National ROTC Coverage: 2006
6 January 2006 The Dartmouth article "ROTC
cadets to receive full financial support". Note: The
Army is matching the arrangements already in place for ROTC students at
other institutions such as Harvard and Stanford.
12 January 2006 GayPatriot blog item "Columbia
University Wants It All". Note: A gay servicemember
says "If Columbia University doesn’t want the federal government on its
campus, fine. But they shouldn’t expect federal dollars."
13 January 2006 Daily Princetonian article "CAP's
ROTC advocacy died down in 1980s". Note: When Judge
Samuel Alito '72 joined Concerned Alumni of Princeton "keeping ROTC at
Princeton was indeed a priority for CAP when it was founded in 1972. By the
1980s, however, ROTC appears to have disappeared as a major issue for both
CAP and the University." The first issue of CAP's magazine had an
"article titled "The Prospects of ROTC," which outlined the University's
recent actions against ROTC... The 1972 Prospect article also stated that CAP opposed any further diminution of ROTC programs, and pledged to fight to protect Princeton ROTC. "Concerned Alumni of Princeton will take an active role in voicing alumni opinion on the matter," the article stated."
18 January 2006 Columbia Spectator op-ed "Veterans
Deserve Better" by Chris Kulawik
CC'08. Note: Kulawik describes an incident on Activities Day in which a student visiting the Columbia Military Society table was "publicly insulted for being both a minority and a veteran" by three people in a "violent rant" in which "the table nearly flipped". The student "submitted a complaint to his dean with hopes of a thorough investigation and ultimately disciplinary action against those students who harassed him" and got no response from the
administration. See responses by
Jonah Birch, CC ‘05 and
Todd Murphy, GS '08.
25 January 2006 Columbia Spectator article "A Firm Stance:
CU Marine Reservist Targeted In Angry Confrontation; No Disciplinary Action
Taken". Note: An anti-military incident recounted in an
Op-ed column is covered by the Columbia student newspaper. The
Spectator claims that students urging other students to sign up for ROTC was
"not allowed on campus" at the time. This seems wrong. Even after the 3rd Circuit court decision allowing bans on external recruiters, students always retained the freedom to urge other students to enlist to fight for their country. After the Supreme Court agreed to review the case, the 3rd Circuit
halted implementation of its ruling, removing the restriction on external
25 January 2006
U.S. Military Veterans of
Columbia University press release "Anti-Military
Discrimination at Columbia". Note: The
that Columbia University amend its Discrimination and Harassment Policy to
grant all veterans and military-related persons protected status."
27 January 2006
Columbia Spectator Op-ed "The
Conservative Witch Hunt" by Zach Zill CC '06. Note: One of
the students who "confronted" pro-ROTC students in the "anti-ROTC
incident on Activities Day"
denounces the 25 January Spectator
news article as part of a "witch-hunt"
and denies having made offensive remarks attributed to him.
30 January 2006
Columbia Spectator column "Revisiting
Vietnam" by Monique Dols GS '06. Note: Dols observes that "ROTC
supporters are making headway by recruiting for the Fordham University and
Manhattan College ROTC programs on campus. By increasing the ranks of
military personnel on campus, they are laying the groundwork for the
program’s future return."
She regards this as a negative development and urges people to "expose
the ugly underbelly of US aggression in the world".
1 February 2006
New York Sun article "Veterans
Take Grievances to Columbia Provost".
Note: The provost, who
spoke passionately against ROTC on campus in May 2005, was to hear
complaints about harassment. The article lists an incorrect tally for
the Columbia Senate vote on ROTC in May 2005; it was
7 February 2006
Harvard Crimson column "Reasoning
with Solomon" by Cormac A. Early '09. Note: Early
writes that opposition to military recruiting "marginalizes rational
and intelligent opposition to DADT, and acts only in the interests of those
who wish to preserve the status quo"
and "the University’s objections are more likely to be taken
seriously as the legitimate objections of a rational, moderate, and
patriotic institution, rather than the irrelevant obstructionism of radical
leftists" if military recruiting
9 February 2006
Columbia Spectator article "Sanchez
Lodges Protest: Reserve Marine Files Grievance With SDA Against ISO Protest".
Note: University spokeswoman Susan Brown said Columbia
already includes military status as a protected category in its speech code,
and the protection is not limited to Vietnam-era veterans.
