Something was spreading across Chicago's campuses. What was it? Exhaustion? Apathy? Richard Valelly's survey ran in the February 4 Reader. An excerpt follows.
When I asked Phil Lantz if he knew any stories about former radicals from Northwestern, he said that he only knew of three people. "One is selling shirts, another shoes, and the third is working for the Post Office and is afraid the Post Office will find out he's radical," he said.
At the University of Chicago, there is very little activity. Gay Liberation has consciousness-raising group sessions, and has had a dance. Also, toward the end of the last academic quarter, there was an incident in which four membersof Gay Lib broke into a dinner at the Quad Club which was being held in honor of Thomas Foran, prosecuting attorney of the Chicago Seven Trial, and who, after the trial said, "Our kids are being lost to a freaking fag revolution." Apparently the people from Gay Lib shouted "Foran is a fag beater!" whereupon they were dragged out of the Club by members of the police force.
The collection drive for Bangladesh has been successful, and has raised over 2000 dollars. Also, there has been some agitation to make the university recycle its trash. . . .
Milton Rosenberg, professor of psychology at the U. of C., a leading member of SANE [the Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy], and a longtime peace activist, commented on the student peace movement in general. "My real impression is that for the nation Vietnamization has worked as the public relations gimmick that it is. People rate the war less highly than they did before, although we're still continuing genocidal activities through the air. By my classes, students appear to be politically fatigued."