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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 10 (Feb. 15, 1955)

Looking through the iron curtain,   pp. 14-15

Page 15

Haight in Bronze
Is Alumnus' Gift
PORTRAIT in bronze of George I.
     Haight, former Wisconsin Alumni
     Association president who is often
called the University of Wisconsin's
"number one alumnus," has been ac-
cepted by the University as a gift from
another Chicago alumnus, Norman J.
Westerhold, Jr., an insurance executive.
  The bronze head is the work of Mil-
waukee sculptress Mrs. George M. Shay.
In making the presentation to the Re-
gents, UW Pres. E. B. Fred praised the
"skill of the portrayal, which seems not
only to be an excellent likeness of Mr.
Haight, but also catches some of the
spirit of this great leader."
  Dr. Fred told how Mrs. Haight com-
missioned Mrs. Shay to create a like-
ness of Mr. Haight as a surprise gift
for Mr. Haight's birthday last year.
  "Without consulting the Haights, Mr.
Westerhold-a brother of Mrs. Shay, an
alumnus of the University, and a friend
of the Haights-had a second casting
made of the bronze . . . . Mr. Wester-
hold studied at the University of Wis-
consin from 1933 to 1936, and is well
acquainted with the many contributions
Mr. Haight has made to his alma mater."
  In a footnote, Regent John Jones
added. "No university has ever had a
better friend than George Haight," and
praised him for both tangible and intan-
gible contributions to Wisconsin.
  Pres. Fred pointed out that where the
head should be placed "is a question that
will take considerable thought, for al-
most every part of the University has
some reason to honor George Haight."
He recommended that it first be placed
in the Memorial Union "where students
in great numbers, returning alumni, and
visitors to the campus can see it. For
George Haight was instrumental in mak-
ing our Memorial Union a reality."
   Haight also is the president and mov-
ing spirit of his Class of 1899, one of
the founders and since 1926 president
of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foun-
dation, and chairman of the board of
the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
dyed tan or brown or gray, because those
colors are easier to dye than brilliant
hues and they don't show soil," the
UW' professor remarks. "The cloth is
made up in a few styles and one town
will be sent one style, the next town the
other. The same goes for stockings;
some central authority will decide that
the women of Minsk will wear dark
stockings, the women of Stalingrad
light ones.
  "Dresses come in a few sizes only;
and the wise Soviet woman has learned
to buy the largest, for after the first
wetting, in the rain or the washtub, the
garment will perhaps fit her small
daughter-and how lucky, for children's
clothes are extremely hard to find! Her
husband has long been accustomed to
suits which bag at the knees, pull across
the shoulders, and discolor and shrink
when rained on.
   "If, by ruble-pinching and great sac-
 rifice, the housewife scrapes together
 enough money to buy a sewing machine
 to make her family's clothes, she may
 find on delivery that the machine lacks
 Some vital part, like a bobbin, which the
 factory forget to include. Thecors
 pondence with the dealer or the factory
 is likely then to go on forever."
   The average Russian gets enough to
eat, if he is content with a diet of bread,
cereals, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and
cucumbers in season, Mrs. Gasiorowski
reveals. Stress has been laid on milk
production, but meat is still scarce.
  A meal in an average restaurant in-
cludes soup, a choice of two cooked
cereals, vodka, and a dozen varieties of
factory-made cookies, she says. A good
meal in a good restaurant costs 40 rubles,
and as the average worker earns around
300 rubles a month, his opportunities
for dining well are few.
   "In  general, shopping   in  Russia
seems to have a flavor of adventure and
the thrill of the unknown, for who
knows when the shopper will be lucky
enough to stumble across a shipment of
pretzels or a consignment of summer
sandals," she says. "No Soviet women,
of high or low degree, would think of
setting out without her big shopping
bag, called a "maybe"'-for perhaps to-
day will be the day when needles, or
pencils, or razor blades, or even bacon,
will reward the long wait in line at
the shops. No Soviet store has paper
bags, bottles, or jars, so everything goes
unwrapped into the "maybe."
   One of the cartoons in her recent
 issue of Crocodile, the Soviet humor
 magazine, pictures a man     who has
 stumbled on a bonanza of goods-and
 because he has no "maybe" he is wear-
 ing draped around his person a string
 of frankfurters, stockings, undergar-
 ments, carrots, and herrings.
   Each citizen of the Soviet Union is
allotted six square feet of living space,
so whole families crowd together in one
room. Even the skilled worker who earns
a good living can buy no more. As for
the unskilled worker, he lives from hand
to mouth; for the slogan of the rulers
continues to be: "from each according
to his ability, to each according to his
work," she adds.
  Prof. Gasiorowski was completing
work on her doctorate when the Ger-
mans invaded Poland in 1939. While
her husband joined the Polish army in
England, she stayed on in Warsaw to
work in the underground: to teach in
the underground schools, to help publish
Polish newspapers, and to do "odd
jobs" like providing shelter for couriers
passing through or transmitting mes-
sages. All these jobs carried a firing-
squad penalty.
   "Every Polish patriot was doing these
things," she says. "They were routine."
   In 1945 Mrs. Gasiorowski made her
way via England to California, where
she studied for her doctorate in Slavic
   On   the Wisconsin     campus she
teaches courses in Russian composition
and conversation, contemporary Russian
literature, and literature in translation.
She has published two volumes of verse,
a novel, and a number of articles in
Polish and English. She is now busy
with a book on Russian literature.

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