Dr. Philip Hoffman, in meeting with architecture students who had boycotted classes for a day and a half to protest alleged deficiencies in their courses and the threatened loss of accreditation. Hoffman said steps are being taken to correct the deficiencies. Demonstrations and riots by college students could produce a serious backlash against education, said Rice University’s chancellor, Dr. Carey Croneis, in an address in Lubbock at the inauguration of Dr. Grover Elmer Murray as the eighth president of Texas Tech. Another speaker at the Tech event was Dr. Edward Teller, the noted physicist, who said that the United States should have a man on the moon in two years. At Georgetown Governor Connally said that higher education would cost Texas taxpayers $50 million more a year if there were no private colleges. He spoke at the dedication of four new buildings at Southwestern University. Rice may admit Negro students and charge tuition, a court has ruled, affirming a 1964 lower court decision. W. W. Heath of Austin has resigned as chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, effective Dec. 1, citing business committments as the reason. He will stay on the board as a member. New chairman will be Frank Erwin, also of Austin, Democratic national committeeman. More on Big D .v The latest Dallas convulsion involves the unauthorized showing of a filmstrip, “Civil Riots, U.S.A.,” a right-wing version of the racial situation. The showing was at a high school assembly which students were required to attend. The event was billed as a “police appreciation assembly.” Presenting the show was the Dallas County Committee for Support of Local Police. One member of the committee has resigned, saying “I’ve found out this thing [the organization] may have Birch overtones, and I’m no Bircher.” Dallas School Supt. W. T. White says that the filmstrip’s showing was “contrary to policy” because it was not cleared with the administration first. V Other Dallas occurrences of late: four men identified by police as Nazi party members were arrested after a disturbance at a United Nations Week speech by U.N. Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg, reminding the Dallas Times-Herald of the troubles which Adlai Stevenson, Goldberg’s predecessor, had in Dallas three years earlier at a similar event. A Dallas telephone recording service was set up by John Birch Society members to deliver a two-minute attack on UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, on the grounds that money collected on Halloween by children for UNICEF does not go to other children, but to “Socialist and Communist dictators so they can augment their Swiss bank accounts.” V In response to the crackdown by New York state police on 15 Minutemen there who were, police said, preparing to bomb three camps, the Observer asked the Texas Department of Public Safety what they’re up to. D.P.S.’s public information officer, Bill Carter, responded with the agency’s policy: no public information on matters of that kind. V We are closing this issue of the Observer before the returns are in for the Texas election. Pena Scratched Bexar County Cmsr. Albert Pena may believe that “somebody up there” doesn’t like him. Pena’s name was a conspicuous omission from a list of LatinAmerican leaders who will gather at the White House, probably in December, for a conference on the problems of the Spanish-speaking. Pena is generally conceded to have helped bring the conference about by his leading of a walkout by Latins last spring at an Equal Employment Opportunities Conference in Albuquerque. Cong. Henry B. Gonzalez says that Pena’s name was on a list several weeks ago of those to be invited to the White House. Gonzalez denies that he struck Pena’s name, leading to speculation that some White House staff member did the erasing. The city of San Antonio agreed, by unanimous city council vote, to pledge its credit to underwrite the HemisFair W. W. McAllister, Jr., who was also a trustee of the Tower Corp., argued that the city should do this when bond companies offer to pony up the money for the Tower Corp. At the stormy meeting of the council at which the decision was taken to pledge the city’s credit, McAllister confirmed his resignation as a Tower Corp. trustee, which he’d announced earlier to “avoid any talk about a possible conflict of interests.” The San Antonio Express had sided with McAllister’s earlier arguments that since, there wasn’t time for the election McAllister had assured the voters would be held before the city’s credit would be obligated, the credit should be pledged without an election. A few days before the council made its decision, it became known that the contractor for the Tower said another month’s delay would be all right. At the hearing, which spilled over with people, the city underwriting the tower was favored by 23 of the 32 speakers, including the president of Security National Bank, Michael Dennis, who said if the tower wasn’t built “we are breaking our word. . . . Are we prepared to rename ourselves Judas, Texas?” Charles Stough, coordinator of the Independent Democratic Precinct Clubs of Bexar County, said the state constitution prohibits the city from subscribing to a private project. A suit was filed last week by 15 citizens opposing the city’s backing of the tower. Under the city’s plan, the city will pledge to buy the tower from the Tower Corp. over a 20-year period. If the tower makes a profit, the city gets it; if the tower’s revenues don’t pay for the tower, the city’s general fund must make up the difference. The mayor said the worst that could happen would be a five-cent tax raise, and that was virtually out of the question. The President has signed the HemisFair bill, and the appropriation has been included in a Senate appropriations bill after urgings on HemisFair’s behalf by Sen. Yarborough. The federal appropriation was cut from the requested $10 million to $6,750,000. Ratings Released On the Americans for Democratic Action scorecard for the 89th Congress, now adjourned, Sen. John Tower scores zero; Cong. at large Joe Pool does, too. They were the two Texas congressmen facing serious election challenges. ADA also gave goose-eggs to Cong. Dowdy, Fisher, Poage, Roberts, Rogers, and White of Texas. Sen. Yarborough was rated 88% right. House-side the highest scores were those of Gonzalez and Brooks, 92%. Other Texans: Patman 83, Young 58, Thompson 50, Beckworth 42; Casey, de la Garza, Mahon, Pickle, and Wright, all 33; Burleson 17; Cabell, Purcell, and Teague, 8. V Gonzalez spoke out against excessive defense profits. He urged that the governMent’s renegotiation board be given power to stop such profits. In the closing weeks, Burleson, Dowdy, and Teague voted to kill the poverty program. The Texas delegation voted to back Burleson instead of Brooks as the new Texas member of the tax-writing House ways and means committee. Cong. Patman hinted in his newsletter that Secretary of the Treasurer Henry Fowler should be impeached. V Sen. Yarborough defended the U.S. against an attack against it for “imperialism” and responsibility in earlier wars from a French delegate to the InterParliamentary Union at Tehran. An article by Yarborough arguing that crime victims should get federal compensation was run by Family Weekly. V Sen. Ralph Yarborough voted for the $6.4 billion program of aid to elementary and high schools, for the $4.1 billion public works appropriation, against the unsuccessful amendment proposing government financing of presidential election campaigns. Sen. John Tower did not vote on these measures. V Attorney general Carr has changed his mind about whether TV cable services are public utilities. Previously Carr had ruled that they are. A decision made recently says now that they are not, and therefore they may charge whatever rates they wish, without regulation. The only regulation such firms are subject to, the A. G. says now, is exercise of police power. November 11, 1966
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