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Johnson, Dwight A. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 51, Number 5 (Feb. 1950)

With the clubs,   pp. 24-25

Page 25

Pres. Fred Carries Fight
For More Scholarships
To the Nation's Capital
  "ALL ACROSS the country, the
cost-to-the-student of a university
education is moving upward. There
is a real danger that by placing too
high a price tag on higher education
we will price ourselves out of the
talent market. And human talent is
one resource which a democracy
cannot afford to waste."
  That was the theme of Pres. E. B.
Fred's talk to some 150 Washington,
D. C., alumni Wednesday evening,
Jan. 18, when he called for "the
establishment of a sufficient number
of scholarships and fellowships to
take care of our worthy and needy
   (The President had been called to
the nation's capital to meet. with the
US advisory commission on educa-
tional exchange and with a special
committee on   cardiovascular dis-
eases. Taking advantage of the op-
portunity, he carried his fight for a
broad program of student scholar-
ships to some of Wisconsin's most
famous alumni.)
  The statement that any boy or
girl who has what it takes can get
all the education he wants definitely
is not so, Fred charged. Every year
high schools graduate thousands of
talented and capable young men and
women for whom a college education
is out of the question, simply be-
cause it costs too much, he declared.
  Even in public institutions, stu-
dents are being asked to assume
more and more of the cost of their
instruction, Fred said.
  In 1929, he pointed out, the typical
of Wisconsin College of Letters and
Science paid only about 18 per cent
of the cost of his instruction. Today,
he revealed, the same student pays
approximately 34 per cent of the
cost of his instruction-nearly dou-
ble the ratio in 1929.
  "These Wisconsin figures merely
substantiate reports from  o t h e r
sources that the percentage of edu-
cational costs being contributed by
students has 'been creeping upwards
for years, and has reached the point
at which it may prove serious," Fred
  The rise in cost of a university
education has far exceeded the rise
in general cost of living, he added.
In 1929, he pointed out, the United
States cost-of-living index stood at
122.5. In the same year, University
of Wisconsin resident fees stood at
a comparable rating of 90.8. Today
the US cost-of-living index has
moved upward to 168, but UW resi-
dent fees have surged to a rating of
  "I am not against asking that a
student assume a fair share of the
cost of his instruction in a public
university," Fred said, "but we need
the means to attract and serve more
of the most able and deserving
  At the present time only about 1
out of every 15 University of Wis-
consin students gets financial aid
from scholarships, he pointed out.
For most of those who receive schol-
arships, the help is "nominal," the
president said.
  President Fred also discussed the
University's financial weakness in
providing for the future. "On the
funds granted," he explained, "we
will be able to 'hold the line' "-but
that is all.
  He thanked such organizations as
the UW Foundation for their gen-
erous helping hand, but made it
clear that financial support is not
the "only important service to be
rendered by a 1 u m n i and other
  "Many alumni and friends cannot
help with cash. None should limit
  "What is needed on the part of
all our alumni and friends is an in-
fectious enthusiasm for the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin; not simply as
your Alma Mater or as a fine school,
but as a part of the greater cause
of higher education. There can be
no sounder investment, no greater
contribution to human welfare, than
the cultivation and development of
our country's greatest resource-
the able minds of our people.
  "The true measure of the loyalty
of the alumnus and the friend is
his appreciation of these over-all
objectives of his university, h i s
knowledge of its work and needs,
and his willingness to interpret its
activities and requirements to those
who are able to help it."
  Among the famous alumni invited
to the Washington gathering were
Joseph E. Davies, '98, former am-
bassador to Belgium and Russia;
Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., '19, for-
mer US senator from Wisconsin;
Katherine Lenroot, '12, director of
the children's bureau, Department of
Labor; Wayne L. Morse, '23, US
senator from Oregon; Guy Stanton
Ford, '95, former president, Univer-
sity of Minnesota, and now manag-
ing editor of the American History
Association; Lloyd A. Lehrbas, '19,
staff of World Report; and Marquis
W. Childs, '23, columnist.
Ivy & Harry at New York
  NEARLY 200 New York Badgers
honored  Athletic Director Harry
Stuhldreher, Coach Ivy Williamson,
and other members of the coaching
staff at a football dinner held at
the Beekman Tower Hotel, New York
City, Wednesday, Jan. 11.
  The banquet turned out to be a
well-rounded Wisconsin affair, re-
ports  Clifford L. McMillin, '11.
"Everybody seemed to have a speech
in his system and everybody at some
time during the evening gave it
either on the platform or in the re-
ception parlors."
  Russell Irish, '24, former Badger
football end, was chairman     and
acknowledged the fine record Harry
Stuhldreher has made in developing
all sports at Wisconsin. He noted
that Ivy Williamson was picked as
head coach by Stuhldreher.
  Stuhldreher then spoke of the im-
portance of a well-rounded sports
program and of the progress which
has been made at Wisconsin. Wil-
liamson, whose 1949 season made
him the unofficial coach of the year
in the minds of Wisconsinites, dis-
cussed his first season and the fine
cooperation he had from the squad
and coaching staff.
  George Little, former head coach
and athletic director at Wisconsin,
also spoke of his days with Badger
football. Little is now at Rutgers.
   Color movies of the team in action
     nJv-uv wpr nresented and
narrated by a member of the coach-
ing staff. A second film showed sev-
eral sports activities at Wisconsin.
Detroit Prexy Resigns
  DETROIT alumni recently lost
their president, Thomas L. Gilbert,
'35, to Chicago where he has become
vice-president of Byrnes & McCaf-
frey, Inc. New president is N. Brad-
ley Higbie, Jr., '20, who was for-
merly club vice-president. To fill
Higbie's office, the board of directors
elected one of their members, Robert
E. Jones, '31. And Stewart H. Man-
son, '24, was appointed to fill the
vacancy on the board until the next
annual election.
  After the director's meeting, the
Detroit club held its regular Decem-
ber meeting at the University Club.
About 30 members attended the
luncheon which preceded movies of
the 19-'9 Wisconsin-Iowa football
  D u r i n g the meeting, President
Higbie appointed R. T. Johnstone,
'24, and Robert T. Herdegen, Jr.,
'42, to act as co-chairmen of the
1950 Founders' Day banquet.
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