The Daily Californian
Vol. 186, No. 10Monday, September 28, 1964 Copyright © 1964 by The Daily Californian All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
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Kerr Condemns Politicking
University President Clark Kerr supported the administration's ban on political activity at Bancroft and Telegraph at a press conference Friday.
"The Dean of Students has met many requests of the students," Kerr said. "The line the University draws will be an acceptable one."
The University is drawing the line at using the campus for direct action—collecting money for religious or political purposes, at recruiting people for or using the University for planning off-campus activities, according to Kerr.
"I don't think you have to have action to have intellectual opportunity. Their actions—collecting money and picketing—are not high intellectual activity," he said.
Kerr said he doesn't agree with the students that you must have action to learn. "These actions are not necessary for the intellectual development of the students. If that were so, why teach history? We can't live in ancient Greece," he explained.
"The University is an educational institution that has been given to the Regents as a trust to administer for educational reasons, and not to be used for direct political action. It wouldn't be proper," Kerr said.
He added: "It is not right to use the University as a basis from which people organize and undertake direct action in the surround community.
Members of student political groups are planning to picket the University Meeting today, a spokesman for the combined liberal and conservative forces said yesterday. At 11 a.m., the groups plan to set up tables at Sather Gate, and simultaneously hold a rally at Wheeler Oak Tree, without having given prior notice to the University.
At about 11:20 a.m., the students will march to the University meeting, a spokesman said. Politically conservative protestors will only march on the picket line, since the other activities violate University regulations.
(The Daily Californian is publishing the ASUC Senate Petition concerning the Bancroft-Telegraph controversy in an effort to obtain as much student opinion as possible. If you have not signed the circulating petition, sign your name as to whether you agree or disagree with the below three points. Please return this form to the Student Union Information Desk or to 12 Eshleman Hall as soon as possible—Ed.)
I, the undersigned, believe in the value of active involvement in our community and with the issues which confront it. Because of this I lend my full support to the ASUC Senate in its urging of President Kerr and the Regents of the University of California to grant to students and student organizations the following privileges on the Bancroft-Telegraph corner as well as the other eight areas of political distribution on campus:
1) Permission to distribute printed material advocating student participation in political and social action.
2) Permission to distribute printed material soliciting political party membership, or supporting or opposing partisan candidates or propositions in local or national elections.
3) Permission to receive funds to aid projects not directly concerned with an authorized activity of our University.
I believe that these requests are, by their very nature, a part of the "open forum" concept, and that the granting of these same requests in no way sacrifices the administration of our University's affairs to any political and sectarian influence.
I, the undersigned, choose not to lend my support to this petition:
Letters to the Ice Box
To the Ice Box:
I am pleased to see that the ASUC Senate has chosen to lead, by conceiving a new idea—extension of the free-speech areas on campus—rather than follow the conceptual paths previously forged by other organizations and individuals. It is gratifying to observe that this group, representing the entire ASUC, is capable of original thought.
I am especially happy to see the Senate not only defend the right of students to advocate or oppose off-campus issues, but also the right of students not to speak, not to participate, and not to advocate or oppose. Its proposition of "the establishment of a board of control . . . (to) protect students from 'overt confrontation' by leaflet distributors" defends the students' freedom of aloofness which, though apparently believed by many not to exist, must prevail if the concept of freedom of speech is to have any meaning.
I am indeed proud to be a member of a student body whose elected representatives have the courage to speak out, even to the point of overruling the representative of the administration, on behalf of all its constituents.
Title: The Daily Californian: Vol. 186, no. 10
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