Texas Wesleyan Rambler (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 24, 1969 Page: 2 of 6
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THE EDITORIAL PAGE OF
Gfexaa Hwlnjatt Uambfrr
An Independent Campus Newspaper;
Representing All, Obligated to None
Pam Cockerell, Executive Editor
Vivian Kageler, Associate Editor
James E. Gallagher, Advertising Director
Published each Wednesday of the school year,
except holiday periods, by students.
Fort Worth, Texas 76105 Wednesday, September 24, 1969
Is Stop-gap Measure
It is rather significant that President Nixon announced the
cancellation of the November and December draft 'calls last
Friday. His announcement coincides with the beginning of the
fall semester for college students all over the country.
Mr. Nixon's timing is quite evident to thus avoid further
demonstrations and protest over the Vietnam War and the draft
situation, which all male college-age students must inevitably
face. In the past, anti-war war and anti-draft protests have
been quite common on many campuses and have more often
It was probably in Mr. Nixon's mind to ease the tensions
on the campuses across the country as the fall semester begins,
especially after the long and bloody spring we went through _
four months ago.
What appears to be a good public relations move by the
Nixon Administration though, does not alter the fact, that the
war continues and we, sti^llave about 480,000 men in Vietnam.
Mr. Nixon's announcement does not change the student-versus-
administration crisis either. In fact, in some areas, his announce-
ment might calm the anti-war wing, but the campus activists
will be able spend more time protesting the campus situation.
In fact, Mr. Nixon's announcement is but a temporary
solution to the deep and controversial problems that face the
college student today.
In the summer, die Congress attempted to "run through"
an anti-riot bill pertaining to those campuses on which students
instigated trouble. Under this bill, the colleges and universities
would be deprived of desperately needed federal money if
The racial situation has not changed for the better either.
The Nixon Administration has backed down in the school de-
segregation drive and has not done a great deal for black or
The Nixon Administration has told the people of this coun-
try what he is going to do and it does it. But not a great deal
has been said or done. ...
Meanwhile, back on the campus, the widening gap between
faculty and student exists. Students are crying for better pro-
fessors and more meaningful courses of study. Some "stop-gap"
measures have emerged but haven't really changed things.
With this in mind, Mr. Nixon's attempt to calm and quiet
campuses almost seems hopeless.
The student of today hopes to a quick end to the war in
Vietnam and a change in the draft laws and methods of selec-
tion. Today's student also desires a relevant and meaningful
education even in the midst of the turmoil and upheaval he
finds around him. Nw
If Mr. Nixon can solve these problems, then maybe the
campuses will quiet down, but at that, there is a long way to go.
don't trim the leaves, get the roots!
50,000 Man Cut-back
Announced for Draft
WASHINGTON — A 50,000-
man cutback in planned draft
calls for the rest of the\year
was announced" by President
Richard M. Nixon last Friday,
and Mr. Nixon declared that, if
Congress fails to vote a draft
reform bill, soon, he will issue
an executive order to effect basic
The 29,000 man draft'call for
October will not be affected by
Nixon's announcement, but In-
stead will be spaced out over
the remaining three months of
1969. Under this plan, 10,000
men each will be drafted in Oc-
tober and November and 9,000
A projected call of 35,000 in
January, Secretary of Defense
Melvin R. Laird added, will be
reviewed in December.
A total of 296,000 men were
drafted last year. This year's
calls, taking into account last
Friday's announcement, will total
The President pointed out that
on May 13 he submitted a new
selective service faw, "which
would have removed vulnerabil-
ty to draft all young men be-
ween the ages of 20 and 26,
and which would provide for
draft eligibility only those 19
yc^rs of age under a system of
tion at T W O Sept
tered for my fourth
Texas Wesley an
it toolt longer.
I feel that this meonvd
is a direct reflect ion of]
incompetence or diseon'
the students on the part]
administration. in ,j-hei
it's time for iho i.in
If the administration lad
intelligence or imaginati
make the chants neeesf
suggest that they copy-
school such as the I'nivetj
Texas at Arlington. At
where the enrollment is
11,000 students, registratli
mally does hot take Ion#
Get with the program,
Bill H. Yart
Slated for Oct. 15
WASHINGTON — The Viet-
nam Moratorium, a series"of na-
tional, escalating anti-war ac-
tions, will begin Oct. 15. Stu-
dents at more than 500 colleges
are already committed to spend-
ing the day in the community
with door-to-door campaigns,
teach-ins, rallies and vigils.
