The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, April 18, 1969, Image 1

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VOL. 92, NO. 92
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Queue for demonstration ... as University students in
support of black students demands for relevant pro
grams filled administration hallway Thursday.
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Wayne Williams, president of the Afro-American Collegiate Society on the University cam
pus, said he is satisfied at this point that adequate channels of communication have finally
been opened between administration and black students as a result of three days of demon
strations this week.
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Demonstration participants march to the Administration Building
prior to their sit-in Thursday.
Party labels banned
from ballot: vote 4-1
Shades of the deep dark past In
University student politics erupted
Tuesday as erstwhile A SUN
presidential candidate Bob Zuckcr
lost a bid to Include party affiliations
on the AStIN election ballot.
The ASUN Student Court Justices
voted 4-1 to uphold Electoral Com
missioner John McColltster'g ruling
that party designations would be ban
ned from the April 30 election.
The trial was held In the Law Col
lege moot court room, with the five
Justices presiding high above the "in
formal" proceedings.
Discussion revolved mainly around
the involvement of "tradition" as a
basis for inclusion of the names.
Counsels John Tlwald and Larry
lonat, representing Zucker and his
party, argued since the party names
had been printed "for the past two
or three years," McCollkster should
include them this time.
gathered supporters "uhder the
premise that names would be on the
When tin defense noted that
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Zucker's party had filed at 4 p.m.
Tuesday for official organizational
status, Zucker attempted to justify
this by correlating the functions of
Electorate '69 with an ASUN com
mittee. The plaintiff also attempted to prove
that the Electoral Commission
members were Involved In a conflict
of Interest problem since members
of the commission knew of the ex
istence of Zucker's party before the
rules were made.
Sue Houchln, candidate for Senate
with Electorate '69, testified that
McCollister had spoken "unfavorably"
of Electorate '69 before the com
mission had Issued the campaign
MISS IIOUC1IIN testified that after
the announcement, while driving
home from a Kosmet Kiub party,
McCollister had said to her, "I gue&s
I screwed your party to the wall.
The Electoral Commission's
counsel, Bill Harding, cross-examined,
establishing that "liquid refreshment"
had been served at the party previous
to the statement.
Black students, administration meet;
Regent talk scheduled for Saturday
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Black student leaders met for
almost two hours with University ad
ministrators Thursday afternoon,
while more than 200 other
demonstrators sat quietly along the
first floor of- the administration
Wayne Williams, leader of the
demonstration, Lonetta Harrold and
Ron Lee met behind closed doors with
Dean of Student Affairs G. Robert
Ross, Lincoln Campus President
Joseph Soshnik and Dr. Russell H.
Brown, associate dean of student af
fairs. "WE'VE CLARIFIED some
things," said Brown. "It helped to
get things out. There have been some
"I'm glad we had it," said Ross.
"We heard first hand the concerns
of the students."
Williams said after the conference
that the involved parties are
somewhat in agreement. "We have a
lot of things to learn, and they have
a lot of things to learn," he said.
What is important, he continued, is
Hodgcll quits
as director
of architecture
by John Dvorak
Nebruskan Staff Writer
The Director of the School of
Architecture, Dr. Murlin R. Hodgell,
has resigned effective July 1, but he
refuses at this time to officially
disclose his reasons for leaving the
The Board of Regents nt Its meeting
Saturday are expected to act on the
resignation, Hodgell said. He In
dicated that he might discuss his
resignation more fully next week.
NO SUCCESSOR has been named,
although it has been learned that the
Regents will name Homer L.
Puderbaugh, professor of achltec
ture, as acting head of the school.
The Nebraskan has o!so learned
that a committee, composed at least
partly of faculty members will prob
ably be Involved in the selection of
a new director.
The Oklahoma University Board of
Regents announced Thursday after
noon that Hodgell has been appointed
director of the University o t
Oklahoma school of architecture and
dean-designate of the new college of
environmental design, which is being
developed at that school.
"Dr. Hodgell Is a man of national
stature," said Timothy L. McGlnty,
assistant professor of architecture.
