The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, October 04, 1971, Image 1

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AAcGovern draws overflow crowd
by Bill Smitherman
An overflow crowd at the
Nebraska Union cheered
presidential hopeful Sen.
George McGovern Friday as he
gave a brief speech and fielded
questions for thirty minutes.
McGovern, who last spoke
at UNL in 1967, echoed his
anti-war sentiments of four
years ago. He also spoke of his
positions on prejudice,
economics and environment.
The senator was interrupted
by cheers and applause many
times during the speech, and
received a standing ovation
during the questioning when he
said that if he were elected he
would declare an executive
amnesty for all citizens who
had gone to jail or into foreign
exile because of objections of
conscience against the war.
he had seen many dispirited
soldiers during his recent trip
to Vietnam. He said it is also
important to provide help for
GIs returning from the war.
The senator told the crowd
there is a double credibility gap
in the United States. The first
question is if any politician is
worthy of people's trust, he
said. The second is whether the
people have the will and
perserverence to defeat the
"powers of deception."
"This country must change
its direction in order to
survive," McGovern said. "I ask
your support because I think
we can change the direction of
the country."
young can now have a much
greater influence in politics
because of the 1 8-yearrold
vote. He added that the 25
million newly enfranchised
voters can have a significant
effect, considering that the
1968 election was won by a
margin of one million votes
and the 1960 election was won
by a margin of only 100,000
It is no longer possible- to
divide the foreign and domestic
portions of government policy,
McGovern said. The senator
traced the problems of
unemployment, inflation and
credibility to the Vietnam war.
The country cannot expect
to solve these problems as long
as two out of three American
tax dollars are being spent for
the military and instruments of
war, McGovern said. He also
spoke on the issue of domestic
"WE CANNOT expect to
convince the world that we
stand for freedom and peace as
long as the cancer of racism
exists in our own country. It
must be rooted out."
McGovern concluded the
brief speech by saying that
America has the proper ideals,
those given by the founders of.
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egents split on Time-Out question
by Randy Beam
An attempt to block this week's ASUN Time-Out
Conference on Human Sexuality failed Saturday at a
special meeting of the Board of Regents.
A motion by Regent James H. Moylan of Omaha
directing the administration "to take whatever action
that is appropriate to see that this conference is not
held. ..and to see that no student fees or tax money be
utilized in sponsorship of this particular conference"
was stopped on a vote of 5-1 -1 .
Moylan and Regent Robert Prokop of Wilber
called the special session.
Some Regents objected to participation by
homosexuals in the conference. The University of
Minnesota student body president and his male
marriage partner, and two women who will publish a
book this spring titled "Lesbian Women" are
scheduled to speak at the conference.
Following the vote on Moylan's motion, Regent
Ed Schwartzkopf introduced a position statement
which was subsequently endorsed by all board
members present except Moylan, who abstained.
The statement noted that public reaction to the
conference was a matter of "grave concern to all of
the Regents," but pointed out that all citizens,
including college students, are assured the rights of
freedom of speech and assembly.
These rights "must be respected," the statement
continued, "even in cases where the subject matter
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under consideration or the speakers involved are
considered by the Regents to be offensive to a
majority of the citizens of the state and damaging to
the relationship of the University to its constituents
and to the Legislature."
The policy statement concurred with the opinion
offered by board Jegal counsel Flavel Wright, who
stated that Moylan's motion seemed to contradict
consititutional guarantees of freedom of speech and
assembly. "It is my opinion that neither this board,
nor the state of Nebraska, nor the administration has
the legal authority at this time to direct that this
meeting be canceled," he said.
Moylan purported that the conference would
infringe on the rights of "the vast majority of
students at Nebraska" to have a normal educational
Prokop, who seconded Moylan's motion but
abstained on the vote, called the conference a "review
of aberrant behavior, psychiatrically."
In explaining his abstention, Prokop noted that he
did not object to the conference's topic (human
sexuality), but was unhappy about what he termed
the conference's imbalance as far as subject matter
was concerned.
He criticized the administration-the office of
Student Affairs in particular-for not alerting the
Regents that homosexuality was to be discussed.
The upcoming Time
Out Conference on Human
Sexuality was the topic of
debate at a special Regents
meeting Saturday. Regent
Moyland initially moved
to cancel the conference
with Dr. Prokop seconding
the resolution. The vcte
was 1-5-1. with Moyland
voting for. Ratin. Schwarz
kopf, Koefoot, Elliot and
Wagner voting against, and
Prokop passing. Regent
Hansen was not present.
Prokop asserted that the administration had been
instructed to keep the board informed on this topic
following last year's controversy on the homophile
He tagged the lack of communication, and
consequently the Regents' lack of input into the
conference, a "political albatross" around the board's
After the meeting Prokop said that while he did
not feel it was right for the Regents to dictate how
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Koefoot statement
Charges that Regents James Moylan and Robert
Krokop were either attempting to disrupt the
University or seeking their own political gain were
leveled by fellow Regent Dr. Robert Koefoot of
Grand Island at the Board's special session Saturday.
Koefoot. whose remarks were greeted with
applause from an audience of mostly students,
claimed the welfare of the University was not being
furthered by actions of Moylan and Prokop in calling
the meeting, after legal counsel for the Board stated
"without question or hesitation it would be
impossible for them to stop the conference."
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