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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 58, Number 8 (Dec. 15, 1956)

Ackley, Joan
Campus chronicle,   p. 16

Page 16

Where Is the Bascom         Hall Plaque?
   One thing students are hoping will appear under the
University's Christmas tree is the "sifting and winnowing"
plaque which has been missing from its place on Bascom
Hall since October 30. The famed plaque, gift of the Class
of 1910, bears the declaration made by the Board of Regents
in 1894 that the University "should ever encourage that fear-
less sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be
found." President Fred has issued a plea that the plaque be
returned as soon as possible. Campus police have been inves-
tigating the case but little or no evidence has been disclosed.
  Students, faculty and alumni are joining forces to raise
funds to replace the plaque. If the original is found, the extra
plaque will be enshrined in the Library. Contributions may
be mailed to the Freedom Plaque Fund, Bascom Hall.
Good. Will, Tours
   The 1956 Wisconsin Pre-Views Committee composed of
 80 top University students has been touring the state in
 order to interest outstanding high, school students in con-
 tinuing their education at UW. Teams of four students and
 one faculty member have visited groups of 20-25 interested
 high schoolers in Neenah, Eau Claire, Waukesha, Sheboy-
 gan, Fond du Lac, Janesville, and Kewaunee. Pictured on
The 1956-57 Wisconsin Pre-Views Central Committee.
this page is the central committee (left to right) Peter
Husting, Jo Moerschel, Roy Paul, Joan Van Buskirk, Vern
Howard, Gregory Brennan, Paul Kovenock and Laurie Pike.
"To Your Health"
  The newly enacted student health insurance program, pro-
viding complete sickness and accident coverage for approxi-
mately $18 per year, drew response from only 15 per cent
of the student body. The plan is expected to increase in
popularity as it becomes better known and understood; how-
ever, it is being re-studied and changes have been proposed
in methods of student contact.
The Christmas Spirit
   Christmas came to "the living room of the campus" on
December 1 when Union committeemen joined forces liter-
ally to deck the halls with bright decorations. Anne Gromme
served as general chairman with Crafts Committee working
out the decorative theme. Kitty Murray and House Commit-
tee held a coffee hour for ladder-climbing, tinsel-hanging
workers. The Union, beautiful in itself, was7 never more
   In keeping with the spirit of giving, students contributed
$2,500 to the 1956 Campus Chest drive in October. Al-
though the figure was $200 less thaq last year's total, chair-
man Robin Smith explained that more effort than usual
was directed toward making the fund's purposes understood.
Trimmings for Badger Block
   Badger Block may seem to be in perpetual action next
season with the addition of capes that will make the card
cheering section appear white with a red "W" during the
games. Student Senate voted to appropriate $500 toward the
purchase of. capes, contingent upon the remainder of the
cost being provided by other sources. Block ticket-holders
will pay a $2 deposit on the capes, of which 50 cents will
be retained, if the plan sees completion.
"Gift of the Class of '57"
   A group of University students, evidently tired of waiting
 for a fountain to be erected on the mall between Memorial
 Library and the State Historical Society, decided to take
 action last month. Passers-by found elegantly placed on the
 fountain site the business part of a white porcelain "throne"
 inscribed with the words, "Gift of the class of '57", around
 the base and elsewhere, "Dear John." The gift was promptly
 removed . . . for safe keeping, no doubt.
   The Wisconsin Engineer copped three prizes in competi-
 tion against other engineering school magazines at the Engi-
 neering College Magazine Association convention. The tech-
 nical journal, published by students in the School of Engi-
 neering, won first prize in the "best written magazine" divi-
 sion; second in the "best written article" category; and hon-
 orable mention in the "best written non-technical article"
 competition. Hat's off to Ron Schroeder and his staff!
                    Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1956

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