Campus Showdown in Boulder DALLAS NEWS AD Election Notes BOULDER, Colo. The political views of a philosophy major from Texas, printed in the student tabloid at the University of Colorado, have cost the editor his job and caused further dissent on campus. The letter writer, Carl A. Mitcham, 21, a junior student from Dallas, led one picket line in front of President. Quigg Newton’s house last week after the university president had fired Gary Althen, editor of the Colo. rado Daily. Such signs as “Senator, I Have Silenced Them” and “Civil Liberties, Ha” were carried by student pickets implying that President Newton had made a reality of his own contention earlier that Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona wanted the senator’s campus antagonists silenced. Goldwater had been bitterly assailed by Mitcham in his first political essay printed by the Colorado Daily. on Sept. 21. Mitcham’s letter, a dissertation on American politics, termed the Arizonian a “murderer . . . no better than a common criminal.” Mitcham returned to print in the Colorado Daily of Oct. 3 after President Newton apologized for the first letter and Editor Althen allowed the Texan to publish a second letter “explaining” the first. In the second essay Mitcham referred to Dwight Eisenhower in such terms as “an old hazer” and a “lap dog.” He also labeled President John F. Kennedy as “the perfect hipster for an age of roleplaying” and a man of “slippery idea Is.” Meanwhile, Newton was having an angry exchange of letters with Goldwater, who expressed doubt about Newton’s capabilities as president of the state university. Rev. P. L. Woods Rev. J. L. Dawson Kenneth R. Lamkin 0. H. Elliott Arthur DeWitty The Rev. G. M. Releford Mrs. Ada C. Anderson Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Mrs. Mildred Holloway Dr. Sidney White Dee and Desta Brown Frank Wright, University Y Bob Stone Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hall Mr. and Mrs. Claude ‘Allen The Rev. Ralph Person The Rev. Lee Freeman Brother Raymond Fleck, C.S.C. Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Stark Mrs. Irene Snyder I Dear Mr. Hamm: I Austin Ice Palace 3800 Airport Blvd. Integration is good business. I urge you to reconsider. /s/ After the second Mitcham letter was published Newton took aim at Editor Althen. \(Mitcham went before the university’s discipline committee the day after the second letter, but the committee took Last Resort The president first recommended to the school’s Board of Publication that Althen be fired, but was rejected by a vote of 4-2. He then brought the matter before the Board of Regents, but Althen remained unscathed. Newton also failed in an attempt to transfer control of the Colorado Daily from the Board of Publications to the School of Journalism. Finally, after all efforts to go through “established procedures” had failed to bring about Althen’s dismissal, Newton used the president’s “ultimate power” as a “last resort” and fired the editor. During the same meeting with regents in which he made up his mind to dismiss Althen, the president packed the Board of Publications with three new members, making the total nine and possibly giving Newton a 5-4 favorable vote. Joining three students and three faculty members on the board were three administrative members of the campus community: the deans of students, school of journalism, and school of business. Prior to firing Althen, Newton had listened to such blasts as that of Elwood Brooks, the regent who Etated that Mitcham’s letters have “caused far more criticism by reputable people than any other incident . . . Here we are asking the legislature for more and more money with which to operate a fine university. Our task is made much more difficult by stunts like this.” However, the president also had Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Youngblood Mrs. J. H. Means 0. a Lawless Mr. and Mrs. Harold Plass Mr. and Mrs. Charles Laughton E. L. Rhambo Robert B. Smith E. L. Ellis Father Frank Briganti The Rev. Louis E. Buck The Rev. Wesley Sims E. A. Galvan Rabbi Donald David Crain Brother La Salle, C.S.C. Brother Peter Celestine Mrs. R. L. Wormley Mr. & Mrs. J. Phillip Crawford Mr. & Mrs. Melvin A. R. Hammond Mr. & Mrs. George A. Hammond M. E. Lee PLEASE CLIP AND NA I L to listen to three former editors of the Colorado Daily who spoke out against his attempt to temporarily switch control of the tabloid into the hands of the school of journalism. They were joined in protest by the editor of the New Conservative, another student publication which was established this fall as a rival of the Daily, and by Ardis Gaither of Sweetwater, Texas, president of the Associated Students of the University of Colorado. The Denver Post editorialized that the firing of Althen was “inevitable” and in the long run it will be “for the good of the university.” The increased membership on the Board of Publications, the Post contended, will provide the student newspaper with “appropriate adult guidance. Not censorship . . . but guidance.” Students running the paper will have “ample freedom to express themselves, to criticize and to experimentbut not, we assume, to run wild,” the Post wrote. The issue all along was “responsibility, not academic freedom or freedom of the press,” the Denver newspaper concluded. A student at CU, Michael Wilburn of Thornton, Colo., apparently does not agree with the Post, and he said so in its letters column. Wilburn wrote that “there is no thought in the absence of stimulation. Controversy