"Hill Blasts TNE, Cites 26 Bama Student Members" The Crimson White April 5, 1949
Charging control of campus politics and most campus-wide organizations by Theta Nu Epsilon, secret political organization, SGA presidential candidate Johnnie Hill today cited 26 Alabama student leaders as members of TNE.
In a two-page notarized statement addressed to Inter-Fraternity Council President Joe Piper, Hill called upon the council top executive "to take action to disband this secret, underground organization and see that disciplinary action is taken against, not only the TNE members but all members of this subversive organization."
The SGA candidate declared he was sending additional copies of the statement containing the names of the 26 students to the National Inter-Fraternity conference, national headquarters of Omicron Delta Kappa, honorary organization, the University administration, and this newspaper.
TNE, Hill pointed out, has been banned by the National Inter-Fraternity conference as a "subversive" organization.
The Decatur Engineering Senior based his charges on statements which he said had been made to him by an alleged TNE member. He further declared that he had been offered TNE "machine" backing earlier in the year but had emphatically refused upon learning the "undemocratic process" of the group's method of selection.