Southern Illinois University Carbondale Daily Egyptian Diversity News Archive (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
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TranscriptCall for More Black Faculty

After much urging by others and lengthy deliberation within myself I decided to declare myself a candidate for Student body President. I have been concerned for some time with the issues that face us as students.
Even though the last administration has made tremendous gains during, it's period of office, I think more could be accomplished with initative, foresight and planning. I am conflduni of my ability to assume this role because of wide experience. Presently I am president of the International Relations Club; I have been on the University Varsity Debating Team and until my resignation a week ago, I was chairman of the Controversial Speakers Forum.

My platform calls for:

(1) More Student Influence in the Activities and Organization of the University Center.
Every quarter students are required to pay a $5:00 University Building fee, but yet our general influence in it's activities and organization is minimal. I believe that apart from the classroom there should be a building on campus which can be identified with students because it exemplifies student interests and tastes. With more student involvement, organization and planning of its activities, the students of SIU can have a student union that truly represents them.
(2) Student Legal Advisor.
My second proposal calls for the hiring of a lawyer as Student Legal Advisor. In the past students who have had legal problems with landlords, Carbondale stores and police in general, have been at a disadvantage because of excessive lawyer's fees.
My proposal calls for the hiring of a private lawyer on a part time basis who will be paid by the Student Government for consultation with students. In the event that a student wishes to retain the lawyer's services the student would he responsible for payment.
(3) Rending Week
In England, at the University of Toronto, at Washington University in St, Louis, and at an increasing number of American schools a week known an Reading Week is set aside prior to final examinations for students to complete term papers, conduct study sessions and in general make final preparations for exams. At SIU students attend classes until the week before finals. If elected president I would inquire into the feasibility of instituting such a program at SIU.
(4) Black Faculty
At this period of unrent, resiatance and social injustice in the United States it is my opinion that a state university such as this one must have an insatiable urge and commitment to right the wrong of centuries and in general be identified with the disadvantaged and underprLvLlcged, EKcmLning Che siiuatlon at SIU one fLnde that even though black students play on integral part Ln Its funciions there are no black coaches and fewer than five black faculty members or adminluiraiors make up its staff. As pronldent t would be committed lo bringing thlB 10 the attention of tlioiie responsible for the hiring of faculty in an aitompi to alter tho situation.
(5) Women*u llourn
i am naiisfied with the Immediate gains tchloved hy ihc prooent ntudent government admlnlsirntion regarding women's hours. HowevL-r:, nhould I be elected preoldeni my emphaoio would hv on geiHng ihc Unlvernliy io reconnldor Itn policy and to permit male and female viulting In dormitory rooms at specified times.
(6) Iniernaiionn] Speakers
Students at a university the d\zc of SIU should have the opportunity to bo acquainted with speakorii of national and Intcrnnilonal ropuie. As Studem Body President I would attempt to Initiate a program whereby siu- dontn could enjoy nuch speakers.
Orrln Benn
Candidate, Student Body President
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