[Dear Friend, Enclosed is a copy of a letter we have sent to President Robert MacVicar]

by Winnie Tay, African Students' Association
Corvallis, Oregon, United States
July 14, 1981
Publisher: African Students' Association
4 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing including a cover letter and a copy of a letter to President Robert MacVicar of Oregon State University (OSU) from the African Students’ Association expressing concern about the developing ties between OSU and South Africa through the activities of the wrestling coach, Dale Thomas. The cover letter reports that Thomas will be taking the OSU wrestling team to South Africa for six weeks in direct violation of the United Nations sporting boycott of that country. The cover letter asks people to write to President MacVicar, Chancellor Roy E. Lieyallen of the Oregon State System of Higher Education, or the press to express their feelings. The letter to President MacVicar expresses the African Students' Association’s dismay at the impending trip of Thomas and Ben Purvis, the campus media center director. The Association points out that Thomas has previously ignored the boycott; in September 1980, he hosted 17 white South African wrestling "coaches" who were taking the skills he taught back to the police and army. The letter also says that, because OSU has repeatedly violated the United Nations boycott of South Africa, Thomas’ visit may lead to OSU becoming the first U.S. university to be placed on the United Nations blacklist; the PAC-10 universities could also that strong action against OSU.
Collection: Oregon Anti-Apartheid Files (Ed Ferguson collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collection