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3 > Page 3 of Blue-Tail Fly, October 15, 1969

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Go Dartmou th, beat Women! HANOVER, N.H. (LNS)-It rsus* have warmed the cockles of many a Wall Street Journal reader's heart to learn that there still exists a campus policeman who is into sweating panty raids. Yes, America, there is a Dartmouth! The WSJ recently did ah in-depth analysis of the harrowing crisis that has erupted' in the New Hampshire woods. Seventy newly-admitted women are the blight that threatens the ivy bastion of paranoid virility. Now here's a vital campus issue that you can really sink your teeth into. You better believe it, the Dartmouth " Big Greeners" (no, not the Jolly Green Giant "it's what the virility freaks caH themselves) are plenty mad. "The fulltime presence of girls here would destroy the Dartmouth man's image as a hale and hearty animal from the north woods," says one BG, who presumably digs the good old American variety of hit-and-run sex. The Big Greeners have developed sophisticated confrontation tactics to deal with the enemy. A couple of them barged into 19 -year-old Sharon Mehegan's room one night and flicked the light on and off. Her roommate told them to- get the hell out, so they pulled a tactical retreat. Next time they steered clear of adventurism and just drove past the girls' dorm at three in the morning with a loudspeaker, shouting, "Emergency, emergency"everybody out of the dorms." Authorities are not optimistic about keeping the lid on the campus this fall. J. J. O'Connor, head of the police, darkly predicts that the "men" are likely "to make a run at the girls' dorm" during the big social weekends this fall. Rah! Rah! Crump, Sedler win draft case John D. Crump, a former student at Maysville Community College, has won a court case contesting his induction into the army as a delinquent registrant in the Selective Service System. The case, decided in U.S. District court, could have important implications for application of the Selective Service Law across the country. Crump was declared delinquent after refusing to board a bus for a scheduled Army physical examination. Following his refusal, the clerk of his draft board reached five of the six members of the board by telephone and, after talking to each of them separately, immediately classified Crump as delinquent. Crump's argument was based on the fact that Selective Service law clearly states that a meeting of the board must be held before any decisions on the delinquency of a registrant may be reached. In voiding Crump's delinquent status and his subsequent notice of induction, the court ruled that telephone consultations do not constitute a meeting. Crump.s attorney, UK law professor Robert Sedler, sees the decision as an important one. "What this decision means," Sedler said, "is that from now on the draft boards will have to abide by the draft law." Regents fire UCLA prof LOS ANGELES (LNS)-^The Regents of the University of California took it upon themselves to fire Angela Davis, black assistant professor of philosophy at UCLA and in doing so have touched off a dispute over academic freedom which rivals the controversy over loyalty oath tests in the late 1940's. Miss Davis, who at 25 is completing her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of Herbert Marcuse, graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis, studied at Goethe University in Frankfurt and at the Sorbornne. She is a Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a member of the Communist Party. It is not surprising that the UC Regents, with a right-wing majority led by Ronald Reagan, don't see eye-to-eye with Miss Davis. However, many liberal eyebrows were raised here because the Regent's action is blatantly unconstitutional. In 196 7, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated New York statutes making Communist Party membership grounds for disqualification from teaching in a public institution. Based on this decision, the California Supreme Court the same year invalidated that section of the California constitution requiring public employees to sign an oath denying membership in October 15, 1969 any organization advocating violent overthrow of the government. . Many academic freedom types on the UCLA faculty have expressed their "outrage" at Professor Davis* dismissal. But Miss Davis and Robert Singleton of the Afro-American Studies Center say they understand the issue clearly as a further example of racist oppression. Singleton cited the fact that many white Communists are employed by the UC system and sees Miss Davis' dismissal as part of the movement of white fascism against the black man. The Regents met again on the first weekend of this month and decided that Miss Davis could teach the course but that no credit would be given for it. Since then a group of professors say they will not allow credit to be given for their courses if credit isn't given for Miss Davis' course. A month before the Regents decided to file' Miss Davis, they adopted a resolution that "no political test shall ever be considered in the appointment and promotion of any factulty member or employee." But Reagan and friends used a 1940 policy against hiring CP members to can the black scholar. Considering the relatively moderate CP, one UCLA administrator told the Los Angeles Times, "I'd be more concerned if she were a Maoist. Hell, she's pretty conservative." The Great Grass Curtain Uncle Sam's great grass curtain has ended. In a scene seemingly torn from "The Diary of Anne Frank", U.S. officials at the Mexican border spent almost three weeks furtively searching each and every vehicle passing into the states, ferreting out that evil devil weed, that frantic first step towards hard drugs and father -raping, the dreaded marijuana plant. The little exercise in pharmocological pathology ended October 10 th when representatives of the Mexican and U.S. governments reached an agreement in Washington. Mexican citizens were understandably aroused by this south of the border rip-off that seems to characterize U.S. Latin American diplomatic norms. Tourism revenues in Mexican border towns plummeted, as thousands of American tourists chose to stay at home rather than face delays of up to six hours upon trying to re-enter the states. Of economic necessity playing Uncle Tomas, the Mexican government has a-greed to more vigorously attempt to destroy the marijuana fields in that country. This may prove difficult, as some Mexican farmers reputedly grow their marijuana stash smack between the rows