International Socialist Organization member Monique Dols GS ’06 said
post-Vietnam veterans should not have such protection since they enlisted
13 February 2006 Columbia Spectator Op-Ed "ROTC
and the Ivory Tower: Cease Fire" by Adam Weinstein. Note:
A self described "liberal war resister" suggests that if you have
disagreements with current military practices "You bring ROTC back to
Columbia, and you sign yourself up". He suggests that to do otherwise
is to "keep the military and the ivory tower separate and go on with your
life of smug self-satisfaction" and will result in "marginalizing yourselves
and alienating potential supporters". See
letter in response on 21 February.
21 February 2006 New York Sun editorial "Testing
Harvard". Note: The Sun notes rumors of an impending
resignation of President Summers and notes that he "showed
his understanding of the role of Harvard in wartime, beginning with his
appearance at a commissioning ceremony for the Reserve Officers Training
Corps program that was kicked off Harvard's campus in the era of protest
against the war in Vietnam."
21 February 2006 Columbia Spectator letter "Military
Veterans Bring Diverse Voices to Columbia Community" by The Executive
Board of U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (MilVets).
Note: The MilVets point out that Adam Weinstein’s February 13th
column is an example of the political diversity of military veterans on
22 February 2006 Wall Street Journal editorial "Veritas
at Harvard". Note: The Journal notes how ROTC was one of
the issues of contention between President Summers and the Faculty of Arts
and Sciences, and notes a similar conflict faced by former Dartmouth
president David McLaughlin.
23 February 2006 Wall Street Journal Op-Ed "Coup
d'Ecole: Harvard professors oust Larry Summers. Now they must face their
students" by Prof. Ruth Wisse. Note: Prof. Wisse
points out that President Summers' support for ROTC was one of the reasons
for his ouster, notes student support for both Summers and ROTC and predicts
"students will sooner or later stand up for their contemporaries who want to
serve their country".
23 February 2006 Columbia University statement of
nondiscriminatory policies "Equal
educational opportunity and student nondiscrimination policies and
procedures on discrimination and harassment". Note:
The statement begins with the words "Columbia University is committed to
providing a learning environment free from unlawful discrimination".
Since the previous antidiscrimination rules had been used to argue against
ROTC on the basis of discrimination against openly homosexual people in the
military this wording is interesting because "Don't ask, don't tell" is the
law, and there fore not unlawful.
5 March 2006 Boston Globe Op-Ed "The
insurrection: Harvard needed Larry Summers. The board's failure to stand by
him suggests its members don't know what it takes to lead a great university"
by John Silber. Note: The past president of Boston University
describes how he endured faculty revolts and made many changes, including
6 March 2006 Wall Street Journal column "Taliban
Man at Yale" by John Fund. Note: Fund notes the irony that
"Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former deputy foreign secretary of the Taliban,
is now a student at Yale while at the same time the school continues to
block ROTC training from its campus and argues for the right of its law
school to exclude military recruiters." See follow-up
column on 13
6 March 2006 Supreme Court of the United States decision
v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc. (No. 04-1152)".
Note: By an 8-0 vote the Supreme Court upheld the Solomon
Amendment in a military recruiting case. The court ruled
that Congress has the constitutional right to force a university to allow military recruiting,
even if no federal funding was involved. The court rejected an Amicus brief
argument that Congress only intended to mandate military recruiting
that fit with a university's nondiscrimination rules, since
passing such a law would have been a "largely meaningless exercise".
The decision did not mention the use of the Solomon Amendment in ROTC cases,
but noted "recruiters are not part of the law school".
6 March 2006 New York Times article "Supreme
Court Upholds Campus Military Recruiting".
6 March 2006 Harvard Crimson article "Court
Says Schools Must Let Military on Campus: Ruling by Roberts '76 puts his
alma mater in a bind".
6 March 2006 Columbia Spectator article "Supreme
Court Upholds Solomon Amendment: Columbia Could Face Choice Between ROTC and
Federal Funding". Note: The ruling says nothing
about ROTC and the reasoning used in upholding the Solomon
Amendment, that "recruiters are not part of the law school", does not apply
to a full ROTC program, where instructors are faculty members and ROTC courses
are in the university's list of courses. However, the Pentagon's likely
offer to Columbia was
ROTC satellite office, not a full ROTC program, for which the faculty
appointment and course offering issues would not apply.
6 March 2006 Yale Daily News article "Supreme
Court rules against law schools: Justices say military recruiters must be
allowed on campus". Note: Yale has a different
challenge to the Solomon Amendment going through the courts. Lead
plaintiff Robert Burt said that instead of arguing that the First Amendment
speech guarantees trump the constitutional right of the government to raise
an army there is a different right to cite: "We have a special claim that we
have autonomy in running our affairs because we are a university, and
there's a tradition of special respect for universities, and a special
protection ... to protect students from discriminatory or demeaning
behavior. That argument was simply not presented to the court, and they
didn't deal with it."
