g ive 7e Obgetvet eittistmas “Although we disagree completely . . . we strongly recommend the Observer as one of the best sources of state political news available.” I’ . . . Copies find their way to the desks of the mighty and even into dred spirits who contribute to its pages.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch \(July 25, “It frequently criticizes organized labor, liberals, progressive politicians, minority and religious groups its major subscribers . . . we find it hard to tolerate some particular onerous prejudices of Editor Dugger . . . Despite its shortcomings, the Texas Observer is needed in Texas. Texans would miss its publication much more than they would the $5.00 annual subscription.” The Observer “is the conscience of the political community” in Texas. First gift subscription, $5. Second one, $4.50. Third and each additional one, $4. If you would like to give ten gift subscriptions, this can be done for $40. The Observer is thus a reasonably-priced and considerable gift for valued friends as well as for acquaintances and people who interest you whom you might not ordinarily begift at Christmastime. Send in your order and money to Sarah Payne, Business Manager, The Texas Observer, 504 West 24th St., Austin, Texas. Specify for each subscription please whether you want the recipient to be notified by a handsome printed card in holiday color from the Observer that you are sending the paper as a Christmas gift. Miss Payne: Please send the Observer for a year to: Name Name Address Address City, State City, State Check if you wish a gift card sent in El Check if you wish a gift card sent in your name. your name. Name Name Address Address City, State City, State 0 Check if you wish a gift card sent in 0 Check if you wish a gift card sent in your name, your name. Name Name Address Address City, State City, State OCheck if you wish a gift card sent in E Check if you wish a gift card sent in your name. your name. Name Name Address Address City, State City, State Check if you wish a gift card sent in 0 Check if you wish a gift card sent in your name. your name. Name Name Address Address City, State City, State Check if you wish a gift card sent in fl Check if you wish a gift card sent in your name. your name. Please append another sheet for more gift subscribtions. ly, to miss. Mrs. W. E. Hill is librarian there, a very nice lady. In The Back Yard Through the window an ochre-yellow leaf, caught on a spider’s line under the elm tree, slides up and down in the morn ing shadow. Another leaf beside it, still, in the sun, caught in the air. A third, spin ning swiftly in the sunlight, shadow spin ning too on the still and sunlit trunk. All this above the clothesline: three leaves of an elm, a spider, the sun, the gentle breeze. R.D. What’s Going On We reprint, without comment at this point, an item entitled, “Prof’s ‘outside activities’ bring warning from. SWT Prexy,” by Bob Barton, Jr., in the Hays County Citizen of which he is the Presiding Gent: An administritive warning to a Southwest Texas State College assitant professor concerning his “controversial” off-campus activities has erupted into a dispute which may bring about a full-fledged examination of academic freedom at Lyndon Johnson’s alma mater. According to reliable sources, Dr. Bill Malone, a history teacher at the school for the past three years and an authority on Southern history, was told by both the head of his department and the school president, Dr. James McCrocklin, that his participation in the Huntsville demonstrations last summer would seriously injure his opportunity for advancement at SWT. Not mentioned specifically, but probably bearing considerable weight in the warning, was Dr. Malone’s involvement in the formation last month of the Liberal Party in the state. Neither the head of the history department, Dr. Cecil Hahn, nor Dr. McCrocklin suggested that the criticism of Dr. Malone was based on his performance as a teacher. . . . A number of faculty members are known to be aroused by the action, which they apparently feel is interference with the academic freedom of a colleague. Several members of the faculty senate have discussed the matter and a request for a meeting of that body to discuss the incident has been drafted. Although no action has been taken by the local American Association of University Professors, individual members are known to have also discussed an investigation. A group of students, moving faster than their elders, have organized the “Students’ Committee for Professors’ Rights.” .. . Because President Johnson graduated from SWT and has publicly declared that he supports the rights of all citizens to demonstrate, the academic freedom question here is sure to attract state and national press attention. BOB BARTON, JR.
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