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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1969
VOL. 93, NO. 29
The 1 0 11 d
Nixon's Speech Angers Antiwar Leaders
by RICK FITCH
Colleg. Presi S.rvlct
WASHINGTON The reaction of antiwar
leaders here to President Nixon's Nov. 3 Vietnam
soeech has been one of anger and dismay. The
Vietnam Moratorium Committee and New Mobil
ization Committee both predict that the hard-line
tone of the speech will be the catalyst for many
undecideds to join peace demonstrations Nov. 13
15. Particularly bitter are leaders of the Mobili
zation which is sponsoring the Nov. 15 March on
Washington; they have been informed by the Jus
tice Department that parade permits won't be
granted for part of the march.
According to Ron Young, project director for
the march, Justice Department officials are re
fusing to grant permits for the first leg of the
march, from the Capitol mall up Pennsylvania
Ave., to the White House. He said the officials
continue to question the need for any demonstra
tion, and negotiations have completely "broken
Stewart Meacham, one of six Mobilization co-
"Nixon has tied himself to an albatross."
Jonathan Mirsky, Dartmouth professor
and antiwar critic, on Nixon's Vietnam
chairmen, said he still expects the permits to be
granted since, "The people have the constitutional
right of free assembly." Promising that the Mobil
ization isn't about to make a back room deal that
would steer the march away from the White House,
he strongly hinted it would proceed there even
if the appropriate permits were not available.
Meacham was moderator of a Mobilization
press conference the day after Nixon's speech in
which a panel was presented composed of John
Bennett, president of the Union Theological Semi
nary; George Kahin, a Cornell professor; Paul
Lauter, national director of Resist; Jonathan Mir
sky, a Dartmouth professor; and Henry Niles, di
rector of Businessmen for Peace.
Increasing militancc 'inevitable'
Lauter said increasing militance in the protest
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movement is inevitable. Describing the mood of the
country today as comparable to that existing just
prior to the Civil War, he cited the burning and
seizure of draft board files and the recent violent
actions in Chicago by the SDS Weathermen as
evidence of the movement's escalation.
Bennett said of the speech: "He (Nixon) gave
us no concession at all. He talked a lot about peace,
about a just peace. But he gave us a program for
continuation of an unjust war ... If you think the
war is just awkward, then it is sufficient to try to
lower U.S.' troop casualties; but if you think it is
immoral ... the fighting must end."
Mirsky criticized Nixon for citing an example
of an alleged Viet Cong atrocity in the city of Hue
and calling it a bloodbath, when the U.S. has killed,
according to conservative estimates, over a half
million Vietnamese in four years. "Nixon has tied
himself to an albatross," Mirsky said.
In response to reporters' questions about the
possibility of violence occuring Nov. 15, Meacham
said the emphasis in all steering committee meet
ings has been on a "peaceful, legal" event with
numerous parade marshalls to keep things orderly.
But he added that the Mobilization has no control
over what will happen just after the march.
Various radical groups, including Yippies, Black
Panthers, Revolutionary Youth Movement II,
Youth Against War and Fascism and the newly
formed "Mad Dog" caucus of SDS, are said to be
planning a militant "red flag" march within the
main march, which will veer from the great mass
of people at 5 p.m. Saturday for a demonstration
in front of the Justice Department. The theme will
be to stop the Conspiracy trial in Chicago.
The Vietnam Moratorium Committee held a
similar press conference the day after the speech.
But it was more moderate. All along, Moratorium
leaders have been demanding an immediate troop
withdrawal, limited in time only by logistical con
siderations. But Nov. 4, there were hints that the
Moratorium's line has changed from peace now to
peace on a definite timetable.
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Unnecessary distractions hinder the study of anything at the N.U.
