Bok, CHUL Plan 'Ethical Issues' Talk
President Bok will meet with the Committee on Houses and Undergraduate Life (CHUL) in mid-March to discuss issues that pose "ethical dilemmas," Dean Fox said yesterday.
Reform of the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR) is one issue the meeting may focus on, Mark Zupan '81, a CHUL member, said yesterday. "I think it's about time for a meeting like this. The administration can be pretty good at throwing up stone walls," Aupan added.
Daniel Steiner '54, general counsel for the University, said yesterday Bok planned no major announcements for the March 12 meeting. "We're not meeting on any specific issues," Steiner said, adding that South African investments would probably be another topic addressed.
Bok could not be reached for comment last night.
SASC members said last night that the CHUL meeting was an unacceptable forum for discussing South African investment policy.
"If I understand the way it works, we can't ask questions. Even if we could, it wouldn't be the same as a debate because it's not a give and take situation," Guy D. Molyneux '81, a SASC member, said yesterday.
"We want both views presented, and a chance to rebut his position," Molyneux added.
The Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (SASC) called on Bok Monday to address the South African issue, accusing him of keeping silent on the question.
Steiner said the meeting with CHUL is not a reaction to the SASC demands. "That letter didn't arrive until Monday," Steiner said, adding," this CHUL meeting was in the works before that."
The March 12 meeting is open to the public, but only CHUL members can ask questions, Fox said. "The CHUL student caucus will be getting together to talk this over," Zupan said, adding that the group would probably decide jointly on some questions to ask.
Tuition increases and faculty hiring may also be discussed, Fax said.
Steiner predicted Bok would make a few remarks on various issues before the meeting began. "I don't know that he has any particular agenda worked out yet," Steiner said.
Bok initially requested the meeting with CHUL, Fox said. The CHUL executive committee Monday night voted to formally invite him.
"My impression of late is that people think Bok is too distant," Kevin Johnson '80, a CHUL executive committee member said yesterday.
Steiner said that the meeting was only one of several scheduled with student groups. "I think he chose to speak to CHUL because there are both students and masters there," Steiner added.