The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 03, 1969, Image 1

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1969
Antiwar
Washington (CPS) In one of
his rare displays of emotion, Presi
lent Nixon showed a combination of
Jetermination and fear in his response
o a reporter's question at his latest
news conference about the plans for
nassive antiwar protests this fall.
"I have often said that there's really
iery little we can do with regard
lo running the university and college
campuses of this country. We have
enough problems running the nation,
the national problems. Now I unders
tand that there has been and continues
to be opposition to the war in Vietnam
on the campuses and also in the na
tion. As far as this kind of activity
Is concerned, we expect it.
"However," the President said,
"under no circumstances will I be
affected whatsoever by it."
Nixon's determined sentiments are
similar to the position Lyndon Johnson
took during the antiwar action of 1966
and 1967. Came 1968 and Johnson was
affected. Richard Nixon realizes this
and is trying very hard to minimize
the effects of the antiwar movement
as it rebuilds itself this fall.
Numbers build-up
The build-up appears to be mostly
In numbers, rather than In new tac
tics. The Vietnam Moratorium Com
mittee is relying on the same tactics
class boycotts, teach-ins, rallies
which dominated the antiwar move
ment of the Johnson years. The New
Coed lounges draw
various reactions
The Board of Regents Saturday
agreed to let students plan an experi
ment with coeducational lounges on
dormitory floors. Now that students
have permission, what do they think
of the Idea?
A random survey shows men to be
unanimously in favor of the coed
lounges, but some girls are hesitant
about the idea.
Schramm residents, who may be
the first to try the coed experiment,
responded favorably, and many hoped
coed lounges will be the first step
toward coed visitation.
Ronnie Craw, Schramm freshman,
thinks the roed lounges will be a
"good experience." Sophomore
diaries Rosenberg said, "It would be
better for studying and talking than
the main floor lounge." Collego
students are old enough to know what
they are doing, but hours should not
be too late, Rosenberg said.
Gary Krumland, a Schramm junior,
wants a more informal set-up. "Let
the girls just come up," he said.
"Maybe from 6 to 11 p.m." He thinks
the coed lounges are a good start
toward the coed visitation and coed
dorms. "I wish we had more freedom,
since we're supposedly all adults,"
Krumland said.
Stop In right direction
Senior Mike Eyster. a member of
the IDA committee planning the coed
lounge experiment, said, "It's a step
In the rlgi direction, but It's a baby
step." Eyster Is an advocate of coed
living units, which he feels would
promote more Informal, brolher-slstcr
relationships between men and women
students. "A formal dating situation
l, not the best for getting to know
people." he said.
Coed lounges are "going far enough
for the first step towards a more
"iMji ni riortn Atmosphere," said Roger
Afro - American Collegiate Society.
Mobilization Committee (to End the
war in Vietnam) likewise is still rely
ing on massive rallies and marches
to convince the government to "bring
the troops home now."
The difference this year is the sup
port the antiwar movement is getting
from the populace. With the number
increasing rapidly, 500 student body
presidents and editors have signed the
call for the moratorium on classes
Oct. 15. Organizers now expect one
million students to participate.
Organizational meetings at several
campuses such as Syracuse Universi
ty have drawn more than 1,000
students. A half-day petition campaign
in support of the moratorium at
George Washington University
brought more than 1,000 signatures.
Even administrations are getting
into the act. Rutgers University's ad
ministration has announced the
university will officially opserve the
moratorium. At other universities ad
ministrations have reminded faculty
members they may call off classes
for the 15th and cautioned them
agalinst scheduling exams that day.
Small schools
Small schools particularly seem to
be getting into the spirit. The Colorado
School of Mines, for example, has
voted to boycott classes and canvass
the community.
It will be particularly difficult for
Van Boeing, a junior. In floor lounges,
he said, there is more privacy to talk
and study without the "Big Brother"
atmosphere that prevails downstairs.
Van Boenlng feels coed lounges need
not encroach on anyone's privacy.
Residents can adjust their dress
habits and shower schedules, he
said.
Several Pound Hall residents were
opposed or indifferent to the coed
lounge proposal.
