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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 10 (Aug. 1948)

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              HIGH PRICE
   Let me remark here and now that the
 March issue of the Alumnus, to my way of
 thinking and reading, is the outstanding
 number among the many that have come
 to me in all the past. It establishes a pretty
 high standard by which subsequent issues
 will be judged as "up" or "down". That's
 the price an editor has to pay for excel-
                A. F. KRIPPNER, '04.
                Denver, Colo.
   In the mail recently arrived President
 Fred's letter addressed to the alumni con-
 cerning Commencement-Reunion weekend.
 It was more than welcome. Also was re-
 ceived an announcement about the Aug.
 23-28 National Congress of the National
 Student Association. It was more than
   I am glad to be the object of interest
 of those who sent these communications
 to me. They are quite welcome to keep
 me in their mailing lists. I hope they
   Yet, the letter from NSA stimulates
me, gives me hope. The letter from the
alumni course seems much less hopeful.
   The point of this letter is to explain
that alumni associations, generally, of
high schools and colleges in America
seem   to be missing    the boat. Why
shouldn't they? They have their eyes
fixed on too few objectives.
  Why is it that the epochal decision
of the US Supreme Court concerning the
place of religious education in public
schools had to have its origin in a local
community family situation? If current
practice was unconstitutional in 1948 it
was unconstitutional in 1928. Where are
the alumni of a state university in that
or any other local community that allow
unconstitutional or potentially uncon-
stitutional situations in education to
exist unquestioned.
  University alumni are not on the ball
nor are alumni associations. Alumni
associations should be social, etc., but,
on the community levels, the Wisconsin
almuni, t h e University    of Michigan
alumni, etc., should, as the trained re-
flective minds of the community, meet,
think their way into community prob-
lems, etc., and furnish the local leader-
ship to solve these community problems,
the lack of solution of which has and is
destroying the confidence of the Ameri-
can people in the American form of gov-
  Have a good time on Commencement-
Reunion Weekend. But, don't kid your
yourself. The real promise on the Wis-
consin campus lies not on that weekend.
It will be on Aug. 23-28.
            CLARENCE C. CASE, x927
            Grand Rapids, Mich.
  The February Wisconsin Alumnus con-
tained much valuable as well as interest-
ing material. The article by John Gabriel
about the Bascom Era interested me espe-
cially, as my father w-as a member of the
class of 1988.
  There is one incident that my father told
and re-told many a time which I have
never seen written up in detail. It has
been referred to as the "pepper prom".
There was quite a feud on between the
non-fraternity men and the fraternity men.
So some 3f the fellows contrived to sift
finely ground red pepper (and snuff per-
haps) through the ceiling of the building
where the prom was in full swing. The
coughing and sneezing which ensued was
terrific. It really broke up the prom. Some
of the faculty and fraternity students tried
to round up the culprits. Several of them
made their getaway, but the last man there
looked like he was trapped. He had to jump
out of a second floor window to make his
escape. A large crowd was gathered below
the window. When he landed on the ground,
the crowd surged toward him to grab him.
However, he must have had some com-
patriots in the crowd. For several men
dashed up between him and the crowd and
said, "Stand back, the man has probably
broken a leg." As the crowd gave way
he was on his feet quick as lightning and
made his getaway.
   I regret that I did not have my father
 write up some of these'-,events. My recollec-
 tion of them may aot be entirely accurate.
 Perhaps President Emeritus Birge can tell
 you more about it, because I remember my
 father said Mr. Birge was one of the men
 that tried to pursue the villain after he
 got away from the crowd, but was not
 successful in overtaking him.
   Last week I sent a copy of the Trochos,
 the annual published by the class of 1888,
 to the University Library. After that year
 the annual was named the Badger. The
 Troches of the class of '88 (published in
 1887) is the second annual to be published
 at the University.
   Mr. Gilbert Doane, Director of the Li-
 brary writes;
     "The University Library is very
   grateful for this volume for we do not
   have copies of either the 1886 or 1887
   issues of the Trochos, so you see this
   is an addition to our collection and one
   which we shall treasure for its associa-
   tion with two of our alumni.
     We were interested to find the like-
   ness of Pat Walsh in this issue. Ever
   since I came to Wisconsin in 1937 I
   have heard tales and legends about
   this man until he has become almost a
   mythical figure.
     The sketch of the libraries also gave
   some information, in addition to what
   we already had."
   My father, John S. Roeseler, was one of
 the Board of Editors of the Trochos pub-
 lished in 1887, and made quite a number
 of drawings for that issue.
            OSCAR E. ROESELER, '15
            Superior, Wis.
          NEXT MONTH
     brief but complete history of
     the University on the occa-
     sion of its 100th birthday.
   VOLUME 50, NO. 1. The chron-
     icle of the 50 years of cam-
     pus service of the Wisconsin
  Three years of World War II experience
on Navy recruiting: duty in North Dakota,
Minnesota, New York City, and New Jersey
served to point out to me the vast differ-
ence existing today between schooling and
education. There is more of the former than
ever before and much less of the latter.