"The school is suffering a great
During his five years as director
of the Nebraska School of Architec
ture, Hodgell has received national
attention for his leadership in
broadened concepts of education for
the environmental' design pro
fessions. In 19G8, he pioneered a new pro
fessional curriculum in Construction
Science which has been acclaimed by
the construction industry as the best
of its typa in the country,
that lines of communication have been
opened. Another meeting involving
students and administrators will be
held Monday. Friday administrators
will meet with Dean of Faculties C.
Peter Magrath to discuss black
faculty members and a black studies
program. The students will meet
Saturday with the Board of Regents
in Omaha.
WILLIAMS IS satisfied at this point
with progress. The administration will
have to do something now, he said.
They realize they "can't put us aside
anymore." The demonstrations, which
have been held for three straight
afternoons, are over for now.
The third demonstration was
peaceful throughout, as Williams had
ordered at the start. "Keep it quiet,"
he said. "Don't start any stuff. The
first brother that starts anything is
going to get spiked in the head," he
After marching outside briefly, the
students quietly entered the ad
ministration building and lined the
halls. For more than two hours they
waited. Lee Chatfield, associate dean
of student affairs, commented several
times during the demonstration how
quiet the students were. After the
conference they dispersed.
ALL OF THE demands of the
students were discussed and several
were apparently resolved. The Office
of Student Affairs is planning an ex
tensive news release next week con
cerning progress on each demand.
The first two concerns, involving
recognition and utilization of the Afro
American Collegiate Society, were
solved, Williams said.
From now on, all action will be
conducted through the Society, he
said. However, Ross said that the
Society has always been involved with
a variety of things.
Scholarship aid for minority
students is also a major demand of
the students. They want the Universi
ty to increase black enrollment by
200 by next fall. f '
"DR. SOSHNIK does not like to deal
with specific numbers and dates."
Williams said. Soshnik said that the
University would use its best efforts
to increase black enrollment.
An expansion of the tuition waiver
programs will be presented to the
Board of Regents Saturday. Ross said
he hopes the Regents will approve
the recommendation.
If that recommendation is approved,
all students currently on the program
would continue and 20 new grants per
year for three years would be add
ed. '
Money is basically the problem,
Ross said. An additional $40,000 is
Amended IFC pledge contract
formulated by eight houses
by Jim Pcderseii
Nebraskan Satff Writer
Eight University fraternities have
drawn up a pledge education contract
which Is different in some respects
from the contract originally approved
by IFC and which they Intend to pre
sent to the council next Wednesday.
The proposed contract would delete
specific practices prohibited in the
standing contract. It would also make
revocation of the contract by IFC
more difficult and inspection pro
cedures would be more detailed.
The houses principally involved in
writing the new contract are Alpha
Tau Omega, Sigma Chi, Phi Delta
Theta, Phi Kappa PsI, Sigma Phi
Eosllon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma
Alpha Mu and Theta Xi.
IN THE CLAUSE dealing with haz
lug, the eight houses propose that all
mention of specific practices such as
physical shocks, treasure hunts and
Hyde Park covers racism,
by Bill Sinltherman
Nebraskan Staff Writer
Hot tempers, shouting and catcalls
punctuated Thursday's Hyde Park.
Issues raised ranged from racism
to fraternities to the necessity of a
language requirement.
The discussion began with the
E mentation of the platform of tha
tudent Independent Party. Ray
Vavak, SIP presidential candidate,
was first to speak.
"Those of you who are not willing
to battle middle class values in the
educational system should not join
us," Vavak said. He continued that
the party would ba sueces'ul g )t
Three days of demonstrations by members and supporters of the
Afro-American Collegiate Society today led to a meeting with
University Lincoln Campuses President Dr. Joseph Soshnik, when
Lonetta Harrold, Wayne Williams, and Ron Lee presented a list
of black students' grievances.
needed. Private foundation and
federal government possibilities are
being considered.
The University should make a
greater attempt to recruit black
students to the campus, Williams said.
The black students were asked to join
with teams of staff members who are
currently visiting Nebraska high
notified over spring vacation that
recruiting would begin the Monday
that classes resumed. He was unable
to contact sufficient numbers of
recruiters over vacation when many
black students were out of town. Then
the date was moved up to the Friday
of vacation.
