Wednesday, May 11, 2005

What the hell is wrong with Columbia? 

On top of the scandal over its Middle East Studies program, we now find the university's senate has, over the vote of its own students, declined to allow ROTC back onto its campus, according to the lead editorial in today's Wall Street Journal.
Prominent in this roll call of dishonor was President Lee Bollinger, who voted against, and Provost Alan Brinkley, who gave an impassioned speech comparing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy to a campus organization that allowed "African-Americans to join . . . only if they pass for white." Oddly, Mr. Brinkley abstained from voting, suggesting he lacked even the courage of these convictions.
Where do you begin? We have a campus that has real issues in allowing students to express themselves with concerns about their classes, and 62 members of the university's faculty vote to keep ROTC out when their own students want it?

And Alan Brinkley, if he were a student at SCSU, would be sent to sensitivity training for his comments.