THE DAILY TAR HEEL
Wednesday. March 20, 1968
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76 Years of Editorial Freedom
Bill Amlong, Editor
Don Walton, Business Manager
On A Recruiting Policy
What's going to happen the next
time Dow Chemical Co. comes
recruiting on this campus?
Or the Marine Corps.
Or the. Army, Navy, Air Force
or any other part of the civilian
military complex which it has
become popular among radicals to
call "The War Machine?"
Fifteen persons, nine of them
students, were arrested here Mon
day during the first confrontation
this campus has seen between a
maker of war materiel and a group
of students who are opposed to the
Chances are, however, that this
won't be the last confrontation.
Indeed, Monday's hand was pro
bably just for openers .
But when Monday's hand was
dealt, it became very clear that
the time had ended for considering
such confrontations as things which
Therefore, it now becomes time
for the University to make a very
public statement of policy con
cerning all recruiting on campus.
UP UNTIL now, the University
has maintained what may best be
described as a "non-policy."
It has slewed anti-recruiter
demonstrations elsewhere "from the
; vantage of an ivory tower Its at- -titude
- has been nebulously
liberal which meant that, t o
preserve the right of free speech, it
didn't tell anybody not to come.
In normal times, that would be
without a doubt the best policy
possible. It has even been sup
ported as such by the American
Civil Liberties Union, which said
that universities would be
breeching freedom of speech were
they to pick and choose which com
panies they permitted to recruit. ,
We, too, strongly support this
policy but not as being the
University's entire policy on the
INSTEAD, THIS desire to main
tain freedom of speech (freedom of
recruiting, if you wish), should be
merely the base for a wider, more'
comprehensive policy which the
University should arrive at through
consultations with both faculty and
Into this statement of policy
should be incorporated at least
part of what the anti-Dow
demonstrators asked for Monday:
namely, that any firm who sends
recruiters to this campus should be
prepared to debate its policies with
any student group requesting it to
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Wayne Hurder, Managing
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Kermit Buckner, Advertising Manager
This should apply not only to the
question of anti-y i e t n a m
demonstrators vs. Dow, but should
be extended to include right wing
groups who oppose such govern
ment agencies as the Peace Corps
This requirement would not only
keep the principle of freedom of
speech intact as it is viewed by
the University and the ACLU to
mean freedom to recruit but
would also transform the Place
ment Service from a quasi-employ-ment
agency into a part of the
Indeed, it would elaborate
rather than crutail freedom of
THE SECOND request t he
demonstrators made, however, is a
bit less defensible. They asked that
the University publicly ask every
firm which recruits on campus to
cease making weapons of destruc
To begin with, the University
doesn't have the right to ask any
company to alter any of its
policies. Within this nation's con
text of free enterprise, each person
or firm is free to make or not make
whatever he feels like.
7 , And " while ' a university should
-; bea place in which Afalues-i-as wells
as . facts are discussed, its func
tion should , not be to directly play
conscience to the American
Indeed, we would object as
much to the University's asking
such of Dow Chemical Co. as we
would if it asked Students for a
Democratic Society to cease un
dermining sentiment towards the
U.S. foreign and ddmlestic
REGARDLESS OF what the
University decides to do, however,
the time to do it has come.
Perhaps one of the reasons why
the 15 persons were arrested Mon
day is that there had been no real
guidelines set down for the protest
they staged or for the situation
And unless this University
wants more of the same thing to
happen, it had better stop making
the rules as it goes along.
For dissent is becoming more
militant these days just a s
disenchantment with the war in
Vietnam is becoming more
serious and Monday's incident
could very conceivably be only the
first of many.
And the University had better
DTH Staff Photo bw GENE WANG
"Throughout most of Asia the
U.S. is distrusted or dislik
ed. . .Everywhere our policy both
puzzles and alarms allies and
neutralists -alike. It is neither a
strong polciy nor one of ap
peasement. It brings us the ad
vantages of neither but the
penalties of both. . .Within the next
few months U.S. policy needs to un
dergo a drastic change, backed by
a strong public opinion."
These sentences were taken from an
editorial that appeared in Life magazine.
It would not, I suppose, be unnatural for
a reader to assess them as a fairly wide
spread viewpoint of tha Johnson admin
istration's present predicament.
Only such is not the case.
The editorial is not dated March, 1968.
In reality it is 16 years old. The correct
date is March, 1952.
But the similarities between the situa
tion then and the situation now do not end
on the editorial pages of Life. Rather
they blanket the entire spectrum of world
affairs and domestic politics.