Law School according to Nebraska Law Review editor Roger
Editor Cites Need
For New Law College
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Efforts by University law students
to persuade" the Administration to
construct a new Law College could
succeed If the Nebraska Bar Associa
tion would lend its Influence, an editor
of the Nebraska Law Review said
But Nebraska attorneys so far have
not offered their aid. In fact, said
Roger Beverage, editor-in-chief of the
Law Review, luwyers have Ignored
the school's cause and at the same
criticized the School for Ignoring the
interests of the state.
Beverage said that members of the
Bar Association recently accused the
Law Review of publishing material
Irrelevant to Nebraska.
"That accusation Is an ancient
complaint," Beverage said. "The
luwyers say that every year to every
group of editors."
A reply to the criticism was printed
in the November Issue of the Review.
It mted that lawyers were ignoring
the interests of the Law School.
This was not meant to be a rebuttal,
Beverage said, but rather an appeal
for coojiera'lon between the school
Beverage emphasized that no real
conflict exists between the two groups,
but neither has "effective com
patability." The Law Review speaks for students
and Nebraska lawyers, Beverage said.
He added that he hoped lawyers would
speak for law students, particularly
with regard to construction of a new
Beverage said that the 58-year-old
Law College structure, located on the
southwest corner of the campus." Is
not conducive to the study of anything,
let alone law."
The editor explained that the
building's location, next to the in
terstate and 10th street, and only
blocks away from the railroad yards
and municipal airport, provides for
Furthermore. Beverage contends
that the Law College Is in very poor
"Officials promised us air condi
tioning last spring," ho said, "and
so far all they've done Is tear up
the ceilings and put In pipes."
Because of the installations the Law
Review office itself had all but one
electrical outlet removed, another
editor, Howard Ilahn, noted. All elec
tric typewriters and other electrical
impliments In the office now run off
of the single surviving outlet.
Beverage said that the University
has continually turned down requests
for a new building by explaining that
Law School problems are
"qualitative" rather than "quan
titatlve" and therefore do not deserve
Beverage disagreed strongly with
this reasoning. He said the Law Col
lege has over 170 upperclassmen but
only room for 90 students in the
lie believes that the "qualitative"
difficulties of the college are great
enough to warrant a new structure.
"We're not bulging at the seams,"
Beverage said, "but we're not com
fortable here cither."
Continued on page 4
by JOHN DVORAK
Nlbr.ikan Staff Wrlt.r
ASUN Senate Wednesday "direc
ted" the student affairs office to state
its policy on search and seizure in
residence halls within three days.
A resolution introduced by Sen.
Orville Jones charged that "the
University has not stated exactly what
Its policy is regarding a student's
right to privacy against unreasonable
search and seizure."
Jones said the lack of a policy
statement seriously hampers the Jobs
of residence hall staffs and places
both staff members and students
under undo pressure.
Considerable discussion on the pro
priety of the term "directs" occurred
before the proposal passed.
Sen. Tom Wiese introduced an
amendment changing "direct" tn
"We have a right to say 'direct,' "
Sen. Randy Prier countered.
When Jones insisted that the
resolution not be altered, Wiese
withdrew his proposed amendment.
The ASUN Senate also approved a
resolution establishing an ad hoc sub
committee In conjunction with the
The committee will study and
research the operations of the Union.
Including administrative structure,
programming and financial ar
rangements. By Jan. 1, 1970, the committee shall
submit a final report with suggestions
for increasing direct student
participation in the Union.
The committee will be composed
of two Senators, two Union Board
members and four students. The
Union will select two of the students
and senate will choose the other two.
The Senate approved a resolution
expressing "concern and displeasure"
over the continued presence of United
States combat troops In Vietnam.
The resolution directed ASUN
President Bill Chaloupka to send a
copy of the statement to President
Richard M. Nixon and Nebraska's five
Before the resolution passed. Sen.
Bruce Cochrane said that a statement
supporting Nixon's phased withdrawal
of United States troops and plans for
Vietnamizatlon of the war should bo
added to tho motion.