in their cornfields. The new arrangement is dubbed "Operation Cooperation". The arduous dope-grope, originally dubbed Operation Intercept, was inspired by a 5 5-page report released with President Nixon's blessings by the Special Presidential Task Force Relating to Narcotics, Marijuana and Dangerous Drugs. Those muddled 55 pages concluded marijuana is psychologically addicting, adding that "criminal records establish clearly an accelerating rate of association between crime and the use of marijuana". Since "more than 80 percent of the marijuana smoked in the United States, about 20 percent of the heroin used, and an undetermined volume of illegal amphetamines" enter the nation illicitly from Mexico, the report advocated "Operation Intercept" as a panacea. And, yes, folks, those good guys who brought you nerve gas, the moon flight, Viet Nam and the ABM conducted their border squeeze with napalm-like efficiency. The Operation Intercept arsenal included German Shephard dogs, patrol boats in the Gulf of Mexico, pursuit planes, Federal Aviation Administration radar screens, electric sensing devices, 37 vehicle inspection stations and special customs inspection teams at 27 U.S. airports in the Southwest. The Richard Nixon Experience has been successful in creating a summer pot paucity. The weed was in conspicuous absence in much of the nation (though not in Kentucky) and the price-per-lid for the little that remained was often astronomical. The Nixonite theory followed that young grass devotees would simply discontinue use as the plant disappeared. Obviously sensing that the dangers of marijuana had been grossly exaggerated, it seemed to follow to many young drug users that other drug rhetoric must be equally hollow. The summer statistics have been grim. According to Life Magazine, over 500 New York City residents have died of heroin overdoses from May through June alone. The average age of these 500 young Americans protected by Richard Nixon from the evils of marijuana was 22. However, hope and dope may yet bum eternal in the hearts, heads, pipes and papers of American grass gropers. Andrew Kopkind noted in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine that "despite Operation Intercept and the storm of publicity, the long drought appears to be at an end. Good quantities of killer weed, reportedly grown around Guadalajara, are flooding into the San Francisco Bay area, and the prices are"as the San Francisco Chronicle accurately reports" descending (ten to fifteen dol Ian per lid). It should be a tasty winter". Quote, unquote Last year Pikeville College suffered the most sizable amount of right-wing student unrest in the country. As one student described it then: "Dr. Johns (the president) is telling us to do our thing and we don't even know what our thing is". The liberal Dr. Thomas Johns has since resigned. Recently,.at the installation ceremony of new president Dr. Robert S. Cope, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Norman A. Chrisman described Dr. Cope as: "The right leader in the right place at the right time". Home front casualties NEW YORK (LNS)"The first job the army has to do with a new recruit is make him forget he is a citizen and a human being. A young man must surrender his whole identity and the will to think for himself to the monster. The public is only just beginning to realize what this does to our brothers who get trapped in the Selective Service System. Parris Island, S.C., where a Marine died in September, is again getting national publicity. In 1956, a drill instructor was court-martialed and convicted in the deaths of six Marines during a disciplinary march through the swamps; the instructor got nine months in jail, compared to 14 years handed out to prisoners convicted for a sit-down at the Presidio stockade last year. .This September, an 18-year-old Marine at the Parris Island base, Pvt. Stephen E. Melson of Millsboro, Del., was dead only 19 days after entering the Corps. Several days before his death, Pvt. Melson reported to a military hospital with an acute kidney ailment and told his mother, and the doctors that he had been beaten, choked and kicked by drill instructors. Evidently the sick man was beaten for falling down on the job. A Marine spokesman admitted that Melson had physical injuries and said that "a number of supervisory personnel mistook his sluggishness for shirking or trying to get out of duty." An investigation and an autopsy are being held to determine the relation of the beatings to Melson's death. At Fort Dix, N. J., 21 -year-old Pvt. David L. Swanson of New Britain, Conn., died of an overdose of sleeping pills in September after telling his parents, "I can't take any more." Swanson, who made two previous suicide attempts, wrote from Fort Dix, "The day after I cut my wrists and had stitches put in, they made me do push-ups and other exercises....the' other day I couldn't move my fingers at all. They told me to stop bluffing or they'll put an electrode on my arm and give me a good shock to wake it and me up....I know 111 try to kill myself again if this keeps up. I just don't care any more." Swanson's parents tried to warn Army officials and get help for him but were not listened to: "Somebody's got to answer for this....we begged everybody for help, the Red Cross, his company commanders, (his) Congressman." At Fort Dix, the command has stated that they are satisfied that Swanson's case was correctly handled and say that no inquiry will be made. However, Swanson's Congressman, Rep. Thomas Meskill of Connecticut, has now written to Army Secretary Resor: "I feel that the Army was grossly negligent in this case. David Swanson asked for help and did not get it." Operation Turnoff SACRAMENTO, Calif"Proposed by School Superintendent Max Rafferty, one of California's leading facists, a plan to have school officials search for drugs in high school students' lockers was endorsed by the state board of education last week. Termed "Operation Turnoff", the plan recommends a massive attempt to ferret out marijuana and other drugs that may be stashed in lockers. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Los Angeles has pointed out that the supreme courts of the United States and California "have both held repeatedly that random searches without a warrant, could not be condoned". The ACLU also said it would seek a restraining order if it got wind of a search. "If we're too late," said a spokesman, "then a civil suit for damages on grounds of invasion of privacy, false arrest and illegal search will be Tiled on behalf of any student requesting litigs* tion." 3