7 March 2006 New York Sun article "High
Court Opens Campuses to Military". Note: "chairman
of the Advocates for Columbia ROTC, Sean Wilkes, told The New York Sun
yesterday that the ruling "adds weight to our campaign"" and Mark Xue,
president of the Columbia Military Society
added: "The decision does not
directly apply to ROTC programs, since it has not yet been established if
the argument that 'recruiters are not a part of the law school' applies to
either a full or satellite ROTC office." Also, the president of the
Association of American Law Schools, Carl Monk, "told the Sun yesterday that
the organization would require its members to make clear that they do not
support the presence of military recruiters on their campuses" but it was
not clear if the AALS would drop its
accredited schools get special authorization to comply with the law
instead of AALS rules.
7 March 2006 Daily Princetonian
backs military recruiters". Note: "Chai Feldblum, a
board member of the Forum of Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), the
coalition of law schools that sued the government, said she was "completely
shocked" at the unanimous opinion ... The issue here has always been 'don't
ask, don't tell.' That [policy] needs to get repealed, either by being
invalidated by the Supreme Court or by Congress changing the law".
7 March 2006 Washington Post
Repeal the Ban". Note: The Post agrees that the
Solomon Amendment and "Don't ask, don't tell" are both constitutional, but
asserts that only a "combination of bigotry and inertia keeps the gay
ban in place" and calls for Congress to repeal the "Don't
ask, don't tell" law. The Post does not discuss incremental approaches
such as first making changes in areas of the military in which
gender privacy issues are minimal,
such as the Judge Advocate General's Corps.
8 March 2006 Columbia Spectator
Court Upholds Solomon Amendment: Unanimous Ruling Affirms Military’s Right to Recruit on College Campuses". Note: ROTC opponent Nate Walker TC '07 said it was likely that the Pentagon would use the court victory to seek to restore ROTC at Columbia, while Sean Wilkes CC '06, head of Advocates for Columbia ROTC, said it was unlikely.
8 March 2006 Cornell Daily Sun article "ROTC
Athletes Have Twice the Commitments".
10 March 2006 Harvard Crimson
But Immoral: Although technically constitutional, the Solomon Amendment must
be fought against". Note: The editorial calls for
Harvard to lobby to change the "Don't ask, don't tell" law.
10 March 2006 The New Republic
College" by Peter Beinart. Note: Beinart describes
the scene outside the Columbia University Senate vote on ROTC on 6 May 2005:
the senate auditorium, some pro-rotc students
hung a banner reading a vote for rotc is a vote for
the heroes of our generation. With the Court decision as her pretext,
Senator Clinton's opportunity is clear: Go to Columbia and tell its leaders
that those students are right...
Today, the Serviceman's Legal Defense Network--which represents gays and
lesbians in the military--understands the same thing. Which is why it does
not oppose rotc on campus, even as it
struggles heroically against "don't ask, don't tell." It is Bollinger and
Brinkley who, by shunning the military, have placed themselves in the
oppositional, anti-liberal tradition of the New Left."
13 March 2006 Wall Street
Journal column "You've
Got Mail (It's From Yale): A university official calls Taliban critics
"retarded" while the university maintains a stony silence" by John Fund.
Note: Fund recounts Yale responses to his 6 March
comparing Yale's welcoming of a Taliban official and its shunning of ROTC.
Fund refers to a 281 word Yale statement discussing the Taliban and ROTC,
printed in a 13 March
column in the American Spectator.
13 March 2006 American Spectator
column "The Yale
Colonial Office" by Jed Babbin. Note: Babbin quotes
from an official Yale statement saying "there is a lot of mis-information
out there ... that Yale does not have any ROTC program, we do." The
Yale statement goes on to describe their "ROTC program" as consisting of
bussing Yale students to the ROTC program at the University of Connecticut.
13 March 2006 Newsday op-ed "'Fortunate
Sons' Should Have to Serve" by Elaine Kamarck. Note:
A former aide to Vice President Gore details the problems with the "absence
of America's upper classes from military service."
15 March 2006 Harvard Crimson article "All
That She Can Be: The women of Harvard Army ROTC strive to find a balance
between learning how to fight and learning how to fit in."
