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Currently there is no -- ROTC program at Columbia university in New York.
There is no need -- he got in Manhattan closes out.
But that could soon change ROTC on campus long a political lightning rod is up for another vote act Columbia.
This -- students are having their say on line deciding if they wanna bring it back.
In 1969 the Ivy League school -- all ROTC branches off campus in response to anti Vietnam War protests in.
-- 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 -- 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 universe.
Are offered the choice the option of participating in military service I think is a mistake.
And the campaign was underway.
Students on this campus.
Should feel like this is the State's -- should feel like that our institution.
Bringing on the campus and institutionalizing.
As part of art school a program that discriminates against him.
Only half and I really situations.
That are you receive it portraits it.
Colombia working with the Defense Department says it's offering a reasonable alternative.
The university has continued to facilitate the participation of interested students who -- appears in almost every other New York area college take part in one -- two regional -- ROTC sites.
The vote could and a forty year ban but it's not entirely up to the students if they vote yes it goes before the school senate which killed the program last time.
If the board of trustees that we'll have the final set.
On the campus of Columbia University Jamie Colby Fox News.
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