For everyones sake, I am really beginning to hope so.
For far too long certain figures (mostly just one), who are perceived as severe and unwelcoming, and who spend far too much time and effort on vague or international goals, have been the most visible leaders of the campus left. You don’t need me to tell you that battle lines hardened as a result, leaving the campus left on the lonely side of the fence, separated from a growing amount of liberal and moderate students that probably agreed with some of the things the left was doing.
Zinn appears to offer something different. As Sam Clegg wrote in his column in the Herald today, recounting Zinn’s involvement in the passage of a smart but undoubtedly left of center ASM resolution last fall,
…he should be commended for addressing a cause with which students can sympathize.
But, that was round 2 for Zinn last semester. He was also all over the campus press last fall for his role in leading a new ASM textbook campaign. Again, a smart and tangible issue that students can get behind, but which also generally aligns with leftist politics.
Campus is a better place when the energy and activism of the left is being funneled into these kind of effective actions, and Zinn appears to understand this. So, here’s to hoping this post’s title continues to be as true as it appeared to be at the end of last semester.
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