The Return of ROTC to Columbia

Military training programs could return to the campus, four decades after they were banned

Moreover, with the current officer corps “very heavily conservative Republican,” Rudd wonders if perhaps training future officers at Columbia might not be a bad thing after all. “They’ll have been exposed to both liberals and the liberal arts,” he says. “Perhaps they’ll moderate the right-wing officer caste mentality a bit.”

All this may be purely academic, though, if ROTC doesn’t choose to return to Columbia. With the military currently downsizing, Army ROTC spokesperson Lt. Col. Matt Hackathorn told the Voice following Friday’s vote that the Army is “not looking to expand” its ROTC program at this time. That said, Hackathorn was pleasantly surprised at Columbia’s decision. “It’s a positive step,” he said, “and one we would certainly want to assess.”

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Sakara
Sakara

(1) mark rudd is nothing but an elderly ex TERRORIST sympathizer, whose buddies blew up a building in nyc (sounds familiar?)

(2) kinky sex fairs ok at many colleges.

(3) freedom of speech...assholes! even a 1960s Dragnet episode had how cops/conservatives should be given the same rights rudd and TERRORISTS have.

Romebg
Romebg

ROTC allows students enrolled to wear uniforms. The campus is very international group, and american uniforms may be very disturbing, even traumatizing to those students who have lived in countries where America has been the agressor, killing innocent civiians. We have students from Iraq for example, who are troubled by this, as well as from other countries where these feelings are very strong. Also, why is it so difficult for an ROTC student to take a subway 4 stops to take their military classes. Many students in science have internships at labs which require them to take a train. Other students are involved in community service activities where they must travel. ROTC has been on Columbia's campus for years, and those 10 Students are getting the liberal arts education for which they signed up. The only think they have to do is take a subway 4 stops. Not so difficult for Mr. Jose Robledo.

Sakara
Sakara

AMERICAN UNIFORMS DISTURBING TO GOD DAMN FOREIGN STUDENTS....????? LET THE FOREIGN STUDENTS GO BACK TO THEIR SCUMBAG COUNTRIES THEN.

yeah, americans have no fucking rights---only illegal aliens in USA have rights. USA's citizens should cater to some fuckin foreigner, in USA.

(and mark rudd's TERRORIST buddies blew up a bldg in nyc in the 1970s.)

 
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