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Thursday 12,45 p.m. N o v e m b e r 13th, 1973

N E W S P A P E R O F IMPERIAL C O L L E G E UNION F R E E ! ISSUE N o . 346

in the Great Hall

MASSIVE RESPONSE T O GRANTS OVER ON

10,000

PURPLE PITCH

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Over 10,000 students, mainly from London but some from further afield, turned u p for the grants demonstration organised by the London Students Organisation last Wednesday. A rally w a s h e l d at ihe Friends, Meeting House, Euston Square and speakers included r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s of Trade Unions, teachers and old age pensioners.

Training Colleges a n d Colleges of Further Education, in a n d around London. beA somewhat m u s e d , if s y m p a t h e t i c response w a s received f r o m m e m b e r s of t h e T h e m a r c h started at w h o thronged M a l e t S t r e e t at 3 p . m . p u b l i c t h e p a v e m ents to watch a n d m o v e d off c h a n t i n g and were promptly slogans down across h a n d e d explanatory the Waterloo B r i d g e to t h e D e p a r t m e n t of E d u - b u m p h b y e n t h u s i a s t i c girl students. cation and Science headquarters on the A p o l i c e m a n h a d to South bank. be s p e c i a l l y d e t a i l e d to guard a Rolls-Royce Ringed on all sides o n a yellow (parked by peacefully plodding line, mid - afternoon!) policemen, the march which w a s inundated and was uneventful with leaflets from t h e well-ordered. demonstration. Particularly vociferK i n g ' s C o l l e g e in t h e ous w a sthe contingent Strand was greeted from the National Union w i t h a c h o r u s of boos of School Students and hisses d u e to the ( N U S S ) w h o were welll a r g e n u m b e r of s c a b equipped with louds t u d e n t s w h o were hailers a n d led the watching o u t of t h e c h a n t i n g of s l o g a n s i n w i n d o w s b u t w h o remany parts of t h e fused to participate in demo. the m a r c h . At times t h e lilting Two delegates from sopranos of Phillipa Fawcett College when each College attended not s h o u t i n g raucous a meeting o n the grants demands, broke out in c a m p a i g n held during s o n g p r o t e s t i n g a t t h e t h e a f t e r n o o n . It i s n o t l e v e l of t h e g r a n t s . known whether representatives from IC were IC contingent The was small a n d c o n - there. s i s t e d m a i n l y of " t h e T h e next step in t h e r e g u l a r s " . M o s t of t h e fight f o r t h e f o u r b a s i c numbers for the m a r c h N U S d e m a n d s will b e a c a m e not from t h e C o l "work-in", organised on l e g e s of t h e U n i v e r s i t y a collegiate basis, to of L o n d o n , b u t f r o m t h e take place o n NovemPolytechnics, Teacher ber 14th.

NUS Secretary acquitted Steve Parry, S e c r e tary of the N U S , w a s arrested, along with several others including Tariq Ali, o n a demonstration in July against Caetano the Portuguese Premier. H e w a s charged with assault but acquitted due to i n c o n s i s t e n c i e s

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in t h e p o l i c e evidence on T h u r s d a y 1st November. Tariq A l i however w a s f i n e d ÂŁ50 d e s p i t e photographic evidence "disproving" the police c a s e that A l i m a n a g e d to assault two constables while holding a briefcase in his hand.

New Chair for Biochem A second chair has been instituted in the Department of Bioc h e m i s t r y h e r e at IC t o be known a s the Rank C h a i r of P h y s i o l o g i c a l Biochemistry. T h e C h a i r will b e financed by the J . A r t h u r R a n k Group Charity. It i s n o t k n o w n at present w h o will take up t h e Chair.

U C Give in The boards inscribed w i t h t h e n a m e s of p a s t Presidents, D e p u t y Presidents a n d Honora r y S e c r e t a r i e s of Imperial College Union have been returned. They were wrenched off t h e w a l l s of t h e S C R in t h e U n i o n b u i l d i n g a f e w w e e k s a g o b y pe r not unlike cersons t a i n of t h e r a b b l e that c l a i m to inhabit University C o l l e g e Engineering Department. Enquiries led by Deputy President Dave Sinclair soon revealed that t h e a b o v e a s s u m p tion w a s not a million miles from t h e truth. A telephone call w a s duly made by Dave Sinclair, in w h i c h the poss i b i l i t y of l e g a l a c t i o n t o retrieve the b o a r d s w a s n o t left u n s a i d , t o t h e above-mentioned hoard of b u t t e r - f i n g e r e d m e a n derthals w h o know not t h e m e a n i n g of i n v i o late. The boards were instantly returned last Wednesday a n d after sterilisation will b e soon on s h o w again in all their gilded spendour.

T h i s w e e k I have d e c i d e d to write a totally u n p o l i t i c a l P a t c h , a s I think that there i s a g r e a t d e a l w i t h i n t h e U n i o n w h i c h w e must begin to sort o u t . T h e m a i n i t e m at t h e m o m e n t i s t h e b e h a v i o u r of a g r e a t n u m b e r of o u r s t u d e n t s at p a r t i e s a n d t h e l i k e . I have always given students the b e n e f i t of t h e d o u b t w h e n it c o m e s to their b e h a v i o u r a n d attitude to their n e i g h b o u r s , a n d also those w h o a r e w o r k i n g f o r t h e b e n e f i t of the students, but unfortunately, o n c e o n e h a s s e e n t h e a f t e r m a t h of "Student f u n " then o n e begins to wonder h o w thoughtful students really are. After a w h i l e o n e e x p e c t s to s e e broken glasses, broken bottles, s o m e litter a n d o c c a s i o n a l l y a little d a m a g e , but this term w e have been g e t t i n g i n t o t h e s t a t e of w a l k i n g u p t h e s t a i r c a s e s a m i d t h e s t e n c h of p i n t s of v o m i t , u r i n e , a n d w h e n o n e e n t e r s t h e toilets f i n d i n g that s o m e considerate student h a s deposited h u m a n e x c r e t a u p o n b o t h t h e floor a n d a l s o t h e w a l l s . I c a n , if I try v e r y hard s e e that o n c e a p e r s o n i s pissed a n d is desperately trying to i m p r e s s h i s f r i e n d s , t h a t t h i s t y p e of d i s p l a y c o u l d b e very funny ( H a . H a . ) b u t I t h i n k t h a t if t h i s s a m e p e r s o n w e r e to find himself with t h e unenviable task the following morning of having to c l e a r u p t h e m e s s w h i c h he h a s made, then t h e situation would b e somewhat different. W e h a v e g o t t o t h e state at t h e moment where the cleaners are about to refuse to c l e a n a n y of the " S t u d e n t a r e a s " at all unless something is d o n e about the o b n o x i o u s conditions in w h i c h the rooms a r e left. I a m n o t e x a g g e r a t i n g w h e n I s a y t h a t s o m e of t h e c l e a n e r s h a v e been k n o w n to m a k e themselves ill b y t r y i n g t o c l e a n t h e shit a n d v o m i t off t h e f l o o r s a f t e r s t u d e n t p a r t i e s the p r e v i o u s night. Y o u m a y s a y that t h e w a y of p r e v e n t i n g t h i s k i n d of trouble re-occurring is to get hold of t h e c h i l d i s h p r a t w h o i s c a u s i n g t h e m e s s a n d m a k e h i m c l e a r it u p o n c e h e is sober, b u t unfortunately, unless one could do a vast amount of analysis throughout the college, t h e n it w o u l d b e v e r y d i f f i c u l t t o t r a c e t h e o w n e r of t h e a f o r e s a i d e x creta. I a m a f r a i d that if t h i s i s b e c o m i n g the ' n o r m a l ' w a y for a s t u d e n t to b e have, then I w o u l d like to recomto o u r A c a d e m i c Affairs mend O f f i c e r that h e a p p r o a c h t h e B o a r d of s t u d i e s w i t h a v i e w t o i n s e r t i n g i n every student's syllabus a course in ' C o m m o n decency, a n d h o w to a c t like a n adult'. T h e p r o b l e m is not merely o n e of