17 March 2006 Washington Times
ashamed' of Yale" by Flagg Youngblood. Note: A Yale
alumnus and military veteran who works at Young America's
Foundation compares Yale's tolerance for a former Taliban official and
its intolerance for ROTC.
- Spring 2006 Sign of Peace (Catholic Peace Fellowship) article "Saint
Ignatius of Loyola and ROTC: A Report from Jesuit Campuses".
Note: Despite the Jesuit movement being founded by a wounded
veteran, and 26 of 28 Jesuit colleges in the US having military training,
the article asserts that there are "contradictions of Jesuit Universities
22 March 2006 Columbia Spectator column "Rumsfeld
1, Columbia 0" by Chris Kulawik CC '08. Note: Kulawik
points out that Columbia has many programs that discriminate by race and
gender and concludes that to "claim that ROTC is the only such case ... is
blatant hypocrisy". He also recounts how anti-ROTC students told him
that “The racist military takes advantage of minority students; they aren’t
able to understand what exactly they’re getting into.”
22 March 2006 Yale Daily News editorial "FAIR
fight should not be limited to Yale Law". Note:
The editors expect the remaining lawsuit about the Solomon Amendment "to
prove futile" and suggest that Yale lobby the executive branch and Congress
to change "the code that governs military recruiting".
24 March 2006 Columbia Spectator article "Discrimination
Policy Amended: New Policy Wording Adds Military Status to Protected Group
List". Note: When Columbia revised its
antidiscrimination rules to include all military veterans it began the
statement with the words "Columbia University is committed to providing a
learning environment free from unlawful discrimination". Since the
previous antidiscrimination rules had been used to argue against ROTC on the
basis of discrimination against openly homosexual people in the military
this wording is interesting because "Don't ask, don't tell" is the law, and
therefore not unlawful. However, this Spectator article adds another
possible explanation. University spokesperson Susan Brown said that
the new statement "is a semantic clarification, not a policy shift. New York
State Law had already held military status as a protected category, and the
old policy included “any other legally protected status”". This
suggests the possibility that Columbia may have been trying to include in
its policy all forms of unlawful discrimination without meaning to accept
forms of discrimination mandated for the military by federal law, but
Columbia has not commented more definitively on the wording change.
24 March 2006 Columbia Spectator editorial "Opportunity
Disguised". Note: "Getting as many liberal-minded
Columbia lawyers as possible, both gay and straight, into the military’s
judge advocate general corps would be one of the best ways to turn the tide
against “don’t ask, don’t tell” ... Shunting ROTC off to Fordham is a great
symbolic way to protest the military’s policies, but it does very little to
accomplish real progress. Increasing Columbia’s involvement with the
military through recruiting and ROTC might rankle some, but it would be the
best way for Columbians to work for justice."
27 March 2006 Washington Square News (NYU) column "No
dissent in military" by Eric Moskowitz. Note:
Moskowitz suggests that the Solomon Amendment will be used to restore ROTC
to elite colleges and the presence of graduates of these colleges will
result in a greater acceptance of gays in the military.
29 March 2006 Washington Square News (NYU) Op-Ed "Military
leadership should reflect a more diverse population" by Stephen Trynosky.
Note: An ROTC graduate observes that many people from New York City
enter the military as enlisted soldiers, but there are few officers from
31 March 2006 Yale Daily News Op-Ed "University
must address Hashemi issue head-on" by John Fund. Note:
Fund, a Wall Street Journal columnist, recounts a Yale College Council meeting at which a Yale
professor referred to Yale's silence over the Taliban case: "Yale won't
allow ROTC on campus, but it wants to act like the Pentagon when it comes to
3 April 2006 Harvard Crimson article "From
Plympton St. to the Pentagon: Caspar Weinberger dies at 88; former Crimson
chief served under Nixon, Ford, Reagan". Note: The
article quotes Harvard Alumni Association Executive Director Jack P. Reardon
Jr. ’60 as saying that “Caspar Weinberger ‘bled’ crimson!” and that he was
“endlessly interested in and supportive of Harvard and more especially
Harvard students.” He was the co-founder with classmate David Clayman
'38 of Advocates for Harvard ROTC and a
member of its Advisory Committee until his death. Even in the final year of
his life he continued to use his contacts and influence to press for having
ROTC at elite colleges.
5 April 2006 Detroit News column "Military
academy attracts new 'greatest generation'" by Thomas Bray.
