The core curriculum at Columbia still requires students to read Pericles’ oration on the advantages of public duty to the city state, according to Jaques Barzun (Columbia, ’27). A recent poll shows that at least 60% of students polled actually understood what they read, as least as impacts a prospective ROTC program at the university.
It’s too bad that their professors have lost the plot. Because even in the wake of DADT’s repeal, the faculty remain stolidly unimpressed:
Columbia faculty have raised new arguments against ROTC. Some faculty members have recently circulated a petition that the military should remain banned because it continues to be a “discriminatory institution” on the basis of “many reasons from physical disability to age.” The basketball team discriminates too.
Consistency requires us to ban basketball.