Cam­pus causes

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“Tufts Ac­tion for Peace at­tempted to re­cap­ture the ide­al­ism and po­lit­i­cal en­thu­si­asm of their par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion through the Walk Out on War. [. . .] [A]pproximately 100 stu­dents and sev­eral pro­fes­sors chose not to at­tend classes [. . .] in­stead demon­strat­ing around cam­pus, of­fer­ing lec­tures on top­ics re­lated to the on­go­ing War in Iraq, and march­ing to the of­fice of [Rep.] Ed­ward Markey [Mas­sachusetts Demo­crat]. [. . .]

“The day’s or­ga­niz­ers [. . .] did not in­tend for the protest to in­flu­ence any­one in power to shift their pol­icy. [. . .] In­stead, the groups hoped the event would raise con­scious­ness and en­thu­si­asm in the anti-war move­ment at Tufts. [. . .]

“In col­lege, far too much em­pha­sis is placed on fight­ing for causes. [. . .] [V]ir­tu­ally ev­ery­one wants peace, health, and pros­per­ity — they sim­ply dis­agree on the best method of achiev­ing th­ese ends. [. . .]

“Events such as the Walk Out en­cour­age stu­dents to aban­don ra­tio­nal­ity for emo­tion when form­ing po­lit­i­cal views.”

Michael Nach­bar, Tufts Univer­sity sopho­more, writ­ing on “Go Back to Class, Hip­pies,” in the May 20 is­sue of the Pri­mar y Source

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