Note: Bray observes that 62% of the Army's officers come from ROTC
programs "which been making something of a comeback on
college campuses" and notes the student-led effort to return ROTC to
6 April 2006 FrontPage magazine article "Curricula
Rivalries" by Michael Tremoglie. Note:
The author recounts the history of military officer commissioning on
civilian campuses, beginning with Norwich University in 1819. He also
recounts the anti-ROTC protests at the City College of New York in the
1930s: "Unlike many of the students and faculty of CCNY, the college’s
president, Frederick Robinson, favored ROTC and patriotism. However, by
1938, Robinson resigned from CCNY after being persecuted by students and
7 April 2006 Colgate Maroon-News
Return of the Corps? Colgate Should Reconnect With American Military" by
Douglas J. MacDonald.
24 April 2006 Associated Press
judge throws out suit challenging 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'".
Note: The government had argued that the law "rationally
furthers the government's interest in maintaining unit cohesion, reducing
sexual tensions and promoting personal privacy".
28 April 2006 WNET TV (Channel 13) NY Voices report "Campus
Politics". Note: Sean Wilkes CC '06, chairman of
Advocates for Columbia ROTC discusses the history of ROTC at Columbia.
28 April 2006 Chicago Maroon editorial "Bring
ROTC Back to Campus".
May 2006 book "AWOL:
The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service – and
How it Hurts Our Country" by Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank
10 May 2006 My Learning Curve blog item "Shane
Hachey (GS 04) letter to Columbia University Senate. Subject: Columbia
v. The Military". Note: On the first anniversary of
the Columbia University Senate vote against ROTC Hachey notes that "this
vote had no tangible effect on the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. It did not
"send a message" to anyone in Washington except that our university is
hostile to the military".
16 May 2006 Wall Street Journal article "Magnificent
Men in Their Flying Machines". Note: The Journal reviews
Marc Wortman's book "The
Millionaires' Unit", which recounts how a group of Yale undergraduates
organized an aerial defense unit in 1916 with little help from the Navy.
After the United States entered World War I in 1917, the Navy made the young
aviators commissioned officers and many went on to very distinguished
careers, including in the Pentagon.
17 May 2006 New York Sun article "At
Columbia, First ROTC Event Since '72". Note: In
contrast to the annual ROTC Commissioning ceremony at Harvard, "the
commissioning ceremony is sponsored by the students, not the university."
Columbia Provost Alan Brinkley, who
passionately against ROTC at the 6 May 2005 Columbia University Senate
meeting that rejected ROTC, will attend the 19 May commissioning.
18 May 2006 The Dartmouth article "Three
seniors to accept ROTC Army commission". Note: The
three "are ranked among the top five percent of 4,500 Cadets on the National
Order of Merit List".
25 May 2006 Boston Globe Op-Ed "A
call to serve" by Frank Schaeffer and Kathy Roth Douquet. Note:
The authors of
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service
-- and How It Hurts Our Country write "a
commencement speech a leader of either political party should make at an Ivy
League college" advocating serving in the military. See
letters on 28 May.
28 May 2006 Boston Globe letters "The call to volunteer"
responding to the 25 May Op-Ed "A
call to serve".
1 June 2006 Family Security Matters column "Standing
Up for ROTC on Campus" by Charles Mitchell. Note: "Not only did [Bucknell] President Mitchell show his face and speak—his remarks were deeply supportive of Bucknell’s ROTC program and the military in general... Standard operating procedure for a president who wanted to observe the dogma of political correctness would have been to claim he was busy and send some middling administrator to offer some sort of lame platitudes on his behalf."
1 June 2006 "Columbia Hosts
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony". Note: The ceremony
was held on 19 May.
7 June 2006 Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization formed.
Their Web site is www.harvardveterans.org.
7 June 2006 Letter
of thanks from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to Harvard President Lawrence
Summers. Note: The letter was presented to President
Summers at the Harvard ROTC Commissioning Ceremony that day.
Discussing ROTC, Secretary Rumsfeld wrote "Your support has been enormously
constructive to the objectives of both our institutions".
7 June 2006 Address by COL
(ret) Kenneth G. Swan '56 MD at the
Harvard ROTC Commissioning Ceremony.
7 June 2006 "Remarks
at ROTC commissioning ceremony" by Harvard President Lawrence Summers.
Note: President Summers said "our country is best served when
great universities like this one stand with those who defend the freedom
that makes it possible for us to do all the wonderful things that we are
able to do here".
7 June 2006 US News and World Report blog item "The
ROTC at Harvard" by Michael Barone. Note: The
letter from Secretary Rumsfeld
to President Summers is quoted.
