Complacency appears to have replaced activism even as higher education faces its most severe crisis in the past five years of recurring financial crises.

The good news is that some 150 students appeared at the State Capitol to protest the cuts that would reduce direct state aid to universities by as much as 82 percent in one year.

The bad news is that there were only 150. And the Capitol is only minutes by car or even by bus from LSU’s main campus.

Editors of The Daily Reveille at LSU were underwhelmed. It’s not the Tigers roar that LSU students should provide, they said in an editorial.

They praised students from other campuses for their activism: LSU-Alexandria, Grambling University, Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana University. Outgoing LSU student government President Clay Tufts was among the student delegation testifying before the House Appropriations Committee.

A lot is at stake, the Reveille editors said. They’re right, but it will take a lot more to push for higher funding for colleges and universities.

“Letter-writing campaigns are underway. Demonstrations have been organized,” the editors said. “But instead of a tiger’s roar, we hear crickets.”