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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 75, Number 1 (Oct. 1973)

Short course,   pp. 17-18

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Enrollment in the UW System bit a
record 135,224 this fall, with 35,931
on this campus.
. . . Is Enough Already?
But it doesn't necessarily follow that
bigger is better, says a Madison group
called Capital Community Citizens.
In a new study, More Is Less, edited
by Elizabeth Wells Bardwell '41,
the CCC says that with a population
of 200,000-twice what it was in 1948
when Life called it the ideal place
to live-Madison has slipped.
Among other things: narrow traffic
corridors and too many cars con-
tributed to the times last year when
the carbon monoxide count here
exceeded L.A.'s; in the '60s, per capita
cost of local government increased
by 116%; and street maintenance
per capita costs have more than
doubled. The study accuses govern-
ment agencies of laboring under an
"edifice complex" which included
building toward an expected campus
enrollment of 44,000, a goal which has
already resulted in vacant dorms.
But it isn't too late to do something,
says More Is Less, if campus enroll-
ment is limited to 25,000, industrial
and commercial sprawl is stopped, and
the city surrounded by a greenbelt
and equipped with a rapid
transit system.
Yes, Dad, there is one thing that didn't
cost you more when you got the kids
enrolled here this fall. According to
the two major book outlets on
campus-Brown's and the University
Book Store-textbook prices stayed
temporarily where they have been.
This is not to say that where they have
been isn't high enough. Brown's
manager, Richard Rust, estimates that
the average student pays about $105
a year for books, with freshmen
"lucky if they can get by under $150."
Resale gets some of that outlay back,
and increasing numbers of students
buy used books, or borrow, or go
to the library. Not a bad idea when
they're faced with the likes of
a German professor who requires a
set of paperbacks retailing at $66.60.
Leaf Rakers' Getaway
From the Water Chemistry department
comes this flash that can save you
work and do the environment a good
turn: leaves that are raked in the fall
and piled on curbs or in gutters
are a hazard. (Ashes from burned
leaves are worse.) Winter rains and
melting snows carry leaf phosphorus
off hard surfaces and into lakes and
streams where it over-fertilizes
nuisance algae blooms and aquatic
plants. The better idea, says chemist
Win. Cowen, is to let fallen leaves lay
on the lawn, and to sweep them off
sidewalks, curbs and gutters or any
run-off area. Dump them on the
lawn or garden. The soil can use
the nutrition.
They Drive by Night
After the possibilities of legal and
insurance snarls shut it down last
spring, the campus Women's Transit
Authority is back in operation. It's a
nighttime free cab service for women.
Pickup stops are made at general
locations in the early evening and
in answer to calls during the late
hours, All riders are dropped off at
their destinations. Drivers are women
volunteers, the two cars are borrowed
from the UW fleet, and the Depart-
ment of Protection and Security
contributes gas and driver education.
Mid-Year Commencement
For a while it appeared that a battered
budget might cancel mid-year
commencement, but it looks now as
though they can hold it if no one goes
hog-wild on decorating and other
extras. A committee will keep the
costs to about $3,000, or roughly
half of the usual tab.
Ceremonies are scheduled for
Sunday, December 16, at 3:45
in the Field House.
Bring your own bunting.
It's In The Book
If you're settling in the Chicago area
you'll want to be a Badger, and
if you're just visiting there you might
be lonesome. In either case, you should
know that the UW Alumni Club is
listed in the phone book, generously
if slightly inaccurately. It's there twice,
as the University of Wisconsin Club
of Chicago and as Wisconsin Univer-
sity Club of Chicago.
Fresh Weather
WHA-TV can now give just about the
most current weather coverage of
any station in the country, and it will
get even better. The key is a weather
sensing system based on radar, a
satellite and a campus computer.
Another satellite goes up early next
year. The new satellite will circle the
equator and send back constant photos
of the weather over the entire
hemisphere. These will be received
by a special antenna on campus
and deciphered by the computer.
Viewers will get weather predictions
in just 20 minutes from sky to Sony!
It's the only such system in the coun-
try apart from that of the
U. S. Weather Service.
Son of Badger
The 1971 Badger Yearbook was a two-
volume production filled with superb
socially-aware photos by students,
and silly photos of students (the
Alpha Phis decked out as nuns), but
with a shortage of the old standby,
graduation pictures. And since
graduating seniors are a major market
for the book, lack of that market
killed it off. Last year, however,
Senior Class officers decided that
there should be a photo record,
despite the absence of money and
editors. So they came to the
Alumni Association for help. Thus it
was that, late this summer, a hard-
cover yearbook came off the presses,
containing pictures of about one-third
of the graduating seniors, all those
who cared to participate.
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