Student Anti-ROTC Coalition Responds to Resolution
Written by Bwog Staff
In response to the early draft of the Senate’s resolution to “engage the armed forces” and bring back ROTC to Columbia, the student Coalition Opposed to ROTC has written a clause-by-clause response. An excerpt:
12. Be it further resolved that any further relationships with the Army will be subject to periodic review
There is no doubt that such periodic review is important. However, we categorically and unequivocally reject this entire resolution, both flawed and politically biased as it is, and will continue to voice our opposition to the reintroduction of ROTC at Columbia as this highly undemocratic process unfolds before us.
It is important to remember that whatever the Senate resolves, they still do not have the final say (read all about it in the Charters and Statutes… or don’t.) In this case, concurrence by the university’s Trustees is required, and notwithstanding this, PrezBo can convene a special meeting and ask the Senate to change their minds. Bear in mind though, that in recent years, it has been rare for the Trustees not to concur with Senate actions. Bwog couldn’t find anything about Trustee concurrence on the Task Force’s website. Can you?