7 June 2006 Harvard ROTC Commissioning Ceremony 2006.
7 June 2006 Daily Standard article "From
Rumsfeld to Summers: The secretary of Defense sends a note to the outgoing
president of Harvard." Note: The letter is the
same as the one posted on the
Advocates for Harvard ROTC web site on 7
8 June 2006 Harvard Gazette article "ROTC
faces down rough weather: Graduates, Summers honored at ceremony".
Note: The Gazette notes the letter of thanks to President
Summers from Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and the president's response that "I
look forward to the day when it is common and doesn't draw remark when an
Ivy League president attends an ROTC commissioning ceremony".
9 June 2006 Washington Times item "Harvard
hero" in Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough's "Inside the Ring" column.
Note: The letter
from Secretary Rumsfeld to President Summers is quoted.
12 June 2006 Harvard Crimson article "Rumsfeld
Says He Is 'Most Grateful' for Summers' Support of ROTC". Note:
The Crimson reported on the 7 June
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
and found a Pentagon spokesman to authenticate the copy of the
letter from Secretary Rumsfeld
to President Summers posted on the Advocates
for Harvard ROTC web site on 7 June.
16 June 2006 TCS Daily column "Profile
in Courage" by Michael M. Rosen. Note: Rosen notes
that President Summers "received what would otherwise be a kiss of death for
any university administrator: a letter of thanks from Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld praising him for offering a "recognition of [the officers']
personal commitment to serve this great nation.""
4 July 2006 New York Public Radio Brian Lehrer Show
Warfare". Note: Lehrer interviews Kathy Roth-Douquet
and Frank Schaeffer, co-authors of
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service
-- and How It Hurts Our Country.
13 July 2006 Providence Journal column "Past
time to reconsider bans on ROTC" by Melvin Bernstein. Note:
The chairman of the New England region of the
American Council of Alumni and Trustees
notes the Supreme Court's upholding of the Solomon Amendment and urges
colleges to restore ROTC.
17 July 2006 FrontPage Magazine article "Why
Elites are AWOL" by Patrick Poole. Note: Poole discusses
AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service
-- and How It Hurts Our Country and asks "as the personal
connections between members of Congress and the military grow more distant,
are our elected officials more or less likely to send American forces into
conflicts with no identifiable military outcome or absurd rules of
1 August 2006 Townhall column "A
military draft?" by
Thomas Sowell. Note: Sowell
suggests ROTC as the best way to reduce the civilian-military gap.
31 August 2006 "The
Movement to Restore ROTC at Columbia: Historical Background" by Sean
Wilkes CC'06, Chairman, Advocates for Columbia ROTC.
8 September 2006 "Military
Recruiting at Columbia's Activities Day".
12 September 2006 Columbia Spectator
of Change" by Joanna Bove. Note:
Bove suggests that those who blocked changing Columbia's policy on ROTC were
agents of change. See
letter on 15 September.
13 September 2006 Daily Princetonian article "In
their shared pain, some find a new sense of purpose: The military
represented a higher calling for some, but for others, the cost of serving
wasn't worth it". Note: The writer interviewed
Princeton alumni who have served in the military.
14 September 2006 New York Times
Groups Renew Drive Against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’".
15 September 2006 Columbia Spectator
not Such a Victory: Progressives Should Welcome Change"
by Eric Chen GS'06. Note: Responding to a 12 September
column, Chen notes ">it is an irony that those who blocked
changing Columbia's policy on ROTC would call themselves "agents of change"".
1 October 2006 Harvard Crimson
Presence Sparks Protest". Note: To protest the
inclusion of the military in the "Career Forum" protesters entered the forum
location and changed into "superhero" costumes and "attempted to enlist in
the armed forces to protest its ban on openly gay soldiers".
9 October 2006 Greg Mankiw's Blog item "ROTC".
Note: The former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors
calls for restoring ROTC at Harvard.
9 October 2006 Old War Dogs blog item "Perhaps
to Draft an All Volunteer Army" by George Mellinger. Note:
Mellinger stresses that ROTC is also important in producing civilians who
know enough to oversee the military. "Today far too many of the
congressional leaders are incompetent to their jobs of military oversight;
they don’t even know the right questions to ask, and cannot tell a straight
answer from a lie."
11 October 2006 Columbia University event
Discussion of Citizenship and Military
Service at Columbia University. Note: Kathy Roth-Douquet and Frank Schaeffer, co-authors of
AWOL: the Unexcused Absence of America’s Upper Classes from Military Service—and
How It Hurts Our Country talked and answered questions at Columbia.
