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"Civil Rights Committee Outlines Major Purposes," Hanover College Triangle, 19 Oct. 1963, p. 1.

On Wednesday evening, October 16, a motion was put before the Student Senate by Janet Cavins, representing the volunteer group tentatively called "The Hanover Committee on Civil Rights," that such a committee be formed under the auspices of the Student Senate.

The motion was the result of investigation by a subcommittee of the volunteer group which reported the findings to the Committee on Civil Rights at the second meeting on Thursday evening, October 10, at 8:00 p. m. in Classic 102. Members of the subcommittee are Arlene Andrews, freshman; Cal Brand, senior; Shirley Bryant, junior; Janet Cavins, senior; Dick Gingery, sophomore; and Judy Moffett, senior.

After carefully considering the purpose of such a committee, and in consequence of as thorough an investigation of our specific community situation as the limited time allowed, it was the recommendation of the sub-committee that any student civil rights organization work through channels already existing as part of the student government. The sub-committee felt that such an organization could function more effectively in this community if supported by the authority and element of permanence which a volunteer group would necessarily lack. A committee under the Student Senate would also benefit from the communications channels available to the Senate, and would avert the possibility of clashing or working at cross-purposes with the Senate.

For these reasons the sub-committee recommended to the group that an appeal be made to the Student Senate and to the faculty for the formation of civil rights groups on both those levels. It was suggested that a faculty committee could aid communication between a student civil rights committee and the civil rights committee which has been organized by the trustees of the college, and could effectively deal with problems in the general community of which it is a permanent part.

The proposed aims of a Committee on Civil Rights are as follows:

1. The increase campus awareness of the nation-wide problem of civil Rights in its many implications.

2. To acknowledge that some manifestations of this problem exist on Hanover's campus and in our immediate community.

3. To examine this fact in the light Hanover College's established position as a Christian, democratic institution.

4. To seek means that could effectively alleviate any problems of this nature that involve or concern the college community, utilizing established or new channels, keeping foremost our concern for any individuals involved or implicated in a given situation.

5. In the broadest sense, to foster a climate on campus that would ultimately eliminate the need for such a committee.

The recommendation further suggests that committee members be appointed by the Student Senate President, and that meetings be open to any interested students. It concludes with this statement:

"The social revolution of the spring and summer, as everyone is now realizing is not a climax that will soon ebb, but is a beginning that will have many future implications. To ignore what may seem to some to be subtle problems now is as mistaken as pretending that Hanover will never have anything more than 'subtle problems.'"

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Caroline Brunner (HC 2018) selected this article for Learning in Black and White, a study of African Americans at Hanover College from 1832 to 1980.
This is a faithful transcription of the text as it appears in the print version of the Triangle, available at the Hanover College Archives.

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