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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 9 (Jan. 1960)

Berge, John
Keeping in touch with Wisconsin,   p. 7

Page 7

Keeping in Touch with Wisconsin
                            Two Headaches
   If this monthly message seems more
 rambling than usual, there are two rea-
 sons for it: (1) Wisconsin's Rose Bowl
 trip and (2) University budget prob-
 lems in the fall session of the legisla-
   As usual, the Rose Bowl has pro-
duced its customary headaches. Some of
these headaches, of course, are due to
the fact that all Rose Bowl plans have
to be developed and worked out in
approximately five weeks. Because of
this time factor, the Rose Bowl ticket
announcement mailed to members of
the Wisconsin Alumni Association in-
cluded this instruction: "Any applica-
tion to be considered must be in our
office not later than Monday, December
7, 1959."
   All ticket announcements and official
order blanks were mailed by the U. W.
Athletic Department by flrst class mail.
Even so, some alumni did not get their
official order blanks until December 7 - -
and then my phone started ringing. The
U. W. Athletic Department assured me
that orders postmarked December 7
would be treated the same as those re-
ceived by this December 7 deadline.
Oscar Damman, ticket sales manager,
reports that all orders from WAA
members were filled.
   Most of our Rose Bowl headaches,
however, come from Wisconsin's lim-
ited ticket allotment. Reports from West
Coast Badgers show that Washington
got more than three times as many tick-
ets as Wisconsin. Wisconsin's allotment
was only 13,000 tickets. Reports from
reliable West Coast sources indicate that
Washington got "over 40,000 tickets".
This produces a real problem because
California alone has 7,162 Wisconsin
alumni. There are 2,981 alumni in Los
Angeles County. With a total ticket
allotment of only 13,000 this means
that a lot of Badgers on the West Coast
are very unhappy. (Some end-zone tick-
ets came in later.)
  These facts suggest that this ticket
problem should receive special attention
Wisconsin Alumnus, January, 1960
if and when the Rose Bowl contract is
renewed. The Wisconsin-Washington
game on January first marks the end of
the current contract. When this renewal
was considered last spring the vote was
a tie-5 to 5. If this contract is re-
newed the Big Ten should insist on
more and better tickets for the Rose
Bowl game. The current ticket ratio is
clearly unfair to the Big Ten.
   While the Athletic Department was
struggling with its Rose Bowl problems,
President Elvehjem and the Regents
were running into stiff opposition on
their budget requests for 1960-61. The
University asked for $28,764,371 for
1960-61. This request included salary
increases for faculty members - - a very
important item in keeping Wisconsin in
the top ten among American universi-
ties. In his budget message to the legis-
lature, Governor Gaylord Nelson rec-
ommended a state appropriation of
$27,276,565 for the University - - ap-
proximately $1.5 million less than the
University's request.
  On December 2 the Joint Finance
Committee of the legislature cut the
University budget by $1,278,057, thus
eliminating the proposed 8%  pay raise
for the faculty. This is bad news for the
University because these salary increases
are highly important.
   When this salary question was under
discussion some time ago, one legislator
suggested that faculty members should
be satisfied with present salaries because
they were about "average", as compared
to salaries in other Big Ten universities.
President Elvehjem answered this pro-
posal by saying that he did not want to
be president of an average university.
He wanted to be president of "the great
University of Wisconsin".
  President Elvehjem needs your sup-
port in keeping Wisconsin in the top
ten. This select group consists of great
universities - - not average universities.
The first essential for a great university
is a great faculty. - - John Berge, Execu-
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