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ttye ©ufeij-ipromcle Volume 62, Number 41 Duke University, Durham, N. C. Saturday, February 4, 1967 No Ad dHiona I Stud ents-^sG A p<sksl F°rty College Leaders May Live Off-Campus; |For Opens (Talk About Viet Nam Ifs 'Common Law' By KATHY CROSS "It will be inadvisable to allow additional men permission to live off-campus for the Spring semester, 1967," says Gerald L. Wilson, Supervisor of the Men's Residential Program. He says that this policy results from withdrawals and the completion of the new dorms, which relieve the overcrowded situation on West Campus. The approximately 70 men who had special permission to live off-campus first semester and three additional men, are allowed this privilege second semester. No men moved back on campus. When Mr. Wilson asked1 for applications from those wishing to live off-campus second semester this year, 92 men expressed interest. Thirty-three responded when Mr. Wilson requested these applicants to submit a letter stating why they wanted to live off- campus. The letters were definite commitments requiring the students to live off-campus if accepted. These requests were not filled this year. But all of those who sent letters will be placed on the list of those interested in off-campus living for next fall if they wish. In contrast to the present situation, this fall may see a disproportionately large number of students living off-campus with special permission, because 25-30 beds on West will soon be lost due to renovations in Pew Quad. 42 Per Cent Of Freshmen Shake Up 346 freshmen or 42 per cent of this year's freshman class (those enrolled at the beginning of the semester), "shook up" with fraternities during the first five days of rush. The total is down from 54 per cent who shook up last year. Glenn Goodyear, IFC president attributed much of the twelve per cent decline to a reluctance on the part of many freshmen to decide before bids were apparently more selective this year. He felt that there were other factors which had a bearing on the decline but that those would not become clear until after all the bids had been accepted or rejected and an evaluation of this year's rush was complete. Goodyear felt that the total number of those joining fraternities will go up today when the bids are accepted or rejected. Final results of this year's fraternity rush and a list of shake-ups will appear in Tuesday's Chronicle. The origin of the policy that requires general on - campus living is obscure. The residential college philosophy has prevailed since Trinity College became Duke University, and was probably instituted and accepted at the time of the building of West Campus. There has apparently never been a specific policy statement on off-campus living. The policy has simply evolved as "common law," Dean Harold Lewis said. Provost R. Taylor Cole and Dean Price both expressed the view that "Until very recently, everyone had always accepted this policy as it is. It has only been in the past few years that people have begun questioning the policy." Regular permission, as opposed to so-called "special permission," to live off-campus is granted to those who are married, live with parents or guardian in Durham, or hold a job that requires off-campus living. About 120 students take advantage of it. The Men's Student Govern-' ment Association is asking the Deans' staffs of the colleges to approve Saturday night open- opens on a rgeular basis. Evening open-opens were allowed on an experimental basis twice during the first semester. MSGA is asking that they become permanent on Saturday, Feb. 11. The same rules governing Saturday and Sunday afternoon open houses will apply to the new time. That is, a majority of the living group members must vote to have open living areas. Doors must be left completely open. Hours of the evening open- opens will be from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. if approved. Final approval for the plan will have to come from a committee composed of deans from Trinity College, Woman's College and the School of Nursing. That committee will also have to act on the proposal before extending open houses during Joe College Weekend. The extended open-opens, Friday and Saturday night during the weekend lasting until one-half hour (Continued on Pa^e 2) With Sec. State Rusk Frosh May Remain In Cross-sectionals By AL MARTIN Freshmen may decide to stay in the cross-sectional houses they now occupy without having to go through any selection process, the AIH ruled in its Thursday meeting. In earlier action, the AIH set February 12 and March 5 as dates for'a "second rush," open houses between independent living groups and interested freshmen. Subsequent debate about the resolution on selection of freshmen became heated. Jim Frenzel, President of Canterbury Hall, felt that for a house to remain independent it must be able to choose its own members in the way it feels is best, and that by selecting members a house could best maintain its own character and identity. Others, notably John Kernodle and Dennis Campbell, were quick to point out that emphasis should be on the individual person, not on (.he house. They said that the selection process encouraged freshmen tt) conform to a pattern so that he would be re-admitted by his house, rather than allowing him to develop as independently as possible. After the vote was taken, Frenzel