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Syracuse University Jewish Students Not Alarmed

March 2, 1923
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Jewish students at the University of Syracuse are not particularly excited over the reported action of the Senior Council in urging the limitation of the Jewish admissions there. This was made plain by Isadore N. Naiman, an active Menorah member at Syracuse University, in a message to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Senior Council, Mr. Naiman points out, is composed of only seventeen students, and even if it did recommend the regulation cutting of the numbers of Jewish students, its recommendations are not by any means representative of the entire student body.

“We have complete faith in Chancellor Flint’s liberal mindedness. Both the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor Graham have repudiated the action of the Senior Council. The Jewish fraternities are entirely ignoring the matter”.

The senior council met behind closed doors yesterday afternoon and formulated a statement which it forwarded to Chancellor Flint denying that it “took steps towards barring Jewish students from entering the institution. Statements to the effect that the Senior Council has unanimously decided to discourage enrollment of Jews in the university are entirely misleading and not founded on facts.”

Individual members of the Council, however, have admitted that the question of restriction was taken up at a secret session, but that the report of the action was given out in violation of confidence. Some Jewish students incline to the belief, that the carefully-worded statement of the Senior Council is lacking in perfect candor. Attention is called to the word “unanimous” which some understood to mean that while no unanimous decision was reached, agitation looking to such action must have been mooted for some time.

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