Daily Trojan, Vol. 61, No. 35, October 31, 1969
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University of Southern California DAILY • TROJAN VOL. LXI, NO. 35 LOS ANGELES. CALIFORNIA FRIDAY, OCT. 31,1969 Davis claims revolution % necessary to help masses By MELODY GILLARD City editor Academic freedom is the right to speak freely and expose people who are trying to destroy groups fighting for the liberation of blacks and Chicanos, Angela Davis, UCLA professor, told an audience of over 900 in Town and Gown Foyer yesterday. Herbert Marcuse, a controversial philosophy professor at UC San Diego, was also scheduled to speak, but failed to appear. Miss Davis was sponsored by the Black Students’ Union as part of a day’s activities on the theme of academic freedom. Miss Davis has studied under Marcuse for over five years. She is a self-admitted Communist; Marcuse is a Marxist. Her talk was piped outside to over 100 people who could not fit into the foyer. “We must respond to each act of repression with overt acts of resistance,” Miss Davis said. “I see Communism or socialism as the only viable solution for this country.” Miss Davis said that what men like Gov. Ronald <Reagan see as academic freedom is really indoctrination. “Their whole notion of education is indoctrination,” Miss Davis said. “What they’re interested in is people coming out of colleges and shooting them into Dow Chemical, Rand Corporation, the banks and everything else that has to do with the repression of blacks and Chicanos. “We have to first of all see Reagan as what he is and I think my court decision exposed him as what he is. They’re (Reagan and the UC Board Defeated grad charges bias; to file petition Ken Robinson, a defeated graduate representative candidate from the Performing Arts Department, plans to submit a petition to the Student Court for what he called biased actions in the recent election. “I can see why there is apathy for voting when the elections are handled in a childish, sopho-moric manner,” he said. FROSH REP DEBATE Glenn Harris, freshman representative candidate, challenged James Booker to a debate Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the lobby of College Hall women’s dormitory. Booker and Harris will meet in a run-off election Wednesday, Nov. 5. Robinson’s proposed petition has two objectives. First, it will ask for the censure of Jim Kintner, elections commissioner, for the biased fashion in which he conducted the elections. Robinson charged that Kintner was more interested in getting his own name in print than with making sure the elections code was followed. He also charges Kintner with allowing inaccurate information to be put in the Daily Trojan. Second, Robinson said that the election should be declared invalid because the printed format of the ballot was biased. The ballot was printed in two columns, with the first listing only the conservative elements in a nonalphabetical order with business school candidates first on the list. The second column listed the independent candidates in “an order that made no sense,” Robinson said. of Regents) against education, they’re antihuman, antipeople and everything else.” The regents wanted to fire Miss Davis because of her political affiliations. They invoked a 29-year-old rule prohibiting Communists from teaching in the state colleges. However, the law was ruled unconstitutional by a Los Angeles Superior Court. Miss Davis is currently teaching her philosophy class for credit. Miss Davis said a revolution is necessary so that the needs and desires of the masses can be met. “We have to link up the streets with the campus, the campus with the streets,” she said. “We have the right to expose, within the door of the university, the kinds of acts coming down from Ronald Reagan, Max Rafferty and Richard Nixon.” She said that programs such as black capitalism are only President Nixon’s panacea for the problems in the ghetto. “He’s talking about bringing in a few black faces to participate in the exploitation of black people, not about real changes in the conditions of the ghetto. We can’t be satisfied with the few minute victories we have won.” Miss Davis said she was not too concerned about losing her job as an instructor because her most important job is fighting for the liberation of her people. “If I lose my job then I say ‘damn my job’ because my job is completely insignificant to the thousands of black people who can’t begin to get a job.” Miss Davis skid the function of a university is inherently critical. She read from a statement by Thomas Jefferson which said Virginia University was founded to exercise criticism of the church and state which fear every change as detrimental to the functions they hold. Miss Davis also read a pas-(Continued on page 2) ANGELA DAVIS Photo by Randy Manaka Profs argue academic freedom at symposium By ROBIN NEWCOMER Four USC professors and one faculty member from UCLA argued their concepts of academic freedom during an hour-long symposium yesterday, at times noisily interrupting each other. The moderator of the panel was William Williams, professor of public administration and director of the Center of Social Action. Also participating were Hal Spear, professor of business administration; David Malone, professor of comparative literature, and Rosario Armato, professor of English. Dave Kaplan, a professor of philosophy from UCLA, was also on the panel. Malone was the first member of the panel to respond to Williams’ opening remark that there seem to be various meanings of academic freedom, many of which lead to a great deal of conflict. “I think that Miss Davis’ concept of acedemic freedom puts more emphasis, not on the individual, but on society as a whole,” Malone said. “Ultimately there is the necessity for society to have some indication of where knowledge can be pursued and where it may lead,” he said. “Academic freedom is the most important basis for any decent university or college,” he said. “You can’t have any of