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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 77, Number 2 (Jan. 1976)

The University,   pp. 16-19


Page 16


Campus Gets Its Own
Identifying Seal
   From 1854 till the early part of
 this decade a single official seal
 served the University of Wisconsin
 which was, of course, synonymous with
 the Madison campus. But with
 merger came thirteen four-year and
 fourteen two-year campuses, each
 anxious to maintain its former individu-
 ality while now a part of the
 third-largest state university system
 in the nation. A minor but visible
 part of this effort was a rush to design
 identifying seals, and now the
 Madison campus has one of its own.
   Ours is the work of Prof. Phillip
 Hamilton of the art department, based
 on suggestions gleaned from a
 campus poll last spring and arrived
 at after input by a group which
 included representatives of the chan-
 cellor's office, journalism, art history,
 and publications.
   The idea of a University seal goes
back to 1848, when the Board of
Regents asked for one, although
it took five years for something to be
produced under the auspices of
Chancellor Lathrop. He described it:
"The human eye, upturned to receive
the light falling upon it from above;
the motto in illuminated letters
above the eye, 'Numen lumen,'
(God our light); the legend around
the rim of the seal." Lathrop had
his design worked out by a Cincin-
nati artist, who overlooked his orders
that the eye be shown raised heaven-
ward; instead it looks out at the
viewer.
  The new seal will be used to desig-
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nate the Madison campus on
most printed items and signs,
although a more traditional version
of the old is to be developed
for official documents.
New Visitation Schedule
Begins in Dorms
   A liberalized visitation option for
 5,750 undergraduate dormitory resi-
 dents went into effect
 December 1. The new option, man-
 dated recently by the UW System
 Board of Regents, allows "open"
 unlimited visits by members of the
 opposite sex around-the-clock.
 The new policy will be implemented
 according to wishes of dorm resi-
 dents taken from a preference
 survey conducted by Residence Halls.
 All units voting for open visitation
 had to have at least 90 percent
 of the residents in agreement
 since dormitory living is a contract
 agreement between the student and
 the University.
   "We did not want to make this
a simple parliamentary majority-rule
decision, and by making the
cut-off point so high we think
the right of the minority is also
protected," said Bill Sweet, assistant
director of housing. All male units
and the six co-ed units voted
for the open visitation option.
Only two female units had a
90 percent-and-above preference
for open visitation; the remainder will
continue under the current "limited"
visitation. Heretofore, dorm residents
have had two options-limited visita-
tion, meaning no visitors allowed
  between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m.; and
  no visitation. At the beginning of
  this academic year only six students
  opted for no visitation privileges.
  Although all the male units voted for
  open visitation, regent regulations
  state that limited visitation for
  mern also must be offered. Whitbeck
  house of Sellery Hall has
  reluctantly agreed to be the
  limited visitation unit.
    Sweet said open visitation is a
 logical outgrowth of 18-year-old, right
 of majority legislation. "It places
 the responsibility and privilege of
 visitation squarely on the back
 of the individual student. The state
 legislature, parents, responsible com-
 munity leaders, and students have
 been indicating in every fashion
 possible that the University has got
 to get out of the in loco parentis busi
 ness, and that's exactly what
 we're doing. Opportunity for the
 individual to exercise his own
 personal choice has been the theme
 song for the past ten years, and this is
 an excellent example of the Uni-
 versity honoring this commitment."
   Sweet said the new option is
 significant for what it does
 not allow. "The regents were quite
 specific in the outlines that were given
 to us-it does not in any way
 represent an opportunity for
 co-habitation, and it also does not
 allow sexual conduct prohibited by
 Wisconsin statutes. We've told our
 dorm residents very specifically what
 conduct is expected." Sweet said
 any violation would be handled
 on an individual basis and
 repeated violations will lead to
 disciplinary action.
   Of the 5,750 undergraduates
surveyed, 3,809 responded, with 190
men indicating a preference
for limited visitation. Of these, only
seven indicated a wish to transfer
to limited visitation housing.
Mid-Year Commencement Held
  Approximately 2,540 students
received academic degrees at the
mid-year commencement December 14.
Bachelor's degrees were presented
to 1,480 students, master's to 725,
doctor of philosophy degrees to
255, doctor of laws to seventy-five,


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