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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

With the clubs,   pp. 23-24

Page 24

agricultural e c o n o m i c s department.
Mabbun is now an economist in the top
echelon of advisers to the Rehabilita-
tion Finance Corporation (the RFC
without mink coats, as he put it) of
the Philippine government.
   He had started his tour by attend-
ing a month-long international con-
ference of agricultural and cooperative
credit on the west coast, and after a
southern tour was on his way to Seattle
and the Pacific Northwest.
  Mabbun had some good things to re-
port on the Philippine alumni group
that's based in Manila. With a member-
ship of a little more than 100, the aver-
age turnout for meetings is about 75
per cent-and some Badgers fly in from
Mindanao and other islands to meet
with the club. The last meeting was
in July, a banquet in honor of Dr. Ro-
land Renne, another Badger alumnus,
who was in the Philippines on a Mutual
Security Administration mission. The
dub also planned to celebrate homecom-
ing on Nov. 8, coincident with the
football game in Madison.
   "In this connection," wrote Mariano
P. Ramiro recently, "please keep us
posted with the results of the football
games as well as the other sports."
Door County Alumni
Plan Active Season
   WITH NEW OFFICERS t a k i n g
over, the Door County Alumni club is
continuing an ambitious program of ac-
tivities during the coming year.
   New officers elected included Edwin
C. Stephan, president; Mrs. Lycan Mil-
ler, vice-president; and Carl Zahn, sec-
retary-treasurer. The advisory council
includes Walter Keyes, Mrs. Herbert
Johnson, W. E. Wagener, and D. W.
   Committees have already been selected
to handle the various functions and
Reynolds and Lycan Miller got things
underway with the showing of football
films after each Badger game. Other
committee chairmen are Carl Zahn, spe-
cial promotions; S. T. Harris, publicity;
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Smith, bridge tour-
nament; William     Mielke, Christmas
dance; Murray Schlintz, scholarships;
and D. J. Howe, UW Foundation fund.
The club plans to sponsor a Pro Arte
Quartet appearance to raise scholarship
funds this year.
Mendota Motif for
Dallas Clubs' Party
   WHITE ROCK LAKE provided a
 Madison-like setting for the Dallas
Alumni club Oct. 4, when about 45
alumni got together in their regular fall
roundup on the Bonnie Barge for a
boat trip and party.
  Mr. and Mrs. John W. Barber were
chairmen of the affair. The informal
atmosphere of the party provided some
excellent opportunities for members to
get better acquainted.
  Other active committee members in-
cluded Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Al-
bright, Mr. and Mrs. Art Schneider,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Seltzer, John
Anderson, and Mr. and Mrs. R. B.
Detroit Women Raise
Money-and Have Fun
   From  Mrs. Harriet Broders last
month came a report on the UW
Women's Club of Detroit and that
group's means of raising money for its
scholarship fund. The trial and error
pattern of the club's efforts are prob-
ably typical of those of other clubs.
The ladies, however, can put a big
feather in their hats-they never gave
   At one time a big benefit bridge was
promoted, with some success. Then the
alumna tried entertaining their hus-
bands and charging for various forms
of entertainment-but that was aban-
doned as being unfair to the menfolks.
So it was decided to seek $2.00 from
each member to be earned especially for
the project-but it turned out to be the
loyal few who footed the bill.
  Last year the scholarship committee
was also made a ways and means com-
mittee and devised t h r e e separate
money-making projects. T h e bridge
party remains the largest, but the schol-
arship fund also benefits from an apron-
making and selling stunt, and a trans-
portation scheme in which each woman
who comes to meetings as a passenger
in another's car contributes the equiva-
lent of her bus fare to the fund. A
recent bridge luncheon, promoted by
President Mrs. H. H. Saker, that in-
cluded a white elephant auction was
another successful project.
Triple Threat Event
In Washington, D. C.
  DR. WILLIAM S. Middleton, UW
Medical School dean, the National Press
Club Chorus, and the motion picture
"Wisconsin Athletic Review" shared
the spotlight at the National Press Club
in Washington, D. C., Oct. 27 at the
opening event of the Washington club's
  Dr. Middleton spoke on "Your Uni-
versity," bringing his audience up to
date on campus life and problems of
today. The Press Club Chorus, a hit at
an earlier club meeting, was back with
the group   by popular request and
opened the program'with several choral
  Fully 200 alumni were present, in-
cluding a large number of U1W Medical
School graduates. Among those on hand
were the dean of the George Washing-
ton U. Medical School and Rear Ad-
miral Clarence Brown, USN assistant
surgeon general.
  Prior to the main dinner meeting
there was an informal hour in the
lounge where alumni could meet and
talk with friends. The Washington dub
is headed by Dr. Robert H. Barter.
San Fernando Club
Comes Up with Picnic
  Another picnic-this one enjoyed by
members of the San Fernando Valley
club at Verdugo Park, Glendale, Calif.,
back in June-has been reported to the
Alumnus and we're reporting it right
  Dr. Norman Gordon writes that
some 75 children and adults attended,
having such a good time that it was
decided to make the event an annual
affair for the fledgling club.
   More recently, the San Fernando
club held its first dinner meeting of
the fall season in Van Nuys with the
speaker. Charles Millizan, discussing a
fascinating subject, "Flying Saucers."
   Later this month, the club plans a
joint dinner party with the Southern
California Alumni club at the Coconut
Grove in Los Angeles. On Nov. 21 the
Grove plans to feature Wisconsin night
in its series of college reunion nights.
T HE scramble for high grades is bad.
   Almost anyone with a good memory,
a willingness to stick to a textbook and
to "yes-yes" the professor can pull an
A out of a course. A high grade is not
always proof of real intelligence. I had
some high grades in college myself.
  As competition is the life of the
trade, so different points of view with
their attendant discussion are the life
of a classroom. The object of education
should be the development of mental
muscle, not the parrotlike memorizing
of a textbook. I have always been sus-
picious of a student who gets A's in all
his courses. -Prof. Emeritus William
B. Oatis, The City College (N. Y.)

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