`Policy of Independence for Student
Publications' Advocated by Citron
While the Wayne State University university should be freed from the all members of the university com-
newspaper continued to publish a responsibility of overseeing these I munity are more or less held re-
sponsible for its point of view and
variety of articles, among them I publications.
some very antagonistic to the Jew-
"Student newspaper ventures for what it prints.
"I am one who recommends to
ish community (like "Jewish Rac- should be freed from any protect-
ism" signed "Samuel Goldwyn", ive, hothouse environment and the President of the University and
admittedly a pseudonym), Abra- turned loose in the real world. Such to the Board of Governors the
ham F. Citron, a member of the ' a policy is responsive to the rights adoption of a policy of independ-
faculty of the WSU college of edu- and responsibilities of university ence for student newspaper to be
cation, proposed that whatever 'students.
effective the academic year of 1970-
newspaper is published on the I
"This kind of a solution is no 71."
campus should be independent and guaranty that materials offensive
Meanwhile there is continuing
should not be financed by the to certain interests, certain groups,
concern over the anti-Semitic
policies of the WSU paper, and
or even considered offensive to the
debate over its status continues.
In a statement to The Jewish reasons for the existence of a uni-
In an article in the Detroit News
News, Citron made his proposal, as versity, would not be published.
on Sunday Bishop Emrich com-
What it would accomplish is that
mended the position taken by
the student editorial board and the
"A proper solution to the problem student editors of a particular pub-
President William Keast of WSU,
of the relationship of Wayne State lication would bear clearly identi-
but his article dealt only with the
University to the South End is to fiable and direct responsibility for
letter Keast wrote to the paper's
sever the relationship.
editor and apparently completely
what they print.
ignored the subsequent events.
"Public funds should not be used
"It can be strongly argued that
to finance any student newspaper. such a solution is the only one
But in general there are many
Such publications should exist on which does not infringe on the criticisms of the inactivity of Keast
private support and their own rev- rights of the public and the rights and the WSU board of governors.
enues just as any newspaper ven- of the students, for under the pres- Nevertheless there is a retention of
ture. They should be legally subject ent or a similar system, whatever hope that the student-faculty coun-
only to the general regulations of party or group gains control of the cil will show greater concern over
the public press in the United States editorship of a university-sponsored the paper's activities and staff when
and in Michigan.
paper all citizens of the state are a new editorial staff is chosen in
"The editorial boards and the edi- nonetheless taxed to support it, and May.
tors should be free of administra
tive control by the university; the
Gen. Rabin's Tribute to His Late Chief
In his eulogy to Levi Eshkol at
Adas Israel Synagogue in Wash-
ington, last Friday, Israel Ambas-
sador to the U.S. Itzhak Rabin
said the credo of the departed
prime minister was contained in
this statement he had made re-
"If our reborn society wants
really to be free and have the
dignity of freedom, it must be
able to do everything it needs
by itself. If we want our streets
to be clean, we must be the
sweepers. If we want bread, we
must grow it. If we want to live,
we must be prepared to defend
ourselves. And if we are attack-
ed, and defense calls for sacri-
fice, it must be onr blood that
must be offered in sacrifice and
not the blood of anyone else."
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Gen. Rabin stated in his tribute
to Mr. Eshkol:
"His legacy is everlasting. It is
written large across the very
landscape of theland be so loved:
reclaimed countryside, hundreds of
immigrant villages, water to the
barren south, new industries, an
expanding economy, an ever-
stronger army of defense—these
and more are Levi Eshkol.
"Each phase of Israel's develop-
ment, before and after statehood,
reflects his lifelong labors on be-
half of his people — as pioneer-
farmer, as soldier, as labor leader,
as administrator, as emissary, as
politician, as cabinet minister, as ;
statesman, and as premier of
"He was a man whose whole be-
ing was dedicated to the singular
cause of Israel's upbuilding inj
peace and security. By nature an '
optimist, he saw the dawn of peace '
as an absolute inevitability. So it
was that he conducted his mono- 1 1
logue on peace with Israel's neigh-1
bors. He worked and prayed for ,
the day when his words would be
answered in dialogue. He did not
live to sit with our neighbors
around the peace table. But be
surely contributed much to the in-
evitability of that meeting .. .
"Levi Eshkol was a man of
the people. He was a man of the
Jewish people. He breathed and
lived its joys and sorrows. National
boundaries fell away when the wel-
fare of Jews was at stake. One of
his last speeches in the Knesset
was a cry of anguish over the gal-
lows of Baghdad and the fate of
Jews in Arab lands. This is what
he said. I quote:
"Unless a halt is put to these
acts from outside, it will not
cease on its own. Between the
design of genocide and its per-
petration, there stands the State
of Israel alone — Israel and its
"This is the historic truth Levi
Eshkol helped bring to his genera-
tion — the truth that there is a
sovereign Israel and that Jewish
blood is no longer shed with im-
There is in nature what is within
reach and what is beyond reach.
Ile who is unaware of the distinc-
tion may waste himself in lifelong
toil trying to get at the inaccessible
without ever getting close to truth.
But he who knows it and is wise
will stick to what is accessible; and
in exploring this region in all di-
rections and confirming his gains
he will even push back the coin
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
14— Friday, March 7, 1969
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