It can be said in retrospect that
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To The Editor:
I read in the newspapers that some of
Senator McCarthy s more fervent isup-i
porters in Wisconsin are so angered at
Robert Kennedy's entrance into the race
that they intend to "stay clean with
Gene" to the bitter end and "not vote for
Kennedy under any circumstances," The
principle, behind this reasoning is that
McCarthy has demonstrated beyond
doubt that he is willing to sacrifice his
political career for the cause, while
Senator Kennedy has most assuredly not
done so. Therefore, the logic goes, only
Senator McCarthy is the true defender of.
the noblest ideal.
I am inclined to agree that Senator
McCarthy stands head and shoulders
above anyone else in the running, but I
think that the idealism of the die-hards is
misplaced. I would ask them all to cast
their minds back to the dark days many
ages ago of January, when it was said
that McCarthy would get only 10 of the
vote. Far and wide was heard the cry
that Senator McCarthy was at fault, that
his campaign was "low key and in
tellectual," and that he "failed to arouse
the voters." To these charges, all of us
who supported the Senator were ready
with an answer: it was the cause that
was at stake. We wanted to end the war
in Vietnam, and, next to that, the
personality of the candidate, his method
of campaigning, and even whether or not
he won or lost paled into insignificance.
We were impatient with those who quib
bled about Senator McCarthy when we
felt that the cause towered over all of us.
So we kept our eyes straight ahead, on
the cause, and it turned out that
everything else didn't matter.
Now, however, some of the supporters
of Senator McCarthy, claiming to defend
the purity of the, cause, have in fact lost
touch with the cause. Precisely because
. Senator Kennedy is ruthless and schem
ingmatters of personality they are
ready to junk him, in spite of the fact
that he also stands for the cause. By so
doing, these people have lowered their
sights: they no longer look to the cause,
but to the personality of McCarthy or
Kennedy. In fact, though, the cause has
not changed: it still towers over all of us,
and is certainly more important than the
personality or political career of all the
senators put together. It may be argued
that Senator Kennedy, because he values
his career more than the principles he
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times were bleak for the United States
in March of 1952.
On the world-wide scene, first and
foremost there was trouble in Korea. The
United Stated States was boggeddown in
a war which we couldn't win and couldn't
get out of. Everyone was unhappy about
Although the critics of 1952 weren't
called hawks or doves, the critics were
present. Some wanted increased military
involvement and some thought that the
only way out was through concession and
But there was one thing that, the
"hawks' and "doves" were both con
cerned about. The United States was
bearing too much of the struggle with too
little help from our allies.
Of course many of our friends, such as
Britain, supported our policy verbally
and wanted to help. But the British
couldn't do very much for the war effort.
They were racked by a crippling
economic crisis which forced them to cut
military spending by one third.
Meanwhile, in Washington the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee was engag
ed in a bitter fight with the Truman ad
advocates, may lead us into another
mess. But I submit that we must cross
that bridge when we come to it: the
slaughter in Vietnam must be stopped,
now and what we save by stopping it will
endure long after we are all dead and
I do not intend to defend Senator Ken
nedy. I should vastly prefer Senator
McCarthy, because he is sincere and
courageous. But I do not intend to write
off Kennedy" because of some defect or
other in his character: to quibble about '
such trifles while the war ranges in Viet
nam is to miss the point entirely. The
true ideal is not as Senator McCarthy
would admit Senator McCarthy himself.
The true ideal is what Senator McCarthy
believes in, and it reamins constant no
matter who pursues it.
104 Glendale Drive
In Their Home
To The Editor:
The J.C.Warrens' have just read,
with much mirth, the very clever letter
written by Miss Susan Brill titled "ONCE
AGAIN THE MOVIE STRIKES" in your
Daily Tar Heel of March 17. We would
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ministration over foreign aid proposals,
about high taxes which were threatening
to get even higher.
But it was an election year, and the
really big news around the country was
In the March 11 New Hampshire
primary, resident Truman suffered a
surprising and humiliating defeat at the
hands of Tennessee Senator Estes
Kefauver. Truman hadn't compaigned in
New Hampshire, but he had allowed his
name to appear on the ballot and he had
received the support of the regular
After the primary defeat there was
talk that Truman might withdraw from
contention for the nomination. But the
Washington insiders discounted the
possibility. And the President himself had
labelled the primary as "eyewash," in
dicating that as an incumbant he could
get the nomination regardless of the
Yet administration supporters knew
that there would be trouble unless
Truman decided to come out fighting. It
was expected that he would do just that
and launch his campaign in a speech at
like to doff our hats to Miss Brill for an
excellent letter. .
The Hollywood company will soon be
leaving Chiapel Hill, and we would feel
remiss in our duty if we did not hasten to
say that their five days in and around our
house was a most exciting experience,
and with all it's difficulties, a delightful
We found the directors, the cast, and
everyone who assisted in any way most
considerate, cooperative, and extremely
They had a job to do and they did it.
