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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 5 (Nov. 1957)

Montgomery, Fran
Campus chronicle,   pp. 12-13

Page 13

Road to Dreamland
   On the campus students are just beginning to focus their
spotlights on the biggest fall event, Homecoming, which on
November 16 will be climaxed at Camp Randall when the
.Badgers meet the Illini. Friday night prior to the game Les
Brown and his "Band of Reknown" will fill the Field House
with Homecoming spirit. The theme for this year's Home-
coming is "Dreamland."
   Saturday morning will be filled with alumni coffee hours
and get-togethers. The Union, in addition, will celebrate its
50th anniversary by bringing together all of its past chair-
men and staff workers at a coffee hour in the new Lake
Plaza room. Tours of the Union will be offered to the
Union "family" and the film "Living Room of the Univer-
sity" will be shown to the public as well.
   On Friday afternoon floats and house displays will be
in the spotlight. Of course, a traditional parade will wind up
in front of the Union to join with the pep rally and "Yell
Like Hell" contestants. Between halves of the football game
all winning floats will be displayed onthe football field.
  To wind up the big week-end Joe Irwin, Homecoming
king, and his queen (and wife) Mary Lee Richardson Irwin
will launch a big dance in Great Hall on Saturday night.
Drama in the Air
   The campus is also looking forward to a five star
season of Wisconsin Players' productions. On October 29
the first view of the season's activities will be spotlighted
when the curtain goes up on Shakespeare's "All's Well
that Ends Well." December 10 through 14 the Union
theater will be an Oriental
World for the production
of "Kismet." "Heartbreak
House," "Sir John in
Love," and "The Teahouse
of the August Moon" will
be offered in the spring.
A Landmark Gone
  But, while the campus
spotlighted various events
and personalities, a well-
loved land mark of the
past was being torn down
and taken away: Muir
Knolls' celebrated giant ski
slide, which had over-
looked Lake Mendota for
nearly forty years.
                                The steel frame was up-
And down comes the ski slide, rooted early in October, to
                              be relocated in Hoyt Park
overlooking the limestone quarry.
  Although it has been moved off the campus, things
which it was instrumental in beginning will still remain.
Perhaps the best known of these is the Hoofers' Club,
now the campus leading sports headquarters. In 1919
the University Ski Club was born out of enthusiasm the
skiers had for their new facilities. A dozen years later
this club was enlarged to include other activities and
was relabeled "Hoofers."
0)N SUNDAY, September 15, shortly
     before freshman week began, 125
prospective students climbed into char-
tered buses parked in front of the Uni-
versity YMCA     and  traveled across
Madison to a camp on the north shore
of Lake Mendota. There a brand new
lodge and 30 counselors, upperclassmen
from all walks of campus life, awaited
them. For all of them  the next three
days were to be filled with discussions,
talks by faculty members. square danc-
ing, sports and recreation, and most of
all, good fellowship.
  The occasion? The 34th annual Fresh-
man Camp, sponsored by the YMCA
and YWCA and held this year at Camp
Wakanda on the week-end directly pre-
vious to freshman week on the campus.
  Panel discussions, question-and-answer
sessions, as well as man-to-man and
woman-to-woman talks, provided for
the  transmission of  upperclassmen's
opinions on such topics as dating, reli-
gious life and extra-curricular activities.
Wisconsin Alumnus, November, 1957
  Faculty members like Deans Martha
Peterson, Theodore Zillman and LeRoy
Luberg appeared to give the future stu-
dents a view of the changing social
values governing campus living and to
explain various facets of the "Wisconsin
Idea." This year, special guests of the
campers were Prof. Gerald Pickett, me-
chanical engineering, and his family,
who recently returned from India.
  Later, after their first days on the
campus, most of the campers expressed
gratitude for their experience. Typical
was the exclamation of one co-ed:
  "It was wonderful. I walk up the
hill between classes, and see faces I
know. And during rushing, and even
when I had my first date I knew what
to wear and, sort of ... you know...
how to act. Really it was great."
Freshman Campers get a fine chance to meet facultymen.

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