Forrest Beaty, as an example, did not bother to join a fraternity, yet he is one of the most prestigious athletes on the Cal campus and president of the Big C Society of varsity lettermen. "Today's students are more individualistic than they used to be," Beaty explains. "They have less need for artificial social institutions." He points out that for the last few years Cal's 44 fraternities have been having trouble filling their quotas, and this year one of them gave up the ghost. "Once a tradition starts to die," Beaty says, "it dies fast. The death knell is sounding for a lot of traditions around here."
Terence Busch, a senior who is the son of Actress Teresa Wright and Author Niven Busch, joined a fraternity as a freshman but soon moved out to take an off-campus apartment of his own. Although Terry Busch's father went to Princeton and raised him in comfort on a ranch in central California, Terry has rejected the life of the Establishment at Berkeley. He is looking for something more challenging. "Students have more serious ideas about education here," he explains. "It used to be that you were a pariah if you rejected things like fraternities, but now it's all right. You can do it now, and all they call you is a clean liberal. You accept the values of the left but not necessarily the appearance or the exhibitionism." Terry wears sandals instead of loafers, and he does not go for the white socks that denote a Greek, but his khaki trousers and his sports shirts get to the laundry frequently.
In Terry Busch's mind the liberal left represents the important difference between life at Berkeley and that of the routine American campus. "If you don't have the radical element, you don't get interested and involved," he will tell you. "Those other campuses are just not aware." You will not find Terry Busch in the vanguard of a parade, but his sympathies will generally be with those who are.
"The people here are students. That's what's not generally realized," said Peggy Krause. "We want to go back to studying for a while. Protests are very educational and all that, and you learn a lot by taking part, but we have all the education we need on that subject right now."
Saying which, Peggy went to work editing a drama review. "You try to write about too many people in here," she told the young critic who was standing by. "Write about fewer people and say more about each one. People like to get involved in the lives of other people."