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Fri April 22, 2011
Brown students & faculty protest the return of ROTC
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A coalition of students and faculty at Brown University is making it clear that they do not want ROTC back on campus.
Brown ended its on-campus ROTC program back in 1969, so current Brown students take part in ROTC through the chapter at Providence College.
The group The Brown Coalition Against Special Privileges for ROTC, or CASPR, says bringing ROTC back sends an implied endorsement of the military.
"The implication is that we are giving funding space, institutional support to an institution that does not abide by Brown principals," says CASPER member Alex Dean.
Dean says also the military's ban of transgender service members violates Brown policy that protects gender expression.
University president Ruth Simmons convened a committee to explore bringing ROTC back to Brown last February following the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."
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