AYCOCK AND THE SPEAKER BAN
Before the Students, Aycock
Went to the Wall for UNC
as this stand.'
First and foremost a teacher of the law, Bill Aycock had agreed in 1957 to be chancellor for a time. He was
sworn to mind his employers, the trustees
and perhaps ultimately the Legislature, but
also to speak his mind about the integrity
of the U niversity.
Asked recently to recall the time ofthe
speaker ban, he said, "I couldn't conceive of
calling yourself a university" and letting
something such as this stand.
The first he ever heard about the
Speaker Ban Law was from his wife, Grace,
who'd heard about it on the radio. "None
of us ever saw the bill before it came
along," he said. "It wasn't intended that we
would have a chance."
First he met with law school Dean
Henry Brandis ' 37 and John Sanders ' 50,
director of the Institute of Government.
They concluded the fledgling law was thor-
oughly flawed and probably unconstitu-
tional. Aycock prepared a speech to the
trustees, and they approved a resolution that
called for enforcing the law but also for
working to have it repealed."I won't say it
was 100 percent," he said. "But the great
majority saw the danger to the University."
Aycock takes t he
oath of office as
UNC's second chancellor on Oct. 12,
July / Au g u s t 2005