After 40 year ban, Columbia University debating ROTC access to campus (video).

Columbia University was a conflicted campus Wednesday evening. There was…

Columbia University was a conflicted campus Wednesday evening. There was a split over a controversial question: should Reserve Officers’ Training Corps be let back on campus after a four decade-long ban?

Wednesday night marked the third schoolwide “townhall-style” meeting on Columbia’s campus seeking input to help university administrators come up with a decision on the ROTC question. The auditorium was packed to capacity.

First to speak was a Columbia student, former Marine and Iraq War veteran who urged civility and civility ruled. But it broke down at a meeting similar to this that took place last week.

That controversial meeting was when the Columbia ROTC controversy first veered into the news and triggered national outrage when disabled Iraq War veteran and Columbia freshman, Anthony Maschek, was jeered and heckled by an anti-ROTC contingent when he spoke in favor of military service.

Source: Peter Thorne for WPIX.

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