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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 2 (Oct. 1957)

Montgomery, Fran
Campus chronicle,   p. 16

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  Nearly 17,000 students were expected on the Madison
campus by the University's official expecters, shortly before
the first semester of 1957-58. Plus 5,000 at the UW-M and
some 1,500 at the eight Extension Centers. There were to be
2,700 freshmen and 1,500 other new faces attached to ad-
vanced transfer students.
  Two Hungarians will be among the new students enrolling
at the University this fall and both will be financed by schol-
arship funds raised by their fellow students at Wisconsin.
The funds, totaling $2,000, were raised by campus religious
centers and the Wisconsin Student Association.
  The history behind these scholarships dates back to the stu-
dent revolt in Hungary last fall. Wisconsin students, sensing
a responsibility to give these Hungarians all the support they
could, inaugurated the drive on our campus.
  The first Hungarian student, Lajos Wernigg, was expected
to arrive about the first of September. He will study electrical
  The next step Wisconsin students hope for is an exchange
student program between in this country and one
behind the Iron Curtain.
  Fran Montgomery is a senior in the
school of journalism and has already had
summertime experience on large city
daily and small town weekly newspa-
pers. Last year she was editor of the suc-
cessful Badger yearbook. This year she'll
chronicle the campus for you.
  The big question on the campus seems to be, "Who will be
our next President ?" and everybody from the janitors to the
sun bathers seems to have his own opinion. The question
stems from President Edwin B. Fred's announcement that he
will retire next June 30.
  A section of the campus has come up with what they think
is the answer and it's in the form of an "SOS". The cry is a
familiar one, used by the students to back their choice for the
presidency of the United States. This time, however, they're
calling for Adlai Stevenson, twice a candidate for the national
office, as a successful winner of the university seat. For them
it's "Stevenson or Stagnation."
  Stevenson's reaction is one of being very pleased. In a let-
ter to the committee he said, "I am highly pleased that you
consider me worthy of the Presidency of your University. Al-
though this assignment has not been offered to me, I find
your partisanship highly stimulating and gratifying and ap-
preciate more than anything I can say your interest and
  How successful this group or any other supports will be is
as yet a mystery as regents and specially-appointed committees
are still busy considering what qualifications will be looked
for in a candidate before any decisions are made on who the
man for the job will be.
  On August 9 a Scottish flair caught the campus. The cause
was "Blue Heather," the theme for the 1957 Summer Prom.
Great Hall, converted into a castle, was jammed with a record
number of dancers who, by casting their votes, selected Rol-
leen Kent from the University of Colorado as their queen for
a night. She was chosen from a group of eight candidates
seeking the honor.
  Construction has been started on the first men's dormitory
to be built on the campus in 10 years. The three new units,
two of them living units and the third a food service build-
ing, will be located on Elm Drive just south of Kronshage
Hall and should be ready for occupancy September 1, 1958.
  Housing for co-eds hasn't been forgotten. A new era in
university history will begin when the girls move into the
new 11-story Chadbourne Hall which is now under construc-
tion. The old Chad, one of the original campus buildings, was
torn down last winter to make way for this new structure.
  More than 3,000 additional students will benefit from the
completion of these and various other student housing proj-
ects, all built with an eye to our ever-expanding enrollment.
  The nine fraternities on the University of Wisconsin cam-
pus which still have discriminatory clauses in their national
charters are making a "determined effort" for removal of the
clauses and a majority of them are confident they will be
able to make the required changes before the 1960 deadline.
  The UW student-faculty Committee on Human Rights re-
ported, in its annual report to the University faculty, two
fraternities had removed such clauses in the past year. Uni-
versity legislation would deny approval to any fraternity
which after 1960 has clauses which discriminate against
membership in the groups because of race or color.
  Only five complaints citing instances of discrimination in
private housing were received by the committee last year. One
was settled "by the democratic process of discussion and edu-
cation," three others were solved "to the satisfaction of every-
one concerned," and in the fifth case, the landlord's accom-
modations were removed from the University Housing Bu-
reau's list, the committee reported.
  The committee reported that "members of student-faculty
committees, student government organizations, and the stu-
dent publication, The Daily Cardinal, have been especially
active in a constructive manner in combating discrimination,"
and thanked the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and
other Madison citizens for aid in the work of the committee.
Wisconsin Alumnus, October, 1957

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