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USNSA Takes Controversial Stands

Public discussion Group
To Stimulate Vital Issues

(Continued from Page 1)

In 1960 the National Student
Congress, USNSA legislative body,
adopted a resolution called "The
Student and the Total Commun-
ity." It was through this resolu-
tion that USNSA justified taking
stands not only on issues directly
relating to students but also on
national and international issues
which have an indirect but sig-
nificant effect on students.
Social Action
The resolution said it recognizes
the integral connection between
political and social action and the
educational processes. Mandates
were sent out to the various local
units advising them to "take forth-
right positions on the major issues
of the day as have come particu-
larly to the attention of students."
Through the "Student and the
Total Community" resolution and
subsequent stands, USNSA often
finds itself embroiled in contro-
versy. In 1960 USNSA voted to
oppose further atomic testing in
the atmosphere. The National
Student Congress endorsed the sit-
in demonstrations in the South,
attacked the loyalty and disclaim-
er provisions of the National De-
fense Education Act, and endorsed
federal scholarships for university
There were many within USNSA
itself who disagreed with these
stands and on several campuses
where opposition to these resolu-

tions was strong many students
and leaders spoke out against con-
tinued membership in USNSA.
Some colleges have, in fact, with-
drawn from USNSA.
Advisory Vote
Last November University stu-
dents cast an advisory vote on
withdrawing or continuing within
USNSA after 15 years of member-
ship. In a hotly contested cam-
paign students voted to stay in
USNSA by a vote of 3667 to 3483.
Those who opposed USNSA's
stands on national matters con-
tended that the association should
concern itself only with "student
matters," matters relating directly
to students. Others maintained
that student matters could not
be construed to mean that univer-
sity students should turn their
backs on the large social and poli-
tical issues of the present moment.
USNSA's national orientation
stems from conditions leading to
its founding after World War II.
Prague Sessions
At the close of the war, Ameri-
can students saw the need for
some sort of an organization to
represent the United States at in-
ternational student gatherings. In
the winter of 1945-46 a- prepara-
tory commission was sent to
Prague for a meeting of the In-
ternational Union. of Students.
In December of 1946 a confer-
ence was held at the University of
Chicago to organize a student or-

ganization, to determine its pur- NEC is composed of officers and
pose, and to set a date for a con- representatives from the associa-
stitutional convention. Campus tions 21 regions. It determines
leaders from 200 colleges and uni- USNSA's budget, supervises its
versities gathered at Chicago that various boards and organizations
winter and the idea of what was and acts as the steering commit-
to become USNSA took form. tee for the national convention

(Continued from Page 1)

In August, 1947 a constitutional
convention was held at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin. Membership
in USNSA was to consist of stu-
dent governments and a constitu-
tion was approved.
First Controversy
It was at this meeting that the
first significant controversy with-
in USNSA developed. The Inter-
national Union of Students had
developed what many members of
USNSA considered to be pro-
Communist leanings. USNSA, af-
ter much debate, decided, to stay
in IUS, if several of its criteria
for membership in IUS were met.

held each August.N
USNSA's national spokesman is
its president who is selected at
the Congress. USNSA has two
vice-presidents, one of which is in
charge of national affairs. These
officers and the NEC operate
through various regional boards
and organizations for more spe-
cialized functions of the associa-
SGIS Service
Student Government Informa-
tion Service is USNSA's clearing-
house for information. It conducts,
research on student government
problems; maintains a library for

iously, Bylaw 8.11 banned speak-
ers on University facilities who
"urge the destruction or modifi-
cation of our form of government
by violence . . . or which advocate
or justify conduct which violate
the fundamentals of our accepted'
moral code." Speakers had to be
cleared by the Lecture Committee
before they could appear on Uni-
versity facilities.,'
The new bylaw allows any rec-
ognized student organization to
present a speaker who does "not
advocate or urge the audience to

Important among these standards member units and collects in-
was the necessary approval of formation for member schools.
two-thirds of IUS members for This information deals primarily
USNSA membership. In 1948, US- with campus communications.
NSA decided to withdraw from A Student Body President's Con-
IUS when these conditions were ference is held every year four
not obtained. days prior to the National Con-
By 1948, USNSA was fairly well gress. It serves mainly as a forum
established and it set out to ob- for the exchange of ideas and
tain the goals which its constitu- views and informs leaders on stu-
tion' had articulated. To accom- dent problems at various campuses
plish this USNSA began to effect throughout the country. USNSA
a network of various internal or- conducts the International Stu-
gans. The most important internal dent Relations seminar at the Uni-
organs is the National Executive versity of Pennsylvania each sum-
Committee. Meeting twice a year mer.

. . .speaker committee.

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take action which is prohibited by
the rules of the University or
which is illegal under federal or
Michigan law. Advocacy of the
subversion of the government of
the United States or urging the
modification of our form of gov-
ernment by violence are specifi-
cally included in the above re-
The speech must be calendared
by normal procedures.
The University policy, with a
slight modification to make the
violation of law provision apply
specifically to Michigan law, has
been adopted by all state support-
ed universities and c o 11i e g e s'
through the Michigan Co-ordinat-
ing Council for Higher Education.
The group decided a common
outside speaker policy was the
best way of meeting public criti-
cism of its individual policies as
being either too restrictive or per-
The Regents yesterday approved
a request for the establishment of
the new engineering department
of meteorology anii oceanography.
Appointment of Aksel C. WIn-.
Nielsen as professor and chairman
of the new department was also
approved at yesterday's meeting.
Receiving his masters degree
from the University of Copen-
hagen and his doctorate from the
University of Stockholm, Prof.
Wiln-Nielsen has been serving as
assistantdirector of the National
Center of Atmospheric Research
since 1961.
Previously Shifted Around3
The study area which now com-
prises the department of meteorol-
ogy and oceanography has, for
some :time ,been shifted around to
various departments of the college
of engineering. Now a separate de-
partment, It will be able to func-
tion as a distinct unit of the
Executive' Vice-President Mar-
vin Niehuss said that the areas of
meteorology and oceanography are
closely linked because they both
deal with "fluids on the earth's
surface and in its atmosphere."
There is a very close Inter-action
between the two, he added.
Concepts Application
Niehuss said that the new de-
partment was made a part of the
college of engineering because
scientists in these. fields are more
interested. in application of con-
cepts than, concepts themselves.
"Meteorologists are not primar-
1y interested in weather fore-
casting. They are more involved in
applying meteorological concepts
to other areas," he said.
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