20 October 2006 Columbia Spectator
Groups Create Community, Should Also Focus on National Issues"
by Sean Wilkes, CC '06. Note: A recent ROTC
graduate discusses an
article focusing on the atmosphere for gender identity at Columbia and
urges activists to focus on national issue too, such as changing the "Don't
ask, don't tell" law.
24 October 2006 Columbia Spectator
Our Part in a Time of War" by Eric Chen. Note: One of the
main leaders of the ROTC and veterans movements at Columbia wonders whether
to re-enlist or stay in civilian life after graduation.
- November 2006 The Eye (Columbia Spectator) article "Columbia’s
Warrior". Note: Matt Mireles interviewed Josh Arthur
CC '04, in Iraq after graduating from Columbia College and Army ROTC.
Arthur describes how he decided to go into an Army combat unit.
3 November 2006 Columbia Spectator
Kerry's Botched Joke" by Brandon Hammer. Note: Hammer
says it is "pretty true" that students who don't do well in school get
"stuck in Iraq". See
response on 10 November.
6 November 2006 Washington Times
college boys" by Suzanne Fields. Note: Fields
discusses the history of ROTC at Harvard and writes "An honest embrace of
diversity and multiculturalism would require inclusion of the military."
7 November 2006 New York Sun column
"The Ivy Soldier" by Seth
Gitell. Note: Gitell interviewed
Retired Captain Paul Mawn, chairman
of Advocates for Harvard ROTC.
Enrollment in the Paul Revere Army ROTC Battalion, based at
MIT, has grown 40% during the last year and a half. The Harvard
contingent is the biggest, outnumbering students from the host college MIT. Gitell also
interviews a Harvard student who tells of "considerable
interest in ROTC on the part of his classmates".
9 November 2006 Wall Street Journal
Best of the Web Today item "It's
personal" by James Taranto. Note: Taranto celebrates
the example of Mark Reinhardt, a Princeton graduate who entered the military
despite the views of his father, economist Uwe Reinhardt, that the military
attracts people with few other opportunities.
10 November 2006 Columbia Spectator
Op-ed column "Stupid
Soldiers" by Matthew Dunn and Michael Podberesky. Note:
Responding to Brandon Hammer's 3 November
column, they assemble the evidence that soldiers are above average on
many measures of intelligence and income, with fewer at the high and low
extremes. The lack of an ROTC program at elite colleges may account
for some of the data.
Similar data was assembled by the New York Times.
14 November 2006 Columbia Spectator
Op-Ed column "Wake
Up Dems, Liberalism is Dead" by Rudi Batzell. Note:
Batzell calls for increasing the proportion of the military that comes from
higher socioeconomic groups, but doesn't call for restoring ROTC at
15 November 2006 San Francisco
Chronicle article "San
Francisco school board votes to dump JROTC program". Note:
ROTC opponents used openly anti-military arguments to oppose the ROTC
program while acknowledging that "the program is popular and even
helps some students stay in school and out of trouble."
15 November 2006 New York Sun column
"West Point on East Side"
by Amy De Rosa. Note: The mother of a West Point cadet
from Manhattan describes how "Indignant parents reacted as if my husband and
I had crossed a forbidden line by allowing our son to apply and go to West
19 November 2006 New York Times
Great Liberator" by Lawrence H. Summers. Note: The
former Harvard president recounts how "Milton Friedman’s participation on a
government commission on the volunteer military in the late 1960s was a kind
of intellectual version of the play “Twelve Angry Men.” Gradually, through
force of persistent argument and marshaling of evidence, he brought his
fellow commission members around to the previously unthinkable view that
both our national security and our broader interest would be best served by
a volunteer military."
- 25 November 2006 The Eye (Columbia Spectator) article "Letters
From Baghdad: Our First Dispatch From the Front Line" by Josh Arthur CC
'04. Note: Arthur, recently graduated from Columbia and
ROTC, is stationed in a Sunni area and describes finding bodies of
Shiites "in open fields near mosques, on heavily trafficked corners, or
simply in sites that are known as places to expect to find bodies."
27 November 2006 Army Times letter "No
ROTC strategy in NYC" by Capt. Stephen K. Trynosky. Note:
An ROTC graduate observes that New York City trains few officers as compared
to enlisted soldiers, and notes that the ROTC programs that trained people
like Gen. Colin Powell could be particularly helpful in training officers
from minority groups and those who have needed language skills.
