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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 64, Number 8 (May 1963)

Alumni seminars provide summer full of challenging ideas,   pp. 23-25

Page 24

Proxmire, and was a speech writer
for Senator Johnson in his successful
campaign for the Vice-Presidency.
August 4-17 The Tragic and the
  Comic in the Arts
  The tragic and the comic-tears
and laughter, pain and pleasure-
the two ends of the emotional scale
appearing in literature, art, music
and the dance will be explored in
the only two-week program of the
  Beginning with the Greek trage-
dies and comedies, the development
of these forms and their variations
will be followed through other forms
of literature and into the other arts.
  Directed by Hazel Stewart Al-
berson, associate professor of com-
parative literature, the course will
draw on the knowledge and appre-
ciation of eight guest lecturers from
all areas of the arts. Professor Al-
berson, widely versed in the liter-
ature of both western and eastern
civilizations has for several years
conveyed her love and understand-
ing of great books to an enthusiatic
audience throughout Wisconsin over
the state radio network.
0   N THE Milwaukee campus a
    one-week seminar will be held
from August 11-16 at the Kenwood
Hall Conference Center on Lake
Michigan. Dealing with "The Indi-
vidual and the Centralization of
Authority" the course reflects a
growing concern for a public policy
bringing into balance individual in-
itiative necessary for progress and
the degree of social cohesion neces-
sary for survival.
  Arranged by Dr. P. Allan Dioni-
sopolous, associate professor of po-
litical science at Northern Illinois
University, the course will draw on
the knowledge and experience of
four guest lecturers.
  Further information      on   the
Madison seminars can be obtained
from Dr. Robert H. Schacht, Di-
rector, Wisconsin Alumni Seminar,
The Wisconsin Center, Madison 6.
For information on the Milwaukee
program write to Dr. William D.
Dowling, Associate Director, Infor-
mal Instructional Services, 600 West
Kilbourn, Milwaukee 3.
Armstrong on Greeks
fail ourselves. If we do, our future is
indeed bright. Who among us is will-
ing to assume the responsibility of
living up to our ideals?
  While I have been discussing the
responsibilities we, as Greeks, have
for our own future, I would not
neglect to call upon others to assume
their responsibilities. Certainly
Greeks must go out to meet the Uni-
versity, but the University   must
make an earnest effort to meet us
half-way. Is it unfair to ask the Uni-
versity to clarify its position in re-
spect to the Greek system? Is there
some question of our ability to
govern, to regulate, and to discipline
ourselves? When can we be assigned
the full responsibility of performing
these necessary functions? Must we
be content with inadequate, some-
times belated, defensive reactions to
University policy decisions? Under
the present system this is an un-
avoidable consequence of unex-
pected, unpredictable reinterpreta-
tions of University policy by power-
ful committees.
  We would not argue the Univer-
sity's jurisdiction over our organi-
zations, but maintain that if criteria
are to be established to regulate
Greeks, we deserve the opportunity
to help formulate these criteria. We
deserve to know the intentions of the
University in respect to the future of
the Greek system. The University
has this responsibility to Greeks. Is
it willing to assume its share of the
  You, as alumni, have a responsi-
bility to complement rather than
complicate the activities and efforts
of your local chapters. You must
work with us, not for us. You, too,
must be willing to assume responsi-
bility for the future of the Greek
  Is there any hope? The answer,
clearly is "Yes." The hope, however,
lies with those Greeks, faculty mem-
bers, and alumni who are ready and
willing to face the challenges affect-
ing the future of the Greek system at
Wisconsin. We must work together if
we hope to preserve this valuable
component of the University experi-
Luberg on Greeks
  tention that they would not be con-
  trolled and bound by legislation or of-
  ficers in their choice of fellows, and
  particularly they should not be asked
  to discriminate on grounds of race, color,
  creed or other such general criteria."
  Since 1960 there have been some
test votes that have reconfirmed the
faculty position. Although it is a by-
product, such reconfirmation has
helped considerably to influence na-
tional opinion. Our students, too,
have been effective on the national
scene. The men of Phi Delta Theta
and their adviser, Professor Ralph
Huitt, made hopeful gains in chang-
ing the attitude of their brothers,
including alumni, at their last na-
tional session. Other Wisconsin
groups have been instrumental in
breaking the bonds of discrimina-
tory  clauses in their documents.
These enlightened efforts are ap-
plauded by the faculty.
  Questions periodically arise about
the justification of faculty concern
relating to fraternities when their
houses are privately owned and are
on private property. Yet, by their
very  structure and  purpose they
would not exist without their rela-
tion to the University. In addi-
tion, there are many services pro-
vided the fraternities and sororities
through the offices of our Dean of
Women and Dean of Men. Basically,
they are in the same general cate-
gory as other student groups and the
Board of Regents have declared
them to be an integral part of our
  There is no general movement on
the part of the faculty to eliminate
fraternities from the campus scene.
Rather, there is the simple require-
ment that they live up to the policies
pronounced by the local chapters
themselves. Further, there is recog-
nition on the part of the faculty of
the services the fraternities provide
                Wisconsin Alumnus

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