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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Segregation is back on campus BLACK DORM SLAMS DOORS ON WHITES Wednesday, March 21, 1973 THI IFTHUIDOI HflALD 41 "To be educated U to be able to interact with other human j beiigs without regard to race." educator Kenneth Clark By TOM TIEDE PHILADELPHIA (NBA) Time was, a tew years ago, Dr. Kenneth Clark's philosophy was a tenet ot faifh, riot to men- tion law, on American college campuses. Four hundred years after the slave ships, a genera- tion removed from the George Wallace lock on the schoolroom door, the moral and legal neces- sity for integrated learning fa- cilities was disputed only by Ne- anderthals. Time flies. Today segregated facilities on university campus- es in America are again, sud- denly, a matter of turnabout routine. Blacks at Stanford Uni- versity conduct "white-exclud- ed" meetings in state-owned buildings. Blacks on the street grounds of City College of New York hold seminars on separa- tism. Blacks in some schools re- fuse even to eat at tables serv- ing nonblack individuals. ILLUSTRATION Here at the Uiu'versity of Pennsylvania the phenomenon is illustrated by the bottom two floors of a four-floor dormitory just off campus centre." Half the dorm has been turned into a "W.E.B. DuBois Centre" open only to people "who have a deep and abiding Interest in black culture." All of the 80-odd mem- bers are black. "No says one observer, "have yet had enough deep and abiding interest." The DuBois dormitory, like segregated facilities on other campuses, has been controver- sial from its inception. Last year a black student caucus complained to school adminis- trators that many blacks "ex- perience a deep sense of aliena- tion because this is a white- oriented institution." The point was well made. Only 500 of Penn's undergraduates are black. Only two dozen of the faculty are black. The solution, as the student caucus saw it, was a black unity residence centre, remedial in nature. OBJECTIONS Objections were quick. Dr. Henry Abraham, chairman of the faculty senate, and an ex- pert on constitutional law, had misgivings on moral, educa- tional and legal grounds. The local chapter of the NAACP threatened to sue the school, and one well-heeled alumni class thrastened to withhold future donations If the segre gated dorm was allowed. Nevertheless the dorm was allowed. This fall blacks movet into the "Lo Rise" hall, and everyone else, including peo- ple of several colors, moved out. "There was one white guy living across the hall from me for a few says faculty dorm advisor Burney Hollis. 'Bpt after a while he just dis- appeared." lONTROVERSY And so too has the controver- sy disappeared. Now into the second half of the school year, the DuBois dorm is a matter of [act. And the argument is pas se. "If that's the way they it shrugs a white s6pho- more. Fidgety black (acuity mem- bers, hope, somehow, the dorm segregation will yet "hasten the ultimate goal of a fully inte- grated society." And school spokesman Bob Coryell adds an official, nervous view that "W.E.B. DuEois is an experi- ment which is working well." Indeed, the dorm is progress- ing. No riots. No trouble. The place is locked like a jail and receptionists screen entry, but that is a sign ol the times rath- er than the inhabitants. Ad- viser Hollis says students have started a black literary circle, black literary magazine, gospe choir, drama group and lecture series. The atmosphere is good, says one student, "with no wliites tuned in." UNRESOLVED Despite the quiet, however the issue remains unresolved Dorm olfeials say there nothing to debate because "our regulations do not exclude white program is open to any- who qualifies." But critics like Clarence Farmer ol the city's Human Rights commis- sion argue: "You can'C skirt the ssuc of discrimination merely by saying the centre is open to all." And a black faculty member adds the opinion of many by groaning: "Open to all? Sure, sure. The South too was open to all, lor years. But the only tiling was really open to all blacks down there was