filth a n d s q u a l o r . T h e r e i s a l s o t h e p r o b l e m of n o i s e a t p a r t i e s , a n d especially excessive noise after 11.00 at night. I w o u l d n o t d o u b t that a p a r t y w i t h o u t m u s i c w o u l d , f o r many, b e very b o r i n g , a s they a r e not great c o n v e r s a t i o n a l i s t s at t h e b e s t of t i m e s , b u t d o e s t h i s n o i s e really have to begin at around 1 0 0 d e c i b e l s a n d i n c r e a s e in direct prop o r t i o n t o t h e a m o u n t of a l c o h o l consumed? W h y s h o u l d it b e that I a m g e t t i n g o n a v e r a g e t h e t h r e a t of o n e i n d i c t ment e a c h w e e k either from the area a r o u n d t h e c o l l e g e o r from the area around the Hamlet gardens f l a t s ? ? I fail t o s e e w h y I s h o u l d b e c a l l e d f r o m m y b e d at 1 2 . 0 0 m i d night to quieten a " P a r t y " i n H a m l e t g a r d e n s , a n d w h e n I p h o n e t h e flat t h e r e i s n o o n e o n t h e o t h e r e n d of t h e p h o n e w h o i s c a p a b l e of a n s w e r ing the question " C a nI speak to s o m e o n e i n c h a r g e of t h e p a r t y " . In fact o n e e v e n i n g last w e e k I spent almost 20 minutes trying to get t h r o u g h t o t h e o r g a n i s e r s of a p a r t y in H a m l e t g a r d e n s , a n d I g o t n o other reply than from t w o d r u n k e n b u f f o o n s o n t h e o t h e r e n d of t h e l i n e trying to chat e a c h other u p . This w a s , I might a d d after 12.00 m i d night. It m i g h t s e e m o b v i o u s t o m o s t s e n s i b l e s t u d e n t s that m y a c c u s a t i o n s a r e o n l y a i m e d at that a b s o l u t e m i n o r i t y w h o s e e m i n c a p a b l e of c o n ducting their lives in a n adult m a n ner. A s a final note to all, b y a l l m e a n s have a g o o d time a n d get the best from your time in University, but for goodness sake, P L E A S E consider those a r o u n d y o u , both your fellow students, your neighbours, a n d also those w h o a r e w o r k i n g for the g o o d of t h e s t u d e n t s w i t h i n t h e c o l l e g e (ie. C l e a n e r s e t c . ) . , Unless some drastic re-thinking o n b e h a l f o f t h e o r g a n i s e r s of p a r ties e t c . is done, the only solution will b e for the U n i o n to take disciplinary a c t i o n against those people w h o a r e s p o i l i n g t h e lot of t h e rest of t h e s t u d e n t b o d y . It i s u n j u s t f o r a minority to influence decisions a g a i n s t t h e majority. A s a p l e a t o a l l t h e students of t h e c o l l e g e , it i s i n y o u r o w n i n t e r e s t t o prevent other students from c a u s i n g a disturbance in a n y way. T h e only r e a l w a y of m a i n t a i n i n g d i s c i p l i n e is for e v e r y s t u d e n t t o a c t a s a d i s c i p l i n e officer, a n d k e e p t h i n g s u n d e r control. PLEASE H E L P U S T O H E L P YOU. NORM.


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NUS to fold ? T h e n e t r e s u l t of t h e Stalinist dominated N U S exec's wheelings and d e a l i n g s 'is n o w courting out: Bath University and Newcastle Polytechnic have already d i s c u s s e d to disaffiliate motions from N U S a n d murmwrings about disaffiliation are growing l o u d e r 'in many colleges throughout t h e c o u n t r y . S o f a r n o n e of t h e s e have been passed, a l though they have necess i t a t e d t h e d e s p a t c h of, NUS president John Randall to colleges where the murmurings h a v e g r o w n into a n o m inous rumble from the r i g h t w i n g t o d o BO.

Exeter, Easter t h i s year . . . . A motion w a s tabled b y N U S exec to s p l i t off N U S s e r v i c e s (travel, insurance, etc.) from N U S s o that they were financially 'independent. The reasons for d o i n g s o w e r e 'stated a s "the existing provision of N U S s e r v i c e s a n d t h e arrangements for their control are inadequate".

However it s e e m e d strange a t t h e t i m e that the e x e c h a d a l l o c a t e d one of its t w o priorities for t h e c o n f e r e n c e o r d e r paper to that apparently uncontentious motion. It is clear to all now that in view of recent events the N U S exec was preparing even at Randall turned up at that stage to consciousKing's on Thursday ly liquidate N U S . w h e r e the first s t a g e s o f A l t h o u g h it w a s a r g disaffiliation moves are ued b y the e x e c that to occurring to try a n d s p l i t t h e s e r v i c e s off quash them. H e d i d n o t from N U S w o u l d have appear unduly worried saved N U S from a n y by t h e s u d d e n e m e r g financial 'maladies that e n c e of t h e s e r i g h t w i n g the services might have tactics as those motions c o l l e c t e d , i n fact q u i t e w h i c h h a d been tabled the reverse w a s true: t h e had been kicked out. splitting ensured that What does the N U S whatever to happens exec think about t h i s ? N U S as a political body, The story begins b a c k in lucrative profitable N U S the last s t a g e s of D i g b y Services c a n continue J a c k ' s r e i g n a t t h e N U S m a k i n g t h e i r m o n e y off National Conference i n students.

consciously to hold back any struggle of students t h a t t u r n s into a p o l i t i c a l fight a g a i n s t t h e T o r y government. This situa9 tion of p o l i t i c a l l y bankrupt leadership is a ly a l l f r o m L o n d o n , t o The demonstration that o c c u r r e d o n W e d - v o i c e t h e i r a n g e r a t t h e s t a m p i n g g r o u n d f o r t h e right Wing w h o w i l l u s e nesday w a s spontan- rapidly vanishing value it t o d i s a f f i l i a t e f r o m t h e e o u s l y o r g a n i s e d b y t h e of t h e g r a n t . NUS. : London Students OrganThe N U S a r e trying As N U S collapses i s a t i o n ( L S O ) , t h e L o n - the d i s g u s t i n g sell-out d o n a r e a o r g a n i s a t i o n Of of engineers' round the ears o f the tactics NUS. leader Hugh S c a n I on Stalinist N U S e x ec they Will place t h e b l a m e o n Earlier this year t h e Who, despite a pile of telegrams a mile high o n the s t u d e n t s j u s t a s i n exec had thrown out a His p l u s h d e s k d e m a n d C h i l e t h e rise t o p o w e r motion 'calling for a i n g a n a t i o n a l s t r i k e of of t h e J u n t a w a s t h e national march, opting AUE'W u n t i l t h e f a u l t of t h e w o r k i n g a n d for l o c a l d e m o n s t r a t i o n ' s the is Withm i d d l e classes there. a n d e x p r e s s i o n s o f s u p - £ 7 5 , 0 0 0 fine A r e w e t o let t h e m g e t p o r t f o r t h e g r a n t s c a m - d r a w n , offers n o l e a d e r s h i p a n d left it u p t o a w a y w i t h t h i s f o r o n e paign to b e organised o n each individual area or- moment an u n c e n t r a l i s e d local longer? Only ganisation to arrange the p o l i c y o f i m m e d i a t e basis. strikes / stoppages / go c a s h supplementary T o c a p it a l l t h e N U S s lows/overtime bans or g r a n t s t i e d 'to t h e s t u d e n t even presented to the whatever they like. cost of living index c a n emergency conference, held at Imperial last T h i s c o m e s a s no sur- maintain our depreciating standard o f l i v i n g term, a motion calling prise of course a s the f o r a " w o r k - i n " t o b e C o m m u n i s t 'Party w h o a n d y e t t h e y r e f u s e t o held this term. c o n t r o l N U S e x e c h a v e put f o r w a r d s u c h a d e m and to t h e T r i e n n i a l been continually exalting When questioned on Review o r t o rally supthe n a t u r e o f t h e " w o r k - S o a n l o n ( a n e x - C P m e m port f o r i t a m o n g t h e i n " t h e y r e p l i e d that it ber) i n t h e c o l u m n s o f students. was up to each indivi- their paper a n d covering up f o r each betrayal he The Y S S S w i l l cairidual college t o organise a " d o - y o u r - o w n - t h i n g " has 'done. paign most ruthlessly to alternative syllabus to Never before has the expose and replace these e v e r y d a y c o l l e g e life. question of leadership treacherous leaders a n d b e e n of s u c h p a r a m o u n t a p p e a l s t o a l l s t u d e n t s Despite this vacuity i m p o r t a n c e i n t h e T r a d e W h o a r e n o l o n g e r preof l e a d e r s h i p , s t u d e n t s pared to s i t back a n d Unions a n d theN U S . t o fight, are p r e p a r e d T h e r e i s n o t a s q u e a k of w a t c h the N U S dese v e n t h o u g h the d e m o o n Wednesday w a s not or- objection t o t h e plum- troyed by these enemies meting value of o u r g a n i s e d n a t i o n a l l y b y the of t h e s t u d e n t m o v e m e n t visible In t h e to j o i n t h e m i n a fight t o N U S , over 1 0 , 0 0 0 stud- grants actions o f the N U S exec. defend o u r grants a n d ents (L6C estimated 1 5 , 0 0 0 ) turned up, near- T h e y a r e preparing quite our d e m o c r a t i c rights.

AGAPE Parking Stickers

w a r n e d us t h a t if t h e s i t uation deteriorates a I a m s t i l l in p o s s e s s i o n system of planned disof o v e r 2 0 p a r k i n g perconnections will be i n m i t s . It s e e m s rather troduced. strange that, considerIf y o u h a v e e v e r f o u n d ing t h e l a c k of official p a r k i n g s p a c e , t h e r e a r e y o u r s e l f in t h e m i d d l e of s t i l l p e o p l e w a n t i n g t o one o f o u r l a r g e l a b o r a c o m e to c o l l e g e b y c a r t o r i e s late a t n i g h t a n d a and yet not use t h e c o l - power failure occurs you lege parking that t h e y ' v e may w e l l find yourself i n been a l l o c a t e d . F o r t h ea v e r y t i c k l i s h s i t u a t i o n . s a k e of o t h e r s w h o w e r e unsuccessful in their a p plications, I t h i n k it o n l y f a i r t h a t , if t h e s e stickers are not collected, they Will b e reallocated.