Deb Plautz, a junior, said, "It would
be nice when you wanted to have
someone up, but It could be very In
convenient for girls on the floor. It's
not really necessary."
Privacy problem
Another Pound Junior, who prefer
red not to be Identified, said, "I don't
think I want It. We don't need guys
all over the dorm it would cause
too many problems with security and
Freshman Connie Johnson, was
more favorable, "it would be fun to
have guys on the floor. I'm not really
against It." Miss Johnson thinks,
however, that coed lounges are liberal
enough. "Open visitation could cause
trouble," she said.
Freshman Sue Damon and Ann
Weatherholt are all for the coed
lounges and coed visitation. "I'd like
to try It. it would be more like home,"
Miss Damon said. "If we're responsi
ble enough to be here, we can handle
this," she added. Miss Weatherholt
prefers some kind of limit on hours,
with no uninvited men on the floor,
however.
Cather residents are also in favor
of the coed lounges and think they
are responsible enough to handle the
situation.
Steve Ileldt, a sophomore, said
hours should be set by each floor,
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activity
Afro leader not satisfied
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
The president of the Afro-American
Collegiate Society said Thursday that
not all of the 12 demands presented
to the University administration after
three days of demonstrations last
spring have been met.
The administration probably
thought the black students would cool
off over the summer and the list of
12 demands would be forgotten, said
John C. Eaves Jr., new president of
the A-ACS.
"They probably think we're pretty
well satisfied," he continued. "We're
not and I want that to be known."
The A-ACS, newly formed in 1968,
staged three afternoons of peaceful
demonstrations in and around the ad
ministration building last April.
The protests culminated with more
than 200 concerned students sitting-in
on the administration building's first
floor, for most of the afternoon while
officers of the A-ACS and University
officials negotiated the list of
demands.
Periodic discussion and negotiation
continued until second semester ended
in May and some of the demands
were met completely.
Recognition
The number one demand, for in
stance, was the immediate recognition
of the A-ACS as the official represen
tative body of the black community
on this campus. It was quicky
granted.
Other demands including hiring a
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Nixon to ignore the protest if it comes,
as Is beginning to seem likely, from
as wide a range of constituencies as
students, university administrators,
labor unions, some businessmen, and
even some Republican members of
Congress.
Senator Charles Goodell, a
Republican (NY), and Rep. Allard
Lowenstein (D-NY) both have
demanded that Congress set a time
limit by which all U.S. troops must
be withdrawn. Other members of
Congress are endorsing the proposals,
including a caucus o fDemocrats who
will support the moratorium and hope
to make Congress unable to meet Oct.
15 due to a lack of a quorum.
Nixon, in his news conference, said
he thought the proposals were too
pessimistic. He said the well-intentioned
proponents would force the U.S.
to continue its presence In Vietnam
until the time limit (mid or late 1970.)
The proposals, however, actually set
the time limit date as the maximum
length of time the war can continue:
they left ample room for speedier
withdrawal.
Of course, Nixon added, the pro
posals also would stifle the U.S. in
the Paris Peace Talks which still
"have not made significant pro
gress." The President's hopes that his
withdrawals and draft call reductions
would satisfy the growing numbers
who believe the war should have been
stopped long ago (not to mention the
draft) already have been dashed. The
plans for antiwar action continue to
prosper, and the sincerity of the
President's draft reductions continues
to be challenged.
Timely reduction
In answer to a reporter's question
concerning Intentional inflation of
summer draft calls to allow for the
timely reduction in the draft this fall
just In time to appease student unrest,
Nixon responded, "I don't consider
that charge one of merit."
The figures indicate otherwise, and
the National Council to Repeal the
Draft has leveled the charge: Not only
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black coordinator, with approval of
the A-ACS, and hiring a black
counselor were met over the sum
mer. "We've run into real problems In
other areas though," Eaves com
mented. Demands for an Increase in
number of black faculty and a black
studies program, staffed and directed
by black scholars have not been
met.
"We definitely have to work on
these," Eaves continued. "The school
hasn't really tried to recruit black
faculty."
There are only a few black faculty
members on the University campus,
he charged, and too few in
Nebraska.
