m. Sunday.
  Actually, the drive was the second big charity campaign
within recent months. Summer students also dug deep into
their pockets to collect $502 for migrant workers' children
in the Waupun area. The money will be used in next sum-
mer's educational and recreational program for the children.
  ONCE AGAIN ALUMNI groups will be asked to coop-
erate with the University in sponsoring the high school
good-will program. Started last year, the project is aimed
at getting top-notch high school students to come to the
University. It gives high school students interested in attend-
ing the UW a chance to ask questions of university students
at informal gatherings in the homes of alumni. This year
a committee of ten students is helping the administration
with the- program, which will take place largely during
Christmas vacation. If all goes well the committee will fol-
low through by sending literature to the students telling
them about the curriculum and different campus organiza-
tions. Still in the tentative stage are plans for a high school
  MANY A HIDDEN talent was uncovered in the course
of the annual talent search promoted by the Entertainer's
Guild, a sort of campus booking agency that can dig up
acts ranging from bathtub baritones to master magicians for
various parties and functions around the campus. .... Hares-
foot Follies will have come and gone by the time this issue
is off the press. This year "Miss Haresfoot.' was chosen by
a board of campus beauties and all contestants were given
a chance to march in the parade, the highlight of the Fol-
lies. . . . And then there was the freshman who learned
the hard way how to call for a date at Slichter hall (newly
converted into a women's dorm). As he was diligently
searching for his girl's room on the third floor, another
girl came down the hall, observed him with horror, and
gently led him to the first floor reception room. There he
was duly informed on the fine art of dialing a telephone,
the method in vogue at Slichter for inter-date communica-
tion these days. . ..
   NEWSPAPERS THROUGHOUT the state Oct. 21
and 22 carried the headline "Daily Cardinal May
Fold." They were quoting a Cardinal editorial
which declared: "The financial position of this
paper is extremely precarious and the possibility
of ceasing publication is imminent."
   The next week a second editorial announced an
or-else subscription drive and explained the finan-
cial position of the paper: "We are now operating
on a week-to-week, month-to-month basis, and
unless something is done, the Cardinal will perish
-permanently." The trouble-lower revenue and
higher costs. (See October Alumnus.)
   After many campus organizations had asked
Cardinal editors Dave Filvaroff of Janesville, Rich-
ard Carter of Benton, Ted Crabb of Janesville, Jerry
Schecter of New York and Margaret Greiner of
Menasha to come to their meetings to tell them
how they could help the paper out of its financial
difficulties, things promised to pick up. Many groups
and individuals have volunteered to sell $5.00 sub-
scriptions to faculty, students, alumni, and friends
of the University. Present circulation is 2,379 and
the goal-by November's end-is 3,200.
day next semester. Anne Mathiews, student chairman, says
she hopes the Alumni clubs will come through like they
did last year. Administrative officials have attributed the
larger-than-expected freshman class this year to the success
of last spring's program of Wisconsin Preview nights.
  SUMMER BOARD'S IDEA of publishing a booklet
evaluating 100 courses in the College of Letters and Science
was received enthusiastically. Concentrating on freshman
and sophomore subjects, the booklet will evaluate depart-
ment, course and staff. Information will be compiled from
questionaires sent to students and faculty. The committee
hopes to complete the project by February, so it can serve
as a guide to both new and old students, and as a guard
against the taking of unprofitable courses.

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