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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 3 (Dec. 1899)

On the hill,   pp. 121-127


Page 122


Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
  Treasurer-Edward L. Colebeck.
  Executive Committee-The Presi-
dent, ex-officio, Sabena M. Herfurth,
'93, Annie N. Scribner, '98, C. M.
Smith, '96, Edwin W. Pahlow, '99.
  Brief remarks were made by the
newly elected president, Mr. Schafer.
After an informal discussion of the
policy of the club, and the plan to be
followed in the preparation of pro-
grams for the regular meetings, the
club adjourned. Arrangements for
programs and for the place of meet-
ing are in the hands of the execu-
tive committee and will be an-
nounced in due time.
        FRESHMAN "DEC."
  The preliminaries of the Fresh-
man Declamation Contest were held
Nov. 15. Ten speakers qualified for
the finals, which will be held about six
weeks from that date. They were:
R. Robert Kahn, A. Lawrence
Liljeqvist, Miss Nettie Pyre, Eben
R. Minahan, Myron R. Churchill,
Howard G. Patton, Peter V. Peter-
son, Miss Bessie Throne, Miss
Elinor Merrill, Wirt Winslow. The
contest is scheduled unusually early
this year in order to avoid interfer-
ence with the series of debates and
oratorical contests to come later in
the winter.
        THE JOINT DEBATE.
   Tke annual joint debate will this
 year be contested by Athenae and
 Hesperia. The debate will prob-
 ably take place about the second or
 third week in January, having been
 postponed from the usual date in
 December. The question is:
   "For the rehabilitation and de-
 velopment of an American marine,
 would it be impolitic for Congress
 by appropriate legislation to further
extend the principle of protection
to American shipping?"
  Athenae has the negative and is
represented by John M. Barney,
William D. Buchholz, and Edward
B. Cochems.     Hesperia's repre-
sentatives are J. C. Watson, H. W.
Adams, and Richard Runke.
  The question is one of vital ina-
portance at the present time and
is being extensively investigated by
the debaters. The recent course of
national events has brought this issue
prominently before the country, and
the results of the debate will be
watched with considerable interest.
       THE MUSICAL CLUBS.
  While many phases of college ac-
tivity have experienced a period of
steady development at the Univer-
sity, in the case of the musical clubs
there has been a distinct retrogress-
ion. To be sure, this retrogression
has not been peculiar to the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin. The old style
college glee, banjo, and mandolin
clubs were deservedly popular, but
an indulgent public at length wearied
somewhat of their inevitable same-
ness and asked that something that
would appeal to the changing tastes
of theater goers be presented. To
this end new plans-of entertainment
are now under consideration at the
University.
   The idea now being worked up is
 for a combination of dramatic and
 musical interests in the presentation
 of a program embracing only the
 best features of these two lines of
 work. Occasions such as dramatic
 contests and class plays have given
 evidence of the existence of marked
 ability in amateur dramatics. Both
 glee and mandolin clubs have been
 formed this year, so that a concert
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