Looking backwards at wartime Lawrence

Vandals damage ROTC building: FBI agent searches for suspects

Excerpt from: Volume 88 – Number 12 Friday, Jan. 10, 1969Although the probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the Nov. 26 vandalism of the Air Force ROTC offices has not yet produced tangible results, Marwin O. Wrolstad, business manager, has termed the progress of the investigation “encouraging.”

Second Floor Entry

The Appleton Police Department has also taken part in the search for vandals who, it is believed, entered the Brokaw annex through a second floor window near a fire escape and caused an estimated $3000 in damage to the building, which houses the Lawrence ROTC detachment.

Destruction Upstairs

The destruction by the vandals was largely limited to an upstairs hallway and the second floor office of Captain Marc B. Levey, assistant professor of aerospace studies. The vandals ripped up several books in Captain Levey’s office after prying open the door to the office. They also made unsuccessful attempts to enter a third floor storage area.

Most of the damaged property is owned by the university. Approximately $100 damage was done to textbooks owned by the Federal Government, which was sufficient to bring an FBI agent from Milwaukee, a Mr. Robbins, into the case. The investigation has been extended to include the examination of seven earlier but unreported incidents, which involved the throwing of rocks, bricks, and bottles through the windows of the Brokaw annex. Paint has also been thrown and the building and insulting remarks aimed at military personnel have been shouted from Brokaw Hall.

The relationship between the November vandalism and the other incidents has been neither confirmed or denied by the investigating officials. However, one alleged incident reported by the Appleton Post Crescent of Tuesday, December 3, involving the discovery of “red, white, and blue cloths hanging around the ROTC building” has been accounted for by the Lawrentian. The materials were French flags used by Phi Kappa Tau to advertise its annual rush party, “Le Brawl”. Damage to the Brokaw Annex has been repaired.

Waples talks on life after present war

from Vol. 60 No. 20 z 821 – Friday, March 13, 1942

Miss Dorothy Waples in her discussion of the American plan of life to be followed after this, the second World War. Miss Waples, speaking during the regular convocation period yesterday morning, went on to say that most of us Americans are primarily concerned with being “regular fellows,” not individuals and that we can become such only when we have abandoned our “restless religious and synthetic amusements.”

“Foreigners,” said Miss Waples, “have noted that Americans are uncultivated, abnormally strained and dishonest.” That these accusations are not unjustified was proved by the citation or various examples of the unrefined manners, unconcerned acceptance of dishonesty and emotional tension characteristic of so many Americans. According to the speaker, the American records of the past indicate that we, as a nation, could go forward to a new way of life with less loss than any other nation.

Not Leave School

Miss Waples expressed the hope that no Lawrence student will leave school to enlist, as so many students did during the last war, believing that he is fighting to preserve everything as it is. His fight should be one whose purpose is to ensure America of a voice in the post-war plans of change. One must be willing and prepared to accept change – both change of heart and of method.

A change of method withough a change of heart is virtually useless and no change of method is likely to cause a change of heart. However, very often a change of heart necessitates a change of method which all of us should be ready to receive when it arrives.

“Revising our way of life after the war will demand a touch of heroism here and there,” Miss Warples continued, “and I hope that Lawrentians will be in on the heroism rather than getting under people’s feet.”

Over one hundred Lawrence men now in service of government

Volume XXXIV, Number 1 Thursday, October 11, 1917 (excerpt)

Men in Every Branch of Government Service – More will be called to duty before the Year is completed.

Men students of Lawrence answered the call of the government to duty during the past few months to such an extent that there are now over one hundred students and graduates in the military service of the government. Some of the men recieved commisions after taking the officers training course at the different training camps, and others enlisted as privates or were called by the draft.

This number speaks well for Lawrence. More men who are now in college continuing their courses are awaiting call to service, so the list of names which follows will be enlarged before very long.

It is possible that there are some names of men who are in the service of the government and not appearing on the list. The college office desires all students who are aware of the addresses of any such men to report at the same office.