jail." CRITICISM Some of the criticism of the black dorm is, oE course, sus- picious. A few faculty members feel the black students "would not even be on campus if tho admission rules weren't relaxed for them." One campus cop says he knows "damn well1' trouble occur "any place you get them all together." A white graduate student says, "W.E.B. DuBois was Communist, and so is anybody who honors him." (DuBois, a black educator, co-founded the NAACP, was a Communist and died in Ghana.) Yet above the guttershots. genuine objection is wide spread. Dr. Clark accuses the universities which allow segre gatton of permitting reverse "Jim Crow." The NAACP by laws are "unalterably opposec to any violation of the 1964 CLvi Rights Act" (which, among >ther things, proliibits segrega- ion in state or federal institu- VIOLATION And civil rights officers ot [he U.S. department, health, ed- ucation and welfare say they're looking into the Penn case as well, as "possible violations" slsewhere. "Segregation is says Spencer Coxe, director ol Philadelphia's branch ol the American Civil Liberties Union. Coxe says bis group, long a de- tender of black causes, now will represent "any white student who complains about the Du- Bois dorm." So far, reportedly, only one while student has complained to federal authorities. And re- gardless of the announced feel- ings against the dorm, it's doubtful the student's gripe will go much further. EMOTION Blacks-only campus facilities have become too emotionally ruoted to easily dislodge. Most authorities preler to rationalize. Some universities now call black dorms "selected living fa- cilities." It's the look-'.he-other- way approach. Or, says a mem- ber of the local NAACP. pre- cisely the same tactic ofiicials adopted during several hundred years oE whites-only living in this land. Sound Values Here's a few of the Hundreds of Major Label Stereo Albums Cde Only Corly Simon "No Secrets" i James Taylor "One Man Dog" Bread "Guitar Man" i Black Sabbath "Volume 4" i Yes "Close To trie Edge" Jimi Hendrix "War Heroes" i Doobie Brothers "Toulouse Si." i Emerson, Lake and Palmer Jethro Tull "Thick as a Brick" 1.99 3.99 4.99 7.99 8 Track Tapes ONLY C Lighthouse "Live" (2 LP set) C Neil Diamond "Diamond! Diamonds" (2 LP) B lighthouse "Sunny A David Cassidy "Cherish" A Partridge Family Album A Steppenwolf "For Ladies' Only" A Melalne "Gather Me" A Johnny Cash "King of Country Music" B Lawrence Welk "Reminiscing" (2LP) B lobo "Of a Simple Man" B Fifth Dimensions Greatest Mils B Guess Who "Artificial Paradise" C Three Dog Nighl "Seven Separate Fools" B John Denver "Rocky Mountain High" D Rolling Stones "More Hot Rocks" 2 LP set tape not available. B Al Green "Green is Blue" B Moody Blues "Seventh Sojourn" B Gilbert O'Sullivan "Bock to Front" B Moody Blues "Days of Future Past" B War "The World is a GheMo" B Don McLean B Helen Reddy "I am a Woman" B Grand FunJ: "Phoenix" B Leon Russel "Carney" Recorefi B Elton John "Don't Shoot Me, I'm only Piano Player" B Neil Diamond "Moods" B Rick Nelson "Garden Party" This Saturday In Weekend Magazine This Could Happen ToYou When Susan Hodgins, a Canadian girl, accepted a suitcase from a friend, it turned out to contain hash- ish. After 4% months in a Beirut prison she was found innocent and released. This Saturday, in Weekend Magazine; she teils of the horrors of that prison. Wrestling School Dropout Mike Cowley describes what it's like at a wrestling school, why very few graduate, and how fights are fixed. The Old Wild West An excerpt from the late R. D. Symons's book, Where The Wagon Led, about cowboy life on the Prairies in 1914, first of two parts. Country Priest Gerard Vallieres talks with Cure Ernest Arsenault of a small village south of Quebec City. Hockey Night Control MacLaren Advertising controls a lot more than the commercials in televised NHL hockey. Writer Brian McKenna explains. Plus the prettiest spring coat preview in years, and Margo Oliver's recipes featuring honey. The Lctlibrtdcic Herald STORE HOURS: Open Daily from a.m. to p.m., Thuri. and Frl. a.m. to p.m., Centre Village Mall, Telephone 328-9231 ;