1969-04-25; Central Michigan Life
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FINE ARTS' EVENTS Ll the WEEK See p. 7 8 i ■4- *_ 1 VOL. 49, NO. 51 Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan f fitm fite Friday, April 25,1969 SIXTH RANKED CHIPS TACKLE U of D See p. 9 ajor Answers Anti-ROK by ROSE BEAIRL' Life Academics Editor '■-'•■', -To abolish .ROTC is :to abolish academic freedom," said Major Terry C. Pursel, Central's - * ROTC executive officer. ..'in -answer to the cur- J ferit'anti-ROTC movement oh campus. • Pursel said ROTC is. primarily concerned with creating military instructors." He said-it is not here tb train men to" do finger drills, or computerized responses, .-:'_ ■ . \ . Teaching to.Be Teachers • "As I understand it," he continued, "many other fields of study on this campus - are also teaching their students to be teachers. A student h'as as much right to- joiri ROTC as he does anything else." • '. ■*-. \ ;. t. " ' He added, "T6* take something away because a small minority does not like it is to inipare the freedom of those who - just'might happen to'want to take part in it: • - "If these people disagree with America's military-policy, then let them keep in-mind that it is not the military which majces 'the policies which • they oppose. We may make recommendations, but the actual decision making is leftrup to the civilian law making hody of the* governmental structure," continued Pursel. Attack the Primary Source "If these people don't like the way things are being run, then let them attack the primary source. As voting citizens the American people have the right to say what will-be done and what will not be done. That was decided long ago when the future of our country was placed in the hands of the people — not the military," he emphasized. "The military is designed to carry out the desires of the people. If you don't like what we're doing then get out and vote if you're old enough," said Pursel. Attitude Is Bad "It appears to me that the general attitude concerning the military is 'bad' simply because we are fighting, not because, we're right or wrong. This is not logical. The military does not have a choice;" he stressed. "We go where we are ordered. It is not up to us to determine whether or not we fight or where we fight or why we fight. Voter's representatives do that." Pursel continued by saying that it was the job of the military to secure and maintain the rights of the individuals. He said that the American people have a commitment through the actions taken iii the past. The Southeast Asian Treaty Organization has left obligations on Americans which the military had nothing to say about, because the military did not make those treaties. Armed Forces Depletion Stopping ROTC would not deplete the armed forces. They also get officers from direct field commissions, through military academies and officer . candidate schools. However, he pointed out that ROTC is designed to train men within their own academically varied backgrounds. He said, "We want men who will know how to think in all,situations." 'Same Threat as McCarthyism' Pursel commented, "Many of my men feel this Proposed abohshment would be the same type of threat as Senator McCarthy posed in thel950's when he said the American people could not study communism. Students rebelled then and said, 'Yes, we can study anything we want to study,' and they studied it." '...-. Pursel concluded by saying, "Most students today still want academic freedom, and I don't believe they will stand by and let a small minority tell them what to .do." -' ■**"•" '„-"'•' . (Photos by Laginess) FIVE HUNDRED students and faculty members attended the anti-militarism 'rally Wednesday night. Students were encouraged to circulate anti-ROTC petitions (shown above) while several groups sang anti-war songs and others took part in a "happening" play depicting the. death of the world. State Revenue May Be Short For Budget Recommendations by DAN CAULFIELD Life Staff Writer It is very possible that CMU will begin the 1969-70 fiscal year without its requested state funds. Roger L. Sanders, director of the University budget said he is, "Extremely doubtful the University will receive the full amount of the request because the Governor's recommendation was below the original request. Central's requested budget was for $12,787,882, Governor William M. Milliken recommended $10,844,713. Optimistic President William B. Boyd said he is optimistic Central will receive the entire recommendation given by Gov. Milliken. Sanders said the problem seems to be that there is not enough revenue in sight to be used by the state to cover appropriations. Sanders added that many special interest groups have been requesting additional funds from the Governor's recommendations committee. "This means consideration has to be given to ways of increasing revenues," Sanders said. Sit Tight and Stretch In the event an appropriations bill is not passed by"July I, 1969, the beginning of the fiscal year, the University will have to "sit tight and plan to stretch out what we have," Sanders said. The situation is riot as bad as it might seem, according to Sanders. Carry Forward "Some funds will carry forward from the current fiscal year and.no doubt we'll be authorized minimum deficit funding if an appropriation bill isn't enacted prior to .the first of July," he added. Sanders said minimum deficit funding is often authorized by the legislature and is a drastically reduced budget request which allows the institution to operate until the original budget is approved. Should the University receive the full $12.7 request, it would still need $7 million to make up the $19,343,494 budget approved by the Board of Trustees. This would be made up by tuition and fees, investment income and carry over funds, according to Sanders. Some of the "stretching out" which would have to be done if the University does not get an early appropriations bill would involve, according to Sanders, not improving the student-faculty ratio, which at present is about 20 to 1, and following strict priorities in expenditures. Best Overall Paper ■?, « S W^ H' I I I t I I i I Ik Women Vote To Abolish Weekday Hours, Weekends for Sophomores, Above in Survey : Women of sophomore -status and above will no longer have hour.s-regulations if the ; proposal reached- in the second AWS poll is , Passed by StudentJSehate and the Executive Housing Committe"'e'. Of the.2,954 'ballot-survey sheets distributed for the second pollj 2,332 women voted for a 79 per cent election return. Total abolishment of all hours for sophomores andrabdve received 1,268 votes and the othir "alternative^- abohshmeijt of hours for Sophomore-, and above on weekends only, received 1^29/: " • " ' ' " : ' -. Off-C£,wipus approved-"housirig was included ih the survey to make the poll more representative of all women students. The poll had to be repeated because a majority was not reached with the first vote. The four choices and number of votes received were to leave the hours the same, 290; abolish hours on weekends for sophomores and above, 565; abolish hours on weekends for second semester freshmen and above, 310 "and abolish hours completely for sophomores and above, 811. At the AWS Council meeting Tuesday night, the,Council passed a motion to recommend to Student Senate and the Executive Housing committee complete abolishment of hours for sophomores and above. Award Won by Life For the third consecutive year, Life won the "Sweepstakes" award for the best overall newspaper in Michigan schools of comparable size from the Michigan Collegiate Press Association. At the annual MCPA convention held last weekend at Eastern Michigan University, Life also won five other honors. Editor Phil Schneider, Saginaw senior, won third place for editorials and a second place for feature writing in class three, which included four-year schools with enrollments of over 2,000. Associate Editor Sandra Drake, Hartford senior, won first place for news stories. Sports Editor Dave Green, Wyandotte sophomore, won first place in' sports writing and Pete Sandman, former sports writer, took a second m sDorts With the installation of the Associated Press wire service, use of the service will begin m Tues- day's issue of Life.
|Title||1969-04-25; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, April 25, 1969 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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