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LOYOLA MAROON VOL. XLV Loyola University, New Orleans, La., Friday, March 7, 1969 No. 18 March against local lounge planned By RICK FREY (Maroon News Editor) As of late Thursday afternoon, students were planning to picket Cusimano's Cocktail Lounge, 4938 Prytania, in protest of alleged racial discrimination. The group is led by Dr. Donald Brady, chairman of the Department of Drama and Speech, and by students C.L. Sappington, Reid Champagne and Joseph Thompson, all A&S sophomores. The picketing was organized due to an incident that allegedly occured Feb. 5 at the lounge. The incident involved the refusal of a Negro co-ed from Loyola to be served at the lounge (Loyola Maroon, Feb. 28, J969). Pickets were planning to appear in front of the bar at approximately 9 p.m. and continue to midnight. They were also planning to continue the picketing tonight and tomorrow night if the owner of the lounge refused to change his policy towards serving Negroes. Various faculty members and administrative officials were planning to participate in the demonstration according to Dr. Brady. As of this printing there was the possibility that the demonstration would be called off due to a court injunction which the owner of the bar was supposedly trying to obtain to restrain the picketing. In an interview with Maroon reporters earlier this week, Dr. Brady said the purpose of the picketing was to "correct years of past malformation" on racial issues in the South. The incident of the refusal of service to the white student and his black date did not stop at the lounge however. As reported in last week's Maroon, the student was allegedly approached by a Jesuit faculty member and was told that "we here at Loyola frown on that (inter-racial dating) type of thing." This produced a letter from the Office of the President of the university with his signature on it. The letter spoke of a petition having been received by the Very Rev. President Homer R. Jolley, S.J., from a group of students asking him to release the name of the Jesuit who supposedly addressed his remarks to the student. Father Jolley said in the letter that it was impossible for him to divulge the name of the alleged Jesuitsince he did not know it. The letter further went on to state the official position of the university regarding affairs on such racial positions. The letter ended with the president stating that "I cannot be responsible for every statement by members of the faculty or of the student body made in private conversation." During the past week the group of pickets met and discussed procedures and strategies for the planned demonstrations. Present at the meeting were a New Orleans lawyer, the Rev. Harold F. Cohen, S.J., university chaplain, leaders of the picketing movement,and interested students. At the meeting, Dr. Brady and Father Cohen said that they had conferred with the owner of the bar and tried to settle the incident with the hopeful outcome of allowing Negroes to be served at the establishment. Brady said that nothing came of the conversation and the owner was steadfast in his attitudes. At the meeting, copies of march rules in relation to picketing were discussed. Leaders of the group stressed a peaceful and generally silent demonstration with just one spokesman for the group.Plans were also discussed about having police protection. At the meeting the Student Council was asked to call an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the possibility of having an official statement made concerning the event and to ask the student body to boycott the lounge. Tom White, the council president, said that it was impossible to do this because he would rather have the motion brought up from the coucil floor and discusses. This whole issue seems to revolve around whether or not the owner of the bar has the right to serve whomever he choses. The lawyer, John Nelson of Nelson, Ormand.'and Nelson, who attended one of the organizational meetings earlier in the week said he thought that the owner had no right as far as he knew of and thought the owner of the lounge came under the Public Accomodations Act and under the Amusement section of the Civil Rights Act of 1965. These kaws deal with an establishment serving food and providing amusement for its costomers. Cusimano's reportedly serves pizzas and has pinball machines available for amusement. The group of picketers have plans for the future if these planned demonstrations do not achieve their purpose. Leaders of the group plan to take the issue to officials of the university, and public officials. In a related incident, BA junior Ron McKee said he was supposed to have appeared before the Inter-Fraternity council (IFC) to discuss "unfair" patronization by LU on so-called "open bars." McKee said that potential pledges do not get a fair chance to rush a fraternity when "for any reason" a LU student is not allowed in one of these bars. McKee is a Negro and said he was turned away from Cusimano's earlier this year. The meeting, originally scheduled for Wed. evening was canceled, however. According to the IFC's moderator. Dean