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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 11 (March 15, 1955)

Feldman, Lee
Campus chronicle,   p. 24


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    By Lee Feldman, '55
  This Chronicle is written hy Lee Feld-
man, the journalism senior from Chicago
who edits the Daily Cardinal. Lee is a
Korean war veteran, having served with
the First Marine Division for two years
before enrolling at 1W"isconsin in Sep-
tember, 1953. In the next several months
we will ask other campus editors to
Chronicle campus events for us.-Edi-
tor's Note.
T OP NEWS stories have been breaking fast and furious
     during the last few weeks and the campus is finally emerg-
     ing from the doldrums of inactivity.
  Perhaps leading the list of top news breaks is the unani-
mous decision of the Security Activities Control Board brand-
ing the Labor Youth League (LYL) a Communist front or-
ganization, which in turn, requires the LYL to label all its
literature "Communtit Front," and furnish complete informa-
tion on officers and finances to the Attorney General. All mem-
bers are barred from govĂ˝ rnment employment, all members
have to identify themselves as members of a Communist front
organization when seeking employment in defense plants. The
decision makes it illegal for LYL memners to apply for pass-
ports.
   However, this decision will not be enforced by the justice
department until all litigation is finally settled in the courts,
and the LYL has already stated that it will appeal the case.
The chances are better than even the courts will uphold the
Board's decision, but it will give the LYL additional time to
try to side-track the case by bringing in a lot of unrelated
issues.
   An indication of how the LYL will try to divert the ques-
 tion involved is a letter by Henry Wortis, chairman of the
 LYL at Wisconsin, to the Cardinal editor. Wortis' typical
 harangue is as follows:
   "We shall continue to fight for our rights and the rights of
 others. We shall not give our silent approval to UMT. We
 shall stand firm for immediate desegregation. We shall always
 believe that the solution of the problems of American youth
 lies not in war, but in peace.
   "We shall not relinquish our right to study and learn sci-
 entific Socialism-Marxism. And we reaffirm our belief that
 the fundamental step in solving the problems of young people
 lies in the achievement of Socialism."
   Like an old phonograph record, the LYL has been spouting
 the same old line over and over again with increasing fervor
 as Cardinal editorial policy has definitely put the League on
 the defensive.
   A very timely debate was planned by the Young Republi-
 cans with the LYL on the resolved: "Is the Labor Youth
 League a Subversive Organization?" but unfortunately the de-
 bate had to be postponed due to the illness of one of the
 debaters.
 VOLUNTARY ROTC
    A movement has been started on campus to institute a pro-
 gram of voluntary ROTC. Such a program would require the
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repeal of the state law-in force since 1940-making it man-
datory.
   A Cardinal editorial was responsible for initiating the move-
ment and the reasons given for such a program, as stated in
the editorial, are:
    "... voluntary ROTC would alleviate many of the injus-
tices imposed by the present loyalty certificate. ihese injustices
include the clash of state and federal laws in regard to entrance
and graduation requirements of the university. A student must
have two years of ROTC in order to graduate, but if he does
not sign the oath re.gardless of the reason, or if he qualifies it
in anyway, he cannot take the training.
   "Secondly, voluntary ROTC would do away with the false
illusion of military strength and preparedness now fostered by
the pre, ent program. . . . Two years of basic ROTC does
nothing more than create a paper Army. And that's exactly
how it stands up--like paper."
   A bill was introduced to Student Senate requesting volun-
tary training but was tabled pending further investigation and
study.
ANOTHER LOYALTY OATH?
   A bomb-shell was dropped on the campus when a bill was
 proposed in the state Assembly to set up a permanent investi-
 gating committee to investigate subversion throughout the
 state, including university professors. The bill would deny the
 use of all state facilitics to "people who attack the American
 way of life."
   Such a bill could almost be laughed at if the ramifications
 weren't so serious. Just what the "American way of life" is
 has never been defined and such an ambiguously worded legis-
 lati-ve instrument could easily be exhibit "A" in the academic
 death of the university.
 WSA-LEGISLATOR BANQUET
   Members of the Assembly and State Senate came down to
 the Memorial Union for a student-sponsored good-will ban-
 quet early' this month. Out of a possible 132 legislators, 95
 showed up to be entertained and feted, with each legislator
 having an individual student host. The Wisconsin Student
 Association sponsored the banquet, and student senate appro-
 priated $525 from a Special Activity fund to cover costs. The
 purpose of the banquet was to familiarize the legislators with
 the campus and introduce them to student leaders. There were
 no speeches other than a welcome address by John Wiley,
 former president of Men's Halls Association, and everyone
 including students and legislators appeared to have enjoyed
 themselves.
 GRIDIRON
    Speaking of banquets, Sigma Delta Chi, professional jour-
 nalistic fraternity, is having its 31st annual Gridiron Banquet
 March 31st with the venerable Grove Patterson, editor and
 president of the Toledo Blade, as its guest speaker.
    The much-traveled Ohio newspaper man has been circling
  the globe for over 25 years covering the latest developments
  in world events. The banquet is patterned after the Washing-
  ton Press Club's banquet, whose theme is to put the politicans
  on the griddle and watch them sizzle. No holds are barred
  and everything said is off the record.
                                     WISCONSIN ALUMNUS


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