Against Nunan Bill
Report To Council
Representatives From Sixteen
Colleges Get Hearings
More than 170
student delegates went to Albany last Thursday to protest the passage
of the Nunan Loyalty Oath Bill. according a report by the delegates
from the Woman's division at. a special Council meeting last Friday. In
this number were nine Brooklyn students, five of whom were official
sixteen colleges, three high schools and outside organizations like the
American Youth Conference, the National Student League. the Student
League for Industrial Democracy. and the National Student Federation
were given a hearing in the Education committee at which Senator Mann
and Assemblyman Devany, co-author of the bill were present.
We are not asking
you to to [sic] anything more than we have done ourselves," Mr. Nunan
told the students. "We have all taken the oath to support the
Constitution. So have thousands of school teachers and lawyers."
Objections to the
bill were based on several grounds, Miss Edna Albers of Sarah Lawrence
College stated that "this bill will only serve to intensify radicalism
and drive Communism into well-organized groups."
containing the names of 7500 student's was presented to the committee
by opponents to the bill. Later about a hundred students met and voted
to strike for one hour on April 18, if the Nunan bill was passed. At
this meeting, held at Chancellor's Hall, Education Building, the
Brooklyn College delegates refused to cast votes on any matters
except:. those pertaining to the Nunan bill. "We did not feel ourselves
empowered by the students to vote on any matters but those pertaining
to the Nunan bill," explained Helen Friedland, president of Council and
a member of the delegation, at the Council meeting.
A delegation of
fifteen students told Governor Lehman that the Nunan bill was a
"distinct threat to freedom of thought and the whole principle of
John A. Lang,
president of the National Student Federation, said that the purpose of
this discussion with the Governor was to seek his veto of the Bill if
it was approved by the Assembly.
"It is represented
here that many of the students do not wish a measure of this sort."
said Governor Lehman, "I am glad to find that these representatives are
bringing true evidence of what the students are t really thinking on
the Nunan bill.
"I am interested to
find that certain conservative elements in the colleges are included
among the representatives and in positions, such as fraternity men,
football players, and student government officials." continued the
president of Council, Harriet Kahn, treasurer of Council, and Ruth
Fisch, editor of Spotlight
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May 20, 2004