3:44 PM, Oct 1, 2013 • By CHERYL MILLER
One year after renewing its ties with Naval ROTC, Columbia University held a welcome ceremony for its returning midshipmen yesterday afternoon.
The event provided a progress report of sorts on Columbia’s implementation of the ROTC program. Currently, five Columbia students participate in Naval ROTC through a partnership with SUNY Maritime. Columbia provides transportation for the students to and from Maritime, and has also built a small office for the Navy in its campus student center. In addition, the university recently approved two NROTC courses for credit – one in the philosophy department and another in engineering.
In his remarks, Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger hailed ROTC’s return as “a historic moment in which a breach is repaired.” And perhaps in a veiled reference to the antics of antimilitary students and faculty at nearby City University of New York, Bollinger continued: “And that is how it should be. There is no good reason why our great academic institutions should not offer students the opportunity” to serve in the ROTC.
7:23 AM, Jun 28, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
As a “millennial” (i.e. one born between 1980 and 2000), I’ve grown used to reading descriptions of myself – written, always, by those much older than I – that I don’t recognize. It’s a bit like hearing my voice on tape – can that really be me?
7:04 AM, May 20, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Student loan debt runs to about $30,000 per graduate of the class of 2013, as Phil Izzo writes in the Wall Street Journal. And the total amount of student loans outstanding runs to almost a trillion dollars: more than either credit card balances or automobile loans. More than any form of consumer debt other than home mortgages.
2:10 PM, Apr 30, 2013 • By OTTO J. REICH
The reaction of most Americans to the tragedy in Boston was typical: We came together as a nation, mourned our fallen, and applauded our newest heroes. The sight of first-responders running to the sound of danger within mere seconds of the explosions, not away from disaster as human instinct might dictate, was nothing short of exceptional—but also characteristically American. Indeed, for 237 years, Americans have risked all to help their fellow citizens, strangers, and foreigners equally.
10:19 AM, Apr 4, 2013 • By JOE LUPPINO-ESPOSITO
The Johns Hopkins University office of institutional equity has determined that pro-life students who want to conduct sidewalk counseling outside of a Baltimore abortion clinic are not engaging in harassment under university policies.
The students in Voices for Life have requested recognition from the student government association (SGA) but were turned down because the student government believed that the group would be harassing members of the public, in violation of school policies.
4:07 PM, Mar 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A year at Columbia University's journalism school will set you back nearly $84,000.
4:28 PM, Feb 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
David Plouffe, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, tells a student newspaper at the University of Chicago that one need not be college educated to do politics. Plouffe states, though, that he thinks "everybody should have a college degree."
The students ask, "Do you think it’s necessary to have a college degree to get into politics?"
Only Chuck Hagel can grant access.6:40 AM, Feb 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The largest known Chuck Hagel archive is located here, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But good luck accessing it: Despite intense national focus on the defense secretary nominee’s record, this reporter was shunned from taking a look inside the trove of Hagel’s videos, audio recordings, documents, pictures, and artifacts.
12:31 PM, Oct 22, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts has banned a Christian group from campus because the group requires student leaders to adhere to "basic biblical truths of Christianity." The decision to ban the group, called the Tufts Christian Fellowship, was made by officials from the university's student government, specifically the Tufts Community Union Judiciary.
12:28 PM, Oct 4, 2012 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
The president’s sycophants have seized on an excuse for why their candidate was stammering and incoherent last night: Barack Obama is just too darn “professorial.”
4:06 PM, May 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Members of Tufts University's men's crew team have been suspended for wearing what some are calling an inappropriate T-shirts to an annual school function, Spring Fling, an end of year school wide concert.