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With no intention of disparaging the quality of the assemblies presented so far this year, we would question whether any of the programs have left students feeling uncomfortable -- have made them want to argue with the speaker -- have caused them to change their minds about an issue or to consider points which challenge the validity of their present beliefs.
The assemblies have improved during the past year; many have been interesting and somewhat instructive. However, we have not been faced with debatable topics nor have any of our long-held beliefs been challenged. We students are capable of handling controversial issues, of being dared to think. Too often we sit and listen to persons speaking along our own lines of thought and can only nod our sleepy heads in general agreement. Our typical assembly program causes only this "passive" type of thought. Very few have made us take an active interest in their presentations through lively disagreement or a like stimulus.
Want Active Groups
Such controversial, active groups as the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee which are willing to send representatives to campuses like Hanover, would surely excite a great deal of response among students. Active thought can be evoked also by members of the college faculty who are well-qualified to present the major viewpoints on current topics such as Section 14 (b) of the Taft-Hartley Act.
Considering the number of hours which we are required to spend in assemblies, we think it is not unreasonable to expect the programs to stimulate interest, teach us something, and make us think.