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Egyptian19700827Asian; Egyptian19700827Asian.tif
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TranscriptAsian scholars sign petitions against Viet Center
Sure B'ovan
Dairy Egyptian gull Writsr
The SIU Center for Vietnamese Studico and Pro-
grama, a controveralal topic
all year, aeema to be having
Its problems again, but the
reasons sro not completely
A petition drive, being organized by the Committee of
Concerned Aeian Scholars,
has so fsr produced six petitions from major universities
In the United States. The petitions seek to Inform graduate students and fsculty in the
Asian studies sres that the
Center Is "nothing more than
a pawn of lbs government
The petitions go on to state
mat contrary to the Center's
clslms of being a solely academic concern. It U really
directly controlled by the federal government.
But, according to H. D., Center director, the
petition drive has not had any
effect of recruiting personnel
for the Center*
"To the beat of my know-
Iedg the petitions have had
very little or no affect on
us." Jacob, ** said. Ha added
that many of the people who
have signed the petitions would
not be of tbe caliber the Center requlroSa
"The real problem, " Jacobin! said, "Is there are so
few people trained In this
area.' Jacoblnl said the number Is unbelievably small.
Jim Morrell, s Harvard
graduate student snd s CCAS
representative, rejected Ja-
cobini'o claim. Morrell said
he knows of st leaat three
CCAS members who woro approached by the Center, but
declined because of the Center's connection with the federal government.
Morrell said he knows of
many others who the Center
would like to recruit, but they
have signed tbe CCAS petitions sod art not convinced
the Center la purely en academic operation.
The Association of Aslsn
Scholars la about to present
a subcommittee report on the
Center, Morrell ssld. He
added the findings of this
poop win be highly critical
of the Center. He said such
rn investigaHon la unprecedented.
Other criticism of thcCen-
ter's recruiting policy comes
from Doug Allen, associate
professor of philosophy at SIU.
Allen says tne petitions disprove the Center's frequent
claim that Asian acholarssup-
port the Center.
According to Allen, the petitions prove a slgnlflcsnt
number of scholars nave researched the Center and do
oj/pose It.
The letter accompanying
the CCAS petition ststes University officials sad external
consultants for the Center
have offered graduate fellowships of.7, 500 per year, but
have had little success In getting applicants for tbe grants*
Jacoblnl confirmed this and
added that such sn amount
would bo given usually only to
graduate students In tbe dissertation writing stage. He
ssld s.1 this stsge of study the
expense becomes very great
and In some esses, if field
work Is Involved, the Ph.D.
candidate would have to maintain two households. He stated
again there are very few students In this sres.
Several graduate srudenta
said a fellowship of 17, 500
Is very largo and to their other universities. Ho said
knowledge very rare. the moat Important fsctor of
Petitions have been re- tho boycott Is that scholsrs
eelved from Yale, University scross the country sre re-
of Chfcsgo, Wisconsin, Unl- sllzlng the Center Is not s
verslty of Wsshlngton, Wish- purely academic endeavor.
Ington Univeralty (St. Louis,
Mo.) and Stanford. The signatures on tbe petitions aro
mostly those of faculty members and graduate atudema In
tbe Aslsn studies sres* There
arc also some students snd
fsculty of non-Asian studies
Allen said ho expects to receive severs! petitions from
Class ring found
A Deytons Beach man has
found a 1969 SIU class ring
besrlng the lnltlsls "HJUK*
For Information concerning
the ring, which wss lost st
Daytona over spring break,
call Joseph N. Goodman at
Information and Scheduling.
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