Had we been the man with the "blue
beret", our patience would have been
threadbare long before his, because of his
difficult and exacting job.
Now to answer your question, Miss
Brill, Mrs. Warren doesn't know the plot.
Yes, she is receiving visitors, and the
house is almost back to rights with fresh,
new paint (not the one thousand dollars
your columnist, Mr. Joe Sanders in
We shall long remember all these peo
ple, and only hope their stay in Chapel
Hill has been as enjoyable to them as it
has been to us. May they all win
Mr. Mrs. J.C. Warren
Is ACC Hurt
To The Editor:
Now that Carolina has successfully
defended its ACC title against South
Carolina and State, it seems appropriate
to bring up the question of whether the
ACC Tournament is in the best interest of
the ACC and, specifically, of the team
that wins the regular season cham
pionship. I wrote a letter a week or so ago in
which I refused to go along with the DTH
Sports Editor and hold my peace, while
the Tournament was in progress. Ap
parently, someone else on the DTH staff
agreed with him, because that letter was
never printed. Perhaps this letter will fail
to be printed too, though I would hope
that, as Carolina prepares to play St.
Bona venture in the Eastern Regionals on
Friday, this question can be discussed on
the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner in
Washington on March 29.
In the two-week interval between the
New Hampshire defeat and Jefferson
Jackson Day, Truman took a vacation
and conferred with his political advisors.
Then, a week before the speech, he sum
moned his closest advisor to the White
House to help in preparing his remarks.
The advisor was one of the President's
closest personal firends. He was the man
who had mapped Truman's successful,
against-the-odds campaign in 1943.
His name was Dark Clifford.
The political analysts must have wink
ed at each other when word got out that
Clifford was at the White House. And
then they settled back and waited for
March 29, predicting that Truman's
speech would be an exciting spectacle.
And they were right
Truman began the speech slowly, talk
ing about a variety of things that were on
his mind. And then, after speaking for 29
minutes he announced in an almost matter-of-fact
voice that "I shall not be a
candidate for re-election. I have served
my country long and I think efficiently
and honestly. I will not accept re-nomination."
The audience was flabbergasted. No
one had the slightest inkling that
Trusman would make such an an
nouncement. There were cries of "No,
No, No!" throughout the hall. But the
President firmly asserted that his
decision was final and that he would not
accept a draft.
Within a year the United States had a
new administration, an administration
htat got us out of a grueling war by geing
flexible and by making concessions. If
Truman had made the same settlement,
the Republicans might have called it a
sell-out. Such is the way of politics.
But history has been kind to Harry
Truman. We have forgotten the despair
and dissention of 1952. We remember the
President not as a quitter but as "give
'em Hell Harry. ' We admire him for
knowing when it was time to leave.
Perhaps the same will someday be
said of Lyndon Johnson. Perhaps he, like
Truman, will realize that there is a time
to get out and let in new blood. Perhaps
President Johnson will choose not to seek
It is unlikely, but perhaps the Presi
dent will realize that sometimes it's bet
ter to cut bait and sail for shore than to
strike a Napoleonic pose at the helm of a
Dean Smith, among others directly
concerned with the basketball programs
in the ACC, has been quoted on several
occasions as not being overjoyed about
the ACC Tournament. The reason he
gives is a good one, I think: how can a
team which has managed to be "up '
enough to win the ACC Tournament and
the regular season championship (17
games) do it again less than a week later
in the NCAA Regionals? The caliber of
the opposition in the NCAA playoffs,
needless to say, is bound to be higher
than in the ACC. Another case in point
would be Duke. Last year they finished
second in the ACC and in the Tournament
and, as this year, went to NTT. Coach
Bubas, who is not one to make excuses,
said that Lewis and. company were just
plain tired and demoralized, after losing
to Carolina in the finals of the Tourna
ment. Their performance that year in the
NIT seems to confirm this evaluation.
And what about this year's Duke team,
which lost in a deep freeze to a much
poorer N.C. State team, 10-12? That loss
uuxu vwy uave an aaverse eneci on now
Duke, seeded No. 1, plays in that tourna
ment. All of this goes to prove at least one
thing, that the ACC Tournament, as it
stands, can have an adverse effect on the
performance of the conference represen
tatives, in the NCAA and NIT classics,
that it can produce a conference
representative (e.g. the State team of a
few years ago that was wiped out in the
first game in the NCAA Eastern
Regionals) that is not a first-line basket
ball team. Surely there is an alternative
to the present tournament. Surely the
coaches and their players should have
some say as to whether to have such a
thing in the first place.
Peter C. Gerdine
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