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Students Call for LSUNO to Leave the LSU System

WWL-TV Collection



Genre: News

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Department of State

Date Issued: 1969-03-7

Duration: 00:01:47

Subjects: Ehrhardt, Malcolm | Gill, William A. Jr. | LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY | UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS | Barry, Jim


  • Barry, Jim Reporter


Jim Barry report on a movement by students at LSUNO to leave the LSU system and rename it University of New Orleans. Malcolm Ehrhardt, president of the student government, speaks to 3000 students. Ehrhardt appeals to the students to create their own personal identity and separation, by assuming their separation from the LSU Board of Supervisors. He asks that they refer to themselves as students of a unique university in the state, the University of New Orleans, which would rid themselves of the handicap that comes with being part of the LSU system. He appeals to the students to declare their own separation and to drop the letters of Louisiana State wherever they appear on their personal possessions. Barry reports that Representative William Gill stated that he would reintrodroduce a bill in the next session calling for the legal separation of the two schools. Barry explains that it would take an amendment to the state's constitution, which requires a 2/3 approval vote by the legislature. He continues that it looks like there will be a long way to go before it will be the University of New Orleans, but he states that the students are optimistic and hope to force the legal separation by next year.