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Focus on Free Speech

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Ohio State University was the
scene in recent weeks of the latest
and one of the most prominent
instances of student activists at
a major university opposing the
policies of their administration.
The controversy started withI
debate, evolved into demonstration
and finally into a last-minute
showdown in which a banned
speaker declined at the last min-
ute to speak as scheduled. The
upshot has been that the OSU
president is considering an invita-
tion by the activists to participate
in open. discussions of the univer-
sity's policies.
The controversy began last
April 21 when OSU Vice-President
John Corbally Jr. informed a stu-
dent organization which had in-
vited Marxist speaker Herbert
Aptheker to speak on the OSU
campus that in all probability j
such a speech would not be al-
lowed.
Speaker Rules
The OSU speaker rules, passed
by the university's Board of
Trustees 14 years ago, forbid
campus speakers to speak on any-
thing which is not in the "best
and overall interests of the uni- STUDENTS AT Ohio State Uni
versity." The OSU administration the Berkeley protestors being re
contended that if Aptheker ap- tests over the OSU speaker bana
peared on campus it would be in
violation of the speakers rule. sions with the protest groups tos
Shortly after Corbally announc- pus, since his speaking date was
ed the administration position on before July.
Aptheker's prospective appearance Rejection
a student group known as the The FSF considered the propos-
Free Speech Front was formed to+al to be a delaying tactic by the
protest the decision in the name administration to avoid any se-
of academic freedomm rious confrontation on the sub-
A series of rallies and demon- ject. The proposal was rejected.
strations coupled with meetings of .
FSF leaders and administration Demonstrations continued. They{
officials caused the administra- differed from the student demon-
tion to alter its stand. strations at Berkeley in that lead-
It provided for a faculty study ers placed emphasis on orderli-
group to evaluate the worth of the ness. There were no arrests and
speakers rulings. The group was no violence.
to convene in mid-July. Under Displeased at the way the battle
the new administration position was going, FSF finally decided to
Aptheker would still be prevented ask Aptheker to speak in defiance
from speaking on the OSU' cam- of the ban.

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versity recently provided a sequel to last fall's student protests at Berkeley (picture above are some of
leased from jail last December). Ohio State's sequel consisted of a period of continuous student pro-
on Marxists and other radical speakers. The President of OSU is now considering having open discus-
settle differences.

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Administration reaction w a s
immediate.
OSU President Novice G. Fau-
cett said in a prepared state-
nent, "I want to make clear in
advance of any possible speech by
Aptheker that the students re-
sponsible for arranging ,such a
campus speech will be subject to
disciplinary action whether or not
there is disorder.
"I hope this speech does not
take place. But if it does there
would be then no alternative but
to initiate disciplinary action
through regular channels against
those students who choose to vio-
late existing university rules."

John T. Bonner Jr., executive
dean of student relations at OSU,
said "we are very sorry he (Jeff-
rey Schwartz, leader of FSF and
spokesman for the group) and his
people (FSF) have taken this
course of action. We will un-
doubtedly respond."
Schwartz said in a press confer-
ence May 20, the day before Ap-
theker's scheduled appearance, "I
am assuming that if there is any
trouble it will not be caused by us
or our speaker. Our plans include
making every attempt to avoid
disorder."
He went on to say that most
FSF members felt that the ad-
ministration had not given suffic-
ient evidence to support their
wish to have the speaker's ban
"examined by a board of faculty
advisorsin July.
Pack Hall
On May 21 students packed in-
to University Hall to hear Apthe-
ker. He entered the building by a
side door and a controversy arose
between FSF members as to the
advisability of an appearance.
Corbally then addressed Sch-
wartz privately-allegedly inform-
ing him of a threatened attempt
on Aptheker's life. There was
speculation that this was a face
saving device arranged by Cor-

bally, and Schwartz to circumvent
a disturbance.
Aptheker put in a brief appear-
ance on the stage but did not
speak. He was then escorted' by
a large body of FSF members
and campus police out the front
entrance. He entered a waiting
automobile and left immediately.
No action was taken by the ad-
ministration to punish FSF lead-
ers or members.
On May 24 FSF held a meeting
to decide on future plans and
evaluate the recent happenings.
They decided to abandon any
plans to reinvite Aptheker to
speak on the OSU campus that
term.
They further decided to invitet
Faucett to conduct an open forum
type discussion to explain admin-
istration views and rationale on
the speakers ban ruling.
Faucett has not yet indicated
whether or not he will accept the
invitation.
FSF is presently considering
forming a student protest union
similar to the Free Students Un-
ion which took over the functions
of the Free Speech Movement at
Berkeley. It would function as a
collective bargaining unit and as
a liaison between administration
and students.

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