Several senators commented that
such a statement would reverse the
Intent of the motion. First Vice Presi
dent Diane Theisen described
Cochran's request as "not germane."
Sen. Doug Kluender then attempted
to Introduce a resolution stating
senate's support for Nixon's plan to
end the war. The senators, however,
refused to suspend the rules to permit
introduction of the motion.
Considerable discussion arose over
a resolution on communication, which
was approved 12-11.
The resolution proposed that
Senators apportioned to the various
colleges meet as committees with
Sen. Nancy Ryan objected to pass-
ing a resolution. "Yesterday I attend
ed four different meetings with four
different groups of senators," she
commented. "Communication in this
and other ways is attained."
Miss Ryan also said she simply
could not find time to attend another
Sen, Prier said he "sympathizes"
with Miss Ryan's predicament but
senators must be prepared to take
on some of these duties. Prier sug
gested, however, that the main pro
blem is communication with consti
tuents, not between senators,
Miss Ryan remarked that she can
communicate effectively with only the
pennlfi u'fci are around her regularly,
One senator suggested that
representatives from the various col
leges confer periodical, but not
regularly. In this way senators would
not be obligated to attend weekly
Students Appeals Grade:
Case Causes Contention
A University law student feels that
he was unfairly treated by the Army
ROTC department and is appealing
Mel Katskee contends that his grade
In first year advanced ROTC was
lowered by his Illness and subsequent
inability to attend drill laboratories.
Major Frank G. Willey, Assistant
Professor of Military Science, said
that Katskee was not downgraded
because of his Inability to attend lab.
lie added that Katskee had not
followed standard University pro
cedures in appealing his grade.
A letter from the Fifth Army
command said that Katskee was
dlscnrollod because of his failure to
maintain a passing grado 1 n
leadership laboratory and because of
his lack of officer potential.
Katskee received his Bachelor of
Arts In History cum liuide from
I'rctghton University. During his time
at I'relghlon ho successfully coin-
ileted the two yrur basic program
n Army ROTC.
After a year of law school at
Northern University, Katskee trans
ferred to the University of Nebraska
Law College In the fall of 1968. At this
time, he applied and was accepted
to the advanced ROTC program.
During the 1968-69 school year he
became very 111, Katskee said. For
a major part of the first semester
he was hospitalized with acute
bronchitis, he continued.
Katskee suld that when he returned
to Lincoln about Jan. 15 and while
tests were being conducted to
determine the cause of his continuing
III health, he was called to appear
before the ROTC adjutant, Major
Thiirinan Brasher. At this meeting the
adjutant udvlscd Mm to drop the pro
gram because of health reasons, he
However, Katskee requested that
his status because of physical condi
tion bo determined by proper
Upon this, Major Brasher told
Katskee to submit medical reports for
evaluation, he said. Brasher further
told him that there was no stain con
nected with a medical disqualification,
that even Joe Namath had been so
disqualified, and that he was a
"patriot and a good American" for
having attempted to serve his country.
Medical reports were then submit
ted by his physicians, Katskee said,
and a period of time elapsed. When
he Inquired about the results of the
medical evaluation he was told that
his medical records had been lost but
not to worry about submitting new
ones because a Board of Inquiry was
being called to consider his case.
Katskee continued that he was then
involved In a series of interviews with
acting professor of Military Science,
Lieutenant-Colonel Gene Wiens. At
one point in the Interviews the colonel
called him a "godamn hypochon
driac", he said.
It was at this time, early March,
1969, that Katskee's ailment was
diagnosed as hepatitis. He said that
his physician Immediately sent a let
ter to this effect to Colonel Wiens.
At' the same time, the dean of the
Law College called to find out why
the Board of Inquiry was being culled,
Following the physician's letter and
the call from the Law College dean,
the ROTC department withdrew the
Board of Inquiry and submitted
Katskee's medical records to Fifth
Army headquarters for evaluation.
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A leading ornithologist, speaking in the Union today, told students that college really is for the birds.
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