A November 2014 Herald article described the lack of military support on Brown’s campus. The article outlined how students considering careers in the military and participating in ROTC programs on campus feel marginalized by “the anti-military — and even hostile — stigma attached to ‘schools like Brown.’” Students anticipating careers in the armed forces outlined ROTC as one of their central concerns, and while ROTC is only one facet of military presence on campus, it is undoubtedly one of the most important. On Tuesday, the faculty endorsed a resolution to create a partnership between Brown’s campus and the Navy and Air Force ROTC programs.
Brown has a rich “anti-military,” anti-war history — said with pride. But is our campus today as anti-war as it once was, or are we losing a certain aspect of our past?
The Ivy League universities are supposedly repositories of the best and the brightest.
Above is an example of a student’s “critical” thinking published in the OpEd section of the campus newspaper.
Mr. Makhlouf seems to think that it is the right and proper nature of the universe that Brown University must be, always and forever, a progressive, liberal, indeed, leftist institution wholly committed to resistance to American foreign policy.
Should you decide to click through to the article, you’ll immediately find him bemoaning the militarization of local police forces. Which, maybe that is a legitimate concern, but it is one wholly disconnected from the issue of ROTC on campus. That’s a matter of legislation from the Congress implemented by the Department of Justice. Does Mr. Makhlouf decry the entry of Brown graduates into the DoJ?
His ramblings display a lack of exposure to any aspect of the military ethos and lifestyle. He instead rails against a caricature of the military that he has constructed solely in his own rather pathetic mind.
The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college.
If Mr. Makhlouf is so certain of the viewpoint he espouses, that an anti-military, leftist viewpoint is so self evidently right and proper, why then does he not feel that it can withstand exposure and challenge from an opposing view? The mere thought that a student at Brown might hear an argument that does not hew to his own viewpoint sends him to the keyboard to spew this tripe. That would certainly seem to be in conflict with Brown’s stated mission of free inquiry and discovery.
One suspects that Mr. Makhlouf is receiving scant return on investment for his annual tuition of $46,408.
This is, of course, hardly the only example of close mindedness on a college campus posing as intellectual superiority. It’s just one of the more egregious examples we’ve seen lately. Persons responsible for hiring employees would do well to keep such buffoonery in mind when looking at resumes from the Ivies.