[sixties-l] Fwd: After 22 Years, N.Y.U. Allows Army Recruiter To Visit

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Date: 10/18/00

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    >Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000
    >From: Grassroots Media Network <tta@mail.utexas.edu>
    >Subject: [generalnews] After 22 Years, N.Y.U. Allows Army Recruiter
    >After 22 Years, N.Y.U. Allows an Army Recruiter to Visit
    >Defense Department recruiter visited New York University Law School 
    >yesterday the first permitted there in 22 years and in a scene reminiscent 
    >of the Vietnam protests of 30 years ago, the event was marked by scores of 
    >protesters who chanted, hooted and called for her to leave.
    >Like some colleges and graduate programs, the law school has barred 
    >military recruiters because the Defense Department refuses to employ men 
    >or women who are openly gay.
    >The school reluctantly agreed to admit a recruiter after the Defense 
    >Department issued regulations in January saying that it would withdraw all 
    >research funds from a university if any of its divisions kept its 
    >recruiters out.
    >Until this year, the department withheld its funds just from the division 
    >that barred the recruiters. The earlier policy meant that the law school, 
    >which has long been known as a congenial school for gay students, lost 
    >about $75,000 in student aid.
    >But the university had more at stake. It receives more than $200 million 
    >in Defense Department research funds, about two-thirds of which go to its 
    >medical school. The general counsel's office at the university advised the 
    >law school over the summer that in light of the new regulations, it should 
    >allow a recruiter to visit.
    >While the school allowed Capt. Ann H. Zgrodnik, a recruiter from the Army 
    >Judge Advocate General's Corps, to spend yesterday in Lipton Hall, many 
    >faculty members, students and administrators made clear their distaste for 
    >the visit.
    >About 100 students in pink armbands and neon stickers turned out in the 
    >common room at the law school's D'Agostino Hall on West Third Street to 
    >voice their dismay in a lively but orderly protest.
    >"Don't ask, don't tell, military go to hell," they chanted.
    >John Sexton, the law school dean, said in a letter to the faculty that 
    >members of the law school would explore "whether the new regulations might 
    >be challenged as illegal, and how the N.Y.U. Law School might contribute 
    >to such an effort."
    >Stephen Gillers, vice dean of the law school, said that the school itself 
    >could not bring a lawsuit but that individual faculty members, students or 
    >the university could. He said the Association of American Law Schools, the 
    >American Council on Education and other education groups in Washington had 
    >protested the new regulations to the Defense Department.
    >The law school also decided that every time a military recruiter visited 
    >the school, it would publicize the military's unwillingness to sign the 
    >school's nondiscrimination policy.
    >Many law school faculty members also signed a public statement saying they 
    >deplored the new Defense Department recruiting policy because it 
    >compromised their freedom to set ethical standards for student recruiting 
    >and "conscripts us into complicity with policies that unjustly degrade
    >fellow persons."
    >In a statement released by university officials, Captain Zgrodnik declined 
    >to be interviewed. But Lt. Col. Catherine Abbott, a spokeswoman for the 
    >Defense Department, said yesterday that allowing the military to recruit 
    >on campuses "is the law" made by Congress.
    >"We want students to be able to make informed decisions," she said. "We 
    >are not asking for any greater access than anyone else has."
    >Martha Rudd, a spokeswoman for the Army, said yesterday that 23 schools 
    >either turned away Army recruiters last year or gave them unequal access, 
    >like requiring them to interview in less desirable places.
    >Some professors who joined the protest yesterday said they opposed 
    >military recruiting because the Defense Department would not abide by the 
    >nondiscriminatory policies other recruiters endorse.
    >"It is particularly galling to be forced to do this under regulations that 
    >I think are illegal," said Sylvia A. Law, a law school professor and 
    >chairwoman of the school's placement committee, who said she might file a 
    >lawsuit over the department's new regulations.
    >If there was any dissension from the protest, it was not visible yesterday.
    >Some of the protesters signed up for interviews with Captain Zgrodnik. 
    >Richard McKewen, a third-year law student and editor in chief of the 
    >N.Y.U. Review of Law and Social Change, told the cheering crowd that he 
    >had told the recruiter that by working for the military, "You are 
    >complicit in your institution's bigotry, and you personally are not 
    >welcome here."
    >Someone in the crowd shouted, "Did you tell her you were gay?"
    >Mr. McKewen grinned and gestured to his costume, which included a golden 
    >tiara and a black feather boa, as well as cargo shorts and sneakers.
    >"If she couldn't read the signals," he said, "then the military's worse 
    >off than we thought."
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