is the birthplace of independent, purposeful thought. . . . We must not entrust the preservation of our ideals to blind acceptance.. .. One possible criticism of the university has been mysteriously lacking from the past and present barrages. No one has criticized the University of Colorado for harboring a complacent, apathetic student body similar to the greater portion of our society.” g o of The most distinctive politi cal advertisement of the season was a full-page in Sunday’s Dallas News depicting John Connally as a puppet on the lap of LBJ, garnished with a large headline: “Texans Don’t Want a Puppet Governor.” The ad contained a list of Connally’s past activities in, Johnson’s behalf, then concluded: “Jack Cox is independent! He has no obligations to anyone but the people of Texas.” . . . Cox’s signs and literature have been stressing the word independent in the phrase “independent of Washington control. “In a recent Austin telecast, for instance, “independent” was prominently displayed in the background. Political Intelligence frof Dallas News, in a lengthy front-page editorial, took a neutral position in the gubernatorial and other state races. Nearly every candidate on both tickets, the editorial declared, “adheres to the Jeffersonian philosophy to which the News long has been dedicated.” On its neutral stand, however, the paper had a word of warning: “If enough conservative Democrats leave the party, the New Frontier Yarborough liberals will take over control of the dominant party of Texas. That, let us assure, the New Frontier liberals will relish and applaud.” . . . The Fort Worth Star-Telegram endorsed Connally as having “a sound, moderate, and positive program for Texas,” and argued that Cox is too preoccupied with national issues for the good of the state. plif Paul Duke, in an interpre tative article on the Texas race for the Wall Street Journal said Connally’s election would serve to “curb Democratic lib erals” and “stymie the GOP rise.” g o or Ernest Bailey, political pun dit for the Houston Press, reports that “many believe President Kennedymindful that the Lone Star state already has a Republican U.S. senatorwill dump Johnson from his 1964 national Democratic ticket if Cox is elected. Such a Republican win would underscore a further waning of Johnson’s political strength in Texas.” por Cong. Henry GOnzalez, who is stumping the nation for Democratic candidates, including Brown of California, introduced Connally at a West Side rally in San Antonio and had harsh words for go-fishing liberals. “I intend exposing them as Republicans, aiding and abetting the Republican cause. There ain’t no such thing as a neutral. You’ve ‘got to be for or against.” Cmsr. Albert Pena was not invited to the rally staged by Dr. Jose San Martin, Connally’s West Side director, a rebuff which prompted Maury Maverick Jr. to call “rank impoliteness and stupid politics.”‘ Biting addresses were also delivered at a GOP Women’s Day in Dallas. Cong. Bruce Alger, seeking election over conservative Democrat Bill Jones, said the general election “may well decide if this nation is to remain free” and could determine “if we are to for MARTIN ELFANT Sun Life of Canada Houston, Texas CA 4-0686 sake the American dream of individual liberty for the socialistcommunist doctrine of an allpowerful federal state which offers us cradle-to-grave security in exchange for our freedom.” John Tower said Congress needs men like Alger to stop the “pell-mell trend toward socialism in the United States.” Said Bill Hayes: “The first thing I’m going to do as the first Republican lieutenant governor in the South is to see that Dallas County gets another congressman just like Bruce Alger.” g o of The Corpus Christi Caller Times joined the Observer in endorsing Republican Albert Fay for land commissioner for his unequivocal support of Padre Island and the development of the state parks system. . . . Desmond Barry, whom many givethe best chance among all GOP candidates, was endorsed for congressman-at-large by the Houston Post after earlier support from the Lufkin. News and the El Paso Times, both among the 30odd dailies who have backed Connally. poir Dawson Duncan of the Dallas News says some East Texas observers differ in the appraisal of Eugene Locke, SDEC chair-. man, that the Mississippi situation has not hurt Connally. East Texas, he quotes one expert, is “seething” on the matter, all to the good of Cox. vir Bill Kilgarlin, Democratic chairman in Harris County, was accused by three party executive committee members of using “underhanded tactics” in trying to get signatures of party committeemen in support of Connally. Kilgarlin, arguing tht the three are supporting Cox, rejoined: “Why don’t they have the courage of their convictions and get out of the party and go join the Republican Party where they belong?” g o of Most local PASO groups have refrained from endorsing either Cox or Connally after the state organization’s earlier neutral stand. g o Or An abbreviated Constitution Party ticket could lose Cox and Connally votes in paper-ballot precincts. Only two names are on the ticket, making it hard to notice; on paper ballots voters are required to scratch all party tickets except the one they are voting for. The political pros are be coming more and more convinced, Stuart Long reports, that Cox has Connally in trouble. “Partly it’s a feeling that something’s gone wrong, and partly it is a clear observation of the gen
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