Students: Potted Ivy

In a wide-ranging analysis of alienated students—the bored, the unhappy, the apathetic—University of Wisconsin Psychiatrist Seymour L. Halleck told a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Detroit last week: "Smoking marijuana has become almost an emblem of alienation. The alienated student realizes that the use of 'pot' mortifies his parents and enrages authorities." Unable to change a flawed world, the alienated also seek a quick, "autoplastic adjustment" in themselves: "They can create a new inner reality simply by taking a pill or smoking a marijuana cigarette."

Statistics seem to support Halleck. A recent poll indicated that 15% of Princeton...

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