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A Green Feather Group of "Merry Men" will be organized here in the next few weeks in order to fight McCarthyism. The Student Council last night decided to distribute national information on this group to local political clubs.
Stephen S. Willoughby '54 1G Ed., organizer of a "Joe Must Go" campaign to recall Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.), said last night that he will lead the Green Feather organization here "as soon as I have more information about it."
The movement is a part of a nation-wide effort started at the University of Indiana when a textbook commissioner there stated that she thought the book "Robin Hood" should be banned from the schools. Her reason was that "Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and that's Communism."
The Green Feather movement consequently spread to the Universities of Michigan and Illinois and to Purdue. It is now making a national effort to induce Student Councils and Political Clubs on campuses to back the drive.
National directives advocate writing of letters to congressmen and arousing organized interest in opposition to McCarthy. Utilizing the Robin Hood theme, the "Merry Men" behind the movement will wear anti-McCarthy buttons with green feathers.
Although the Student Council will take no active part in the campaign, it will distribute information on it to the political clubs, and pass on information that it obtains to Willoughby.
The Student Council also decided last night to continue the experiment initiated last year to elect three freshmen to the Council, for at least another year. The constitution provides for the election of only two.
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