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LOYOLA MAROON Vol. XLIV Loyola University, New Orleans, La., Friday, December 1, 1967 No. 10 Father Twomey — a committed man Sealed on his face His face tells the whole story. His words are only an oral manifestation of what is pictured so clearly in the variety of grimaces, contortions and smiles that illustrate his conversations. The Rev. Louis J. Twomey, S.J., is a committed man. As director of Loyola's Institute of Human Relations and as a Christian, he has pledged himself to helping the citizens of this country overcome racial discrimination and prejudice. His pledge is sealed on his face. Father Twomey's latest contribution to this cause was as one of the chief consultants to the Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., General of the Society of Jesus, in writing an 11 -page letter to the Jesuits of the United States urging them to work with greater fervor for the rights and wellbeing of Negroes. Often his sentences turn into paraphrases of the Declaration of IndependenceIndependence and somehow seem trite because they are well-worn. But at the same time his face is in action, and there is no doubt that his thoughts are much deeper than his words suggest."This is a challenge to all men of good will," he asserts, "and there are men of good will at Loyola." Father Twomey thinks that education has too often failed to instill in men the proper respect for the dignity of other men. He says that men must see the same human dignity in others as they see in themselves. "I don't think a person can be a fully human being," he says, "unless he looks at his fellow man as fully a human being." Negroes have come out on the short end in the development of the United States, Father Twomey explains, as he becomes very sullen. And, he continues, the Negro will re- Bel if he is not given a better chance to live comfortably. With a taut face, Father Twomey says, "We are now in serious trouble." But, he thinks, there is hope for the future. "I have great confidence in American youth," he says, his face beaming, "and particularly in Southern youth." Father Twomey explains that Southern youth are growing up with a desire to be free of prejudices. They are, he says, full of idealism. Students, he feels, must be honest with themselves and get their own thinking "straightened out" about racial justice. He says they should be willing to make "sacrifices to fight for human freedom on the home front." Jesuits, too, have a great contribution to make in the quest for racial justice, Father Twomey says. He explains that Father Arrupe's proposal to establish Jesuit houses within city slum areas is a means by which the society can prove to the underprivleged that someone does care. He calls this type of program "a dramatic expression of the society's interest in the voiceless poor." Jesuits should work, Father Twomey asserts, to help the Negro develop a "positive image" of himself. The Negro voice is weak in proportion to its population, he says, and Jesuits can help to make the situation more equitable. Father Twomey feels that those Jesuits, after living in the slums, can approach the white community to "repair the damage, injury and cruelty" that the Negroes have suffered throughout this country's history. "The Negro wants exactly what we take for granted," Father Twomey says, with more than a little hint of frustration. He said that anyone who graduates from college should realize this. Father Twomey often uses the word, "challenge," and, when he does, his face twists like at no other time. It is almost as if by the mere mention of the word his adrenelin glands are aroused to their peak of production.We can preach Christ and democracy, he says, but, until the ideals they stand for are applied, racial injustice will continue. " a dramatic expression" 'fight for human freedom 'repair the damage' LU to have new security system; Stevens chosen new chief of force By LOUIS LASSUS Loyola will have a new security system this month, announced the Rev. J. Joseph Molloy, S.J., Vice-President for Student Affairs. The university-owned Loyola University Security will relieve Advance Industrial Security on Dec. 26, said Edward M. Stevens, head of the Loyola security. Father Molloy said that the change is necessary because Loyola now has different security needs. Because the university has a greatly increased total number of resident students over the past few years, said Father Molloy, a more "specialized" security is needed.Stevens, a 42-year-old retired New Orleans Police captain, explained that he hopes to employ ten ex-New Orleans policemen for the force. He wants a "pre-trained force" of "experienced law enforcement" men, he said. He added that these men must be "matured professional law enforcers." Stevens explained that each man on the force must have a special officers commission from the New Orleans Police Department. This entitles the men to bear arms to and from work and in their area of employ, he said. It also allows them to make arrests, he stated. Stevens stressed that he hopes to have the "cooperation of the faculty, staff, and students" of Loyola. He said that Loyola is a "city in a city" and that the "security is only as good as the community's support." The security guards need the support of the university community just as the city police need the. support of the citizens, he said. Stevens, a native of New Orleans, retired after 20 years of service on the New Orleans Police Force. He started as a patrolman in 1947, gradually worked his way up to captain, and was on the district detective bureau. During his last year on the force he was commanding officer of the Community Relations Division of the New Orleans Police Department. TOM WHITE AND MIKE McCONNELL Report on student power conference NSA membership profitable By DWIGHT OTT Representatives report Loyola would profit by joining the National Student Association (NSA), said Tom White and Mike McConnell in a recent interview. Both were sent by the Student Council to the NSA power conference to explore the possibilities of an NSA membership for Loyola. McConnell, council treasurer, ranks Loyola "medium range" on a national basis in its attitude toward student rights. He feels that with NSA help this standing could be improved.He and White, council vice-president, agree that by joining NSA Loyola students could gain legal power that would otherwise be