THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Sunday, January 19, 1969
Fordham: Catholic colle!
maf an our.
By BILL FREELAND
College Press Service
NEW YORK (CPS) - In this
age of secularization of almost
everything, the church related
college almost seems an educa-
tional anachronism - except that
this year almost one million stu-
dents are being educated in them.
A large percentage of that en-
rollment, about 435,000 students,
attend schools connected with the
Roman Catholic Church. And if
the events of recent disruptions
at Jesuit Fordham University are
any gauge, the growing mood of
'disaffection with Church control
among some of the more liberal
clergy over such issues as birth
control is -beginning to spread to
Catholic college students as well.
The issue of student power has
been raised on a mass scale for
the first time at this 6,000-student,
co-ed university, and while the
students have been generally well-
behaved and at times even earn-
est, their actions may reveal the
emerging pattern of- protest on
the increasingly political yet more
Fordham looks like a university
experiencing at least a mild case
of student upheaval.
The protest supporters, calling
themselves the Student-Faculty
Coalition for a Restructured Uni-
versity, are easily identified by red
arm bands, although the title is
something of a misnomer. The
coalition contains only five faculty
members, compared with about
1,200 signed-up student backers.
Students opposing the coalition
wear blue arm bands, but their
1 P.M. to 12 P.M.
role so far has consisted mostly
of issuing bogus leaflets under a
variety of organizational names
and pirating literature from the'
coalition's tables when nobody
'with a red arm band is looking.
Other students with a less clear
'position on the issues are seen
'wearing green arm bands signifying
"Hope" or black arm bands for
"Anarchy" or white arm bands
-standing for a so far undetermined
perspective on the events.
Amid all the fun and confusion
of a student body suddenly faced
'with a significant, organized fac-
'tion of dissident students, a core
,of real issues is beginning to
emerge-as is the administration's
method of dealing with those is-
The questions began to develop
'in mid-October when the univer-
'sity, faced with a growing finan-
cial crisis, released a study pre-
'pared by two Columbia law pro-
'fessors recommending a number
Hof changes aimed at making the
university eligible for state finan-
When the administration, com-
posed almost entirely of Jesuit
priests, was reluctant to institute
some of the more important of
these recommendations, students
began organizing a broad-based
coalition asking even broader
"structural" changes in the uni-
versity, including a major role for
students and faculty in the decis-
The study, which became known
as the Gilhorn Report after one
of its authors, set forth 16 con-
clusions, whose overall intent
was making Fordham less directly
under the control of the Church
and thereby eligible for what
could amount to about $1 million
in state aid annually.
The students, however, are not
so much interested in maintain-
ing Fordham's identity as their.
own. For them the central ques-
tion is how they can expand the posed of faculty and students to
role of students and faculty in a advise the trustees - but without
decision-making process which is so far outlining what its powers
now totally controlled from above would be or even on what topics it
by a strict hierarchy of clergy. would be permitted to advise.
Mobilizing opposition against The only clear-cut victory of
that hierarchy is particularly dif- the protest so far came when a
ficult at a university like Ford- delegation of 17 black students
ham because almost 90 per cent met with the dean of students and
of the student body comes from a extracted a promise that the uni-
Catholic background which h a s versity would never provide the
taught them all their lives to re- names of students involved in
spect the hierarchy. The job is peaceful demonstrations to the
even more difficult because the federal government under a pro-
administration has made some posed new bill that could mean
conciliatory moves. such students would lost gov-
Before the protest was initiated, ernment financial assistance.
the university moved to expand Most of Fordham's 100 black stu-
the all-Jesuit, nine-man board of dents receive such assistance.
trustees to 31 to allow for a lay Meanwhile the protest contin-
majority - but no students or ues, but whatever passion was in
faculty are permitted. it, is diminishing quickly. Ford-
When presented with student ham, like so many private and
demands last week, President Mc- church-related schools, is facing
Laughlin announced the forma- the harsh world of declining al-
tion of a university senate c o m- ternatives.
NEW YORK & - Sen. Eugene
J. McCarthy said yesterday night
he would not rule out another run
for t h e Democratic presidential
nomination in 1972.
The Minnesota Democrat, who
said last October that he would
not run for re-election as a Dem-
ocrat, said he would make a de-
cision on another presidential race
before the 1972 Democratic con-
McCarthy made the comments
in an interview after he urged
party reforms on 2,000 state Dem-
ocrats attending an all-day con-
ference in a Brooklyn hotel. The
conference was sponsored by the
Coalition for a Democratic Al-
Just talk to the man from General Electric.
He represents 170 separate GE "companies" that
deal in everything from space research to electric
toothbrushes. And each of these product depart,
ments is autonomous. Each has its own manage-
ment and business objectives.
So a job at General Electric offers the kind of
immediate responsibility you might expect to find
only in a small business.
Right from the start you get a chance to demon-
strate your initiative and capabilities. And the
mate you show us, the faster you'll move ahead.
As you do, you'll find that you don't necessarily
have to spend a lifetime working on the same job
in the same place. We have operations all over the
world. Chances are you'll get to try your hand at
more than one of them.
Our interviewer will be on campus soon. If
you're wondering whether it's possible to find chal-
lenging work in big business, please arrange to see
him. He speaks for 170 "companies."
An equal opportunity employer
ternative, t h e organization that
won McCarthy the bulk of New
York state's convention votes in
his losing bid for the Democratic
presidential nomination last year.
McCarthy made it evident he
was irked by recent criticism of
him by party leaders, especially
for his vote against Sen. Edward
M. Kennedy for the Senate whip
|and for stepping off the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee for
a lesser committee role.
McCarthy said he went into the
presidential race last year "hunt-
ing for big game - President Lyn-
don B. Johnson - and most of the
rabbit hunters talking the past 30
days weren't there."
Before McCarthy spoke, Paul
O'Dwyer, an unsuccessful candi-
date for the U.S. Senate in 1968,
told the coalition audience that
Kennedy has replaced McCarthy
a's the hope of the, new politics,
O'Dwyer said Kennedy's "courag-
eous" fight in winning the job of
Senate Democratic whip was "a
good omen for 1969."
But McCarthy made light . of
Kennedy's victory. "If I knew how
important the, whip was, we
wouldn't have gone to New Hamp-
shire last year," he said. "I could
have waited and had a caucus."'
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