Sabolyk, this was done because the moderators of campus fraternities would not have been able to attend. Sabolyk had expressed his wish to invite these moderators on the previous day. Sabolyk said the meeting was rescheduled for Wed., March 12, so that the moderators and McKee would be able to attend. To correct years of past malformation Computer science degree approved By LOUIS LASSUS (Maroon Special Reporter) By A&S Curriculum Committee A program for a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science was approved by the Curriculum Committee of the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) this week. Gregson Payne, chairman of the Department of Computer Science, presented the proposed program to the Curriculum Committee at their meeting Tuesday and after some discussion and explanation the committee approved it. In a later interview, Payne said that he had been trying to institue a computer science major at Loyola since he became chairman of the department two years ago. He said the main obstacle was that he needed more faculty members. Payne said the he had requested that the university hire two additional full-time faculty members and buy a new one-half million dollar computer before his proposed program be approved. He is fairly sure that these two requests will be granted since they will be vital to the operation of his new program, which will begin in September, he said. At present the Department of Computer Science has one fuH-time faculty member and two part-time members. A total of 17 hours (7 courses) are being taught. Payne said that his new program will "double the course offerings" with some being offered every semester. He also said that a conservative estimate of the number of students he expects to have in the department next year is 40. Payne said that since there is no undergraduate program in computer science within 160 miles of New Orleans he expects to draw a great number of interested students both in New Orleans and out of town. Payne noted that he has received approximately three phone calls per week over a period of two years from persons inquiring about the computer science curriculum. He explained that he was going to recruit from local high schools, now that the new program has been approved. He mentioned that some high schools in the city have computers and teach computer science courses. HE expects to get a good number of students from these schools, he said. Payne said that he did not anticipate any competition from data processing schools in the city because his program is on a college level. These data processing schools are "trade schools" and therefore should not interfere with his program, he said. "I anticipate a constant change in the nature of the courses" said Payne. He also expects them to "become more sophisticated as time goes on," he said. He explained that the new computer he has requested the university to buy to replace the present 1620 model will be "one hundred to two hundred times faster and has a printer." The 1620 has no printer on it. The new computer, which will cost $100,000 a year to operate, will take over the duties of the 1620 and allow the students to use the 1620 for various jobs such as problem solving. Before the new program was instituted, the computer science department offered a minor, said GIVING INSTRUCTIONS —Gregson Payne, chairman of the Department of Computer Science, demonstrates to Kerry Leftwich the finer points of the use of the computer. Garsaud named to law post Will succeed Papale as dean Law professor Marcel Garsaud was named this week associate dean of the Loyola law school. In addition, he received the right of succession to the post of dean when dean Antonio Papale retires in the summer of 1970. Garsaud will be the first graduate of the Loyola School of Law to become the dean of the school. He was graduated from the law school in 1959 and has been a professor here since 1963. Dean Papale, who will be 65 next year, and who has been dean of the school since 1951, will continue to have final authority in the school. However, sources indicate the actual arrangement of responsibilities and power in the law school between Papale and Garsaud have not been fi'lly established. One source in the administration speculated that Papale would concentrate on alumni and fund raising affairs, especially relating to the proposed law building, and that Garsaud would take over many of the day-to day duties of operating the law school. This source, however, said that the arrangements have not been worked out completely and added that he expects the working relationship between the two men to evolve in the months ahead rather than to be established firmly immediately. More than one source indicated that Papale and Garsaud are close associates and will have no difficulties establishing a firm working relationship. This is the first time Loyola has an associate dean of the law school. Payne. There was also a BBA degree with a computer science option offered in the College of Business Administration. This was a business program with 26 hours in computer science oriented courses. These two programs will