Nov

20

Prof Club Backs NROTC

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Some heavy (and not-so-heavy) hitting faculty came out in the Spec today endorsing NROTC’s presence on campus. Bwog is inquiring into the genesis of the list–mostly male–and will update as information becomes available. The ad ran as follows, with editorial notes in italics:

“We broadly support the return of ROTC to Columbia University — some of us unconditionally, others if legislation prohibiting military service by open homosexuals is reformed, and/or provision made for faculty control of appointments, curriculum and credit.  We all believe, in principle, that an ROTC program at Columbia is an appropriate
jacksoneducational responsibility of the university.”

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Michael Adler (School of Business)

Mark H. Anders (Earth and Environmental Sciences)

James H. Applegate (Astronomy, and co-chair of the 2005 University Senate committee on ROTC)

Richard T. Betts (Political Science)

Paul Duby (School of Engineering)

Eugene Galanter (Psychology, Emeritus)

Kenneth T. Jackson (History)


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Mark Kesselman (Political Science, Emeritus)

Robert A. McCaughey (History, Barnard, author of Columbia history Stand Columbia)

Letty Moss-Salentijn (College of Dental Medicine)

Richard M. Pious (Political Science, Barnard)

Robert Y. Shapiro (Political Science, Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP))

Allan Silver (Sociology)

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27 Comments

  1. what happens

    if you start a small farm on top of a moving taxi?

    corn on the cab!

  2. that's it?  

    13 professors? I think there were more people who signed the petition criticizing PrezBo's treatment of Ahmadinejad, and possibly more who signed the statement of support for Bill Ayers.

  3. Not Scientific...  

    You automatically assumed that every department was actually polled. Why are there a few political science professors and no math professors? Maybe the petition wasn't circulated effectively in every department?

    OR MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE COLUMBIA'S A BIG LEFTIST JAMBOREE!!!111!!!1oneoneone

    I really wish more people would take statistics or at least econometrics...

  4. now i know

    who not to take classes with.

  5. math dude  

    also, math, more than other subjects, is dominated by foreigners who can't vote

  6. rmb

    Math professors are overwhelmingly liberals who oppose ROTC, actually.

  7. Michael Segal

    Advocates for ROTC has a copy of the ad at www.advocatesforrotc.org/columbia/faculty_ad_2008.html

    Additional faculty members are encouraged to contact signatories to add their names.

  8. Michael Adler  

    is the man.

  9. Wow...

    FYI, guys, a bunch of these professors are also on the USenate, so if they can convince more people (about 50-60 attend each meeting), things could get interesting when ROTC comes to a vote...

  10. nope  

    Adler is a total tool. What a dumb class that was, and what an arrogant prick of a man. He really had this plantation-owner caricature thing going.

  11. good statement  

    The spirit of the statement says this much: change takes time. Inviting the NROTC to campus would by necessity require a negotiation with the military, one that incorporates protection for LGBT students, faculty control etc. This is not an idealized possibility. Columbia must negotiate from a position of national influence to create a progressive NROTC.

  12. allan silver

    is the worst professor i ever had at columbia.

    he was my CC professor first semester, and 18 out of the 21 people in the class switched out of his section at the semester. it was that bad.

    he's been at columbia longer than many of our parents have been alive, and he gained a rep by opposing the student protesters in 1968.

    lame

  13. random  

    If given the chance, I doubt that an openly gay guy (especially the ones who act more womanly than women do) will serve in the military. Even if the military does away with the don't ask, don't tell policy, the gays will still be ostracized.

    • how astute  

      What? Repealing DADT won't end discrimination?! Shock, horror.

      Maybe we should go back to pre-Emancipation Proclamation days since there's still some a lot of racism in this country.

  14. racism?  

    This just in: a black guy just got elected president. You must be thinking of bigotry.

    • ummm  

      Racism is a system of privilege so isolated incidents like Obama's victory(althought undoubtedly historic and showing that our country is headed down the right path ) do NOT mean racism is over!

  15. columbia student  

    omg I'm like arguing stuff and think that people care

  16. big  

    Kenneth T. Jackson is the bomb-dig. I love him.

  17. you know  

    robert shapiro is an incompetent chair of the political science department and never had any idea about what was going on.

  18. sdfnsdmf,n  

    ALLAN SILVER IS THE WORST TEACHER IMAGINABLE I HAD HIM FOR SECOND SEMESTER CC IT WAS THE WORST EXPERIENCE. THAT MAN IS SENILE AND SHOULD NOT BE TEACHING, I DID NOT LEARN ANYTHING AND HE BASICALLY WASTED MY TIME.

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