29 November 2006 Wall Street Journal "Best of the Web Today"
to Rangel--II" by James Taranto. Note: Taranto quotes
John Griffin, professor of finance at Old Dominion University, who describes
his ROTC students as "some of the brightest, most polite and hardest-working
students that I have had. It has been an honor to teach them. They make
being their professor an honor. Knowing that these men and women will be
running our military and our country someday makes me feel at peace with the
future of our country."
- December 2006 Parameters article "Storming
the Ivory Tower: The Military's Return to American Campuses" by Marc
Lindemann. Note: Lindemann recounts the history of ROTC at the
most selective colleges and suggests strategies for increasing the role of
the military at such institutions. One suggestion is "to work with
like-minded student organizations to bring charismatic service members to
speak on campus." Another is to "introduce students to veterans who, after
honorably fulfilling their military commitments, have succeeded in business,
medicine, law, or politics. Alumni groups, such as “Advocates
for ROTC,” are already poised to provide such representatives."
1 December 2006 The New Republic
Academy and Iraq: War College" by Andrew Delbanco. Note:
Prof. Delbanco writes "For the vast
majority of students and faculty in places like Columbia--it's different for
support and maintenance staff, who are more likely to have friends or family
in the line of fire--war is an utter abstraction rather than an imaginable
fact. Perhaps the deepest divide in our country today runs between
those for whom the war is a relentless threat to loved ones and those for
whom it is a TV show to be switched on and off. At places like
Columbia, the former is our most underrepresented minority group."
See the 18 December Weekly Standard
response and the 1 January
response by Austin Byrd.
- 2 December 2006 The Eye (Columbia Spectator) article "Letter
from Baghdad - Dispatch # 2" by Josh Arthur CC '04. Note:
Arthur, recently graduated from Columbia and ROTC, describes how Iraqis are
targeting each other more than Americans, but counterinsurgency remains
4 December 2006 New York Post column
Double-Talk: Ivy's 'Inclusion' Excludes Military" by Matt Sanchez.
5 December 2006 BWOG (Columbia University Blue and White
Blog) item "Here
we go again...". Note: An item on the incident in
which Columbia student Matt Sanchez was insulted for his military service is
followed by a wide-ranging discussion that included ROTC. Issues
discussed include the question of why Columbia bans ROTC, citing
discrimination against gays, but does not ban Red Cross blood drives in
which gay men are not allowed to give blood.
11 December 2006 Wall Street Journal "Best of the Web Today"
to Rangel--IV" by James Taranto. Note: Taranto quotes
David Curtin, a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, who
observes that "without fail, the ones who are ROTC or in the reserves (many
of whom have been in Iraq) are always among the top performers in my class
(which most of the students find to be pretty difficult)".
12 December 2006 Wall Street Journal "Best of the Web Today"
to Rangel--V" by James Taranto. Note: Taranto
published a letter from Joe Fluet, an officer in the Army Reserves who
taught ROTC cadets at George Mason University, quoting the cadets' reasons
for serving in the military.
15 December 2006 Wall Street Journal "Best of the Web Today"
to Rangel--VIII" by James Taranto. Note: Taranto
quotes Bob Crotty, the father of a recent Stanford ROTC graduate: " I had a
chance to meet a number of the young men and women in his ROTC unit, as well
as the Santa Clara University ROTC cadre--what an impressive group! I can
confidently report that the country's military is, and will continue to be,
in good hands ... Those young ROTC students are the best of American youth,
willing to serve their country in a time of peril. We sing that we are the
land of the free and the home of the brave. I ask you, who today is braver
than those serving in the military?"
16 December 2006
Marine Corps Commissioning
Ceremony at Columbia University - Mark Xue, CC 06.
18 December 2006 The Weekly Standard Scrapbook item "Utter
Abstractions at Columbia". Note: Responding to Prof.
Andrew Delbanco's New Republic
article the Weekly Standard notes "Delbanco never mentions in his
essay that in Columbia's case (as with many other elite universities) there
is a simpler explanation than social class for the situation he laments.
Columbia banned the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) from its campus
in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam war. And as recently as May 2005,
Columbia's Senate (an advisory panel of faculty and students) voted 53-10 to
keep Morningside Heights pristinely military free."
See the 1 January
response by Austin Byrd.
19 December 2006 Harvard Crimson
House Alum Dies in Car Crash". Note: Jamin B.
Wilson ’04, an ROTC graduate, was killed in a
car accident Thursday on his way to work at the Spangdahlem Air Base in
28 December 2006 Seattle Times guest
to self and country" by Jonathan Eggers-Gold. Note: An
undergraduate in the Marines' Platoon Leaders Class program discusses the
motivations behind a trend on the elite campuses for men and women
to join the military.
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