Following a contentious debate, faculty members voted 35-29 in favor of developing new partnerships with Navy ROTC and Air Force ROTC units based at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The new association with Holy Cross will build upon existing Navy ROTC partnerships with other institutions in the Boston area, as well as existing Army ROTC partnerships with Providence College and Bryant University.
President Paxson addressed onlookers near the wreath placed at the war memorial in the Ruth J. Simmons Quad on Veterans Day. Also speaking at the event were incoming Providence mayor Jorge Elorza, veteran Philip Crean ’15 and Ted Lowe ’49, civilian aid to the Secretary of the Army. U.S. Army Major Michael Moricas also swore in ROTC cadet Jonathan Davis ’16.
During breaks from eavesdropping on Iraqi insurgents’ phone calls for the National Security Agency (NSA), Karen McNeil read Arabic poetry. She was partial to erotic love poems by a contemporary Syrian writer and to a Palestinian author who focuses on the anguished plight of his people.
“There weren’t a lot of other people at the NSA like me,” she says. But it did suggest that McNeil would be perfect for her new job at Brown bridging the worlds of academia and the military.
Led by bagpiper Andrew Bower ’14, more than 100 people, including President Paxson, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, and alumni and student veterans, processed across the College Green on November 11. Behind Bower were former U.S. Navy petty officer Matthew Ricci ’15, University Chaplain Janet Cooper Nelson, and Reed, who praised such Veterans Day tributes as “an expression of the sacrifices and service and the debt we owe to veterans everywhere.”