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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 4. 1962.


Students paraded in front of the White House recently to protest against nuclear weapon testing. They were a symbol of active ferment in Universities throughout the United States.

The principal barrier to greater activity, most leaders say, is apathy. Most undergraduates now, as in the past, seem more interested in their studies and sports than in the expression of Idealogical or moral concepts.

According to Roger Loeb, editor of the student newspaper at Wisconsin University, students reflect the inertia of the public which is in a state of "unhealthy and un-wholesome schizophrenia."

The Student Peace Union is seeking to arouse students and make their voices heard in the world debate on disarmament.

This is its stated purpose:

"The Student Peace Union is an organisation of young people who believe that war can no longer be successfully used to settle international disputes and that neither human freedom nor the human race can endure in a world committed to militarism.

"Without committing any member to a precise statement of policy the S.P.U. draws together young people for a study of alternatives to war and engages in education and action to end the present arms race. The S.P.U. works towards a society which will suffer no individual or group to be exploited by another.

"After years of bad faith shown by both East and West in disarmament negotiations, the S.P.U. believes that to be effective any peace movement must act independently of the existing power blocs and must seek new and creative means of achieving a free and peaceful society."

The union was originated two years ago at the University of Chicago. It now has 1,200 paying members from New York to California.