Wow…a Wounded Warrior is heckled during a short speech he gave in support of the reinstatement of the R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) to Columbia University in New York City. Discrimination.
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) is a college-based, officer commissioning program, predominantly in the United States. It is designed as a college elective that focuses on leadership development, problem solving, strategic planning, and professional ethics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reserve_Officers’_Training_Corps
According to the ‘history’ page in Columbia’s web site, they did have an R.O.T.C. program from 1916 to 1969. Today, the Army R.O.T.C. goes to Fordham University and the Air Force to Manhatten College http://www.columbia.edu/cu/rotc/hist.htm
Columbia’s mission statement:
Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world. http://www.columbia.edu/content/mission-statement.html
So how does this vilification, discrimination and osterization exist in direct contrast to the core of the university’s mission statement: it’s desire ‘to attract a diverse student body….teaching on global issues…expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and convey the products of its efforts to the world. ?????
This young man stands above the crowd.