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Schoenfeld, Clay (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 49, Number 9 (June 1948)

Dear editor,   p. 2

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          TOO HIGH-BROW
  I have just received notice that next
year's dues to the Alumni Association can
be paid any time. Listed as one of the
great advantages of membership is the sub-
scription to the Alumnus.
  My recent feelings about your magazine
are such that I cannot help but question
whether this is an advantage or not. I am
not alone in feeling that the Alumnus has
gone too much on one track. Do you
realize that in the last issue there was
NOT ONE WORD about athletics? In the
past several months there has been so little
news of Wisconsin athletics that both my
son ('46) and I are thoroughly disgusted.
  I do not mean for a minute that all we
care about is news of what the various
teams are doing, but we do feel that we
should get enough news once a month to
be able to talk intelligently as to Wiscon-
sin teams when we meet our friends from
other Big Nine schools. For example, we
would greatly like to know how the box-
ing team came out this year. Some dope
on why the basketball team fell down in
the last half of the season, etc., etc.
  We do like to know about the research
that is going on in various departments of
the University, how the building program
is progressing. I find no fault with what
you do put in the magazine, but I do find
great fault with what you leave out.
  Give us a really balanced report on the
University. Don't go too high-brow. Why
not try taking a poll among those of us
who are so far away that you are our
only tie to Madison?
                   J. B. LOESCH, '13
                   Montrose, Colo.
    ED: Not one word about athletics
  in the April issue? What are Messrs.
  Levis, Cook, and Kotz doing on the
         TO MR. PRITZERT:
  I have noted your recent article in the
Wisconsin Alumnus and take this opportu-
nity to comment on it.
  While I am    in agreement with your
hypothesis and conclusions my observations
indicate that your facts are somewhat in-
correct. During the past two years I have
had a number of opportunities to visit
biological and chemistry laboratories at a
number of universities, including Harvard,
Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Pennsylvania,
Illinois, etc. and while the outsides of the
buildings at these institutions are often
much more impressive, and the landscap-
ing is usually more pleasing to the eye 1
have found that ths equipment doled out
to the undergrad    studying elementary
courses in these sciences is usually inade-
quate and I would say far less complete
than that available and used by the UW
  Also, it is true that these places have
famous grad schools, but here again the
equipment available is usually of poorer
quality than that available in Madison.
  In your estimate of 18,000 students I
guess you have included some 2,000 grads
at UW, and if there aren't more than
2,000 upperclassmen and grads here at
Princeton, the registrar's figures are con-
siderably off.
  One other point that you mention, that
of large lectures etc., seems to be common
no matter wherever you go, and the quiz
sections at Madison are no larger than
other universities teaching by the same
methods. It is not fair to compare the tuto-
rial system which has never been used at
UW with the lecture-quiz system.
  I don't know what your experience has
been with scientists, and how you have
found them as lecturers and teachers. It
seems to be a common impression that
good research men are nearly always poor
teachers, and I guess that many of the
faculty at Madison might fall into this
classification. I am told that that is the
case at most institutions. I wonder if your
smaller classes will result in teaching the
student to think; I am not very optimistic.
Most students parrot back what the in-
structor expects to hear, without much
  Perhaps my    opinions are somewhat
biased, and conditions at colleges have
changed since I left the campus in '45.
               DAVID PERLMAN '41
               Princeton, N. J.
  Those of us who look for a new and
liberal German Republic wish to thank you
for the words of hope for a brighter day in
German education as presented in Dr.
Helen C. White's article. By all means,
have selected German students come to
America and then return with the liberal
ideas of universities like Wisconsin.
        HERMANN S. FICKE, MA '20
        Dubuque, Iowa
             PRICE CUT
  I deeply appreciate and thank you for
the wonderful spread you gave my little
booklet in the last Alumnus. I guess we
didn't deserve all that you gave us, but
we like it and thank you.
  One correction, please. The price is 25
cents, not 50. The latter was a pre-publica-
tion estimate, but was cut for the sake of
the veterans.
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                Madison, Wis.
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