The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, April 24, 1970 Page: 2 of 8
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THE REDBIRD April 24.1970-Page 2
Police Chief Issues
Statement on Inquiry
By Mike Ramsey
A statement by Beaumont po-
lice chief Willie Bauer disput-
ed allegations of police brutal-
ity and property damage made
by the Sabine American Civil
Liberties Union March 17.
Bauer’s statement, which was
read to the Beaumont City Coun-
cil, said in part: 'Please be
assured that, in the absence of
a willingness on the part of our
accusers to provide sworn state-
ments concerning their allega-
tions, we have repeatedly, and
in fact do so now publicly de-
mand that they appear before
the Jefferson County Grand Jury
wherein they will be required
to testify under oath and pen-
alty of perjury.
“In the absence of such, I
am forced to conclude, that this
is still another publicity-seek-
ing instance wherein the haste
and overzealousness of the Am-
erican Civil Liberties Union to
be critical of the police through-
out our nation has resulted again
in accusations based on, at best,
heresay and not fact as supported
Dr. Robert Olson, professor of
English and president of the lo-
cal chapter, made the following
statement following Bauer’s
In its statement of March 17,
the local ACLU Board expressed
general support for the police,
not antagonism. Chief Bauer, in
his response of April 21, chooses
to equate constructive criticism
with antagonism. ACLU did not
make accusations of police bru-
tality, but reported strikingly
consistent statements made by
witnesses who alleged that po-
lice misconduct occurred on a
narcotics raid at a Lamar dorm-
itory room on the night of Feb-
ruary 19. ACLU therefore re-
quested of the City Council that
the incident be investigated thor-
Sometimes it is exceedingly
difficult to determine exactly
what happened, and the raid at
the Lamar dormitory appears to
be such a case. ACLU attorneys
are considering bringing the mat-
ter before the grand jury. Hope-
fully, the truth can be deter-
mined at that time. Meanwhile
ACLU will continue to do its
job, which is to furnish aid in
protecting the rights of all cit-
izens under the Constitution and
the laws of the land.
Dr. R.B. Thomas, library di-
rector, announced today the pro-
motion of Miss Alouisia Moore
as head of reference services,
and Mrs. Marjorie Wheeler as
science-technology reference li-
Miss Moore has been at La-
mar since 1955. She has served
in humanities reference, as en-
gineering librarian, and as sci-
ence-technology reference li-
Miss Moore is a native of
Kirbyville. She is a graduate
of South Park Junior College,
the University of Texas, and
the University of Denver. She
has degrees in English, Educa-
tion, and Library Science.
She is a member of the Amer-
ican .Library Association, the
Texas Library Association, and
the Special Library Association.
Mrs. Wheeler is a graduate
of Smith College and Johns Hop-
kins University, with bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in geology.
She did her graduate library
work at Texas Woman’s Uni-
Mrs. Wheeler has worked for
the Boston Museum of Natural
History, the American Gem So-
ciety, the University of Texas
at Arlington, Southern Methodist
University and the Southwest
Center for Advanced Studies.
The Redbird Staff
.R. H. Wilkerson
Staff writers: Judy Hammond, Carole MarceUa.
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It was with hearty approval
that I read your coverage of
the April 15 Moratorium activi-
ties on Lamar’s Campus.
The Redbird’s story, when
compared to the accounts render-
ed by local TV and newsppers,
and especially by the Associated
Press, is far superior and most
In the spirit of academic free-
dom and the pursuit of higher
education, an injustice has been
served the student body of Lamar.
With the refusal of allowing Boc-
by Lee to speak on our campus,
the campus community has been
denied an opportunity to further
the formation of open-minded
To hinder a person’s access in
witnessing first hand what a man
represents is a definite restric-
tion in gaining a realistic edu-
cation. It is with extreme dis-
appointment that we must realize
such a restriction has been placed
on an established organization
at Lamar because of inadequate
avenues of expression on our
Another door to truth has re-
mained closed to us, and that
portion of our community which
would have us believe 'there
are no problems here* has been
endorsed by this refusal.
