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Egstad, H. M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 35, Number VII (April 1934)

This and that about the faculty,   pp. 211-216


Page 213


April, Nineteen thirty-four                                             
                                  Page 213
                                                               On the wire
fence at the east end of the Campus, they
        The Educated          Citizen     and                hung a huge
sign, "This Way to the Athletic- Field," and
               National Defense                              then, on the
sidewalk of State Street they outlined a four
               (Continued from page 183)                    by six gridiron
and a similar sized "Tiddely Winks Field"
                                                             . . .intimating,
of course, that this was all the space of
we have a special army class, possibly the ne'er-do-wells.  the University
grounds which was allotted for men's sports.
Certainly our educated youth have not become so craven    And then, almost
entirely across the length of the Campus
that they would want immunity in times of danger. Believe  on the Langdon
Street side, they hung a mammoth sign
it or not, like it or not, the best youth will always lead in  which read:
sacrificial causes. If another war occurs-which God for-                
    IT'S ONLY A JOKE!
bid!-certainly other campuses will be as patriotic as the   The second thing
which happened took place in a class
R. 0. T. C. campuses; I am inclined to think, possibly    conducted by Professor
Frankenberger, head of what was
more so, in the sense of ready zeal to go to war. The coL  then called "The
Elocution Department." One day Pro-
lege student with military training would want to exhaust  fessor Frankenberger
was trying to get some member of
every resource of peace. This is the way the psychology   the class to put
a little more fire and expression into a
of the situation works out in fact. I would not want to   speech he was making.
argue with a father who would advocate in a democracy       "Suppose
a man rushed into this room right now and
a special group to do the fighting so that his boy might be  in a quiet,
unexcited, matter-of-fact tone of voice said, 'My
exempt. Certainly we do not raise our boys to be slackers.  God, the king
is dead!', what would you think?" he asked
  Possibly someone would advocate a larger standing army,  the student.
after the manner of the European countries. This would     Immediately, without
pausing, the student answered, "I'd
be undemocratic, un-American, involving class distinctions,  think 'it's
only a joke'!"
and immensely expensive.                                       And from that
time until school was over in June, Prexy
  When we think all around and through this question, we  Van Hise's little
phrase was the catch-word of the entire
probably shall come back to the National Defense Act as   student body. The
students hatched and executed the most
a conservative and very effective national policy. The cen-  devilish pranks
they could think of. They kept the Faculty
tral feature of this policy is the R. 0. T. C., to provide  in a state of
nervous apprehension, and Prexy, in dignified
leaders from the intelligent citizenship if, and when, an  but very real
sweat for fear of what they'd do next. It was,
emergency may arise. It is the most economical, most     in short, the Reign
of Terror for Wisconsin's faculty.
democratic, and most efficient basis of defense.               And whenever
a student, or students, were apprehended
  Needless to say, I believe all good Americans and all  and taken up before
a Faculty committee for discipline,
good men hate war. Nor can I believe that war is neces-  they would always
smile benignly and complacently and
sary. However, it is not armies that create war; it is war  say, "Oh,
that? . . . why, that's only a joke!"
which creates armies. Neither preparedness nor unprepar-
edness availeth much with reference to securing peace. The
positive, constructive labors for peace must come through
cooperation of nations, through larger trust of one another,  Agriculture
and The New               Deal
through the agencies of good will and reason and con-                   
     (Continued from page 187)
science, and also through better reciprocal trade relations.  Should it be
possible for us to recapture our foreign mar-
Treaties, pacts, courts-these all help. Let us labor posi-  kets, the need
for reduction would disappear, at least, it
tively for these factors, rather than futilely and negatively  would be less
pressing.
direct our attacks upon measures of defense.*
  .d our atak uo   measures of defense.                     It is often said
that foreign countries are unable to pur-
  And above all, by what logic or sense do we have to    chase our goods,
that they are experiencing a depression
have our intellect insulted with the idea that because we  'ase  as tU  
  ed tates Toe    making t   semen
                  . ..   .............                         ~~~~as well
as the United States. Those making this statement
believe in a reasonable defense, therefore we want war,-
orbelieve in wareasonabledefenseterefo                       overlook the
fact that foreign countries are now using many
             or believe in war?                               things which
we wish to sell and are purchasing these
                                                              same commodities
at prices much higher than those at
                                                              which we could
furnish them. For example, wheat in
            lit Was Only         a Jolke!                    Berlin is selling
at around $1.92 per bushel. In Paris it
                                                              is $2.00 and
in Milan something like $1.80 per bushel.
                (Continued from page 188)                    Compare these
prices with the world price in Liverpool of
   On a Friday night, which was always the time the en-   from 65 to 75 cents
per bushel. Germany, France and Italy
gineers of those days chose to raise a disturbance, the usual  need our wheat.
In order to sell them wheat we must pur-
gatheri of thseudas co  to Lowe a    s   tur     ned      chase something
from them. Certainly they produce goods
gathering of students on the Lower Campus suddenly turned    wihw       
a   u   ooravnae          nsc        aebt
into a nightshirt parade, marched up town, took a Gas
company repair truck, brought it back to the Campus and   nations profit.
placed it at the entrance to the library on the terrace.    The recapture
of foreign markets through reciprocal trade
  Then they took lengths of gas pipe from it, stuck them  agreements is an
alternative worthy of consideration. It
upright in the center of the Campus, and built an unsightly  has, in my estimation,
many advantages over the adoption,
brick walk around them. Hanging on one of the pipes       permanently, of
the present policy of prosperity through
was a sign reading, "This Way to the Shrubbery," and off  scarcity.
to one side they built, on the ground, giant figures of
daisies, forget-me-nots, and other simple flowers, using    The basement
under the Rathskeller of the Union build-
the gas pipes as stems and bricks to outline the flowers.  ing has been dug
out and a cement floor installed as one
   Somewhere they found green sod, and transferring hands-  of the University's
C.W.A. projects. The new space will
ful of it to the Lower Campus, stuck up a regulation "Keep  be invaluable
in providing dark rooms for the rapidly
Off the Grass" sign on each little handful of grass. The  growing Camera
Club of 100 faculty and student mem-
dozens of signs they gathered from the capitol grounds   bers and will solve
the storage space problem  for the
and from private homes.                                      building, something
that has been sorely lacking.


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