Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 71, Number 8 (June 1970)
Mucks, Arlie M., Jr.
On Wisconsin, p. 2
ON WISCONSIN Arlie M. Mucks, Jr./ Executive Director October 1, 1970, marks the end of the Harrington era. It has been an era of great growth and many problems for the University of Wis- consin. Since President Harrington took over the reins of this institu- tion eight years ago, the size of the school has doubled. He has done an unusual job of providing opportu- nities for young people. He has also done an amazing job of convincing the proper authorities that build- ings and f a c i l it i e s were needed if the opportunities for education were going to be available. He has done a great service to all of us by maintaining the traditions of the institution. Even though our University has been worked over by professionals in the destruction business, it has not closed for one minute. This is something that all of us can be proud of. As we examine the Har- rington record, we will find that it is one of progress and growth and achievement, and I would like to wish the president the very best of success in his new role as a Vilas professor of history. Another strong figure has emerged during the last two years on the Madison campus: we should salute the efforts of Chancellor Ed Young. If a man has ever been put to a test, it has been Ed Young, and he has met the challenge and has done an outstanding job as Chancellor of the Madison campus. Chancellor Young has confronted his adversaries with firmness by en- couraging peaceful dissent and pres- ervation of the University for its rightful purpose, an institution of higher learning. He inherited a difficult and almost impossible sit- uation two years ago. The seeds of disruptive protest had been planted by a small group of revolutionaries who were well entrenched, having enjoyed virtually unchecked free- dom in turning the Madison campus into a hotbed for radical movement. But in the brief term of Chancellor Young's administration, new cam- pus rules and regulations governing behavior have been enforced. There have been suspensions and expul- sions in striving to effectively cope with the disruptive element, and no hesitation on his part to bring police and guardsmen in to preserve the University for the majority of the students and faculty. He has put the interests of the University first, although it some- times meant setting himself up as a target for campus dissenters. Dur- ing the last disturbance, Young promised that the campus would re- main open. His unflinching deter- mination during this period reas- sured many people who planned to return for Alumni Weekend, and attendance at this annual event hit an all-time high. It's no wonder that the Daily Cardinal was annoyed by his ap- proach and editorialized that he should resign. Young has done an outstanding job of protecting the rights of the majority. We need more men like him in our college administration and we would like to salute him for keeping the doors open and for providing opportuni- ties for our young people. Truly Ed Young has given real meaning to the words "On Wisconsin." 2 Wisconsin Alumnus
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