Crawford, Robert S. (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 27, Number 4 (Feb. 1926)
News and comment , pp. 97-98
97 THEIR DAY "NEWS AND COMMENT ALUMNI HOTELS THEIR DAY AND OUR DAY 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. GIFT COMMITTEE REPORTS 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 CC-- -"C r___ _ L 2 . - ___ -1As " -A 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 YOUNG UNIVERSITY 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. ON THE AIR 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. GLEE CLUB NEWS \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. STATE SERVICE "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- y- George Marvin in The Outlook for i-13-25. ENDOWMENTS 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. ALUMNI HOTELS TO BE DESIGNATED IN EVERY CITY IN THE U. S. AND CANADA3 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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