Electricity Supply

w o u l d think, of course that t h e b a t t e r y o p e r a t ing emergency lighting w o u l d 'be p r o v i d e d , b u t no s u c h luck, merciless treasury h a s seen t o that a n d the p r o v i s i o n o f s u c h matters n o w is a very costly b u s i n e s s . N o , the solution i s simple, never w o r k a l o n e after n o r m a l hours. Always make This happened t o s u r e that y o u s i g n i n a n d s o m e u n f o r t u n a t e p e o p l e out a t t h e s e c u r i t y p o s t w h o f o u n d t h e m s e l v e s 'in a n d i f p o s s i b l e c a r r y a t h e i r d e p a r t m e n t , i n dif- t o r c h o r h a v e o n e at a place i n your f e r e n t p a r t s o f the b u i l d - k n o w n i n g , a t a b o u t 8 . 3 0 p . m d. e s k or 'hanging u p b e one night When the hind the door or wherepower cable r u n n i n g e v e r it i s m o s t c o n v e n t h e b u i l d i n g ient. alongside

site failed. Without if you Of course, torch or matches t h e y h a p p e n t o b e in t h e lift a t g r o p e d t h e i r w a y p a s t ex- the t i m e , b a d l u c k . T h e p e r i m e n t a l r i g s a n d other c o l l e g e m a i n t e n a n c e e n sources o f danger a n d gineers have a routine eventually found them- emergency drill which selves i n a pitch dark requires t h e m t o c h e c k corridor. Trying t o re- every lift eventually. member where the staircase w a s (there being Lady Flowers' Do n o t h i n g to g i v e t h e m t h e The first of Lady faintest clue) provided q u i t e a t a s k a n d it w a s F l o w e r s ' g e t t o g e t h e r s i s held at 170 1 0 m i n u t e s o r s o unt i l b e i n g t h e y f o u n d it a n d e v e n t u - Q u e e n s G a t e o n T h u r s The normal operating November day, 22nd a l l y g o t out. v a r i a t i o n of ± 5 % o n t h e Beer, soft d r i n k s , s n a c k s normal voltage of 4 1 5 It i s , o f c o u r s e , a l - a n d m u s i c w i l l b e p r o volts w o u l d , under s u c h ways previous better if there v i d e d . U n l i k e circumstances, n o t b e a r e t w o of y o u a n d t h e o n e s , however, males maintained. Reductions security guards k n o w a r e b e i n g i n v i t e d . If y o u of u p to — 1 0 % ( 4 1 . 5 e x a c t l y w h e r e y o u a r e .w o u l d l i k e t o g o p l e a s e v o l t s ) c a n b e e x p e c t e d E v e n if y o u h a v e n o t c o n t a c t J e n , t h e U n i o n without warning. Conser- taken t h e precaution of Clerk and your name w i l l v a t i o n of e l e c t r i c i t y d u r - h a v i n g y o u r o w n t o r c h be a d d e d t o t h e l i s t . If ing a n y voltage reduc- available, security w i l l you are female, please t i o n s w i l l be e s s e n t i a l . e v e n t u a l l y c o m e r o u n d c o n t a c t M a r y S h o r t . L E B have a l s o to g e t p e o p l e o u t . Y o u The P.A.W. Y o u m a y be aware from the national press and radio that interruptions t o supply may take place due to t he power engineers' wages dispute. T h e L o n d o n Electricity Board has i n f o r m e d t h e c o l l e g e that, although power cuts a r e not e x p e c t e d , v o l t a g e r e d u c t i o n m a y b e Introd u c e d at any t i m e .

Digby James, R C S Broadsheet editor, Jesus f r e ak a n d B i b l e m a i n l i n e r , is g r o w i n g ever m o r e a g a p e a t t h e un-l p a r a l l e l e d ' p o l i t i c a l tour-j moil of today's society. j P e r h a p s if he s h u t b i s | mouth for a moment an thought about the conseq u e n c e s of h i s r a m b l i n g s he w o u l d r e a l i s e t h e h o r rible implication's behind "Spark", the National Front Students A s s o c i a t i o n term'ly newspaper appearing on campuses.

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Life a t Leeds U n i v e r s ity a n d P o l y t e c h n i c i s a n extremely dangerous affair. A l r e a d y t h i s terrtt there h a v e b e e n a n u m ber of a s s a u l t s W h i c h prompted University Union President Anldy Jarosz to warn all female students not t o venture out alone after d a r k . H e s a i d : "I find t h e Whoi&situation extremely dangerous". A month-long city bus curfew has been i m p o s e d d u e t o t h e frequency of a t t a c k s oo c o n d u c t o r s . A l l b u s e s "m the' city stop running at 9 p.m. Det.-Supt. Hobson for L e e d s C i t y P o l i c e , saild that M r . J a r o s z ' a d v i c e w a s g o o d but " I t is not s o m e t h i n g w e n e e d <tio get a l a r m e d a b o u t " . Oh, n o ? Well this i s t h e i n v e n t o r y of a t t a c k s that have occurred W i t h i n t h e first m o n t h ' O f this term t o Leeds students: '•»•. Murders: 2. Assaults: 3. A t t e m p t e d m u r d e r : 1. R a p e : 1. If t h a t ' s n o t h i n g t o g e t alarmed about then perhaps the b l a n d c o m p l a c ency of Supt. HObson is,

A glance at a n y history of t h e H i t l e r Y o u t h Movement would warn of t h e danger's o f a f r i v o l o u s a p p r o a c h to " f a s c soc". S u c h N a t i o n a l ist s o c i e t i e s h a v e a l r e a d y been established at G o l d s m i t h s C o l l e g e here in L o n d o n a n d i n E x e t e r University. I see t h a t y o u r " c h r i s t i a n " mouthings are only skin deep for y o u are p r e p a r e d to offer d i s t r i b u t i o n to a n e w s p a p e r w h o s e attitude towards the q u a r t e r o r s o f o r e i g n s t ude nt s in this c o l l e g e is anything but the courtesy a n d friendlin e s s to w h i c h t h e y a r e at p r e s e n t accustomed at I.C.

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Norm Sayles, I C U President (The unusual cumulo-nimbus formation! above his head is of unknown origin, butj always appears when we print his photos)'.


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" W h a t do we w a n t ? " — "Higher grants." "When do we want These them?"—"now!" c r i e s of d e s p e r a t i o n r a n g o u t a l o n g the n a t i o n a l grants demonstration last W e d n e s d a y afternoon. studAbout 10,000 ents from all over the c o u n t r y t u r n e d u p for the march from Malet Street to the Departm e n t of E d u c a t i o n a n d Science building ne a r Waterloo Station. Prominent on the m a r c h w a s a large b a n ner from the London Federation of Trades Councils among the m a n y t h o u s a n d s of p l a c ards, college banners and a miserable faded green banner from the

Y o u n g Liberals.

3 - d e e p l a y e r s of m e n in b l u e o u t s i d e the D . E . S . They portrayed a large r a n g e of p o l i t i c a l h e a d q u a r t e r s . c o n s c i o u s n e s s : for exA t the r a l l y M a x M o r a m p l e the c y n i c a l radiris (of the National cals from LSE were Union of Teachers) shouting " L o g i c a l posimade the somewhat tivism in, in, i n ! " , a placcryptic statement that ard from Phillipa FawMargaret Thatcher is cett c o l l e g e r e a d " S t u "marching resolutely d e n t s eat b o o k s " a n d b a c k w a r d s into the f u those few students from t u r e " after expressing King's (more than from his " s i n c e r e a d m i r a t i o n " IC I m i g h t a d d ) t h a t for her o n l y a f e w w e e k s m a n a g e d to w r e s t t h e m - a g o . selves a w a y from their heavy t o m e s on theology Speakers also came were shouting "General from movetenants' Strike, Tories O u t ! " ments, trade unionists But they refused to b u d g e a n d the o n l y c o n cession they made to the p o w e r o f the 1 0 , 0 0 0 s t u d e n t s w a s to a d d 1 2 m o u n t e d p o l i c e m e n (on h o r s e s ) to t h e a l r e a d y

and old age pensioners, but w e r e o n l y l i s t e n e d t o by about 5 0 0 students w h o e n g a g e d at t i m e s in furious heckling against the S t a l i n i s t s a n d L a b our lefts.

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i n g h i g h e r t h a n t h a t of a typical undergraduate. A l l w e a s k is t h a t t h e P G g r a n t be t i e d to t h e U G g r a n t by the r a t i o s proposed by N U S , so that a c c o u n t is t a k e n for the f a c t t h a t P G s t u d e n t s h a v e to p a y f o r food, clothing and accommod a t i o n for a l l 5 2 w e e k s of t h e y e a r . T h i s s h o u l d a l l o w a P G t o e n j o y the s a m e s t a n d a r d of l i v i n g as a U G as w e l l as automatically providing a London weighting, a benefit e n j o y e d by a l l o t h e r m e m b e r s of the University. T h o s e w h o state t h a t the present low level of g r a n t s is fair because the PG grant is not m e a n s t e s t e d s h o u l d remember that parents have already financed t h e i r c h i l d r e n for 3 y e a r s as U G ' s . Surely this s u p p o r t s h o u l d not be i n c r e a s e d to 6 y e a r s ? P G s t u d e n t s c a r r y out

a major p r o p o r t i o n of the r e s e a r c h c a r r i e d o u t in B r i t i s h U n i v e r s i t i e s . This contribution should be a c k n o w l e d g e d b y a m a j o r r e v i s i o n of t h e level of t h e g r a n t for t h e next t r i e n n i u m . PETITION W O R D I N G The undersigned call u p o n t h e D E S to m a k e it part of t h e i r p o l i c y t o include a London allowa n c e in t h e a w a r d s to a l l persons studying for higher degrees w h o are r e g i s t e r e d a s s t u d e n t s of the c o l l e g e s a n d s c h o o l s of London University a n d a l l c o l l e g e s in t h e Greater L o n d o n area. This

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e.g. have a religion (which a socialist should consider reactionary and illusory.)

