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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Vol. 70, Number 2 (Nov. 1968)

An interview with Chancellor Young,   pp. 4-7

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from the use of marijuana. There are
experts who believe it is physically
harmful; others are willing to say
that it is not much different from
The University's point of view is
that the use of marijuana is illegal
by federal and state statutes and can-
not be condoned.
We do not want students to be in-
volved in law-breaking, and we do
not want them to be involved with
law-breakers who run the drug and
other underworld activities. From all
the information I get, the area where
the- town and- campus join-the Li-
brary  rallt, -the Union, -and the pri-
vate apartments in that area-provide
the contact points for those who
promote and sell drugs and provide
opportunities for buyers. This is a
natural location. Madison is a busy
cosmopolitan community with many
people coming and it is very difficult
to spot a person engaged in illegal
activities among the hundred s of
thousands of people who have legiti-
mate reasons to visit our campus
and our city. We must all be con-
cerned about this problem. We have
discussed this with the Mayor and
with police officials. Our police force
has been in regular contact with the
city officers assigned to the drug
We are against the use of or traffic
in drugs. When we learn about per-
sons involved in drug traffic, we will
give that information to the appropri-
ate police officials. When we know
of someone involved in the drug
traffic, we will recommend to the
disciplinary committee that he be
separated from the University. Our
dormitory House Fellows are under
strict instructions to report any evi-
dence of drug use, and we believe
that the incidence of use in the
dormitories is low. At the same time
that we attempt to prevent drug traf-
fic, we recognize that some students
have been involved with drugs or
are considering such involvement.
They are encouraged to seek counsel-
ling from competent medical people.
The policing of the State Street area,
the mall, and the Union raises diffi-
cult problems. Narcotics investigation
requires trained, skilled professionals
and requires undercover agents. We
November, 1968
do not have such nor do we think
it appropriate for us to acquire them.
What we must do is cooperate with
the appropriate authorities from the
Madison police force and the federal
government. We have done this and
will continue to do so.
Q: What do you see as the Univer-
sity's obligation to the State of
Chancellor Young: The University
has to be a vocational service through
the training of specialists in the pro-
fessional schools, and it has to serve
society by doing research and -teach-
ing well. But the University -can't do
allthe jobs- of State, government and
industry. We've got to be careful that
we don't get ourselves doing every-
thing. The people of the State of
Wisconsin have been rather remark-
able, I think. We reflect so many
different views, and generally there
is a great tolerance for each other.
Wisconsin is not a wealthy state but
it has supported financially a very
first-class University and has tradi-
tionally tolerated views expressed
here which the majority of the people
didn't agree with. Actually, most of
our faculty share the view of the
state population on most issues, but
if they say so, that is not news. Then
somebody comes along and makes
what seems to be a radical statement
and that's news.
Q: Do you think the faculty or the
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in setting University policy?
Chancellor Young: I think the faculty
does when it takes an active role
and presents its case clearly. Then I
think the regents respect it, the
alumni respect it, the taxpayers re-
spect it. What I think would worry
the regents and the Legislature and
the alumni is the fear that the faculty
might seem to abdicate its role and
to turn its back on the government
of the University. I think the people
then demand to know-and rightfully
-"who's minding the store?"
Q: But don't you, as Chancellor,
have to be the supreme authority to
direct the faculty?
Chancellor Young: That wouldn't be
true. The Chancellor provides the
continuity in the image of the Uni-
versity to the outsider but we are
actually a community of scholars.
Everybody is equal. No faculty mem-
ber thinks I am above him. He
doesn't look to me for instructions.
He looks to me to try to be the
housekeeper in creating an atmos-
phere in which he can do his teaching
and his research. And I agree with
that. *
   The Board of Directors of
the University of Wisconsin
Alumni Association, meeting at
Madison, Wisconsin, November
2,_ 1968 at 10:00O a.m. voted
upon and unanimously passed
the following resolution:
   RESOLVED: That the Board
of Directors of the Wisconsin
Alumni Association hereby re-
affirm the Resolution passed
unanimously on October 28,
1967, whereby the University
Administration was commended
for their firm action to stop
and avoid obstructionists and
disruptions on the University
of Wisconsin Campus, and that
firm action and discipline must
be continued against student
and faculty members that dis-
rupt the educational processes
of the University of Wisconsin.
   FURTHER that we agree the
recently enacted disciplinary
guidelines adopted by the Board
of Regents and approved by the
faculty must be rigidly enforced
to allow our students to pursue
their education in the proper
academic atmosphere. The Uni-
versity Administration should
enforce the new disciplinary
guidelines to the maximum and
not hesitate to exercise the pow-
ers of disciplinary probation,
suspension and expulsion when
needed. If such action becomes
necessary, the Administration
and faculty will have the full
support, cooperation and back-
ing of the Directors of the Wis-
consin Alumni Association.
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