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Not over students in Columbia University this week student from all four undergraduate schools there are voting in a survey to help the -- and navy reserve officer training corps program.
Should return to campus correspondent Jamie Colby reports on a controversy -- -- dates back nearly forty years.
Currently there is no NR OTC program at Columbia university in New York.
There is no need -- got.
But that could soon change ROTC.
On campus long the political lightning rod is up for another vote at Columbia.
This week students are having their say on line deciding if they want to bring it back.
In 1969 the Ivy League school kicked all ROTC branches off campus.
In response to anti Vietnam War protests and -- her hair and -- -- Shorter -- in 2005 students voted to bring ROTC back only to be overruled by the university student faculty senate.
Because the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy on gays didn't fit in with the university's nondiscrimination.
This fall then presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama really sparked the debate.
Shouldn't the students here be exposed to the attractiveness of serving in the military particularly as an officer the notion that.
Young people here -- Colombia or anywhere in any university.
Aren't offered the choice the options.
A participating in military service I think is a mistake.
And the campaign was under way.
Students on this campus and I should feel like this is a safe space -- -- feel like that our institution.
Is -- Bringing on to campus and institutionalizing.
As part of our school -- program that discriminates against certain it.
-- -- -- -- How magnesium campuses and I think that need to change and use that play our university at -- search engine making -- -- and whatever else.
Columbia working with the Defense Department says it's offering a reasonable alternative.
The university has continued to facilitate the participation of interest -- students who like their peers -- almost every other New York area college.
Take part in one or two regional magnet ROTC sites.
The vote could end a forty year ban but it's not entirely up to the students if they vote yes it goes before the schools Tenet which killed the program last time.
-- the board of trustees that we'll have the final set it on the campus of Columbia University Jamie Colby Fox News.
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