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Many students did not bother about the r a l l y r e a l i s i n g the f u t i l i t y of t h e r e h a s h of h a c k neyed drivel that has b e e n f l u n g at t h e m e v e r y t i m e s o far, a n d yet w h i c h has w o n t h e m a munificent 5 % grant cut.

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N . B . a c c o r d i n g to t h e "Evening News" the n u m b e r o n the d e m o w a s 7,500, the source of this discrepancy might h a v e s o m e t h i n g to d o with the following . . . Frances the N U S Press Officer a s k e d a p o l i c e man how many people he e s t i m a t e d w e r e o n the d e m o , h i s r e p l y w a s "about 10,000." Howe v e r w h e n h e s a w her go into a t e l e p h o n e box to m a k e a call he dived i n after her a n d p r e s u m i n g her t o be a j o u r n a l ist s a i d t h a t if s h e w a s calling her newspaper t h e n s h e ' d better say 7,000!

H o w e v e r o n the b a s i c question of higher grants, despite the efforts of N U S t o e n s u r e people that not m a n y turn u p b y 'ate p u b l i c i t y and bad organisation (there w a s o n l y veteran Stalinist a n d T V starlet J u d y Cotter to organise the M a l e t S t . d e m o ) , 10,000 students turned up m a i n l y from teacher T h e G u a r d i a n ' s reportraining a n d the smaller c o l l e g e s to s h o w t h e i r t e r w a s not w a y l a i d in d e t e r m i n a t i o n to fight f o r t h i s w a y a n d s a i d that about 1 0 , 0 0 0 students higher grants. were there.

IC was singularly well represented there with a massive turn-out of 1 5 , w e l l d o n e , t h a t ' s o n e in the eye f o r S t . John Stevas! A f t e r a l l the e x h o r t a tions from Pres. N o r m Sayles in l a s t w e e k ' s Purple P a t c h , to m a k e s u r e t h e d e m o is w e l l s u p p o r t e d , N O N E o f the Union Exec, joined the demo. Students must realize that the N U S l e a d e r s h i p in the c o m i n g period w i l l fight t o o t h a n d n a i l to h e a d off a n y s t r u g g l e w h i c h m u s t of n e c e s s i t y b e c o m e a fight against this Government. This w i l l be f u r t h e r b o r n e o u t by their m o t i o n s and a m e n d m e n t s in t h e N U S Margate Conference.

Editor's reply to the open letter to CEFE

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then please explain w h e t h e r (a) s o c i a l i s m is an idea! a r o u n d w h i c h m e n m u s t be m o u l d e d , i.e. c l a i m i n g to be a b s o lute t r u t h t h e r e f o r e i d e a l i s m ) ; (b) s o c i a l i s m is a n i d e a l to be m o u l d e d b y m a n , the m a t e r i a l w o r l d etc. MAURICE MOLONEY

CEFE's ideas of a person' s basic rights are somewhat confused as t h e y h a v e n o c o n c e p t of " d e m o c r a t i c r i g h t s " , i.e. those rights w h i c h have b e e n w o n by the w o r k i n g c l a s s in the c o u r s e of struggle like the right to strike, the right to a free n a t i o n a l i s e d h e a l t h serv i c e , the r i g h t t o a d e c e n t s t a n d a r d of l i v i n g , etc. T h e r e a r e n o s u c h things as rights as things in themselves, only rights that are w o n in continual struggle against the exploiting c l a s s , a n d that are o n l y defended in further s t r u g g l e , w h i c h in cert a i n p e r i o d s , m u s t assume a revolutionary c h a r a c t e r a n d r e s u l t in t h e o v e r t h r o w of t h e exp l o i t i n g c l a s s a n d the s e t t i n g u p of t h e d i c t a t o r s h i p of the e x p l o i t e d class. F r e e d o m — ? W h a t is f r e e d o m ? Is f r e e d o m t h e a b i l i t y t o j u m p o u t of a tenth storey window? No, "freedom is the a p p r e c i a t i o n of necess i t y " as E n g e l s put it, a n d b y t h a t he m e a n t that s u b j e c t a s w e are t o l a w s of n a t u r e , e.g. g r a v ity, d i s e a s e , etc., freed o m is t h e r e c o g n i t i o n of t h e n e c e s s i t y of t h o s e l a w s , i.e. of t h e i r o b j e c t i v e c h a r a c t e r . It is by r e c o g n i s i n g the necess i t y of t h e l a w of g r a v ity, i.e. its a c t i o n i n d e pendent of our w i l l , that enables us to "overc o m e " it by the u s e of a e r o p l a n e s , etc., i.e. by t h e r e c o g n i t i o n of f u r t h er n e c e s s i t i e s ( l a w s ) of nature. Engels writing the introduction to the " C i v i l W a r in F r a n c e " by Karl M a r x points out that t h e C o m m u n a r d s (of t h e P a r i s C o m m u n e of 1 8 7 1 )

correctly abolished all finks b e t w e e n the c h u r c h a n d the state: they reali s e d " t h a t in relation to the state, r e l i g i o n is a purely private matter". That is of course c o m pletely necessary — the idealist philosophies s p r i n g h i s t o r i c a l l y o u t of scarcity and p l ay an extremely reactionary r o l e in a n y p o l i t i c a l s i tuation a n d cannot theref o r e be s u p p o r t e d by a w o r k e r s ' state. A s s o c i a l ism alone can release a n d c o - o r d i n a t e the presently available productive power and abolish scarcity—idealism will d i s a p p e a r in a s i m i l a r w a y to t h e e a r l y C h a r t i s t movement w h i ch sprang o u t of p o v e r t y a n d e n d e d through prosperity. In the schools, of course, a dialectical materialist approach will be used t o w a r d s every s u b j e c t a n d t h e o n l y rel i g i o n t h a t w i l l be t a u g h t w i l l b e c o m p a r a t i v e rel i g i o n t a u g h t in a d i a l e c t i c a l m a t e r i a I ist app r o a c h a s part of m a n ' s social pre-history. The communist regi m e ' s a c t i o n a g a i n s t rel i g i o n as " e x p o s e d " in the current issue of "Voice' a r i s e s o u t of t h e need to c o m b a t a n y return to idealism in t i m e s of H a r d s h i p d u r i n g t h e p e r i o d of the d i c t a t o r s h i p of t h e p r o l e t a r i a t — f o r that w i l l not s o l v e the p r o b l e m s . The present "comm u n i s : . " r e g i m e s are not even socialist in the marx s: sense of the word e n d h a v e to be described scientifically as degenerated workers' states, where the Stalinist b u r e a u c r a c i e s a r e in a similar position between the W e s t a n d the Eastern w o r k i n g c l a s s as the

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in t h i s c o u n t r y is between the T o r i e s a n d British working the class. Arising o u t of that economic position (the Stalinist bureaucracy) only certain economic g a i n s are p o s s i b l e a n d t h e s e are o n l y l i m i t e d ones. This produces a lessening of the gains o f the w o r k i n g c l a s s (than are actually possible) and also because this naturally involves not fighting for a n unders t a n d i n g of dialectical materialism within the working class — idealism gains a hold a n d has to be viciously suppressed. A l t h o u g h the a n s w e r is in a l i m i t e d s e n s e "yes" your conception of socialism is (of course) incorrect. Soci a l i s m is not a n i d e a l i n the s e n s e of a U t o p i a . It is a s t a g e of social organisation of mank i n d w h i c h is n e c e s s a r y to r u n the p r e s e n t p r o ductive forcss and develo p t h e m f u r t h e r . It is no more permanent than w a s f e u d a l i s m or s l a v e s o c i e t i e s or the c a p i t a l ist m o d e of c o m m o d i t y production. T h e u r g e n c y of t h e fight for s o c i a l i s m t o d a y a r i s e s out of t h e e c o n o m i c c r i s i s , c a u s e d by the c o n t r a d i c t i o n s i n h e r ent within capitalism, w h i c h m u s t r o s o l v e itself in f a s c i s m or s o c i a l ism. H a v i n g ^ r a s p e d t'~at a n d d e c i d e d u p o n fig. ti n g for s o c i a l i s m , t h e n t h e m e a n s , t a c t i c s , strategy, etc., for that fight c a n o n l y be a r r i v e d at o u t of a d i a l e c t i c a l m a t erialist a p p r o a c h to the c l a s s s t r u g g l e a n d its history. A l l other m e a n s r e s u l t in f a s c i s m .


