2:09 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By CHERYL MILLER
Princeton University is restoring ties with Navy ROTC (NROTC). Starting this fall, students will be able to participate in a cross-town program with Rutgers University, itself established only recently, in March 2012.
Princeton was among the first elite universities to welcome ROTC back after the Vietnam-era break. But although Army ROTC at Princeton was reestablished in 1972, Naval ROTC did not return, as the university continued to refuse academic credit for any Navy course. Today’s announcement doesn’t address the question of credit, but it does state that ROTC instructors will be able to teach on both the Rutgers and Princeton campuses.
It’s good news that yet another elite college is again working with – not against – ROTC. But it’s even better news that more students now have the opportunity to serve. The opening of Rutger’s program marked the first time since 1972 (when the Princeton program ended) that New Jersey students had the option to join an NROTC program.
The return of ROTC to the Ivies and other schools across the nation – including City College of New York – marks an important change, not just for the universities (welcome as it is), but also for the military. It signals a growing commitment by military leaders to ensuring that tomorrow’s officer corps reflects the full diversity of our nation – economic, social, and geographic. As Naval Commander James Crate noted in his introduction of the Rutgers unit, “We want the Navy to be a representative for all 50 states. To not have officers from one of the states is a disservice to the nation.”
1:01 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By JIM SWIFT
According to the University of Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, the university’s student health insurance plan is considering requiring coverage of sex change operations.
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.”