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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 11 (March 1958)

Ascher, Kathi
Campus chronicle,   p. 14


Page 14


LONG WITH the normal quota of extracurricular win-
ter activities-skiing, skating, snowball fighting and
sliding down the hill on trays-that are sure signs of the
slow beginning of a spring semester, a number of other
news items have taken on special significance on the campus.
  For example, you'll recall the recent announcement from
Washington that this country and Russia have agreed upon a
cultural exchange program, which would include participa-
tion by colleges and universities.
  Actually, Wisconsin jumped the gun on this idea! Last
winter, a very professional exhibit from the University of
Moscow was displayed on the Madison campus, and a
similar exhibit on campus life at Wisconsin was promised
in return. After one false start, the Wisconsin exhibit was
completed early this year and sent to the Moscow institution.
  In the exhibit there are eight panels depicting a variety
of student activities, largely through the use of photographs
mounted on a background of red, gold and white abstracts,
spray-painted on theatrical boards. Titles were prepared
with the assistance of University Russian specialists and
stenciled with black paint.
"Ta-Ra-Ra-Ra Boom Ti-Ay"
  About the same time the cultural exchange was being con-
summated, there was a good deal of discussion about one
manifestation of campus culture-the Prom. It was occa-
sioned not by a dispute over music, or dress, but the theme.
The Prom committee announced in mid-January that "Tara"
-the famous southern mansion of Margaret Mitchell's
Gone With The Wlind-was its choice for a motif,
  Oh, oh. Complaints began to come into the Cardinal al-
most immediately. One letter charged that the theme "created
a segregated prom. No Negro sensitive about racial bigotry
would feel at ease attending an affair glorifying the old
South's segregation system that Miss Mitchell pictured."
Moreover, said others, the theme symbolized the use of
slave labor.
  As pros and cons flew right and left, the situation pro-
voked an open letter to the Prom Committee by the senior
class vice-president, Mike A. (for Aardvark, he says) Fox,
which included some specific reasons for his objections:
  "On page 291 of the Aardvark Library edition of Gone
With the Wind we find the use of the word "carpetbagger"
which is undoubtedly a blast on campus politics;
  "On page 1342 we find the expression "Oh, drat!" We
do not feel that the Prom should condone such emotionalism
and disgusting use of the English language;
  "The last letter of the word Tara is a symbol use4 in
differential calculus which is opposed to integration, and
finally,
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   "It is rumored (alleged, intimated, etc.) that the author,
Margaret Mitchell was a liberal!
   "Be it therefore resolved that we solve the whole world
situation by combining Anti-Mil Ball and Anti-Prom into
one colossal, orgiastic spectacle called 'Attack on Tara.' "
   Well, again to cut a long story short, anti-Taraists pre-
vailed and Prom-goers danced in the Union on February 28
to Ralph Flanagan's band, which has what it describes as the
"Flanagan Flair," and to the Prom Theme which combined
motifs to come up as "Southern Flair."
Tanked-Up?
   Fortunately, this brief Civil War on the campus involved
no shooting. Had this been the case, the fellows of Delta
Sigma Pi might have held the upper hand, what with their
announced plans to acquire-of all things-a Sherman Tank.
   The national commerce fraternity got wind that such a
vehicle could be had through a war surplus sale, and have
been conducting some quite serious negotiating for the
33-ton runabout.
  Why does Delta Sigma Pi want a tank? President Alan
Erickson refused to commit himself on the reasoning behind
this seemingly intense desire. So did Madison police, appar-
ently unable to picture the absurdity of a tank roaming the
city. University officials haven't spoken strongly on the possi-
bility of having a fraternity that is permanently "tanked-up."
Skyrockets and Haresfoot
   Speaking of tanks, Russia, and so on, brings to mind two
juniors in electrical engineering who sent a two-foot long
rocket 1,000 feet into the air, somewhat short of true satel-
lite performance but a creditable effort, nonetheless. Like
others, they experienced difficulty in their first two attempts
but their third was successful. The two would-be spacemen
are Don Dennes and Everett Roggy.
  Moving from rockets to Rock-ettes, Wisconsin variety,
brings us to the 1958 Haresfoot show, which for the first
time in history is being directed by an undergraduate. He is
John H. Fritz, who in his 23 years has had nearly eight
of stage experience. He has directed Community Theater
productions, particularly in Racine, his home town, and has
been active in other phases of production, as well 'as acting.
  Haresfoot this year will present Cole Porter's gay French
musical "Can-Can" to a series of Wisconsin communities
during spring recess April 7 to 12 before returning to open
in the Wisconsin Union Theater on April 14. Ports of call
for the "All Our Girls Are Men, But Every One's a Lady"
troupe will be Green Bay, Wausau, Racine, Milwaukee,
Baraboo and, of course, Madison. Good show!
  The sexes will mingle during another annual stage pro-
duction: Humorology, on March 13, 14, and 15. This an-
nual event will spotlight six finalist skits, together with an
M.C., something they call interacts, a Humorology Band,
and a kickline. All will be under the direction of general
chairman Bob Miner and stage director Bill Dawson. In-
scribed trophies will be awarded to the winning skit for
the best overall performance, and to each participating skit
for its special merits. Proceeds will be used for campus
needs and a donation to the Capital Times Kiddie Camp
for retarded children.             -Kathi Ascher '60
Wisconsin Alumnus, March, 1958


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