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Additional ACC Colours for 1972 773 A.F.C. (Football)

MUSIC Neil Y o u n g Stagnant It w a s a v e r y disa p p o i n t e d a u d i e n c e that t h e , R a i n b o w last left M o n d a y e v e n i n g after a disjointed a n d boring performance by Neil Y o u n g . T o o m u c h talk a n d not e n o u g h m u s i c , was, I think, the general opinion a n d what w a s played, included none of h i s b e s t m a t e r i a l . At least three quart e r s of h i s p e r f o r m a n c e was backed by Crazy Horse (now renamed the Santa Monica a n d he only Fliers) played acoustic guitar

Full M. M c C o n v e y D. G r e e n

a n d h a r p after l e a v i n g d i o n and h a r m o n i e s port with the a u d i e n c e the s t a g e a n d returning from Nils L o f g r e n who remained hopeful an encore. This Some for other numbers and frustrated, indeed s t r a n g e a c t of p e t u l a n c e p l a y e d w e r e T o n i g h t ' s s e v e r a l people even o r s a r c a s m c a m e after t h e n i g h t ' w h i c h o p e n e d w a l k e d o u t i n d i s g u s t o n l y 4 0 m i n u t e s in w h i c h t h e s e t a n d w a s i n e x - a n d p r o t e s t . I r e a l i s e he h a d c o m m e n t e d o n plicably played a g a i n that h e must b e b o r e d t h e s i l e n c e of t h e a u d i - l a t e r o n , ' A l b u q u e r q u e ' w i t h playing material e n c e (what d i d h e ex- a n d C o w g i r l in t h e S a n d from 'After t h e G o l d p e c t ? ) a n d h a d given u p — (the final n u m b e r ) — rush' and 'Harvest' one of h i s lengthy, i n - w h i c h c o n t a i n e d a l o n g w h i c h a r e in h i s past, v o l v e d i n t r o d u c t i o n s d u e a n d c h a o t i c d o u b l e l e a d but I t h i n k t h a t t h e r e i s t o s h o u t of ' R o c k a n d g u i t a r j a m f r o m Y o u n g a l a c k o f n e w s o n g s i n Roll', 'Southern M a n ' and Lofgren. his present. D o the t w o and 'Ohio' from the a u a l b u m s of l i v e m a t e r i a l , A t t i m e s h a w a s a r r o d i e n c e . T h e only really old tapes plus a few positively m e m o r a b l e g a n t a n d c y n . c a l a n d it new songs indicate was ' P l e a s e w a s d i f f i c u l t to iell w h e n number stagnation? take m y advice' w h i c h he w a s being serious. w a s b a c k e d by a c c o r - He e s t a b l i s h e d n o rapVery sad. Palantirion.

Social A. Peterson I. H y s l o p A. Ranger R. C a r b y J. Carruthers R. B a r l e y Croquet Club Full D. R o s s e l l ( e o ) J . Fjontaft Fencing Full J . F. T y s u n (eo ra) S. T h o m p s o n

BOOKS IN A F R E E S T A T E V. S . Naipaui Penguin 35p In a F r e e S t a t e it is axiomatic that men should be able to c h a n g e their roles, but r a r e l y i s it o p e n l y r e c o g n i s e d that t h e exp l o i t e r will p r o b a b l y b e -

come the exploited. Exploitation a n d the part of t h e u n d e r d o g s e r v e t o c o n n e c t t h e five tightly-drawn p i e c e s in this w e l c o m e addition to t h e P e n g u i n l i b r a r y . T h e story w a s a w a r d e d the Booker Prize in 1971, a n d deservedly

so, for V. S. N a i p a u l ' s writing is, a s always, economical, and his characterisation faultl e s s . W i t h o u t effort, w e consider a proud tramp o n a s t e a m e r trip, f e e l t h e p r o b l e m s of a n Ind i a n i m m i g r a n t in Western Society, a n d drive

through Africa with two English expatriots. Though projected through these characters, o u r picture is not affected or distorted; people act as we would e x p e c t them to, a n d a l though their behaviour ( c o n t i n u e d p a g e 5)

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steeper hills near W y e C o l l e g e a n d for s u c h a t e r r a i n it w a s s u r p r i s i n g there were n o bodies strewn about t h e route after t h e r a c e , b u t e v e n Dave J o n e s a n d Pete J o h n s o n f i n i s h e d , beati n g t h e l a s t t w o of t h e five W y e r u n n e r s . F o r some reason t h e results were worked out includi n g 6 of o u r r u n n e r s i n a t e a m a n d o n l y 5 of theirs: this w a s swiftly corrected.

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Lacrosse Full P. S p o o n e r (eo) L. C l a r k R. J . Strangeway A. Treasure J. Katzberg (ra)

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i DO NOT MINCE" SHOCK REVELATION FROM GAYSOC Dearest Darling Editor, What a gorgeous bulletin you have — a n d i t ' s o n l y b e e n out twice! — l o v e it to d e a t h I W e l l t h e n , I've had the loveliest thought, a n d rather t h a n fret keepi n g s e c r e t s I s a i d to m y self, " J u i c y , darling, you s i m p l y must w r i t e a n d tell someone". Well, d e a r s , it a l l s t a r t e d the other d a y s i e - w a y s i e , just like this: After innocently minc i n g r o u n d the l a b ( l o o k i n g a f e w of the b o y s u p . . . and down) I slid

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Dear Editor, M y first r e a c t i o n u p o n r e a d i n g the a b o v e letter w a s to d i s m i s s it as the r a t h e r c h i l d i s h p i l e of d r i v e l it e v i d e n t l y i s . It is h a r d to s e e exactly W h a t s its p u r p o s e i s . It c a n h a r d l y be d e s i g n e d to bolster the a u t h o r ' s e g o s i n c e he somehow n e g l e c t e d to s i g n h i s r e a l n a m e at t h e b o t t o m , a n d v i e w e d a s h u m o u r it is over worked, pretentious and downright tired. W h i c h ever w a y y o u look at it, it d o e s n ' t s a y m u c h for the m e n t a l i t y l u r k i n g a r o u n d s o m e w h e r e at its p o i n t of o r i g i n . However, on reflect i o n I r e a l i s e d t h a t it effectively illustrates a rather d i s t r e s s i n g trend in s o c i e t y a s a w h o l e . T h i s is the w i d e s p r e a d attitude that the h o m o s e x u a l is a u t o m a t i c a l l y f u n n y . N o w I'm s u r e w e a l l k n o w . , a n d l o v e (if you'll pardon the expression) Kenneth W i l l i a m s a n d his particular brand o f h u m o u r , (I'll d o m y best to ignore Dick Emery a n d his particular b r a n d of humour), but he d o e s perpetuate the i d e a of the c a m p " s t e r e o t y p e " that exists o n l y a s a s m a l l m i n o r i t y of t h e gay s c e n e , a n d he i s ,

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into a . . . . s t o o l , s l o w l y (at first) to rest m y p o o r footsies, when I thought, " O o o h ! If o n l y I c o u l d get it out in t h e o p e n ! " S o I r i p p e d off m y figureh u g g i n g White j a c k e t (it r e a l l y b r i n g s out m y p o s ture!) a n d s i m p l y f l e w b a c k to m y r o o m f o r a cold shower! After drying myself, s l o w l y , (at first), I wrote d o w n this teeny-weeny note, seale d it w i t h a b i g k i s s a n d s e n t it to t h a t e v e r s o B U T C H - l o o k i n g E d i t o r of Felix. "If

H e r e it is a g a i n , d e a r s : a n y of you boys

w h e n a l l is s a i d a n d d o n e , h a r m f u l , in that i t ' s difficult to see w h a t p r o gress Gay Rights can make w hi l st this attitude (note to Mr. persists W i t h e r s : It w a s t h i s that I w a s , at the C h e m i s t r y F r e s h e r s ' D i n n e r , rather i n e p t l y t r y i n g to d i s c u s s w i t h D r . P h i l l i p s w h e n he w a s w h i s k e d off b e f o r e I could make my point p r o p e r l y . A l s o I f o u n d it n e c e s s a r y to r e l i e v e m y bladder ONCE before t h e l o y a l toast, but I d o a p o l o g i s e for a n y f a i l i n g s t h e r e m a y be in m y s e n s e of h u m o u r , a n d sense of g o o d m a n n e r s ) . W e l l , e n o u g h of t h i s f r i v o l i t y . I'd l i k e to t a k e t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y to c o v e r a s e r i o u s m a t t e r . T o the character who's been wandering round the C o l l e g e taking d o w n our (Gaysoc) notices: I'm s u r e t h a t y o u d e r i v e a real s e n s e of p r i d e a n d w e l l - b e i n g f r o m the knowledge that you're r e a l l y d o i n g y o u r bit tow a r d s ruining three m i l l i o n of y o u r c o m p a t r i o t s " l i v e s , but I'm a f r a i d that I cannot share your point of v i e w , a n d f e e l c o m p e l l e d to d o a l l in m y p o w e r to f r u s t r a t e y o u r efforts. It m a y c o s t m e a m i n t in t i m e a n d d y e l i n e p a p e r , but e v e r y n o t i c e w i l l be r e p l a c e d as m a n y t i m e s as it p r o v e s n e c -

w o u l d l i k e to j o i n a special club, just pop r o u n d to m y p l a c e , after six a n d w e ' l l fix you up. T h e r e w i l l be a l l the o l d favourites like "Swapping telephone n u m b e r s " and we've even arranged tights p a r t i e s ! . . . Isn't it jus? wickedl W e ' l l all have a super time, and d o n ' t fret, I u s e d to be n e r v o u s t o o (at f i rst) " . W e l l , that's all for n o w dears. Don't forget, do try a n d m a k e it. ( A l l the o t h e r s w i l l ) . Love and kisses, J u i c y xxx e s s a r y , a n d I'd h a z a r d a g u e s s that I've far m o r e patience and perseverance than you can muster. If y o u d o f e e l c o m p e l l e d to m a k e a s t a n d a g a i n s t our " m o r a l d e c a d e n c e " (excuse me a m o m e n t w h i l e I just r i n s e t h e n a s t y t a s t e o u t of m y m o u t h ) , t h e n I'd a s k y o u to s u b m i t a n a r t i c l e to " F e l i x " s t a t i n g the c a s e for Bigotry, but do p l e a s e s i g n it. I've n o w i s h to s o i l m y h a n d s r e p l y i n g to anonymous letters. O t h e r w i s e keep y o u r f i l t h y fingers off other p e o p l e ' s p r o p e r t y and your interfering nose out of other p e o p l e ' s p r i v a t e a f f a i r s. (Incidentally, you m i s s e d the o n e in the H a l d a n e L i b r a r y ) . I d o s e e m to h a v e departed from the t o n e t h a t a letter to t h e E d i t o r s h o u l d t a k e , but I'm c e r t a i n l y not g o i n g to s t o p w r i t i n g it n o w ! O n e last p o i n t (if y o u haven't already heard) : A n y o n e ( m a l e or f e m a l e , s t r a i g h t or gay) Who's i n t e r e s t e d in j o i n i n g t h e I.C. G a y s o c s h o u l d get in t o u c h w i t h m e as s o o n as p o s s i b l e .

