End secrecy: occupy Senate

Leaflet 1 March 1970
This is the text of a leaflet issued by Socialist Society in advance of tomorrow’s mass meeting. For a report of the meeting see tomorrow’s entry.

End secrecy: occupy Senate

Tuesday 12:30 Lounge Hall: a mass meeting

Subject: a proposal to occupy Senate

WHY?

Cast your mind back over the last term.  There have been a number of demands made by the general meeting of Guild to Senate, expressed in polite and respectful terms (letters to the Vice-Chancellor for instance).

All have come to nothing.

The administration has:

  • Ignored a plea to disclose what chemical and biological warfare contracts are undertaken at the University.
  • Refused to reconsider the position of Lord Salisbury as our Chancellor, despite petitions, pickets and representations from mass meetings.
  • Refused even to disassociate itself  – either as a body or as individuals – from Salisbury’s racist views.
  • Refused last week, with no reasons given, to reveal where the University’s investments lie (thus leading to the sneaking suspicion that they are investing in firms which bolster up apartheid).
  • Has seriously infringed the autonomy of Guild in its reaction to last month’s officer resignations.

Is this the administration’s idea of “good communications” inside an “academic community”: a Vice Chancellor who has told Gazette that he will not speak to a general meeting of students to explain the administration’s point of view?

A University which, like others, has no doubt got secret files on the political activities of staff and students?

The events of this term expose the myth of the academic community as a hypocritical sham.  The big firms which finance research here, whose directors sit on Council, have too much to lose by opening the books.

It is big business interests which control this university, like every other university in this country.  Interests which would be harmed by opened files and dissolved South African investments.

All channels of communication have now been exhausted.  We go into Senate knowing that any kind of student investigation into the power structure of the University , and its manifestations on and off campus can only come by –

THE UNIVERSITY DISCLOSING ALL INFORMATION AT ITS DISPOSAL: ALL FILES; INVESTMENTS; SENATE, COUNCIL & COURT MINUTES, RESEARCH GRANTS, AND SO ON.

Senate’s attitude has created an unbridgeable gap in communications.  There is no alternative but to go over there ourselves.

MASS MEETING  LOUNGE HALL  12:30  TUESDAY

Socialist Society 1.3.70

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Author: Gerry

Retired college teacher living in Liverpool, UK.

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