December 20, 1935, Pages 1, 3
S. Gerber Discusses
New Student Union
National Student League and Student League for Industrial Democracy as
"sectarian groups," Serril Gerber, executive secretary of the NSL,
discussed the formation of the American Student Union at the open
meeting of Student Council on Wednesday.
The failure of
these two militant campus groups to attract a majority of the student
body is demonstrated by the walkout of 15,000 students at the April 12
strike although the membership of the two radical organizations is but
a fraction of that number.
broad, and completely non-sectarian" student movement, will be the aim
of the new American Student Union. "If we were organizing a trade union
in a factory we would not discuss the Soviet Union or the policies of
President Roosevelt but rather the hours and conditions of work in that
particular factory," explained the speaker. "The NSL and the SLID
frequently buried their points beneath an avalanche of doctrine and
analysis until the average student lost sight.
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of them completely," he continued. To remove these defects,
the new organization will concern itself only with those problems
directly affecting the student, such as ROTC, the NYA and the
retrenchment in education.
Student Union is the "logical heir of all progressive tradition on the
American campus" and as such is expected to include all groups,
religions, cultural and political. It must not be regarded as simply
the merger of the NSL and the SLID, stressed the speaker. "However,"
emphasized Mr. Gerber, "there could have been no progressive movement
if militant students had not prepared the way."
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