DAVE DUCE ( n o t e the s p e l l i n g ) Chemistry 1 P.S. — I D O NOT MINCE ! I !

( c o n t . f r o m p a g e 4) is often i n e x p l i c a b l e , w e c a n s e e t h a t in t h e circ u m s t a n c e s it is i nevi table. A s a p o r t r a y a l of re-

T h e C o l l e g e is f a c i n g a m i n o r i n v a s i o n of m i c e , beetles a n d other pests. T o d e a l w i t h t h e m effecti v e l y a c o n t r a c t h a s been p l a c e d w i t h a f i r m of pest control experts a n d o v e r the p a s t f e w w e e k s you may have seen evid e n c e of t h e i r w o r k . A l t h o u g h these pests c a n be e l i m i n a t e d t h e y

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will always return if food is a v a i l a b l e for t h e m . T o a s s i s t the C o l lege it is e s s e n t i a l that no f o o d is left e x p o s e d — it s h o u l d a l w a y s be k e p t in a m e t a l or p l a s tic sealed container. Papers w h i c h once contained food s h o u l d be d i s p o s e d of in l i d d e d dustbins and not in

Q U O T E OF THE

waste paper baskets ( d u s t b i n s c a n be f o u n d in your nearest k i t c h e n ) . It is o n l y by i n d i v i d u a l c o - o p e r a t i o n that p e s t s c a n be c o n t r o l l e d . If y o u s e e a n y p e s t s , p l e a s e report t h e m by ringing INT. 3 9 5 4 — but m a k e a b s o l u t e l y s u r e that y o u are not a c t u a l l y f e e d i n g them !

MINUTE

'Amnesty International: the guys trying to do me out of a

job"

— Mid Pete Thomas R.N. Well, he thought it was funny.

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Students can now save u p to 6 8 per c e n t o n o r d i n a r y f a r e s to 3 2 c o u n tries. T h e s a v i n g s are o n the s t u d e n t f l i g h t s , t r a i n s a n d s h i p p i n g serv i c e s l i s t e d in the N U S Travel W i n t e r prog r a m m e Student Traveller w h i c h is a v a i l a b l e f r o m s t u d e n t t r a v e l offices and student unions. S t u d e n t flight b a r g a i n s include London - Milan for £12.50, L o n d o n - Z u r i c h for £13.00 a n d E d i n b u r g h - P a r i s for £11.00. T h e s e are not n o r m a l scheduled services but aircraft specially char-

tered from leading airlines. Student trains run to m o s t E u r o p e a n c i t i e s a n d there are N o r t h S e a , Irish C h a n n e l , a n d M e d i t e r r a n e a n s h i p p i n g reductions. Also included in the 4 0 p a g e b r o c h u r e are accommodation arrangements, travel insurance and student concessions on British Rail connections. The full range of c h e a p f a r e s is o n l y o p e n to f u l l - t i m e s c h o o l a n d college students aged 1 6 - 3 0 , but other g r o u p s a l s o benefit. Teachers, lecturers, student nurses

and young people under 21 c a n u s e s t u d e n t t r a i n s a n d m o s t s h i p p i n g services, while under a new Government ruling student n u r s e s c a n t r a v e l o n s t u d e n t f l i ghts to Israel. N U S T r a v e l is a s u b s i d i a r y of t h e N a t i o n a l U n i o n of S t u d e n t s , a n d was used by over 300,000 students and y o u n g p e o p l e last y e a r F o u n d e d in 1 9 2 2 , it i s n o w the l a r g e s t s t u d e n t travel bureau in the world. Further information : J i m Talbot 0 1 - 4 0 4 5 0 4 1 .

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Love a n d peace,

Friday 10 p.m. Selkirk kitchen 11 p . m . Union Arch O n W e d n e s d a y s t h e t i m e is a n hour e a r l i e r at t h e s a m e p l a c e s . Playgroup 2.0 p . m . Union A r c h Saturday and Sunday. 3.30 p.m. Union Arch Wednesdays ( H e l p is p a r t i c u l a r l y n e e d e d o n W e d n e s d a y s ) Committee Meeting ( o p e n to all) T h u r s d a y 1 5 t h N o v . 1 p . m . I C C A G office.

Sir, R e f e r e n c e — R e v i e w of Yehudi Menuhin's Wellsoc Leoture "The Art a n d S c i e n c e of p l a y i n g

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the V i o l i n " in y o u r N o v . 6 issue. Is H . T . K o a n a n t a k o o l t r y i n g to be f u n n y w h e n he refers to R a v i S h a n -

kar as " G r a v i s h A n k a " ? Yours, J . P. S i n g h , Mech. Eng. Nov. 8, 1 9 7 3 .

volt a n d d i f f e r e n c e as s e e n n o w by the o r d i n ary m a n , the b o o k is a v a l u a b l e p i e c e of d o c u m e n t a t i o n , yet it o f f e r s little in t h e w a y of a s o l u t i o n o r h o p e for t h e f u t u r e . B y its v e r y a m b i -

g u o u s n e s s the p r o b l e m of d i f f e r e nt r a c i a l outlooks defies definition . . . a n d h o p e f u l l y s o , for o n c e it h a s b e e n a c c u r ately defined there will be no room left for understanding. CANDI

Editor: Alasdair Campbell F e l i x o f f i c e is o n the 4 t h f l o o r of the U n i o n B u i l d i n g ; a d d r e s s c / o I m p e r i a l College Union, Prince Consort Road, London S W 7 2 B B ; telephone : 0 1 - 5 8 9 5 1 1 1 ext. 2 2 2 9 ( P . O . ) , 2 8 8 1 (Int.). M e s s a g e s to ext 2 1 5 4 ( P . O . ) 2 2 3 2 (Int.). C o n t r i b u t i o n s a n d h e l p for F e l i x are a l w a y s w e l c o m e . A d v e r t i s i n g representatives are U n i v e r s i t y Buildings, Trafalgar Square, W C 2 .

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Founding Conference of the Workers Revolutionary Party Present at the O d e o n , H a m m e r s m i t h , last S u n day were 3,000 trade u n i o n i s t s , youth', h o u s e w i v e s a n d students for the F o u n d i n g Conference of the Revolutionary Party in Britain. There delegates a n d members from a l l over Britain pledged themselves to fight u n c o m p r o m i s i n g l y to b u i l d t h e Revolutionary Party a n d take the working class to power. O n e of the first steps that the W o r k e r s Revol u t i o n a r y P a r t y , a s it w a s n a m e d , t o o k w a s to a f f i l i a t e to t h a t I n t e r n a t i o n a l Committee of the Fourth International as the Brit i s h section thereof. In h i s p o l i t i c a l report National Secretary Gerry Healy stressed "never u e i o r e in n i s t o r y n a v e we had a period such as today when the working class internationally is c o m i n g f o r w a r d to d e t e n d its r i g h t s a n d l i v i n g s t a n d a r d s a n d enteri n g i nto c o n f l i c t w i t h i t s Governments . . . • due to the rapidly deepening economip crisis". H e p o i n t e d o u t that i n such a situation the question of leadership is paramount and that b u i l d i n g of a revolutiona r y l e a d e r s h i p to f i g h t to take t h e w o r k i n g c l a s s to

;

p o w e r is the m o s t u r g e n t task facing everyone in Britain today. A discussion on the report took place w i t h many delegates emphas i s i n g the n e e d to remove the Tory government w h i c h w a s attacking their living standards urged on by the worsening e c o n o m i c crisis, a n d t h e b e t r a y a l s of t h e present T U a n d Labour leadership in every situation c o n f r o n t i n g the w o r k i n g class today. In t h e e v e n i n g a p l a y "Moscow Trials" was performed by S o c i a l i s t Labour League actors, musicians and sympat h i s e r s to s e t t h e r e c o r d s t r a i g h t f o r e v e n t s after the successful Ru s s i a n R e v o l u t i o n of 1 9 1 7 . The trials w h i c h were the most gigantic frame u p in a l l h i s t o r y e x e c u t e d m o s t of t h e B o l s h e v i k leaders as agents of a "Trotskyite - Zinovievite Terrorist C o n s p i r a c y " . O r g a n i s e d by Stalin they e n a b l e d h i m to d e s troy a l l opposition to the f o r m a t i o n of t h e S t a l i n i s t bureaucracy w h ic h usurped the political p o w e r of the w o r k i n g class and established themselves as a ruling c a s t e in R u s s i a n s o c i e t y . The betrayals of the worldwide Communist Parties w h i c h necessar-

ily o c c u r r e d from the p o l i t i c s of its K r e m l i n based leadership were also stressed. A party b u i l d i n g fund of £100,000 w a s a n nounced as complete after a n e x c e l l e n t c o l l e c t i o n at t h e c o n f e r e n c e . A s w e l l as the daily "Workers Press" the weekly youth newspaper "Keep Left" two new monthly papers have b e e n a d d e d to r e a c h o u t into s p e c i f i c s e c t i o n s of the working c l a s s to fight for the b u i l d i n g of a revolutionary leadership: " T h e Entertainer" and " M i n e r s N e w s " for the e n t e r t a i n m e n t s i n dustry a n d the miners. The establishment of this Revolutionary Party is a complete v i n d i c a t i o n of t h e c o r r e c t n e s s of T r o t s k y i s m a n d is o n l y the first of m a n y — they w i l l be b u i l t i n a l l countries in the w o r l d to fight for the international d i c t a t o r s h i p of t h e proletariat. A s Trotsky s a i d : "I a m s u r e of t h e v i c t o r y of t h e F o u r t h I n t e r n a t i o n al — go f o r w a r d ! " Students and workers e v e r y w h e r e in a l l p r o f e s s i o n s a r e u r g e d to t a k e u p t h e c h a l l e n g e to fight to b u i l d t h i s r e v o l u t i o n ary l e a d e r s h i p a n d j o i n the W o r k e r s R e v o l u t i o n ary Party.

