Tonight’s NROTC Forum – Now With a Format!

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For those of you who don’t read your council presidents’ emails, there is a forum on NROTC tonight in Sulzberger Parlor (3rd floor of Barnard Hall) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Both pro and con sides have chosen speakers to represent them in the forum, which will be moderated by SGA president Sarah Besnoff. The format will be as follows:

  • Opening statements – 7 minutes for both sides
  • Predetermined questions (3 questions about the impact on student life, the role of Columbia’s NROTC history, and the role of DADT in the debate) for a total of 30 minutes
  • Audience questions for 30 minutes
  • Closing statements – 5 minutes for both sides

Both the pro and con sides have chosen speakers to represent them, although names have not yet been released, thanks to ongoing negotiations over the number of panelists.

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  1. ...  

    loves the "what could possibly go wrong?" tag.

  2. updates?  

    where are they? liveblogging? anything?

  3. pissed.  

    i'm sorry, but who the fuck got to choose the pro and con speakers? why does these student council members, who were elected essentially to perform bureaucratic tasks of managing student/administration relations and who only a small fraction of the school voted for, suddenly have such a large say in the direction of the school? this who thing reeks of ambitious little shits making a ideologically driven play without the consent of the student body–no student council representative's platform contained anything about reintroducing the question of ROTC.
    For that matter, why do any ABC recognized groups have any say over this issue that goes beyond that of individual students? They are elected by group members, not by the student body as a whole, and as such should not be given the privilege of determining the course of a debate which concerns every member of the community
    ALSO, why the FUCK is DADT the determining issue in this debate?
    this whole thing is madness.

  4. read your email  

    The Student Council asked for people to volunteer for either side. Many of the panelists didn't represent any group. Maybe if you spent more time skimming emails rather than writing incoherent posts, you'd be better off.


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