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Old radicals never die, they just fade away . . .
, By JACQUELINE LEAR
Collegian Staff Writer
Bob Dylan's "For the Times They Are
A Changin' " might be considered
descriptive of a time when social unrest
was burgeoning on campus.
Well, the times are a changin' back.
"I remember passing by Old Main
lawn there always • seemed to be a
rally taking place," said Steve Wright,
administrative head of General Arts and
Old Main protests seem few and far
Wright also recalled the march of
about 5,000 students down Pollock Road
to the Garfield Water Tunnel and the
blocking off of N. Atherton Street. The
defense department hired Penn State to
The rally, Wright said, symbolized
the students' negative feelings towards
the University's involvement• with the
military and the perpetuation of war.
"Students were also concerned with
the plight of the blacks, eskimos and
other groups.. One of my advisees came
in one day and said she felt she wanted to
contribute to society. She left Penn State
and went to work , in Mississippi as a
volunteer in a campaign for a black
gubernatorial candidate," Wright said.
A researcher on student activism,
Kenneth Kenniston of Yale University,
:aid in 1969 that it was actually a
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However, police added that the number tends to in-
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Linnea Seely of State College, who worked until
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minority of students who were activiFts.
Yet, they were some of the most af
fluent, intelligent and influential at each
A Pelnn State student during the
protests reflected and said, "I was non
conformist in some wayS. In dress and in
some of my ideas. But usually, I didn't
join in the marches. I couldn't act on
impulse . . . I saw both sides of an
issue," Wright said.
Wright said . drug use hurt many
student's potential to influence political
"Everybody wanted to yell the slogans
at a rally, but fewer students turned out
for the everyday political organizing,"
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Most mall employees leave between , 9:30 p.m. and 10
p.m. Thus, Seely said, she could either walk back to State
College or hitchhike, ' exposing herself to the same
dangers as Devera Frink on the evening of June 25.
"The bus is for the convenience of the shoppers, not the
mall employees," Seely said.
Rockview state police said some of their patrolmen do
stop to warn hitchhikers of the danger involved, but most
of those warned go right back to hitchhiking.
State College police said they do not stop to discourage
hitchhiking because there is no state law prohibiting
hitchhiking in Pennsylvania, as long as the person does
not stand in the road. The police added that they feel
hitchhikers are aware of the danger involved. •
Some people, then, do continue to hitchhike, fully aware
of the danger factor. They consider "thumbing" a
hazardous but necessary last resort.
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Joe Marinucci, member of the Young
Socialists on campus and Penn State
graduate, said, "There were more
dabblers than committed students
among those who called themselves
"It was extremely strange to come
back to Penn State. After Vietnam ended
and Nixon resigned, activism at Penn
State quieted," said Mick Wolk (secon
dary education and earth sciences).
Wolk returned after a two-year leave
from Penn State.
Wright said, "If the Wells Keddie case
came up today, a showing of 100 students
would be doing well,"
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Marc Levy, coordinator of counseling
for the Equal Opportunity Program,
said today's students "are much less
militant and more concerned with
traditional values such as getting a job
or earning good grades. Marijuana and
cohabitation; then on the fringes of
society are now in the mainstream," he
USG President Grant Ackerman said
it is necessary to distinguish between the
alienated and the apathetic student.
"The apathetic student is here solely
for a specific education and is satisfied
with his present life-style. Alienated
students are concerned with issues such
as 'tuition and academic decisions, but
The State College Area Chamber of
Commerce Friday gained an op
portunity for more clout in state
government with help from the
The chance could help push through a
bill , which passed in the state Senate, to
lower the drinking age to 19.
Russell P. Brooks, chairman of the
chamber's governmental affairs
committee, said the committee's
general consensus favors the bill, though
it has 'not taken a formal position on it
The new opportunity was learned
when Kenneth E. Hershberger, manager
of University relations, told the com
mittee he will give it advance notice
whenever government dignitaries visit
This would allow the chamber enough
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seen progress made in the past," he
There is a general consensus among
those interviewed that the economic
"crunch" and lack of major issues
around which to rally are factors in what
seems to be a curbing of political con
cern among students.
Marinucci said that those who do
become involved in leftist movements
despite economic insecurity do so
because they are politically serious.
John E. Rideout has the unique ex
perience of seeing student-police
relations, first as a student when he
attended Penn State from 1968-1971 and
II gets local support
time to arrange for some "light, in
formal lobbying," Brooks said.
Hershberger said he knows about two
weeks in advance when dignitaries will
arrive, and added, "I'll do everything I
can to plug you folks into the pipeline."
Brooks said the committee opposes a
federal bill to raise the minimum wage
to $3 an hour.
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Department of University Safety.
In the '6os, Rideout said, "campus
patrol made a minimal attempt to
bridge the gap or to change the patrol's
image as the adversary of the student.
"Today officers actively go out and try
to develop a rapport with the student
community," Rideout said.
"My overall impression is that
students of the sixties were working
outside the system, while those of the
seventies are trying to change things
within its boundaries," he said.
Students are . not apathetic but the
method of achieving change is different,
Ackerman said he sees change as
resulting from more sophisticated
"Rallies are no longer effective by
themselves in causing change, but they
are constructive for focusing attention
on issues," Ackerman said.
Marinucci said lobbying is Harrisburg
on issues such as tuition hike is inef
Wolk complained of University hiring
procedures where the ability to research
takes precedence over the ability to
"The only way students could change
hiring practices or tuition hikes today
would be through organizing mass
student movements," Wolk said.
"You can't legislate fair pay," he said,
because the number of low-paying jobs
tends to decrease when the minimum
wage goes up.
In other business, the committee
discussed having businessmen lecture
on market economics to area junior and
senior high school students.
"Media Programming for the Older
Adult" will be discussed at a noon lun
cheon tomorrow in the Maple Room.
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