The administration must actively
recruit these faculty outside
Nebraska, Eaves said.
The list of 12 demands stated that
a black studies program should be
instituted by September 1970, but
Eaves said that he was "pessimistic"
about progress on this demand. The
A-ACS has worked since last spring
with Dean of Faculties Dr. C. Peter
Magrath, on this demand.
Inconsistent
The administration, last spring,
declared the black studies program
"inconsistent" with NU educational
Ideals and objectives.
"Our practice is to treat all persons
and subject matter on the basis of
equality," a past statement read.
However, the University ad
ministration did make significant
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brings popular support
did summer draft calls this past
summer run from 5,000 to 17,000
higher a month than In 1968, but draft
calls toward the end of this summer
ran several thousand men higher than
at the beginning of the summer. And
these calls came at a time when
evidence was mounting that North
Vietnam was cutting down its military
offensive.
The draft call for July, 1968 was
15,000 men; the call for July, 1969
was 22,300 men. The call for August,
1968 was 18,300 men; the call for
August, 1969 was 29,500 men. The call
for September, 1968 was 12,200 men;
the call for September, 1969 was 29,000
men.
And the call for October, 1968 was
13,800 men compared with a call of
29,000 for this October. This October's
Union officials say no
by John Dvorak
Nebraskan Staff Writer
East Campus and City Campus
Union officials decided Tuesday after
noon not to bring the Rev. Adam
Clayton Powell Democratic congress
man from New York, to speak at the
University.
A contract had been prepared with
the American Program Bureau of
Boston, which handles Powell's ap
pearances, that would have brought
the Harlem representative to NU on
October 23, according to Charlotte
Loskill, special events chairman of
the East Union.
All that was needed was the
signature of Allen Bennett, director
of the Nebraska Union, she continued.
Bennett called a special meeting to
discuss the suitability of Powell as
a speaker.
Special meeting called
Besides Bennet, those attending the
meeting were Marilyn R o j e w s k 1 ,
assistant chairman of the East Union;
Greg Martin, treasurer of the East
Union, Ronald Burrus, manager of the
East Union and Daryl Swanson,
assistant director of the Nebraska
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course changes last spring, after con
sultations with A-ACS officers.
For instance, this fall a history of
modern Africa course, a speech
course dealing with slavery and civil
rights and a black psychology course
are being offered.
Eaves indicated that he and other
members of A-ACS will continue to
press for a black studies program.
He will also continue to push for
increased minority enrollment, altho
ugh he admitted the A-ACS Is "pretty
happy" with progress thus far.
One of last spring's demands was
that black, Mexican-American and
American Indian enrollment be in
creased by 200 this fall. That figure
wasn't met, but enrollment did in
crease significantly.
Recruiting teams
The University sent out recruiting
teams over the summer and it has
been estimated that about 70 minority
freshmen, mostly black, would not
have been enrolled without the
recruiting teams' efforts.
"It takes a lot of time to go out
to the high schools," Eaves pointed
out. "Recruitment this year should
start earlier and the administration
will have to take a bigger role."
Eaves emphasized that the
organization is pleased with progress
made in several areas.
"Walter Strong, black coordinator,
has helped a lot of black people,"
Eaves said. "He's ideal for the job
because he was employed at the
University before (as Abel Hall
call will now be spread over a three
month-period, for a monthly average
call of about 10,000. That monthly
average is only slightly lower than
the monthly call for September,
1968.
In fact, draft calls have increased
70 t o this date since Nixon an
nounced his first Vietnam troop cut
back in June.
Pleased
But the President appears pleased
with himself. "I think we're on the
right course In Vietnam. We're on
a course that is going to end this
war," he said In his press conference.
"It will end much sooner if we can
have to an extent, the extent possible
in this free country, a united front
behind very reasonable proposals."
There may be a united front grow
Union. Miss Loskill couldn't attend
because of a class conflict.
"No one said we couldn't have him
(Powell). "Miss Rojewskl said. "But
we got the idea there were a lot of
people who didn't want him to
come."
Miss Rojewskl said she had no idea
the controversy surrounding Powell In
the last few years would make him
undesirable as a speaker.
