UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CHICAGO CLUB


trol and management by their repre-
sentative on the board of governors
or board of regents, who is elected by
the alumni regardless of residence or
political considerations. I am not in-
formed as to whether or not this is
true in-anystateniversity, but Mnulch
could be said in favor of this plan.
Possibly such arguments might not
meet with the approval of some hard-
headed tax payers in the state of Wis-
consin, who believe that only those
who furnish funds shall control their
disposition. But for the present, suf-
fice it -to say that the success of the
State, materially or otherwise, is not
entirely within the control of its resi-
dents and tax payers. The beneficial
influences and material advantages
gained by a state or its university,
which are directly contributed by ac-
tive, energetic, non-resident   well-
wishers would astonish the greatest
optimist.
  It may be" that, as a general rule,
the service the alumni outside the
State of Wisconsin can render the
University is not direct; but indi-


rectly they owe to their Alma Mater
the duty in their own community, at
least, to stand for and render service
for the betterment of that -community.
Neither the State nor the University
can limit the influence and service of
the University to the narrow confines
of the State itself, and were such pos-
sible, it would only produce narrow-


ness and sectionalism, which are not
found in the educated and cultured
man cr woman.
  I believe that the alumni, whether
within or without the State of Wis-
consin, should be encouraged in every
possible- wayĆ½ to-become--more-inter-
ested in the University, and more ac-
tive in its behalf, and I see ng reason
why a state university should not,
within proper limits, benefit by the
financial successes of her   alumni.
Nothing encourages interest and serv-
ice more than does power, responsi-
bility and influence. Therefore, the
alumni should be furnished the means
of expressing their' opinions in a more
direct and official manner and of ex-
ercising more power and influene, if
not directly, at least indirectly.   I
know  that on   many   questions, the
alumni in Chicago, as a body, ihave
definite opinions and that they would
like to express them from time to time
in  a  more   representative manner
through official and recognized chan-
nels. To begin with, such machinery
might be furnished by an alumni ad-


visory council, with powers largely of
an advisory nature, yet whose opin-
ions should 'be solicited by the Regents
or the Faculty on many questions.
  If such powers are to be granted,
the alumni must first be mindful that
personal and political aims and ambi-
tions should be always subordinated to
the good of the University.


191