still e continued, he said. "I am certainly elated and it is certainly a challenge," Garsaud said in an interview. He said he feels his appointment is a credit to the Loyola law school because it is a recognition that Loyola law graduates are respected. Garsaud's appointment was announced Tuesday afternoon at a meeting of the law school faculty. His selection was made by a special committee of faculty members and alumni. Garsaud will assume his post as associate dean in August. Dean Papale's retirement date is July 31, 1970, and on that day Garsaud will assume the position of dean. MARCELGARSAUD Appointed associate dean Father Jolley, priest deny charge of racism The Very Rev. President Homer R. Jolley, S.J., said this week that the administration "will not tolerate racism in any form on the part of anyone who speaks for the university." In a mimeographed statement distributed throughout the campus, Father Jolley said he could not divulge, because he did not know it, the name of a Jesuit priest who was reported to have allegedly said that "we here at Loyola frown on" interracial dating. Father Jolley's statement was made in reply to a letter signed by about 40 students asking him to respond to a column in last week's Maroon which told of an alleged conversation between an unnamed Jesuit and an unnamed student concerning interracial dating. In addition, the Maroon contacted the priest the author of the column said was the one involved. The priest denied vigorously that he could be the Jesuit referred to in he column and affirmed his commitment to racial equality. "I would consider it a complete insult for anyone to ever suspect that I would make that kind of idiotic statement," the priest said. The column, written by A&S sophomore Steve Vakas, recounted an alleged incident in which a white male student accompanied by a Negro female student were refused service at a nearby lounge. According to the column, the lounge attendant allegedly told the male student that the establishment does not serve black people. The column also told of an alleged private conversation the next day between the white student and a Jesuit priest, both unnamed, during which the priest allegedly told the boy that "we here at Loyola" disapprove of interracial dating. Father Jolley, in his statement, concerned himself mainly with he account of the conversation between he priest and the student. "It is evident," he said, "that it is impossible for me to divulge the name of the alleged Jesuit since I do not know it. Only the reporter and the person recounting the incident to him know for certain the exact circumstances and I can hardly be held responsible for their statements. "I will not condemn any student or faculty member, lay or Jesuit," Father Jolley asserted. The university president attempted to show that the priest reported as having allegedly spoken to the student was not speaking in the name of Loyola University. He continued: "There are only four Jesuits at Loyola in the Administration, that is, at the rank of ean or above, namely, Fr. Clancy, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Fr. Molloy, Vice President for Student Personnel; Fr. Benedetto, Executive Assistant to the President; and I. 1 am certain that none of us was involved in this incident." "I can state once again the official position of Loyola University," said Father Jolley, "namely, that we will not tolerate racism in any form on the part of anyone who speaks for the University." "I will continue to insist," he said, "that the University as a whole move towards the concrete realization of Christian brotherhood and equality." "In the meantime," he continued, "I cannot be responsible for every statement by members of the faculty or of the student body made in private conversation." On Wednesday Vakas disclosed in confidence the name of the Jesuit he had in mind in the column. He told the name to a select group of Maroon staffmen and advisors on the condition that they not divulge it. A Maroon reporter was sent to talk to the priest whose name Vakas disclosed. It is "beyond my wildest dreams," said the priest, that "anyone would suspect me." He denied any connection with the alleged incident and listed a number of instances in which he has publicly expressed himself in favor of racial justice and equality. On the question of interracial dating, the priest said, "Heavens no, I don't see anything wrong with it." Commenting on the controversy, Maroon editor Ed Anderson said the campus paper had interviews with the priest, the unnamed students and Vakas in an effort to clear up the issues. He said the Maroon, on the basis of these interviews, could not determine what exactly took place between the student and the priest, if they indeed met. The male student affirms his story as told to Vakas and the priest named by Vakas disavows any connection with the incident, explained Anderson. "We cannot disclose the name of the priest," said Anderson, "because it was told to us in confidence and because we feel strongly that unsubstantiated suspicions should not be cast upon this priest."
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