Editorial, February 14, 1936, Page 2
TAKE A LESSON
The 612 graduates who were awarded degrees Wednesday evening at the seventh Brooklyn College commencement have few illusions about the great future in store for them. In this, the seventh year of the depression, they realize that their careers are blocked by obstacles beyond their control. They leave college with regret, not so much because of their love for academic pursuits, as because of the depressing prospect of seeking employment in an unreceptive world.
The Honorable Charles H. Tuttle, speaking to the graduates, stated that the problems of present day society can be solved only through the active participation of all citizens in the government of their country. There is no reason to assume that interest in current affairs should come only after one has completed a college course. The plight of the graduates of this year should warn those of us who are still in college of the need to prepare for life in a complex and troubled society.
For this reason undergraduates who recognize the existence of youth's problems join an organization that attempts to solve them. It is those students who feel that they are not affected deeply enough to take action on social issues who not only hinder their solutions, but are most guilty in perpetuating them.
The American Student Union, an organization aiming to unite students in solving their problems, deserves the support of every progressive person. It supports social security legislation, efforts to raise the standard of living, legitimate trade unions for white collar workers, in addition to measures for student relief and employment. The first American Student Union meeting, to be held Wednesday at Brooklyn College, should draw a record attendance. If students wish to secure themselves against the apathy and the discouragement which graduation may bring they must become part of a broad movement which deals effectively with their needs. Take a lesson from the grasshopper who sang all summer and then had no food for the winter.