One realizes now the quality job that the
University of Wisconsin has done for so
long and its position of importance as an
institution of higher learning.
  If there is to be peace in our world in
our times it will be because the majority
of the people want peace more than they
want war and are ready to fight as hard to
stay out of a fight as they have to once
they are hopelessly committed. Unless our
colleges can train leaders who are suffi-
ciently in touch with the mental processes
of the average person to really lead them,
we will still be ruled by the rabble rousing
dictators who know that it is far easier to
destroy than it is to create.
  The Alumnus is read with interest each
month and it is not pleasant to see notices
of the deaths of so many contempories each
month. That, more than anything else,
forces one to admit that time has passed
faster than one cares to admit.
          DONALD A. CALDWELL, '18
          Sioux Falls, S. D.
  Enclosed please find personal check for
$4.00 to cover membership dues for' cur-
rent year.
  It has been quite a period of time since
I left the campus, but I still look forward
to getting monthly news about Wisconsin.
I have seen many other alumni magazines
but Wisconsin's tops them all by many
kilometers-possibly b e c a u s e Wisconsin
does many more things in a better way.
When Wisconsin ceases to be a vital cog
in world events, you can cancel my mem-
         GEORGE W. CAMPBELL, '12
         Chicago, Ill.
           RED SQUIRRELS
   Just to thank you for a copy of the May
 issue, containing the story about myself.
 It is very kind of you to speak in such a
 friendly way, although where you got the
 information about my birth is more than
 I can figure out.
   Mr. Davis, of the Milwaukee Journal,
 who was quoted, in part, did not quite get
 what I told him about the red squirrel, as
 a planter of pine trees, for instance. This
 little fellow actually buries the cones,
 usually under the edge of an old down tree
 trunk or log, or at the base of a tree,
 and, while he possibly buries more than he
 ever resurrects, for winter feed, a hawk
 is apt to get him, especially after he has
 slowed up a little with age, so that the
 buried cones are pretty apt to contain a
 seed or two that germinates, and ultimately
 grows up and survives as a tree. I have,
 more than once, seen hawks, flying over
 the forest, swoop down to get one of these
 little rascals, about their more or less
 noisy business, but the younger squirrel is
 usually quick enough to dodge around
 behind the tree trunk, and beat it up to
 the top, to hide. When things quiet down;
 he usually goes back to his original sta-
 tion, and begins to swear, in a very human
                   ASA K. OWEN, '01
                   Philips, Wis.
          RE MR.- PRITZERT
   Every mother likes to believe that her
child is just a little bit better than any
   The usual college alumnus feels that his
 alma mater is the best in the land and
 could not possibly be surpassed.
 To a 1947 graduate who thinks that Wis-
 consin is the University that most happily
 provides for its students a chance to receive
 a stimulating, inspiring education and to
 capture the "joie de vivre," Sidney Pritz-
 ert's article in a recent Wisconsin Alumnus
 was quite the surprise.
 As a Badger coed of the war through
 the green years, my opinions differ widely
 from Mr. Pritzert's.
 To my way of thinking a Wisconsin
 seemingly infested with education-hungry
 students is a wonderful phenomenon. I like
 to think that Wisconsin opens its doors to
 as many students as it can, many of whom
 could never before afford educational op-
 I relish the idea of Wisconsin's open-
 heartedness, its inherent friendliness. An
 analogy to Princeton is ridiculous because
 Wisconsin will never be a school boundaried
 by intellectual snobbery, limited to the
 very few.
 Wisconsin's over-populated student body
 is similar to a big, happy family, each
 struggling for individuality, each trying to
 be recognized. If that isn't good for the
 student and character-building, I can't
 imagine what is!
 Wisconsin doesn't soft-cushion its stu-
 dents, coddling them for four years. If the
 student has to surmount great odds, then
 he'll be better for it, because when out on
 the job there is no "intimate contact" be-
 tween employer and employee.
 Being a "J School" graduate I cannot
 speak for the other colleges on the Wis-
 consin campus but I felt always that if I
 had any great scholastic problem I could
 count on Miss Patterson, my advisor, for
 helpful, understandingly mature advice. All
 my professors seemed: approachable, ever
 willing to help.
 And what is wrong with preparing a lec-
 ture like a radio address? Radio talks can
 include an audience of thousands and do not
 put "exclusive rights" on any portion of its
 listening audience. Why can't 600 as well
 as 60 students hear what a professor has
 to say?
 Within reason, who is to say by what
 scholastic limitations a student should be
 granted admittance? Generally education is
 considered an open commodity, which any-
 one capable and willing enough to devote
 earnest effort should be able to secure.
 I like to think that Wisconsin admits
 "marginal students" and is able to inspire
 them to lead a better life in every way,
 instead of adhering to a superior race
 policy, scholastically or otherwise.
 A dash of sociology, a jigger of English,
 a touch of economics never hurt anybody's
 intellectual capacity. Even a little taste is
 better than none at all!
 The University of Wisconsin could not
 possibly cheat the poor soul of his "great
expectations" because as everybody knows:
"God helps those who..."
              EDYTHE R. PRENS, '47
              Rochester, N. Y.

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