Sifting & Winnowing
"Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continued and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found."

These words are from a report of the Board of Regents in 1894, attributed to Charles Kendall Adams. Set on a bronze plaque affixed to the front of Bascom Hall, a gift of the class of 1910. The plaque was rededicated on the 100th anniversary in 1994.