THE MICHIGAN DAILY
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 1954
Hatcher Suspends Faculty 'U' Witness
Members for Testimony Balk Clardy
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Brandon indicated that the ac-
tion was taken against the three
faculty members "on the basis of
their refusing to cooperate with
the committee. The University's
policy is one of cooperation."
NO ACTION has been taken, or,
according to Brandon, is planned,
against Prof. Nathaniel Coburn of
the mathematics department, who
was subpoenaed but excused from
testifying because of illness.
A number of petitions claim-
ing that Prof. Markert "has in
no way made use of the class-
room or of his position on the
facutly to exert political influ-
ence on any student" and af-
firming "his competence as a
teacher of zoology" and his val-
ue to the Departnent of Zoology
and to the University," appear-
School of Law
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ed on the campus last night.
At last report, 60 graduate too-
ology students and other stu-
dents who have studied under
Prof. Markert, had signed the
Prof. Edwin Moise of the math-
ematics department is circulating
a petition supporting Davis among
members of the mathematics de-
partment faculty. Already, 27
members of the mathematics fac-
ulty have signed the petition.
A junior in the medical school
said last night that practically all
the medical school's junior class
would be willing to sign a petition
affirming that Prof. Nickerson
"has never said anything in class
that had any bearing on politics,"
that he is.an 'excellent instructor,"
and that 'the medical school would
suffer if he left the University."
A public meeting to be held at
7:30 p.m. Thursday in Auditorium
B of Angell Hall and sponsored by
the Student Legislature's Academic
Freedom Subcommittee has been
arranged to allow those from the
University who appeared before
the committee to present their
positions to the public, Etta Gluck-
stein, '56, chairman of the subcom-
mittee, announced last night.
Yehuda Levine, director of the
midwest office of Professional and
Technical Workers Aliyah, will
speak on "Careers in Israel" at 8
p.m. today in the Hillel Bldg., 1429
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When Prof. Nickerson refused
to answer this, Rep. Clardy point-
ed out that one of the three with
whom Prof. Nickerson consulted
could be called before the Com-
mittee. Prof. Nickerson would be
helping himself if he got his side
of the conferences on record, Rep.
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DAVIS was asked if he knew
anything of an alleged Communist
cell that existed on the Harvard
University campus while he was a
graduate student there between
1946 and 1950.
He was then asked his connec-
tion with 'Operation Mind', the
literature that was circulated in
Detroit criticizing the methods
and purposes of Clardy's investi-
Again the instructor used the
First Amendment to refuse an an-
It was finally established that
Davis had had a passport to Eur-
ope taken from him by the govern-
ment in November, 1952, but the
reasons for the removal were not
THE QUESTIONS directed at
Prof. Markert were primarily con-
cerned with an alleged trip to!
Spain during the Civil War there
in the late 1930's.
Clardy's committee tried to
establish that he wvent there
after receiving a passport to
travel only in England, France
The committee brought forth
two documents, one the passport
allegedly containing Markert's sig-
nature, but he used the Fifth
Amendment and pleaded inability
to recollect in his refusal to answer
questions concerning the docu-
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SHAFFER USED THE Fifth
Amendment after almost every
question as the committee tried to
establish his alleged Communist
As the hearings monotonously
waned to their conclusion, Sharpe
was called to the chair and things
livened up considerably.
After answering the first few
questions, including a list of scho-
lastic honors and achievements,
Sharpe began protesting questions.
In a ten minute speech he said he
would refuse to answer inquiries
on the basis of the First, Fourth,
Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and
Tenth Amendments plus addition-
al reasons based on political and
moral principles which he elabor-
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Mark Nickerson, M. D.
A fundamental tenet of our de-
mocracy is that an individual's po-
litical beliefs and associations are
not subject to invasion by any
agency of government. This was
specified in the Constitution of the
United States in 1788 because one
state after another refused ratifi-
cation except upon the condition
that the Bill of Rights be incorpor-
ated. To require a citizen to cate-
gorize his political beliefs opens
the way to the application of var-
ious pressures to change them,
and therefore, to the control of
thought and belief.
Both as a scientist and as a
citizen I have unequivocally re-
jected any association or com-
mitment which would in any
way limit my freedom to evalu-
ate evidence objectively and to
arrive at my own intellectually
honest conclusions. I do not con-
sider that the present hearings
represent a valid excuse for de-
parting from this principle.
Although refusal to answer
questions relating to espionage,
sabotage or related overt law
breaking may properly be included
under the protection of the fifth
amendment, they involve a moral
issue entirely different from thatj
posed by questions relating to po-!
litical beliefs and associations. I
feel that it is a part of my respon-
sibility as acitizen to answer all
pertinent questions in this category
to the best of my ability,
Henry Owens, Democratic can-
didate for Congress and member
of the Michigan State Normal Col-
lege faculty, will discuss "The Po-
litical Outlook for November" at
7:30 p.m. today in Auditorium B,
The talk, sponsored by the
Young Democrats, will take place,
during their regular meeting, and
is open to the public.
Construction costs of the 5,000-
mile trans-Canada Highway have
run as high as $800,000 a mile in
some of the difficult mountain re-
Owens To Discuss Political Outlook
Adams House, West Quad
CONSULTATION-Prof. Markert (right) and his lawyer, John S.
Dobson, examine a document introduced in evidence pertaining to
his application for a passport in 1938.
DR. THOMAS FRANCIS, JR.,
head of the department of epi-
demiology of the School of Public
Health will speak on the study of
polio in the community at 4:15
p.m. today in the Amphitheater of
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head of the Patent Department
of the Swedish State Telephone
Administration in Stockholm,
will speak on "Antitrust Policy
in Sweden" at 7:30 p.m. today in
Rm. 132, Hutchins Hall.
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PROF REUBEN L. KAHN, chair-
man of the serology laboratory and
originator of the Kahn test, will
speak on "Tissue-cell Defense
Strategy" at the initiation dinner
of Phi Kappa Phi, national scho-
lastic honorary, at 6:30 p.m. to-
morrow in the Union Ballroom.
The banquet is free to all initi-
ates who have paid their dues.
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PROF. JAMES F. CLARKE, dir-
ector of East European Studies at
Indian University, will speak on
"Russian Influence on the Bul-
garian Renaissance of the Nine-
teenth Century" at 4:15 p.m. today
in the West Conference Rm. of the
There are records showing that
handkerchiefs were used in Europe
as early as the 11th Century.
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