walked out of the meeting because, he said, he felt AIH bad ussurped too much power. The resolution concerning independent house membership was submitted to AIH by Independent Senators Bob Creamer and Gordon Grant. It allows all freshmen in independent houses to have the same rights us upperclassmen "including the right to retain membership in the house the following year." The house council, however, can reject members of its house, subject to AIH judicial approval. If a member of a house does not in his application list his own house as his first choice, then "re-admission to his house will be subject to the same procedure as of all transfers." These procedures "are to be effective immediately." Forty college and university student leaders, including WSGA President Mary Earle, met with Secretary of State Dean Rusk Tuesday afternoon to discuss Viet Nam. The meeting was called wh°n Rtisk asked to meet with a representative group of student leaders who wrote to President Johnson in December requestine clarification of the American position on the war. Bob Powell, president of the student body at UNC and Greg Craig of Harvard, planned th"1 meeting in coordination with Dixon Donnelly, Rusk's assistant secretary for public affairs. On Saturday, 18 of the student? met and drafted a statement, released at a press conference Sunday, which replied to Rusk's letter explaining the Johnson administration's Viet Nam policy. _> Rusk's letter replied to the principal questions raised by the students' original letter. "There is no shadow of doubt in my mind that our vital interests are sufficiently threatened in Viet Nam and in Southeast Asia," Rusk contended. He pointed out that "the minimum condition for order on our planet is that aggression must not be permitted to succeed." The American position has always blamed the war on North Vietnamese aggression. The second letter from the students claimed that "doubts about which we wrote, the President in December have, if anything, been intensified since then. Events during the past month have not helped to clarifv our goals in Viet Nam; and as much as we value the opportunity of discussing the situation with you (Rusk), such discussions can only constitute the minor part of the total influences that affect these doubts." QUO VADIS—Students whose schedules had somehow been folded, bent, spindled or mutilated by the great god IBM lined up Friday morning for redress of grievances. A bona fide course change was a pre-requisite for getting by the door man and into the inner sanctum. Mary said that the session with Rusk was "generally disappointing," but deferred further comment for a column to appear in a later issue of the Chronicle. Students Pass Petition Against Schwab, Earle A group of University students, led by John Whitehead is circulating a petition urging Mary Earle and Joe Schwab to "make it absolutely clear" th*t they signed a letter sent to President Johnson as individuals, not as representatives of the student body. The letter, sent in December. urged clarification of American policy in Viet Nam. Schwab and Earle joined 98 other student leaders from throughout the country in signing the letter. The petitioners disagree with that letter's statement that "unless this conflict can be eased, the United States will find some of her most loyal and courageous young people choosing to go to jail rather than to, bear the country's arms." Whitehead said. "The petition is not designed as an accusation that Joe and Mary were pretending to speak on behalf of the student body. It merely asks them to clarify that they were not. The average person reading the statement might well get the impression that they do represent the student body, and our purpose is simply to correct this impression." The petition now has 500 signers and will circulate on campus next week. Hershey To Speak Gen Lewis B. Hershey, the head of the U. S. Selective Service system, will speak in Page Auditorium Monday, Feb. 13, at 8:15 p.m. The man charged with the ultimate responsibility of putting millions of young men in uniform will discuss "The College Man and the Draft." The draft system has come under heavy fire recently from a number of educators and congressional leaders, particularly for what is considered its effect on college grading systems and student activities. President Johnson, in his State of the Union address, has called for an overhaul of the system. Hershey's military career began in 1911 when he entered the Indiana National Guard as a private. He began working in selective service in 1936 and has been director of the program since 1948. His appearance here will be sponsored by the Freshman Y Council.
|Title||The Duke Chronicle, vol. 62, no. 41 (Saturday, February 4, 1967)|
|Series||The Duke Chronicle|
|Subject-Topic||College student newspapers and periodicals--North Carolina--Durham (N.C.)|
|Creator||Chronicle (Durham, N.C.)|
|Source||The Duke Chronicle, University Archives, Duke University|
|Rights||The materials in this collection are made available for use in research, teaching and private study. Texts and images from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission from Duke University.|
|Digital Collection||The Duke Chronicle|
Volume 62, Number 41
Duke University, Durham, N. C.
Saturday, February 4, 1967
No Ad dHiona I Stud ents-^sG A p
|Source||The Chronicle, University Archives, Duke University.|