Monday, November 24, 2008

Columbia undergrads vote on NROTC today

Columbia students from all four undergraduate colleges (Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of General Studies, and Barnard College) will vote today in an on-line survey whether to support the return of NROTC to Columbia University.

Columbia's student NROTC advocates are to be applauded. They have worked very hard as grassroots activists on campus against both the status quo and a much larger group of opponents to NROTC's return to Columbia. In 2003, a student poll conducted with the April CCSC election yielded two-third of the students in favor of ROTC at Columbia. But in 2005, the university senate voted overwhelmingly against ROTC. The majority of the university senate is composed of faculty, though, not students.

This will be interesting.

Good luck.

Eric

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