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An uninformed populace and a democracy cannot
coexist and, therefore, neither truly exists at the
University of Alabama. There is no doubt, despite
the moderate changes that have taken place this
year, that the majority of students at Alabama
remain insensitive to the issue of change. For the
most part, they are apathetic because they are
uninformed on the issue. Attempts at change have
been met with their total uninvolvement and
lack of concern. Is it not enough, in the state of
Alabama, that a student is a student, a citizen is
a citizen, and it is a well established norm that
one should never be confused with the other? Why
would a student body be content in allowing a
small number of people, possibly unrepresentative
of the populace, to predominately influence the
decisions that govern their lives on campus? Only
the students themselves can answer these questions.
There is but one fact that is certain. A majority
of all students, not just the majority of the few
involved, must be in agreement before any decision
of change can be implemented. There is, there-
fore, a need for more students to become informed
and actively involved in campus affairs. A pro-
fessor on campus may have the solution. Wom-
en will lead the way, he predicts, because they
read fashion magazines that occasionally print
an informative article on relevant and timely
issues. The striking feature of this comment-it
may not be a gross understatement.
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The decade of the sixties has been tagged the
"breakaway" years, a term appropriately suggestive
of change. Many changes have indeed occurred in
the past ten years and they represent diverse man-
ifestations of manls effort to alter his environment
at almost every level. Man broke away from his
natural habitat and went to the moon. The youth of
the nation, now half the population, joined together
to breakaway from long established conventions.
Many thinking young people showed resentment
toward the world they inherited, and students across
the country took advantage of their mass assem-
blage to make their voices heard. The methods of
dissent have varied but the most remembered events
have been the most brutal ones. This has had a
profound effect on the general attitude of the estab-
lishment in America. While it will continue to
promote the space program and view the Apollo
missions with admiration, it will also tend to look
upon any change in campus affairs as being both a
threat and a disaster. The violence on the campuses
has quelled however, and the new order of the new
decade seems to be one of peace. It is suggested
that this new attitude will afford a more respectable
case for change on the college campus.
The peace vigil, the flower child and the mora-
torium are the current popular symbols of hope for
a peaceful and prosperous future in an age when
survival is dubious.-There are very few students at
Alabama who value these symbols, but it does not
matter. The important thing is for students to value
the abstract ideals which these things symbolize,
mainly that they say to the world, "We care, we are
concerned, and we are peacefulf, It is apparent
that this incipient posture is already beginning to
The University of Alabama did not pass through a
violent stage of dissent during the "breakaway"
years and now it appears that this is neither
inevitable nor necessary. The mood is changing at
Alabama as gradually, one by one, students become
confronted with a proposition that concerns them.
It will be a slow process, but change will come to
Alabama. The script says so and even your best
friend can tell you. There is no alternative but that
it will happen, and in so far as it will be responsible,
there is no alternative but that it will be accepted.
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