impossible due to expense. For instance, says McConnell, the NSA is trying to form a lawyer's pool like that of the NAACP to provide member colleges with the legal assistance needed to fight for their rights. He cited instances of "speaker bans" as cases when such a service might be needed. A case is now pending in North Carolina where the University of North Carolina is contesting the state's right to legally ban Communist speakers on campus. He points also to a case in Alabama where a school editor had been dismissed and students were legally able to force his re-instatement. Not only would such legal service be easily accessible to Loyola, said McConnell and White, but it would also be made "ridiculously inexpensive." The dues for membership maintenance in the NSA, they say, are less than $50 a year. McConnell and White participated in workshops at the conference that gave them new insight into studentfaculty relationship on campus. "In a lot of universities," McConnell says, "students are there (on committees)committees) to determine even what admissions policies will be followed." Loyola, he says, does not have enough representation on committees that decide academic policy. However, he quickly concedes that as to social regulations—"especially as concerns girls"—the school ranks as very liberal. "Nor," adds White, "is the school in dire need of demonstrations." He said that it was merely important to "know where to ask the proper questions," and contact the "proper persons" in solving campus problems. White stresses that as an individual member of the NSA Loyola will not be bound by the national policy or political statements of NSA. Group set up to delineate student rights A committee to draw up a statement of student rights and freedoms has been formed by the Very Rev. President Homer R. Jolley, S.J. Father Jolley, in a letter to Student Council President Tom Wright, asked for help in preparing a proposed statement on student rights and freedoms which will be approved by several faculty and student organizations during the coming months. Wright said the committee's first job is to draw up an initial proposal, which will form the basis for further discussion. Father Jolley, he said, wants this completed by Dec. 22. The committee will also use the Joint Statement on Rights and Freedoms of Students, which was prepared this past year by the National Student Association, the American Association of University Professors and the Joint Drafting Committee of University Professors, as a guide in formulating the Loyola statement. The committee is unique in that it is the first time equal representation has been given to all three segments of the university—administration, faculty and students. Members of the committee are: Billy Guste, Mike McConnell and Tom Wright, student representatives; Dr. Robert McLean, chairman of the math department, Dr. Hilda Smith, professor in the Department of Education and Henry Engler, professor in the College of Business Administration, faculty representatives; Dr. John Christman, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the Rev. Joseph Molloy, S.J., Vice President for Student Affairs and the Rev. John Mullahy, S.J., serving in the capacity of chairman of the Board of Directors, representatives from the administration. Next semester the committee plans to draft a statement on student rights as applies to specific situations at Loyola.In a letter to Father Jolley, Wright said, "The general feeling (of the Student Council) is that Loyola should adopt a . . . statement on the rights of students and in doing so, pinpoint what position the students occupy in the university." Wright expressed his pleasure that students were given a chance to participate on a high-level university committee. The announcement of the new committee was first made public by Wright at last week's Student Council meeting. He told the council members then that they would be consulted before the final document was completed.Blue Key Talent Night to unveil 17 student acts The 30th annual Blue Key Talent Night will present a variety of entertainment in the form of 17 acts for the enjoyment of Loyola students and residents of New Orleans tomorrow night in the Field House. Curtain time is 8 p.m. There will be a presentation of awards for the acts judged best in each of the three catagories of competition: variety, group and individual.Competition in the variety division will consist of a comedy burlesque by the law school, "Madame Butterball" by Upsilon Beta Lambda social fraternity, "Fat Girl, or Youthful Bod Rides Again" by Phi Phi Phi social sorority, and "Happiness is Going to College" by Sigma Sigma Sigma social sorority. Participating in group competition will be the folk-singing duo known as The College Twins; a piano duet by Sisters Ignatius, 0.P., and Marie Charles, D.C.; "The After Five" pop rock music group; and the "Marijuana Brass," a presentation made by Beggars social fraternity. The individual category will offer a ballet by Darleen Lachart, and Ray Fransen's drum music. Angel TrosclairTrosclair will do a popular musical act, Mike Luther will present a comedy act, Cheryl Lee Surla will present opera selections, Frank Sanderson will give a psychedelic religious folk ballad, Renee Slaughter will play selections on the trumpet, and Ed Donnelly will give a piano solo. Selections were made through auditions, and Blue Key member Tom White says, "The competition was very stiff this year, and this should be one of the finest talent nights in the past few years." Loyola's Homecoming Queen and court will also be presented at the show. Some past performers in Talent Night have been opera stars Marguerite Piazza, Charles Anthony, and Norman Treigle; Sid Noel of radio and television, and local actors John Wilmot and A 1 Becker. Chairman and master of ceremonies for the show will be Louis Meyer, president of Blue Key, and Michael Nolan is stage manager. The Loyola Stage Band will supply background music for the event. Student tickets for Talent Night are on sale for $1.50, and $1.75 at the gate. Tickets for the public are $2.00. FUTURE LAWYERS? "Trial and Error," a Night. The program is scheduled for 8 p.m. in skit by law school, will be one of four skits pre- the Field House. Tickets are available from sented Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Blue Key Talent Blue Key members.
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