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Monday, April 10, 1967
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Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News - Monday, April 10, 1967 - Page Thr«i Students Want to Know What is Academic Freedom? By PHILIP R. WERDELL Newspaper Enterprise Assn. PHIADEPHIA - (NBA What are American college stu- ents asking for when they, ask for "academic freedom"? What do they consider violations of t h e 1 r "academic freedom"? Here are some examples: — Should students be able to invite any speaker to the campus? A vaguely worded Communist speaker ban in North Carolina has caused considerable controversy. Students have unsuccessfully attempted to test the ban locally and they are now preparing action in court. The regional accrediting agency has threatened North Carolina col leges and universities with loss of standing if the ban is not removed. Should a students groom- ming or dress be grounds for academic discipline? * * * Norman Marshall was not allowed to register for classes at Richmond Professional Institute because he sported a beard and long hair. This happened back in September 1965. His case is now before the U. S. Supreme Court. Marshall contends that t h e school's "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable" action of refusing Ms registration on account of his grooming violated his constitutional rights to free expression, due process of law, privacy and protection against cruel and unusual punishment. — Should a student be able to appeal academic judgments which he deems to be unjust? In June, 1966, Jacalyn Dieffenderfer of l!ie University of Colorado was given a failing grade in an English course on the grounds that she had cheated on a final exam. The uni- verity disciplinary committee, however found the evidence insufficient to determine guilt. Miss Dieffenderfer is seeking a court injunction requiring the university to change her grade. — Should students be allowed to be highly critical of their own college in their own publication? On Oct. 17, 1966, Charles P. Kaska and Thomas Breslin were suspended from Monmouth College for distributing an independent magazine, th e Hawker. Openly and strongly critical of the administration of the college, the Hawker had been.banned on campus. * * * When Kaska and Breslin refused to leave the campus, they were arrested for trespassing. Some 600 students and faculty of widely varying political persuasions protested by attending the court hearing and then staging a sit-in on the steps to toe president's office. — Should a college or university release information about a student to anyone without the student's knowledge or permission? The House Un-American Activities Committee subpoenaed the membership lists of student organizations critical o f United States policy in Vietnam at the University of Michigan and the University of California at Berkeley. The lists were sent to HUAC without first advising those students named so tfiat they could have the opportunity to seek legal means to enjoin the university from complying. The American Civil Liberties Union then wrote to 900 college and university presidents requesting them to resist further subpoenas. They called this "one of the most serious breeches of academic freedom of students in recent decades, not excluding the McCarthy era," and cited several S u p r e me Court decisions upholding the privacy of organization membership lists. Should student writing, art and performances he sub- ject to censorship? Moderator magazine reports that this fall at Grinnell College a student director refused an administration dictum to cut an allegedly "gross and lewd" scene from their production of lonesco's "The Chairs. The play was closed. At the University of Texas at El Paso the student humor magazine, El Burro, published a fictitious interview between Jesus Christ and Beatle John Lennon. The student editor was fired and the publication suspended for a semester. The American Association of University Professors called a conference of the leading educational organizations to discuss a draft statement on Student Freedoms and- Responsibilities on Nov. 11, 1966. Representatives from the following organizations participated: American Association of University Professors (AAUP), American College Personnel Association (ACPA) American Council on Education (ACE), American Association of Colleges (AAC), Association o f American Universities (AAU), Association of Higher Education (AHE), Association of Stat.e Colleges and Universities (AS- CU), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Association of Women's Deans and Counselors (NAWDC), United States National Student Association (USNSA). * * * The conference did not take a stand. A similar effort in the 1930s produced a national statement on the principles of procedural safeguards of faculty freedom. From this grew the now generally accepted concept of tenure. Student academic freedom violations on campuses this fall sequences of their actions. But are sufficient proof of the need for a national statement. At the same time, they illustrate the Scotland Yard Gets Public Relations Man By THOMAS A. REEDV LONDON, (AP) - For the first time in its history Scotland Yard, the heart of Britain's police, has acquired a top public relations man. George. D. Gregory, who for the last nine years has been promoting a soft drinks firm, bottles of ginger ale, tonic water and ;he like, moved onto the scene just as Scotland Yard moved early in' March from its turreted home on the banks of the Thames to a modern glass and steel building near Westminster Abbey. He is a part of the Yard's move into modern times, along with the computerized police station use of radio, radar and scientific analysis, and modern communictions. For six months, he intends to study, read, watch, .meet people, and then strike out with an active program. He wants to know the multiple jobs the Metropolitan Police do, the points of friction with the diversity of issues with which such a statement must deal. The development of a statement on the rights and responsibilities of the college student would begin a new era of student faculty, administration relations. Students would not be subjected to unjustified punishments, nor would they be able to plead ignorance of the consequences of their actions. But whether such a statement will ever appear is an open question. | public, the best ways to recruit the best men, and toe best ways to sell the bobbies to the people who pay the bill. In time the job will involve perhaps adverMsing, close contact with the press, radio and television, and creation of an atmosphere to lift Scotland Yard out of insular thinking while still preserving the secrecy and security any police force lives by. As a naval officer for 22 years, a civilian in government departments, and then a public relations man, Gregory, 53, is outspoken, highly vocal, and I quite unafraid to take on any- I thing new. "I am still amazed in this short time to find out just how I many jobs the police do," he (said. "Only five per cent of the I public ever have any contact with the police and they don't really know what he is doing." He has already decided that the policeman on the beat is the heart of London's law enforcement—"he is seen, and that is what matters." . Only One The only baseball major leaguer ever to play, manage, scout and umpire was the former third baseman, George Moriarty of the Detroit Tigers. Not Permitted Here Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., is a town which bans television antennas, house numbers, home mail delivery and billboards, according to National Geo graphic. HEAD START child of the year is bright-eyed Frank "Pancho" Mansera, subject of a color documentary film by the Office of Economic Opportunity. Two years ago he was five years old, with the mental and physical growth of a two-year-old due to a glandular condition. Through the head start program he received medical treatment and turned Into a growing, active kindergartncr. He is shown here during a recent trip to Washington, B.C., for a premiere of the 24- minute film about his case. Remember Pay Your Paper Boy Today In History Today in History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Monday, April 10, the 100th day of 1967. There are 265 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1894, the Bering Sea controversy was settled with the signing of a treaty by the United States, Britain, Russia and Japan. The controversy was over seal fishing in Alaskan waters. On this date: In 1790, Congress passed the first United States patent law. In 1829, Salvation Army founder William Booth was born. In 1932, Paul Von Hindenbrug defeated Adolf Hitler in a run- off election for the German presidency. In IMS, the U.S. 9th Army captured Hanover, Germany. In 1946, President Harry Truman said the traditional While House Easter egg rolling contest would not be held because of the shortage of food In the world. Ten years ago — Soviet Communist party chief Khrushchev announced a plan to free the Soviet government's debt to'its people, amounting to about $65 billion. " : "' Five years ago — Steel price increases averaging about 3% per cent were announced' by U.S. Steel Corp. and by seven other large firms. 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