HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (Feb. 15)
A spokesman for Hofstra University said today that the office of the student newspaper “The Chronicle,” had received a large number of protest calls about a series of advertisements in the newspaper seeking to recruit neo-Nazis at the 12,000-student school, Two of three scheduled ads have been printed and a third is planned for next week, the spokesman said.
The first ad was a half-column appeal for subscriptions to “White Power, the newspaper of White Revolution.” It carried an Arlington, Va. post office box and displayed a black swastika. The second ad, with a similar box, begins: “Hitler Was Right; White Men Unite.” Arlington was the headquarters of George Lincoln Rockwell’s American Nazi Party, which became the National Socialist While People’s Party after Rockwell was assassinated by one of his lieutenants.
Adrienne Flipse, co-editor-in-chief of “The Chronicle,” said the ads were submitted and paid for by a Hofstra student who “advocates the Nazi Party.” She said “he hangs out a Nazi flag five feet long from his dormitory window.” The university spokesman said he did not know the name of the student Nazi but confirmed he was a full time student. He said there was no Nazi group on campus but that he did not know whether there was more than the one Nazi student.
FREEDOM OF PRESS NOT AN ISSUE
Dr. John Wildeman, assistant professor of sociology, said a 30-member ad hoc student committee was sponsoring petitions denouncing the ads as “outrageously offensive to our sensibilities,” which was being circulated throughout the campus for signatures. Prof. Wildeman said “The Chronicle” is supported by compulsory activity fees paid by the students and that the issue therefore was “not freedom of the press.” He said the publication “cannot be rejected by its paying customers.”
Dr. Robert Sobel, the newspaper’s faculty advisor, said he had not been consulted about either ad and that he would have advised against their publication. However, he added, the final decision was left to the student editors. University administration policy permits no censorship of either news or advertising material.
Miss Flipse said “The Chronicle” would continue to run the neo-Nazi ads and stood by an editorial published after the first ad appeared, which declared that “the only valid criticism” that could be made against the student weekly on the issue would be “if we considered not printing it.” A spokesman for Hillel Foundation, Rabbi Leo Wolf, said he understood that Hillel was considering some form of reaction to the ads but that he had no further immediate Information.