..ai*owas;o.0 group that crossed the street was overwhelmingly critical of the college president. ‘ The second meeting took the form of a question and answers session. Hal B. Pickle, a member of the business administration faculty, pointed out that McCrocklin had read a prepared statement before the faculty council in August. The president first swore all members who remained in the meeting to secrecy, Pickle explained. The professor said he would honor his pledge of secrecy, but added that McCrocklin’s presentation was “not convincing.” The president’s position was “totally indefensible,” Pickle said. A STUDENT ASKED how the inquiry originated. Jim Green, a former faculty member, explained that three years ago a sociologist who had friends at Texas A&I, where Mrs. McCrocklin received her master’s degree, learned of the similarity between the papers and brought it to the attention of SWT faculty members. “It took three years to bring this to light because of the natural timidity of this faculty,” Green said. “Finally The Texas Observer, after waiting two years for the faculty to act, took it on because they were afraid that Dr. McCrocklin would be made chancellor of the University of Texas.” “Has the AAUP made any statement?” someone asked. A woman faculty member in the back of the room stood and explained that the SWT chapter of the AAUP has only 12 members and only four of them go to meetings. “The group is here only in name and it is dying,” she said. “It has not discussed the matter.” A meeting of the AAUP was called for the next day. A student called the faculty members responsible for the meeting a group of “bigoted ax grinders. This should be handled through proper channels,” he said. Another student answered, “This has always been a conservative institution. Rarely has anyone displayed academic freedom or academic integrity. These men have shown integrity by coming here today and insisting that they will not stand for plagiarism within their own ranks.” The day after the forum, approximately 30 professors, twice the regular membership, attended a meeting of the AAUP. Allan K. Butcher, one of the men who sponsored the forum, was elected president. His election indicated that at least a portion of the SWT faculty has no intention of letting the McCrocklin controversy die. A group of students had planned w .f. other meeting before the Christmas holi days to discuss the charges against Mc Crocklin, but the college administration closed the school three days early be cause of an epidemic of the Hong Kong flu, and the meeting never took place. K.N. Erwin Reappointment Seems Certain Austin Frank C. Erwin, Jr., chairman of the University of Texas board of regents, evidently will be reappointed to a six-year term on the board by Gov. John Connally. Sources close to Erwin and Connally report that the appointment has been offered and accepted privately though a senate fight over confirmation seems probable. Whether Erwin would be reappointed , has been the subject of speculation for months; the chairman has publicly refuted the rumors that, in the face of rather widespread opposition, he might Jerry Rudes not win either reappointment, or, if reappointed, senate confirmation. Erwin supporters say the opposition can not muster the required eleven dissenting votes in the senate. Two-thirds approval of the 31 senators is required for gubernatorial appointments. Two senatorsJoe Bernal of San Antonio and Charles Wilson of Lufkinhave told the Observer they’ll stand against Erwin’s confirmation; several senators have expressed confidence that Erwin can be kept from another six-year term on the board. It is understood that Erwin’s political allies and Erwin himself have been sounding out many senators personally; the reports are that prospects of senate confirmation are good. Lt. Gov.-elect Ben The writer is a student at the University of Texas at Austin. 4 The Texas Observer Barnes, who will preside over the senate next year, is a particularly close friend of Erwin’s and can be expected to work in the chairman’s behalf when and if reappointment comes before the senate. Erwin supporters believe the chairman’s rapport with influential leaders and other members of the legislature will weigh heavily in his successful confirmation. It is pointed out by some that Erwin “speaks the language” of these lawmakers, who govern the appropriations for higher education. As one legislator has put it, “Thank God we have a man who can talk to us about the university in a way we can understand.” ‘ State appropriations to the UT system Jerry Rudes photo FRANK ERWIN, JR. since Erwin has been regents chairman reflect some of his success at the Capitol. The 1967-’68 budget included a $20 the Austin campus the increase was $8 million, 32%. During the 1967 special legislative session, during which appropriations for the UT system were increased another $6.5 million, or 8%, Erwin was generally credited with another successful “lobbying” job. During the last six years state appropriations to the UT system have risen by 175%. All this is expected by Erwin backers to be most helpful in his confirmation. Erwin is reported to be anxious to continue overseeing some projects begun during his tenure as regents chairman. The Lyndon B. Johnson Library and School of Public Service, now being constructed on the Austin campus, has been pushed hard by Erwin. He appears anxious to be the top UT official when the president becomes a lecturer there sometime next year. The Southwest Center for Advanced posal which he has indicated he will fight for in the upcoming legislative session even if it means bucking the Coordinating Board of State Colleges and Universities. SCAS encompasses a proposed four-year University of Texas at Dallas situated on 250 acres near Plano. Though favored by the university’s regents, the entire scope of the plan failed to get approval of the Coordinating Board at the last CB meeting, and Erwin promised a Capitol fight on the issue. Erwin’s long-range plans also include his perpetual interest in the university’s athletic program. He intends to direct to completion the recently approved $6 million, 14,000-seat annex to Memorial Stadium.
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