Today is the last day to vote
for the Ugly Man on Campus,
and voting booths close at 3 p.m.
Candidates running for ugly
man are Opie (Mike Opernavich),
sponsored by Zeta Tau Alpha;
Cliff Schwartz, sponsored by Al-
pha Delta Pi; George Glover,
sponsored by Gray Hall; Paul
Groom, sponsored by Phi Kappa
Theta, and Kenneth Fuji Kondo,
sponsored by Lambda Tau.
Also Dan Oullaw, sponsored
by Sigma Nu; Mike McNamara,
sponsored by Sigma Phi Epsilon;
Steve Wade, sponsored by Gamma
Phi Beta, and Dickie Hile, stu-
dent association president, spon-
sored by Kappa Delta.
Voting booths are located in
dining hall “A” and in front of
the old student union in the quad-
A penny is counted as a vote
in the Alph Phi Omega-sponsored
fund raising protect.
Two notebooks belonging to
Tim Harlan of Liberty were lost
on campus sometimes last week.
The notebooks, which consisted
of math and micro-biology notes
if found, should be returned to
him at Rt. 1 Box 220, Liberty,
Campaign tactics deplorable
Elections have never been known for
bringing out the best character in those in-
volved and the just concluded election was no
Tactics employed by the various candi-
dates were no different than in past years.
For the most part the candidates, themselves,
waged hard but clean campaigns.
The same cannot be said for some of their
workers. Some of their tactics were the ob-
ject of many complaints and we join in that
group in echoing these complaints.
It was obvious from viewing the polling
stations that deplorable tactics were the name
of the game. We are not sure whether ballot
boxes were actually stuffed as so charged.
However the possibility for such a happening
was not impossible, and in all probability,
was real in many cases.
Another concern was the open violation of
the election rule which sets a point at which
electioneering must cease. Through either
total ignorance or complete disregard for the
rule, campaign workers attempted to petal
their material almost to the ballot box.
Still another regret is the wholesale de-
struction of campaign billboards and signs.
Candidates spent a great deal of money and
time in assembling posters, only to have some
irresponsible individuals take it upon them-
selves to completely destroy such effort.
We might also add that some of this de-
struction came immediately after the polls
were closed, thus adding even more to the
deplorable conduct involved.
Some of the blame can be placed on the
election committee, which failed to take steps
to avoid such a fiasco.
However, the individuals guilty of the men-
tioned violations must burden most of the
responsibility. To witness supposedly mature
college students carry on in this manner is
totally beyond our comphrehension.
No political office, regardless of its di-
mensions, is important enough to justify the
unresponsible behavior present in the past
election. We hope that these persons will
completely divorce themselves from future
elections on this campus. The entire school
will beneift from such a move.
No place for an open mind
We found it most unfortunate that the ad-
ministration saw fit not to allow two mili-
tant black speakers the opportunity to speak
The reason given for denial concerned
the fact that the speakers would not be “in
keeping with the aims of the institution."
We find ourselves momentarily confused
as to what those aims are. We were under
the impression that an educational institution
presented a balance of views, and the individ-
ual was free to select which ones to follow-
The administration expressed the view
that approval of such speakers implied col-
lege sanctioning of such activity. While we
certainly do not agree with the ideology of
the Black Panthers or any offspring of the
group, we feel that the militant element in
our society has, at the very least, the right
to be heard.
Perhaps the administration prides itself
on speakers such as Dr. George Benson,
whose speech last week implied that every
minor disturbance in America was a Com-
The issue simply boiled down to a matter
of disagreement with the administration’s
ideology. And, as is always the case, it was
the open-minded student which suffered.
They tell us to take things as
they come - but who can han-
dle them that fast? - Dana Rob-
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Ramsey, Mike. The Redbird (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, April 24, 1970, newspaper, April 24, 1970; Beaumont, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth499389/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Lamar University.