Accompanying the campus-
based actions will be organized
efforts by businessmen, clergy-
men, community groups and la-
bor. All activities are directed
against continuing United States
action in Vietnam.
The Moratorium has the en-
dorsement of the National Amer-
icans for Democratic Action, the
National Student Association,
the New Mobilization Committee,
and the National New Demo-
Coordinated by a Washington
office, the one-day October ac-
tion would be expanded to two
days in November, three days
in December, escalating until the
\^ar is ended.
The National office is staffed
with veterans of the McCarthy
and Kennedy campaigns. Among
those are Sam Brown 26, one
of the principle organizers of the
youth wing of the McCarthy-
campaign; David Mixner, 24, an-
other McCarthy staffer who cur-
rently serves on the Democratic
party reform commission headed
by Sen. George ^McGovern; Da-
vid Hawkft 26, a draft resister
and former southern civil rights
woiker who was an all-American
diver at Cornell; Marge Sklen-
car, 23, the former student body
president at Mundelein College
who is a veteran of numerous
Rejecting ^-ecoii announce-
ments by administration spokes-
men of token troop withdrawals,
the, coordinators said:
^he announced displacement
of 2a,000 and 35,000 American
troops would bring the total to
60,000, thfc number former Presi-
dent Johnson said could be
brought home without dai
the war effort.
"We will continue to
against the war until Unjted"
States policies have changed and
the war is ended."
1 As I See It . . .
j To Involved StudentsI
by Ted Karpf
Rambler News Editor
Last Thursday night at the Senate meeting, a nurag
senators and a class president, as well as the Student Asso
President, put their heads on the chapping block.
/ These students voted in support of S. A. President!
Plmbps, who,signed his name to a document in support!
Vietnam" Moratorium Day to be held on Oct. 1."
During this day, students and
faculty are asked to stay away
from classes to work against the
war. Ways of working against
the war will be to write letters
to senators and congressmen ask-
ing for an end to the Vietnam
The day is designed to call
attention to the war and bring
about pressure on the govern-
ment to end it.
Yes, the day is a protest. But
it is a day of peaceful protest and
Adlai E. Stevenson, late am-
bassador to the Uniteddtefjions,
once wrote: "Democracy is' not
self executing. Wtr-4^ave to make
it work, and to makeMt work we
have to understand it. Sober
thought and fearless criticism
are impossible without critical
thinkers and thinking critics.
Such persons must be given the
opportunity to come together, to
see new facts in the light of old
principles in the ligf^ of new
facts by deliberation,, debate, and
dialogue. This, as we all know,
though some of us forget from
time to time, requires intellectual
independence, impenitent specula-
tion, and freedom from political
pressure. For democracy's need
tor wisdom will remain as peren-
nial as its need for liberty. Not
only external vigilance but un-
ending self-examination must be
the perennial price of liberty,
because the work of self-govern-
ment never ceases."
These words were uttered in
1963, but even in a day when
things change so rapidly, they
< all us to be aware of what is
happening and to call it into
The ■ students that vofi
favor of Phillips signing i
for the moratorium did st|
for what they Iwlieved.
felt that the war was wra
voiced their opposition t$
It seems that in a time 1
crisis as we now face wi|
poverty, prejudice and
so few people are '
to totally commit themse|
Stevenson's words calH
be thinkers and thinkingj
The very foundation of thjj
try is build on dissent. It j
not be a new thing to th^
ican population that sol
students are against the vfl
killing. But the real isstf
plagues me is that there!
many more critics of thof
are willing to dissent.
What the student sena]
in the Senate last Thurso
not a particularly brasejl
The courage of these sj
will yet be tried by the <
their peers in everyday]
Only when the day of nj
ium Arrives and the
really comruit themselvS
con^jjQenj^ that maya
witf anyone know ofT::-'
Whether there is disaS|
with such actions
who have committed
must be respected forf •'
•ism and willingness to
My only complaint i> !|
aren't enough commit^
in the world today lt
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