the things a good university should have without this basis.” Commenting that no one can be completely objective when teaching his courses, Armato suggested that a professor state his prejudices to his students at the beginning of a semester. “Say, ‘I am this or I am that or something else, therefore watch out for things that will be colored by my prejudices,’ ” he said. Spear said that he would make a distinction between freedom in society and academic freedom as explained by Angela Davis. “I can’t imagine a totally unfree society having academic freedom nor can I imagine a totally free society,” he said. Open hearing on dissent policy scheduled By CATHEJEAN McGILLIN Hearings to begin formation of a dissent policy will begin Wednesday, Dr. Kenneth Thompson, political science instructor, said. Members of the university are asked to participate in the drafting of a statement on dissent which will be included in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The open meeting to draft the statement will begin at 10 a.m. in Student Activities Center 204. Thompson said he hopes the new statement will prevent future confrontations like the one last Monday after Saturday’s Alumni Park incident. Thompson who is also chairman of the Community on Student Rights and Responsibilities, said, “I think Dean Nowak (interim dean of students) was left in an untenable position without being able to refer to a clear statement on dissent, and the university itself is at least partially responsible for what happened Saturday because it has no statement. “Specifically, I feel a sense of outrage that the events that transpired on Saturday took place at USC, and I hope that through the formulation of an explicit and reasonable statement on dissent which distinguishes between legitimate dissent and coercive disruption, such events will never take place again. “If USC is to achieve greatness as a university, then it must be a place that fosters intellectual ferment and intellectual critique of even the most cherished ideas and values of society.” The hearing on the dissent statement will be conducted much like a congressional procedure and will continue as long as it is necessary to hear the various views. “The purpose of the hearing is to obtain the aid of all members of the university community in the process of drafting the best possible statement on dissent that can be put together,” Thompson said. Each person planning to appear before the committee must contact the political science office, von KleinSmid 327, or call 746-2653 or 746-2654, and leave his name. From the names obtained, a list of witnesses will be composed on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each witness wiil have five minutes to state his views, after which members of the committee will have the opportunity to ask questions. The hearing will be open to the public with an area provided for those interested in listening to the proceedings. Because of the structure of the hearing, Thompson said that no questions will be accepted from the floor. Anyone wishing to speak during the hearing must place his name on the priority list. “We would especially like to encourage leaders of groups to come and, in advance, to write as long a statement as they desire, “Thompson said. “If the statement arrives in my office (von KleinSmid Center 327,) 24 hours before the hearing, I guarantee that all committee members will read it and give it consideration.” Prior to the draft the committee has proposed, the only body which had prepared a statement on dissent was the university senate. “Since last year, it has been the desire of the highest administrators at USC that students, faculty, administration and trustees formulate as specific a set of guidelines as possible to clarify what is, in its nature, a very ambiguous and vague area of university policy,” Thompson said. Thompson said that it is not clear what the responsibility of Victor Sargent, chief of the university police was or what were the rights of students who were attempting to lawfully dissent against university priorities in regard to Heritage Hall. Members of the committee include Daniel Nowak, interim dean of students; George Brandow, president-elect of the General Alumni Association and member of the Board of Trustees; Joan Schaefer, dean of women; Elizabeth McBroom, professor of social work; Robert Mannes, professor of mechanical engineering; and Fred Minnes, John Martens, Elaine Pappas, Jim Gross, and Terry Poplawski, all students. “Our goal is to make the channels in university government so responsive to all groups in the university that, in the first place, ‘going through channels’ will not be just a put-off and, in the second place, there will be no need to resort to confrontation politics to have a view legitimately expressed and responsively considered,” Thompson said.
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University of Southern California
DAILY • TROJAN
VOL. LXI, NO. 35
LOS ANGELES. CALIFORNIA
FRIDAY, OCT. 31,1969
Davis claims revolution
necessary to help masses
By MELODY GILLARD City editor
Academic freedom is the right to speak freely and expose people who are trying to destroy groups fighting for the liberation of blacks and Chicanos, Angela Davis, UCLA professor, told an audience of over 900 in Town and Gown Foyer yesterday.
Herbert Marcuse, a controversial philosophy professor at UC San Diego, was also scheduled to speak, but failed to appear. Miss Davis was sponsored by the Black Students’ Union as part of a day’s activities on the theme of academic freedom.
Miss Davis has studied under Marcuse for over five years. She is a self-admitted Communist; Marcuse is a Marxist. Her talk was piped outside to over 100 people who could not fit into the foyer.
“We must respond to each act of repression with overt acts of resistance,” Miss Davis said. “I see Communism or socialism as the only viable solution for this country.”
Miss Davis said that what men like Gov. Ronald |