Columbia ROTC Coverage 2000-2004
21 January 2004 Advocates for Columbia ROTC press release "Columbia
University and ROTC". Note: Columbia now offers
information about ROTC on its Web
site and will list ROTC courses on student transcripts.
27 January 2004 Columbia Spectator article "ROTC
Marches Back to Columbia: New Web Site, Registration Credit Give ROTC
Supporters Hope for Program at CU".
2 February 2004 Columbia University "Grants
and Scholarships from Sources Other than Columbia". Note:
Columbia adds information about financial support from ROTC to its financial
aid Web site.
3 February 2004 Columbia Spectator article "ROTC
Return Proposals Provoke Activist Criticism". Note:
President Bollinger "made clear that any reinstatement of ROTC will have to
begin at the student level, not the administrative level."
3 February 2004 Columbia Spectator editorial "Bring
Back ROTC". Note: Columbia's student newspaper calls
for the return of ROTC based on the importance of integrating the military
with society and ensuring a diversity of views on campus.
5 February 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "Bringing
ROTC to Columbia Will Not Reform the Armed Services" by Michael
Castleman, SEAS '03.
6 February 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "ROTC
Trains Its Members to Be Leaders of Society, Not Just Killers" by James
Bondarchuk, CC '05.
14 February 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "Articles
Fail to Accurately Cover Campus ROTC Debate" by Shane Hachey, GS '04.
14 February 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "CU
Should Support Student Participation in the Military" by Jeff Sult, TC
17 February 2004 Letter to Columbia Provost Alan Brinkley "Restoration
of ROTC" from Admiral B. James Lowe CC'51. Note: Admiral
Lowe mentions a commitment from Provost Brinkley "to form a committee from
the faculty senate to review the advantages and disadvantages that would be
derived from restoration of the ROTC to Columbia".
21 March 2004 "Brief:
Proposal to Return ROTC to Columbia’s Campus" by
Advocates for Columbia ROTC and
Students United for America.
document is also on the Web site of the
Columbia University Senate.
- 26 March 2004 Columbia University Senate minutes "Proposal
to bring ROTC back to Columbia".
29 March 2004 Columbia
Spectator article "Senate
Passes ROTC Task Force". Note: Columbia is setting up
a committee to look into the restoration of ROTC.
1 April 2004 Columbia Spectator article "Possible
Return of ROTC to Campus Sparks Controversy". Note:
"I think everybody involved with the proposal is perfectly aware that the
law governing participation in the military has to change, and we will be
part of that change if we can," said professor of finance and economics
Michael Adler, one of the proposal's faculty supporters.
8 April 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "Racism
and Homophobia in ROTC Violate Columbia's Standards of Tolerance" by
Joya Banerjee, BC '04.
9 April 2004 Columbia Spectator article "Congress
Pressures Colleges to Accept Military Recruiters".
14 April 2004 Columbia Spectator article "The
Professor Who Abolished ROTC From Columbia". Note:
Prof. Lewis Cole says he opposes university credit for courses about the
practice of war, but supports credit for courses about military theory.
20 April 2004 Columbia Spectator letter "Not
All ROTC Courses Would Be for Credit If the Program Returned" by Sean L.
Wilkes, CC '06. Note: The writer, chairman of
Advocates for Columbia ROTC, calls a
recent interview with Prof. Lewis Cole opposing credit for military
courses but favoring credit for military theory courses "a very constructive suggestion"
and notes that similar criteria are used in giving course credit for
music-related activities. Wilkes says Prof. Cole's suggestions give him "optimism that we
can put together a broad consensus on the issue of credit for ROTC courses
at Columbia". The proposal referred to in Wilkes' letter is
- 30 April 2004 Columbia University Senate minutes "Proposal
to return ROTC to the Columbia campus".
5 May 2004 Columbia Spectator article "Bollinger
Speaks Publicly On Strike for First Time". Note: At
the end of this article is an account of brief discussion of ROTC at the
Columbia University Senate meeting.
October 2004 United States Military Academy at West Point
Partners with Columbia University". Note: "Starting in the
summer of 2005, from 18 to 25 US Army captains per year will enroll in
Columbia University and earn a Masters of Arts in Organizational
Psychology". More details about the program
3 December 2004 Columbia Spectator editorial "CU
and the military: Columbia
should allow recruiters on campus". Note: The editors
said "military recruiters, like the Reserve Officer Training Corps, have a
place at Columbia—and more importantly, Columbians have a place in the
16 December 2004 Wall Street Journal article "At
Ivy League Schools, ROTC, Long Banned, Plots a Comeback: Push May Stir Up
Old Passions On These Elite Campuses; A Beachhead at Harvard". Note: The article
discusses the movements to bring back ROTC to Harvard, Columbia, Yale and
Brown, backed by the
efforts of the
Defense Business Board and a request
from the military.
16 December 2004 Thomas P. M. Barnett Weblog "On
the question of who serves, I say let 'em all in!" Note:
Barnett suggests that Congress change the laws so gays can serve in some
roles in the armed forces, and cites a
he received from Cadet Sean Wilkes, Chairman of
Advocates for Columbia ROTC.
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