"Mr. Bennet began by saying that
he didn't want Mr. Powell here," she
said. "He called Powell a chrarlatan
and a crook and said he lacked
ethics."
She denied that students attending
tho meeting received any outside
pressure against Powell's ap
pearance. Reaction "mixed"
"Mr. Bennett did say he 'was get
ting his socks pulled up' which ap
parently meant that some people were
telling him they were against Powell's
visit," Miss Rojewskl said.
During the meeting, it was brought
out that President Joseph Soshmk,
Acting Chancellor Merk Hobson and
some department chairman were
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Haes Pope, black counselor, has
also been a great help to students,
Eaves said. Pope has helped students
in whatever way necessary and kept
them from "getting lost in the shuf
fle." Eaves is also pleased with the at
titude of the black students on cam
pus. The organization of black
students is improving noticeably.
"When I came down here in 1965,
there was a different attitude an
attitude of Individualism."
Now, he continued, the students,
even incoming freshmen, are behind
the A-ACS effort and are Interested
in black unity.
Larger
Eaves indicated that the society,
larger this year than last, will still
adhere to the philosophy of ac
complishing their goals by any means
necessary.
"There could be more demonstra
tions," he said. But Eaves would not
indicate when they could occur or
what form they could take.
"Any means necessary" does in
elude violence, he said. The situation
on campus now doesn't demand
violence, he added.
"It's impossible to say when or even
if violence would be necessary," he
said. "You can't put a timetable on
such things, but it will depend on
the speed and reception that our
demands get."
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ing in tills country, but it is not the
front Nixon wants to see. Fall antiwar
actions already slated are:
SDS national antiwar action in
Chicago to coincide with the continu
ing trial of the Chicago Eight, Oct.
8-11. This is the most militant and
unpredictable action planned.
The Vietnam Moratorium, class or
work boycotts and appropriate non
violent protest actions, Oct. 15, Nov.
14-15, adding a day each month until
the war Is stopped.
The New Mobilization Committee's
two-day death march from Arlington
Cemetery to the Capitol Oct. 13-14.
The New Mobilization Committee's
national march to bring the troops
home now, in Washington, D.C., Nov.
15. A second march is planned for
San Francisco the same day.
to speaker
against Powell's speaking here, she
continued.
When asked about his personal
thoughts on an appearance by Piwell,
Bennett refused to comment. He said
that reaction from administration and
faculty had been "mixed."
It's not unusual to invite faculty
and administrative reaction to possi
ble speakers on campus, Bennett said.
The effects the speaker may have,
on the total community must be con
sidered. Martin, the other student present
at the meeting, said that not only
the controversial views of rowel, but
his personal actions were discussed
at the meeting.
Respect and evpense
"The question was asked if the ma
jority of the students would respect
him as a man," Martin said, "But
they didn't encourage us In any way
either."
Expense was another tiling, the
students all agreed. Miss Lotskill
pointed out thut Powell would ask
about $1,750 for the speech, plus ex
penses an extremely high figure.
"The group acted responsibly in my
opinion," Bennett said. "It was a fair
decision and I'm satisfied and
agreeable with it."
Bennett pointed out that the
decision, ultimately, was up to the
students. If the students had so
desired. Bennett would have had to
sign the contract.
"We, on the Union Board, have
always said that if students are
unhappy with our actions they should
come to us and tell us," Bennett said.
"If we know student opinion, we can
be more responsive to It."
Bennett pointed out that Powell still
could be Drought to campus if the
president of the East Union would
call for another meeting, or If some
other group, operating outside the
Union, would invite Powell.
Dlanne Kucera. president of the
East Union, denied that any "teal,
direct and heavy pressure was put
on the students" who attended the
meeting.
The Union Board decided, after
listening to arguments against
Powell's appearance, that it was bet
ter if he would not come, she said.
The East Union was not bent on
having Powell come. In preference
to anyone else, she said.
The desire of the students is to have
an excellent speaker that appeals to
the students.
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Committee may possibly obtain
another speaker, equally as prominent
as Powell, to Gil the October 23
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