In an article about college student presence at the recent Washington anti-war protest, a reporter from the Chronicle for Higher Ed (print version and paid version only--so no link, sorry!) interviewed some of the marchers for their thoughts. Here are some quotes you may find interesting:
Adam B. Harris, a senior from North Central College in Illinois: "'I don't have any hard facts. But I want to get educated about what's going on.'"
Nicholas Krehel, VP of Progressive Student Union at Sussex County Community College in NJ: "...celebrated 'the feeling that we're not alone in our radical--what's portrayed as radical--opinions. It's kind of a self-esteem thing to know that I'm not wasting my time. This is all I live for.'"
Tyler J Mintzer, Quaker Institution, Indiana: "'Personally, I don't think anything we do here is really going to affect whether or not we go to war...I mean, really, what impact can we really have? We're just in the streets being angry and rowdy, but we're not making our case...General Bush-bashing isn't effective.'"
Stephanie A Carrie, NYU: "'I don't support the whole anti-Bush talk. I mean, we're here trying to get him to help us. We're saying 'No More Hate' and 'I Hate Bush.' What the hell is that? I don't support that. We need to be cooperative. Otherwise we could become what we hate.'"
"The fate of the movement remains unclear. After the event, about 300 students from more than 30 colleges convened at a student-sponsored town-hall meeting on the campus of George Washington University."
"The chief goal of the meeting was to create an online discussion group (email@example.com) to coordinate antiwar action among campuses. Organizers began by asking the crowd, "Would anyone like to say anything about the events today?' Not a single hand went up."
Sorry I have no pithy commentary, aside from the observation that Vietnam-era retread protesting seems not to be filling the purpose here. Which begs the question--should these kids be trusting anyone within the university over 30?
I'm off to take more cold medicine. Arg.