3:44 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By CHERYL MILLER
One year after renewing its ties with Naval ROTC, Columbia University held a welcome ceremony for its returning midshipmen yesterday afternoon.
The event provided a progress report of sorts on Columbia’s implementation of the ROTC program. Currently, five Columbia students participate in Naval ROTC through a partnership with SUNY Maritime. Columbia provides transportation for the students to and from Maritime, and has also built a small office for the Navy in its campus student center. In addition, the university recently approved two NROTC courses for credit – one in the philosophy department and another in engineering.
In his remarks, Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger hailed ROTC’s return as “a historic moment in which a breach is repaired.” And perhaps in a veiled reference to the antics of antimilitary students and faculty at nearby City University of New York, Bollinger continued: “And that is how it should be. There is no good reason why our great academic institutions should not offer students the opportunity” to serve in the ROTC.
4:07 PM, Mar 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A year at Columbia University's journalism school will set you back nearly $84,000.
3:38 PM, Oct 4, 2012 • By CHERYL MILLER
Last year, when elite universities began announcing their intentions to bring back ROTC, Jonathan E. Hillman and I cautioned that if Ivy League ROTC was to succeed, it would require a real commitment from both the schools and the military.
Matthew Continetti, witness to historySep 12, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 48 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Mike was from Ohio and rowed crew. Andrew was from China and spoke little English. Jeremy, from Long Island, arrived on campus with a pet snake. Jacob was interested in architecture. Amy had cheerful eyes and long black hair.
1:57 PM, May 6, 2011 • By CHERYL MILLER
As expected, the Yale College faculty voted Thursday to remove all obstacles to hosting an on-campus ROTC program. The Yale Daily News reported a “significant majority” in favor. According to a source, support was so strong a simple show of hands was enough to decide the issue; no ballots necessary. Yale has been in talks with the Navy and Air Force about restoring its ROTC programs.
8:51 AM, Apr 23, 2011 • By CHERYL MILLER
Yesterday was a big day for ROTC. Just three weeks after Columbia’s university senate voted in favor of engaging with ROTC, Columbia has announced it will reinstate its Navy ROTC program. The agreement between President Lee C. Bollinger and Navy secretary Ray Mabus marks the end of a 42-year ban on the program.
It's time to let Venezuela know their days as a sponsor of terrorism are numbered. 10:00 AM, Mar 19, 2011 • By PATRICK CHRISTY
Amid the crisis in Japan and conflict in Libya, President Obama is scheduled to take a trip to South America this weekend. The President undoubtedly has a lot on his foreign policy plate, but while he's in the region the administration ought to give pay some needed attention to what's going on between Venezuela and Colombia.
1:34 PM, Mar 4, 2011 • By CHERYL MILLER
Columbia University’s Task Force on Military Engagement just released its full report on ROTC. As previously reported, the student survey went in favor of bringing ROTC back to campus: Sixty percent of students approved restoring the program. A quick look at some of the findings:
7:41 PM, Mar 3, 2011 • By CHERYL MILLER
Great news: Harvard University will officially recognize its Naval ROTC program tomorrow. The agreement – to be signed by Harvard president Drew Faust and Navy secretary Ray Mabus – marks the end of the school’s 41-year ban against the program.
8:44 AM, Feb 24, 2011 • By CHERYL MILLER
From the Columbia Spectator, an amusing story about ROTC opponents who are feeling unduly chastised by the media storm over the treatment of Iraq veteran Anthony Maschek at a student forum.
9:05 AM, Feb 22, 2011 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
“This is a place,” says Columbia University president Lee Bollinger of his Ivy League institution,
that respects ideas, values diversity of thought and experience and, perhaps most importantly, recognizes that what defines great scholarship is not the easy acceptance of what we already know, but the relentless determination to discover what we still have to learn.
3:15 PM, Feb 20, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
A shocking story in the New York Post today. At a hearing about whether ROTC should return to Columbia University now that Don't Ask Don't Tell has been repealed, students openly mocked a disabled Iraq war veteran arguing in favor of the program:
"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.
Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.