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relics f r o m feudalism the monarchists.

It i s o f c o u r s e t h e d a y that Princess A n n e w i l l p l e d g e her t r o t h t o C a p t a i n M a r k Phil-lips. A s has already been publ i c i s e d w i d e l y i n t h e gutter p r e s s a n d F e l i x h a s no qualms at repeating it; P r i n c e s s A n n e w i l l have " t o promise to obey e t c . " Mark Phillips d u r i n g t h e c e r e m o n y , but he is o n l y a C a p t a i n in his regiment whereas s h e is a C o l o n e l i n hers. What a precedent for insubordination! B a c k t o reality, howe v e r . . . N o v e m b e r 14 is a l s o t h e d a y of t h e little p u b l i c i s e d , s t i l l l e s s understood, still less liked N U S work-in. N U S have decided not to c h a n g e t h e date a n d the Windsors certainly.won't

but a s J o h n R a n d a l l ex-

" I f it m a k e s a n y diff e r e n c e at a l l , w e a r e p l e a s e d rather t h a n d i s p l e a s e d that the m u c h publicised Phillips W i n d s o r w e d d i n g is taki n g p l a c e o n the s a m e day as students are demonstrating about g r a n t s . It e n a b l e s us d r a -

Income before marriage I n c o m e after marriage

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m a t i c a l l y to d r a w attent i o n to c e r t a i n i n j u s t i c e s in o u r s o c i e t y w h i c h it w o u l d be a p p r o p r i a t e to b r i n g to the n o t i c e of a s many people as possible on November 1 4 t h " . H e w a s r e f e r r i n g to the d i s c r e p a n c y between the f i n a n c i a l s i t u a t i o n of a female student before a n d after m a r r i a g e a n d that o f a n a v e r a g e B r i tish Princess.

Married female Married female student princess Absolute m a x i m u m £15,000 p.a. of £ 5 2 0 p . a . . generally less Income almost Income more than halved, maximum doubled, £35,000 £320 p.a. p.a. £8.50 p . w . (aver£8 p . w . age quoted by London Univ. Lodgings Bureau) Bedsit; room in House: 9 rooms, Hall of R e s i d e n c e ; 2 bathrooms, i s h a r e d -flat acre grounds

GREEN-RED "REVOLUTION" Once upon a time m a n h a d no other means of t r a n s p o r t a t i o n t h a n h i s o w n feet. H e h a d to choose the easiest w a y through his environment w h e n h e w a n t e d to m o v e a r o u n d . O c c a s i o n a l l y he w o u l d have to remove s t o n e s , p l a n t s or t r e e s to facilitate his transportat i o n or t h a t of h i s g o o d s . This was decided by h i m a l o n e (or i n s m a l l s o c i a l groups) s o that the s a m e p e o p l e that w o u l d w o r k w o u l d benefit of t h e r e s u l t s .

c o m e s into s e r v i c e , it i l i a r ? ) . w i l l bring to a f e w a fasT h i s fits v e r y well ter r h y t h m o f l i f e , a n d i n t o t h e d e f i n i t i o n o f t h e b e c a u s e o f t h e n a t u r e of G r e e n - R e d " R e v o l u t i o n " our present s o c i a l sys- that I gave i n t h e last t e m , it w i l l b r i n g t h e m i s s u e o f " F e l i x " , n a m e l y privilege. This a l s o the s y s t e m a t i c s u b s t i t u means a disadvantage tion of man's abilities, for t h o s e w h o d o n ' t u s e s e n s e s a n d m e c h a n i s m s it, w h o w i l l e v e n t u a l l y b y i n s t i t u t i o n s , o r g a n i s c o m e t o d e m a n d its u s e , a t i o n s , m a c h i n e s o r a p k n o w i n g t h a t t h i s w a y o f p a r a t u s , t h a t l e a d to t h e reducing the privilege gradual atrophy of the gap is m o r e feasible formers a n d addiction to than the other a l t e r n a - or d e p e n d e n c e o n t h e t i v e , i.e. t r y i n g to s t o p l at t e r s, w i t h t h e c o n s e Concorde o n c e it's quent control or m a n i p brought into u s e . In u l a t i o n o f h u m a n m a s s e s o t h e r w o r d s , s o c i a l a d - a n d f i n a l l y l e a d i n g to d i c t i o n to t h e n e w c r e a - s o m e k i n d of e n s l a v e ture. T h i s m e a n s that the ment. "advantages" (if t h e r e T h e w o r s t p a r t of t h e a r e a n y ) of t h i s p l a n e s t o r y is t h a t w e a t l . C . w o u l d r e a l l y c o m e to t h e ( s u p p o s e d t o b e g o i n g p e o p l e w h e n its u s e w a s to b u i l d t h e w o r l d o f t o widely spread ( w h i c h morrow, etc. . . . ) are w o u l d be a long w a y c o m p e l l e d to co-operate. a h e a d ) t i m e b y w h i c h T h i s i s d o n e b y preanother similar invention packaged curricula, prew o u l d appear, d i s c r i m - d e f i n e d professions, inating the majority a n d monopoly of degrees repeating the cycle. That a n d qualifications, is, i n t h e m e a n t i m e (i.e. m o n o p o l y o f i n f o r m a t i o n always) the majority of a n d learning tools in u n i p e o p l e w o u l d suffer f r o m v e r s i t i e s a n d c o l l e g e s , discrimination a n d an monopoly of privileges unsatisfied need. T h i s for t h o s e w h o c o n s u m e happens because the m o r e institutionalized p l a n e is d e s i g n e d to c r e - " e d u c a t i o n " , fragmentate a n e c e s s i t y f o r a l l , i n g a n d s p e c i a l i s i n g (i.e. and its c r e a t i o n w a s l e n g t h e n i n g ) fields of motivated by profits a n d study, thus restricting by the s a m e u n c o n t r o l - our v i e w of the w o r l d , led - growth - m a n i a c - labelling taboo the mixm a d - r a c e - d e a d ing of s c i e n c e or techcircle. nology with politics, eco-

N o w a d a y s road builders, c a r m a k e r s , e t c . (i.e. scientists and engineers) are not c o n t r o l l e d by human d e c i s i o n , in fact, they are not c o n t r o l l e d at a l l , b u t they are e n c o u r a g e d to g r o w indefinitely by the artificial profit system. W h a t m a k e s things even w o r s e is that travellers or c o m m u t e r s a r e a l s o encouraged to move m o r e a n d faster b y t h e artificial profit system, either directly (travel agents, British Rail a d verts, etc.) or i n d i r e c t l y (faster moving means m o r e b u s i n e s s ) . In o t h e r words t h e s i t u a t i o n is c o m p l e t e l y o u t of c o n t r o l a n d there is n o rec o g n i s e d w a y of t e l l i n g whether w e have very l i t t l e, enough or too m u c h or too fast movem e n t ; w o r s e t h a n that, T h i s plane is no revoby d e f i n i t i o n , w e have l u t i o n a r y t h i n g , b u t t h e too l i t t l e , a n d t h i s is s u p - l o g i c a l by-product of p o s e d to a p p l y f o r e v e r ! c o n t i n u i n g our old and even worse, w e t r e n d s of b u i l d i n g w h a t d o n ' t o b j e c t to i t ! B u t e v e r c a n be b u i l t a s l o n g h o w a r e w e a t l . C . i n -a s w e c a n c r e a t e a d e v o l v e d in t h i s s y s t e m a t i c m a n d for it, a n d in the blind pursuit? absence of a humane L e t ' s l o o k at o n e of s y s t e m c o n t r o l l i n g b o t h the p r o d u c t s of the k i n d the " s u p p l y a n d d e m a n d of s c i e n c e a n d t e c h n o - of t r a n s p o r t a t i o n " w h i c h l o g y w e a r e n o r m a l l y b y t h e w a y is n o w rep u r s u i n g at l . C . garded as purely econIf

"Concorde"

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ever o m i c

commodity

logy, sociology, etc., etc.

B u t even w o r s e i s that n o b o d y c a n b e h e l d resfor a l l this, ponsible moreover I can't imagine a n y b o d y (or a g r o u p ) so clever a n d destruct i v e to h a v e i m p l e m e n t e d such a system, a n d yet p a s s u n n o t i c e d . T h u s , it seems, that the only " g u i l t y " p e r s o n s that w e can find are ourselves for n o t s t o p p i n g s u c h situation; but are w e too impotent already? . . . . (famJ. AGUIRRE Civ.Eng.

