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Page 12 text:
ln 1963, Wallace stood in the doorway of Foster
Auditorium. Today the University of Alabama
has black professors, black history courses, black
athletes and black alumni. Todayis state politicians
are not as concerned about blacks at Alabama as
much as they are concerned with pot, dope, yippies
and communists. What has been the cause of this
change in attitude? What has brought about the
conditioning and socialization which has surely
For the most part the change at Alabama is a
reflection of a bigger changeg a nationwide
change in attitudes which have resulted in the so
called social revolution. The new mood that is
rocking the nation is apparent not only in the
fashion world but also in the motion picture in-
dustry and the hard rock music of today. There
is no doubt that the most talked about movies on
campus have changed from Gone With the Wind
and James Bond to Easy Rider and Alice's
Restaurant. At the same time major attractions
on campus have ventured from the Tams to Janis
Joplin. The gimmick is to be timely and relevant
and present the audience with shocking detail
and emotionalism while conveying a philosophical
message or warning to society.
The important thing to note is that these means
of entertainment have infiltrated a once cozy
traditionalism to the point where the campus
community is functioning in a transition. The
University of Alabama is by no means a pace
setter or a leader in this movement. On the con-
trary, the students are just now beginning to
resent the fact that they constantly "bring up the
reara' in almost every area conceivable to man.
As these social media are used to reflect a change
in society they will also hasten to solidify that
change especially since they are being received by
a more perceptive and alert audience.
Page 14 text:
The football team lost four games this season and
there have been no suicidal attempts. A conceivable
split in the Greek vote put several independents
into top SGA positions to preside over the 69-70
academic year. Black studentsjoined hands with
whites to crusade for Woods Quad, and campus
"moderates" and f'liberals" united to challenge
the new president for the method he used in
selecting the new Dean of Student Development.
These are accomplishments for Alabama. They
are accomplishments because it is Alabama, a
university where football is usually the center of
campus life, where a united fraternal system
virtually controlled all aspects of society, where
blacks and whites have been traditionally segre-
gated, and where until recently, there has been no
liberal faction worth mentioning and no concep-
tion of student power even in its most humbled
form. What was yesterdayls liberalism is becoming
the new order of the day and student power is
now a term so frequently used it is becoming trite.
Regrettably the words are used with various
connotations. Student power at Alabama is not
activism, rather it implies no taxation without
Student leaders found themselves unprepared for
this new game of confrontation politics as it
developed with this spurt of student power. Black
demands, eviction notices served on the military,
a black girl in the Homecoming Court-all the
events of this year caused the eyes of the student
body to focus on the leaders. For the first time
SGA was noticed. This novel experience caused
a few politicos to sweat so someone suggested
that they do something. Attempts at change were
made with some accomplishments and gratification.
Many sincere efforts, however, were merely met
with token approval by an administration that
rationalized slow change as being responsible
change. At least it was a beginning.
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