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40 years ago: New Board of Regents member disapproves of faculty dissent

March 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 25, 1971:

  • Bob Helman, Goodland farmer, rancher and banker, had been named the newest member of the Kansas Board of Regents. At an interview prior to his confirmation as an appointee, he told a legislative committee that he had little patience with college faculty members who got involved in campus demonstrations. "I think dissent is a right and prerogative," Helman said, "but the line is so thin between dissent and disturbance, and I can't buy disturbance."
  • Kansas weather, being its usual unpredictable self, had surprised local residents with a record overnight low of near 15 degrees and a snowfall that lasted more than 24 hours. In spite of the snow's persistence, accumulations were reported at only four inches in the city. The spring surprise was not a new phenomenon for the area, as on the previous year, Lawrence had been buried under six inches of slushy snow which had cracked tree limbs and caused a massive power outage.

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