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Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 4 (Feb. 1926)

News and comment ,   pp. 97-98

Page 97

OUR University came into, being in February over
. three quarters of a century ago. For several years
past, generally in the month of February, the event has
been celebrated by gatherings of alumni in all parts of
the world. This year meetings should be held wherever
alumni, even so few as two or three, can be assembled.
The local clubs need no urging to do this. With most of
them it is an established function. Will not unorgan-
ized groups follow their lead, get together, rehearse our
University's history, discuss her accomplishments, glory
in her achievements, become acquainted with Glenn
Frank-he is worth your while, he deserves your whole-
hearted support. Know your Alma Mater's problems,
put your own energetic helpfulness into them, cooperate
in a practical and substantial way with those who are
seeking solutions, appreciate your responsibilities as an
alumnus. It is only in the discharge of duties that you
can feel the real happiness of honoring your Alma
Mater. Let us individually and as the organized
alumni carry on for the University. Let us finish the
Union Memorial Building, now so well begun. Let us
turn to othler joyful tasks. Let us justify the faith of the
pioneer founders of the University of Wisconsin. Let
us on Founders Day, their day and our day, look. grate-
fully backward. Let us do this in order that we may
look forward with better vision, and with firmer reso-
Iution.-GEORGE I. HAIGHT, '99, President.
SEVEN of the ten alumni, delegated to investigate and
report on the Regents' resolution banning gifts from
corporate endowments concur in a report which appears
in this issue. Three members, Mrs. Chynoweth, Dr.
Beebe, and Mr. Runke do not concur. The two gentle-
men of the minority have filed separate reports, Dr.
Beebe urging "seeing it throughýwith- ourselves" as a
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pressing the belief that "subsidized investigators are
usually suffering from a social strabismus." While
space limitations confine this number of your alumni
publication to the report of the majority, the minority
reports will appear in subsequent issues. All the mem-
bers of this committee deserve thanks from fellow
alumni for services generously rendered.
OUR University very properly may be said to have
    begun on the first Monday of February, 1849, with
the assembling of the first class. One of these first stu-
dents, the late W. H. Holt, lived within a couple of
blocks of the present campus until this winter. Seventy
odd years, less than the life time of many men, is a brief
period in the life of a great educational institution. In
fact, no American universities are very old. Harvard
is close to its three hundredth birthday, but that period
is brief as compared with the life of several of the uni-
versities of Europe and even more brief when compared
with a university in China which has been receiving stu-
dents for more than ten centuries. Graduates of but
three generations from the same family is the longest
lineage Wisconsin can boast of yet. Nevertheless, in
less than eighty years our University has advanced from
a small local school to a great state, national, and even
international institution, whose graduates are found in
every county of our own state, each state of our Union,
and in a score of foreign countries.
RADIO broadcasting from WHA (wave length 535.4
     m.), which has been suspended for the greater part
 of this academic year because of the razing of the an-
 tennae which were on the site of the new addition to
 Bascom Hall, was resumed on January Ii with the
 broadcasting of Wisconsin's victory over Indiana in
 basketball. Listen in; all of the basketball games
 to be played in Madison will be broadcasted.  Uni-
 versity broadcasting schedule from   now on is for
 Monday   and   Friday  evenings at 7:45   and   for
 Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock. Prof. W. H.Lighty,
 address University Extension Building, states that he
 will be especially appreciative of constructive sugges-
 tions from alumni on how to make the Monday evening
 programs of special interest to them.
 \AUSAU, Marshfield, Eau Claire, Winona, Minn.,
     La Crosse, Sparta, and Tomah, are to be visited by
thirty members of the Glee Club between April 4 and 13.
Bookings for the week-end trip to be made to four or
five cities of southern Wisconsin February 11-14 are
also being made. The Club will participate in the
Northwest Glee Club Contest late in February. Dates
for the home concerts are March 12 and 13. Prof. E. E.
Swinney is directing the Glee Club.
"TN the case of Wisconsin, the last unit of the old
     Northwest to be partitioned and organized under
Statehood, the University is coeval with the State.
They began their distinct life together. The Univer-
sity's broad conception of its proper function has made
its campus coextensive with the borders of the State.
*  * * Wisconsin did not discover the ideal of State
service, but it has come nearer to realizing it than most
universities." -From "'"W-isconsin" and Wiscons-i-n-
George Marvin in The Outlook for i-13-25.
TJHE Washington Star estimates that 121 universities
   possess one million dollar endowments. Only 18
state universities are in this millionaire class. At the
head of rich American educational institutions stands
Harvard, with endowments exceeding 52 million dollars.
THE associated alumni of seventy leading colleges
   and universities in America are designating one
hotel in practically every city of the United States and
Canada as a member of a nation-wide chain of intercol-
legiate alumni hotels. In New York and Chicago three
hotels will be designated.
  The actuating motive behind the plan is to provide a
cqmmon meeting ground for college men and women
under conditions that will make for social congeniality,
thus furthering and strengthening the coordination of
alumni interests, upon which every higher educationa
institution must depend to a great extent.
  The alumni magazines of all theparticipating insti-
tutions will be kept on file in the reading room of each
intercollegiate alumni hotel.  Lists containing the
names of local alumni will also be maintained by the
alumni magazines.

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