Another major demand of the black
students is the hiring of a black
counselor and a black coordinator. In
a press statement released im
mediately after the conference, Ross
said "active and vigorous efforts are
being made to locate sources of
financial support of a staff person
to work primarily with minority
Again, funding is the major pro
blem, Ross said. Williams agreed,
saying that the Society recognizes that
funds are limited.
"They said once before that
they had the money," Williams said.
"We recommended Tom Windham (a
Nebraska Wesleyan psychology
teacher) for a counselor position but
they said he was not fit to work in
Ross has an appointment early next
week with Windham. Several other
people, both inside and outside the
University, are being considered for
the job.
line-ups be deleted. The new contract
would retain that part of the clause
which says that "hazing will be pro
hibited where hazing is . , . mental
or physical discomfort, embarrass
ment or ridicule."
The proposed contract, however,
would add a sentence which says that
all pledges will be treated as "mature
and intelligent college men."
"Specifics sometimes get a little too
specific," according to Lee Polikov,
vice-president of IFC and a member
of Sigma Alpha Mu, who has worked
on the alternative contract. "Some
line-ups can bo constructive, but the
IFC-endorsed contract outlaws all
U is an insult to the intelligence
of the members of the houses that
the contract prohibits mental and
physical hazing and then lists
numerous practices, he added Thurs
day. "IP A RUSIIEE sees all the specific
negative practices listed he must
only made people think about the
condition of their society.
THE PURPOSE of the party's pro
gram, as presented by vice presiden
tial candidate Randy Prier, is to
reform the educational system so that
its primary focus will be on the in
dividual. To accomplish this purpose the
platform proposed several pro
grams: That the University should offer
a new course: The Function of a
University and the Meaning of
A reassessment and devaluation
of all introductory courses.
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"They've recommended local peo
ple," Williams continued. "We hava
contacts in Los Angeles and Denver.
If the University is interested it could
help us follow through with these
Ross said that possibly a part time
graduate assistant for the remainder
of the academic year In the Counsel
ing Center could be hired using ex
isting hourly funds. At this point, he
said, there is no funding and no job.
come out of the conference is the
public review sessions, which will be
held every two weeks until the end
of the academic year.
Black students and administrators
will attend the meetings, Roas said.
Any and all programs affecting the
black students will then be review
ed. "If progress is not satisfactory, we
are going to scream all over them,"
Williams said. "If they say one thing
and do another, they'll put their foot
in their mouth."
Only two meetings at the most will
be held before the end of the
semester. This is strictly a tactic on
their part, Williams said. But at least
no one will be able to say that the
issues are being hushed up.
"WE'RE NOT asking for miracles,
said Williams, a senior in law college.
"We realize that time is needed and
money is scarce. But we just want
to see some concrete progress."
"If students come back to school
in the fall and see that proposals have
not been developed and the situation
has not improved, this campus is
going to blow up," Williams em
phasized. wonder if they will happen to him
and he has no way of knowing whether
it will or won't," John Russell, past
president of Sigma Chi said.
"But if he sees a positive statement
to the effect that he will be treated
as a mature and intelligent in
dividual," he continued, "then he has
some guarantee that the pledge
training will be constructive."
"We want some safeguards on in
spection," Stu Sorcnson, Phi Delta
Theta president, said in explaining
why inspection procedures are
tightened in the new contract.
"WE WANT to prevent the ex
ecutive committee from visiting
houses every day until they finally
catch someone violating the contract,"
he added. "For this reason a stipula
tion was added that the executive
must be accompanied by the IFC ad
visor." if the executive committee an
ticipates a violation, they can get an
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The foreign language and physical
education requirements be dropped.
The University offer law enforce
ment courses to all po t n 1 1 a 1
policemen. (Prler added that these
courses "should not train police to
swing a club, but how to deal with
human beings").
THAT STUDENTS should be able
to receive a degree on pass-fail.
That a religion department should
be formed by the University,
That a new department should be
formed dealing with contemporary
life, such as violence, drugs and
human relations.
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