The Onion addresses the effect of sunlight on student activism: College Student Does Nothing for Tibet Over Summer.”

“Someone should tell Becca that the needs of the disadvantaged do not take a scuba holiday off the coast of Curacao,” Coe said, referring to a one-week vacation Davis took with her family in June. “Activism takes time, hard work, and commitment. Posters don’t nail themselves to sticks.”

According to the Christian Science Monitor, student activists are out of the mainstream — and not necessarily on the left side.

On many campuses, protesters dwell on the margins rather than in the mainstream of campus life. Some of their fellow students may admire their convictions – but others confess that they find activism more annoying than persuasive.

At Harvard University – where protests range from noisy antiwar rallies to smaller but equally zealous antiabortion demonstrations – many students say such actions are missing the mark.

“A lot of [the activists], liberals and conservatives alike, are fanatics or hopelessly idealistic,” says Michael Soto, a Harvard senior studying Latin American development. “I’m not sure how much they actually accomplish, since it’s just a small group. They are mainly annoying to the rest of the campus, and ineffectual.”

. . . At many schools today it is the faculty members who tend to be solidly liberal – often far more so than their students.

“The faculty here will no doubt vote 95 to 5 percent in favor of [John] Kerry, while the students may be more in the middle, perhaps as high as 35 percent for [George W.] Bush,” says Robert George, professor of political science at Princeton University in New Jersey. “Nowadays, students don’t see [the war] as such a black-and-white issue; they are listening to both sides of the argument.”

Unlike their professors.

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  1. mike from oregon says:

    Must be more of that ‘new math’ at work, because this sentence doesn’t make sense to me. Robert George says, “…while the students may be more in the middle, perhaps as high as 35 percent for [George W.] Bush,” – 35% constitutes middle? I thought 50 percentile was middle. He could have said it many other ways but to consider 35% to be middle confuses me.

  2. Eric Brown says:

    35% is MORE in the middle than 5%. It’s a comparative statement.

  3. A Hooters announced it was going to open a franchise in this town during the school year two years ago. The women’s (excuse me, womyn’s) groups on campus went nuts, wrote letters, held protests, etc. So Hooters said they would obey the community wishes and not build. Then as soon as school was out and all of the protesting college students went home for the summer, Hooters re-announced plans to build, and it was open within a few months because there was no one around to oppose them. I found it quite funny.

  4. Mike from Illinois says:

    I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that some people think professors who support Kerry don’t listen to the other side, but I am. Most of the professors I know who support Kerry vote for some Republican candidates, but they have made the reasoned judgment, based on substantial evidence, that Bush is a disaster and that voting for him is simply not acceptable.