The Megaphone (Georgetown, Tex.), Vol. 62, No. 24, Ed. 1 Friday, March 21, 1969 Page: 1 of 8
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Cody Memorial Ttprary
SouthwttBTEitN Univeko. ■
Dr. Dees Denies Wrongdoing in TEA Program
School Board Questioned
Members of the audience at Monday night's Georgetown I.S.D. School Board meeting
examine the check which was altered in an attempt to demean Dr, Myron Dees, presi-
^^^(tenH>nh^chooi board and a prolessor at Southwestern.
Schedule for Next Year
Explained by Dean
During the week of Feb. 24 the
Faculty approved the proposed cal-
endar for the 1969-70 school year.
In a statement to the MEGAPHONE
yesterday, Dean F. Burr Clifford,
of the School of Arts and Sciences,
explained the changes.
Stressing that this was only a
transitional calendar for next year,
and that it would only be used one
year, Dean Clifford delineated its
Residence Halls will open August
31 for the new students, who will go
through registration and orienta-
tion. Classes will begin on Thurs-
day, September 4, and will end Fri-
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SU Selected For
Southwestern University has been
selected as one of the privately
financed colleges in the United
States to receive unrestricted ed-
ucational assistance under the Aid-
to-Education Program of Texaco
President Durwood Fleming of
Southwestern announced the gift
Thursday. A grant of $7,500 will
be paid in five equal annual in-
stallments. A portion of this grant
will also be credited toward South-
western's Challenge Campaign and
will claim an additional sum from
the Brown Foundation gift of $1.5
Southwestern is one of more than
300 colleges and universities in-
cluded in Texaco's program of edu-
cational suppo rt. I n addition to pro-
viding direct financial support to
150 privately-financed schools, the
program includes scholarship and
fellowship assistance to 90 educa-
tional institutions, both private and
day, December 12. Final exams
will end December 20. This is a
full semester, Dean Clifford stat-
ed. Students will be able to carry a
full 17 hours without its being an
The Spring Semester will begin
with registration on Monday, Feb-
ruary 2, and Commencement will
be May 31. This is also a full
Cost of tuition for these two
semesters will be the same as the
cost for this year, and room and
board fees for the two will be $20,
more per semester, as was an-
nounced last week.
During the month of January a
separate term will be held, giving
students an opportunity to take
three hours. There wiH be separ-
ate registration for this January
term, and students will go, or not,
and professors will teach, or not,
as they desire.
Dean Clifford stated that stu-
dents would be charged additional
tuition, room and board for the Jan-
uary term, and professors will be
paid extra for teaching in the ses-
sion. He said that he had submit-
ted some estimates, but that they
had not yet been accepted, so that
he was not at liberty to discuss
cost, except to say that it wbuldbe
minimal and would be figured ac-
cording to the cost of the number
of hours' credit work.
Dean Clifford said that mostde-
All students art reminded that
Thursday, April 10th, Is the last
day for dropping a course. Stu-
dents who stay In a course past
April 10th must complete the
Dean F. B. Clifford
partments will offer one or more
three-hour courses. He said that
some courses would be from the
regular curriculum, while others
would be special projects that could
not be undertaken in the regular
“This will offer all departments
the opportunity for a short term,
but it will not force the students
to include it in part of their work,
if they do not so wish, he said.
This will be an identical calen-
dar with many other Texas schools
for next year, he said. The faculty
has asked for a different kind ofv
calendar by the October meeting of
the Board of Trustees. They are
at present studying the possibili-
ties for the calendar to be present-
ed at that time._
Blood Bank Dir.
To Speak Mon.
The director of the Travis Coun-
ty Blood Bank, Mr. Kemp, will
speak in an open Independent meet-
ing in the old Ad Building audi-
torium on Monday, March 24 at 8
p.m. His talk will deal with the
process, advantages, and general
information of blood donating.
It was recently announced that
the Travis County unit will dis-
patch a crew to the infirmary of
Southwestern on April 1. Anyone
interested in donating is asked to
notify John Bigley (Box 3), or
Dori Dana (Box 148).
Mr. Kemp will address the au-
dience for about 20 minutes, and
will then throw open the floor for
general discussion and questions.
John Bigley, Independent Presi-
dent, urges everyone on campus to
BY LON CURTIS
“I have done nothing legally,
morally or ethically wrong.” With
this statement, Dr. Myron Dees,
president of the Georgetown I.S.D.
Board of Trustees, denied any
wrongdoing in connection with a
seminar taught under a Texas Ed-
ucation Agency Title I program last
The matter first came to light
last Saturday in a story on page
one of the AUSTIN AMERICAN.
Written by Nat Henderson, the
story quoted a “Georgetown
source” as questioning the use of
Georgetown I.S.D. funds to pay the
president of the school board.
Georgetown attorney Tim Maresh
had been retained by several Geor-
getown citizens, the AMERICAN
article said, and Maresh would ap-
pear before the school board at
its Monday night meeting.
At the meeting, Maresh began by
stating that he wanted everyone to
understand that he was not criticiz-
ing Southwestern University in any
way. He said that he had been re-
tained by a group of Georgetown
citizens whose names he could not
divulge, and that his sole purpose
was to try to gain information.
He continued his statement by out-
lining what he believed the facts
to be, then asked a number of
questions, as follows:
—Who set up the program?
—Who got the program approved
by the Texas Education Agency?
—Did Dr. Dees take part in get-
ting the program approved?
—Did Dr. Dees draw any travel
expenses in connection with getting
the program approved?
—Were the board memoers a-
ware that Dr. Dees would partici-
pate in the program?
—What was the final cost of the
program? Was it $22,389.28?
—Was the program overspent? If
--Where did the balance of the
expenses come from?
—Did the board approve a con-
tract with Southwestern Univ. for
—wny didn't the board hire the
professors for the program direct-
—Was the letter of contract to
Dr. I. J. McCook (then vice-presi-
dent at SU) a valid contract?
—Who wrote that letter of con-
—Was the TEA aware that Dr.
Dees would participate in the pro-
Were any checks written directly
to Dr. Dees? Who signed those
checks? What were the amounts?
—Were any of the teachers (stu-
dents in the seminars) paid? If so,
—Has the board interviewed tax
attorneys to collect delinquent
school taxes? Are anvboard mem-
“Sequence of Events”
Supt. of Schools Otto Longlois
answered the questions with what
he called a “sequence of events.”
He said that he thought he could
cover all the questions that way.
Longlois noted that the exact
dates of the sequence were not
available. He said that possibly he
should have kept better records,
but that he hadn't prior to the
Sometime between November and
(See “Charges Denied,” Page Six)
Dean William Swift presented the traditional bouquet of roses
to the new Miss Southwestern, Mrs. Diane Greer Sandberg,
last Saturday night.
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