DISAFFILIATION

MOVES

by B A T H UNIVERSITY S T U D E N T S UNION In a n o n - p o l i c y m a k i n g d e b a t e at B a t h U n i v e r s i t y last w e e k a m o t i o n to d i s a f f i l i a t e f r o m N U S w a s p r o p o s e d by P r e s i dent J o h n K i d d e y . K i d d e y s a i d that N U S conferences were too pre-occupied with Chile and Northern Ireland, " i s s u e s n o t r e l e v a n t to s t u d e n t s " . H e s a i d that not e n o u g h discussion was spent on education

and student

welfare.

N U S President John Randall spoke against the m o t i o n s a y i n g that the c o r r e c t t h i n g f o r B a t h to d o w a s to stay w i t h i n N U S a n d f i g h t t o get m o t i o n s o f i n t e r e s t t o it p r i o r i t i s e d at N U S c o n ferences. H e f a i l e d to p o i n t o u t the necessity for discussion o n issues other than

education a n d student welfare for the political c a n be lessons that learnt from these events. H e also failed to ment i o n that, i s o l a t e d f r o m t h e s t r e n g t h of the N U S s t u d e n t s a n d their u n i o n s w o u l d be o p e n t o t h e most enormous dangers. D i s a f f i l i a t i o n w o u l d efr fectively sabotage the s t u d e n t u n i o n at B a t h o r anywhere else.


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RATT N o t m a n y people travel v i a t h e t o p floor o f t h e U n i o n to L o w e r M o o n e y w h e n c o m i n g f r o m the " c o l l e g e " side o f P r i n c e Consort R o a d . Accordi n g l y , the R . A . T . T . h a s not been designed t o b e a medium for publicity o r instant communication. T h a t is a j o b f o r F e l i x a n d S.T.O.I.C. It is, however, largely a "self-help" system for most of the things that most students w a n t t o find out about. What Is There? I.C. T r a v e l B u r e a u to share the counter space with N . U . S . Endsleigh Insurance. M r . E . Meacock, who organises the Careers L i b r a r y i n C o l l e g e B l o c k has sent across t o the U n i o n a g o o d d e a l of literature a b o u t future careers. T h i s i s n o t intended i n a n y w a y to replace the fuller selection over i n the C a r eers L i b r a r y i n the C o l lege B l o c k , b u t is a i m e d at those students w h o d o not have a n y specific c a reer aims, b u t w a n t t o browse a r o u n d i n a n i n f o r m a l atmosphere, a n d o n l y go t o the Careers L i b r a r y when they have a specific request: T h e C a r eers Section will be supplemented by more d i s p l a y racks to be supplied b y M r . Meacock.

I have arranged f o r the Registry t o give out grant cheques v i a the counter facilities i n the R . A . T . T . I n case y o u forget this r o o m after this desperate visit f o r y o u r cash, y o u C o m f y c h a i r s a n d sofas m a y require a n N . U . S . (Never mind the age, c a r d . T h o s e w i l l be also from the just l o o k a t the q u a l i t y ) a v a i l a b l e a n d a coffee m a c h i n e are R . A . T . T . f o r t w o a n d a weeks after the p r o v i d e d ( F o l l o w the i n - half structions o n the coffee cheques have been issued. T h e n , most oeople w i l l machine explicitly!). k n o w where the r o o m is What else can the room be a n d what it's f o r . used for? B e l o w are a few words a f e w of the F m n o t sure the r o o m f r o m shoul d b e used f o r " w i l d " R . A . T . T . participants. If boozy parties, b u t m o r e a n y of the services I menare inadequate, sober events are ideally tioned please let m e k n o w , a n d 1 suited t o t h e r o o m . Meetings, mini-lectures s h a l l endeavour t o remeor talks, w o u l d b e wel- d y the situation. quite a lot of reading matter u p there. T h e U n i o n subscribes to m a n y other societies, a n d often receives magazines, etc. f r o m t h e m . T h i s i s where y o u c a n find them.

come t o use the r o o m , w h i c h w i l l be b o o k a b l e v i a J e n . R e a l l y , it's u p t o y o u , you've got the r o o m there, use i t !

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D u e to e x t e n s i v e r e h o u s i n g d u r i n g t h e first as t h e p h o n e i s i n . term t h e bureau w a s unable to operate a n d f o r W h e n it c o m e s t o b u y any inconvenience causing insurances, not a l l e d to s t u d e n t s w e a p o l o students a n d graduates gise. However, w i th t h e are aware that their Natopening of the " r o o m at i o n a l U n i o n h a s i t s o w n the t o p " w e w i l l n o w b e professionally run insuropen every Tuesday a n d ance department. There Thursday lunch-time 1 p.m.-2 p.m. are e n o r m o u s advantag-

and trains to m o s t major d e s t i n a t i o n s i n the n o r t h ern h e m i s p h e r e b u t w e have information o n Safari h o l i d a y s , ski-weekends and numerous other h o l i d a y p u r s u i t s . It i s hoped as enquiries i n crease towards the e n d of t e r m that t h e bureau will be open daily.

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T h a t briefly i s the a i m of I.C. T r a v e l B u r e a u . It is a s t u d e n t r u n c o n c e r n and w e hope w i l l be u s e d by a l l I.C. s t u d e n t s w i s h i n g to travel a b r o a d . GEOFF TATE

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I t h i n k we are a l l i n f a v o u r of f u l l y using the Union Building, and it m a y seem that at this stage i n the year, y o u c o u l d w e l l say that no-one r e a l l y k n o w s where the r o o m is, what it's f o r , o r h o w people c a n be persuaded t o use i t . T o be quite honest, I don't really expect i t t o get off the g r o u n d this year, not even next year, but eventually it w i l l happen. Students B r i a n C h i l d s , the A c - aren't patient as a rule c o m m o d a t i o n Officer, w i l l but f o r this to w o r k , y o u ' l l be p u t t i n g u p the addres- just have to be! T h e p r o b ses of flats f o r those of lem of students not k n o w y o u w a n t i n g t o change ing where the r o o m is w i l l flat/digs. H o p e f u l l y , he be solved i n O c t o b e r next w i l l be d i s p l a y i n g litera- session. T h e Registry is ture to g u a r d y o u against always overcrowded in the first 3 days of a n a c a the legal hassles y o u m a y d e m i c year, with the twoc o m e across. fold p r o b l e m of registraF o r those of y o u w h o tion p l u s associated e n d o n ' t p a r t i c u l a r l y want t o quiries a n d the issue of look for any information, but just browse, there is grant cheques.

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SOUTH AFRICA: "EVIL EFFECTS of BANTU EDUCATION" Sponsors: His Imperial

Majesty

Haile Selassie

Dr. W . Z . C o n c o

1.

C a n o n L. J . C o l l i n s -Bishop Trevor

His Excellency Dr. Kenneth D. K a u n d a !

His Excellency General Yakubu His Excellency Or. Leopold Honourable

Sir Robert Birley

Senghor

Mrs. Alva

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Mr. George M . Mbele

His Excellency Mr. Diallo Telli The

Dear

Trustees:

His Excellency Or. Julius K. Nyerere

Dr. M r s . Atbertina

Myrdal

Ngakane

Mrs. Nokuikhanya Lutuii Mr. Masabalala B. Yengwa

12th October, 1 9 7 3 Dear Friend, W e are writing to e n l i s t y o u r h e l p a n d that of your fellow-students in w o r k w h i c h w e think you w i l l a g r e e i s of great i m portance. Memorial The Lutuii Foundation is e n d e a v o u r i n g t o p u t right in S o u t h A f r i c a itself t h e e v i l effects of B a n t u e d u cation, which has now been in operation for a generation. W e are a i m i n g to s e n d s c h o o l b o o k s »nd scientific equipment to s c h o o l s i n a l l four Provinces, a n d if w e c o u l d w e w o u l d like to purchase mobile libraries f o r t h e m , t o r e a c h the BOOKS

more remote schools. H o w e v e r , w e b e l i e v e that colleges and universities in B r i t a i n c o u l d h e l p i n t h e first i n s t a n c e w i t h to collect our drive b o o k s . I e n c l o s e a l i st of those books w h i c h are useful to Black South Af r i can s c h oolch i I d ren. The L M F can arrange for their transportation t o South Africa a n d could collect b o o k s sent to a s t a t i o n in L o n d o n ; t h e I M F w i l l also pay for transportation c o st s within this country. The facts about books in s c h o o l s i n S o u t h A f r i ca are a s follows: in 1 9 6 8 — R 1 4 . 4 8 per A f r i can pupil w a s allocated.

FORSECONDARY

SCHOOL

EDITORIAL

R 2 2 8 . 0 0 per w h i t e p u p i l ; sometimes 4 African pupils share 1 textbook; i n m a n y s c h o o l s there is n o l i b r a r y a t a l l ; a s a result, 1 in 2 4 0 A f r i c a n pupils reaches matricul a t i o n ; 1 i n 1 2 , 0 0 0 receives a university degree. I t h i n k y o u w i l l therefore feel that t h i s w o r k is of m a j o r i m p o r t a n c e , to a r r e s t o r m i n i m i s e t h e e v i l effects o f t h e s y s t e m of apartheid i n South A f r i c a . W e w o u l d very m u c h like to hear from y o u if y o u a r e a b l e t o t a k e part i n t h e s c h e m e . Yours sincerely, PICTON V. M B A T H A , A c t i n g Director.

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