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Egyptian Students Protest Lack Of Freedom On Campuses

Egyptian college students protested the presence of “security forces” on their campuses which they regard as a barrier to being able to freely express views while on a college campus. They wanted the removal of all forces from the Interior Ministry from their daily lives and blamed the desire of the Egyptian government to seek controlling free speech in colleges. As some of the students noted: “Security bodies ban any and all political, cultural and intellectual activity inside universities. they want to create a generation of young people incapable of saying anything except ‘yes’ to Mubarak, senior and junior.” A complaint raised by protestors was the frequent punishment of critics by preventing them places in university dormitories.

There can not be a free atmosphere on a college campus if police are present and ready to step in to put down what they regard as a violation of peace on the campus. A university must have complete control over all aspects of life in a university even to the point of hiring its own security force. There is no room for police when freedom of speech is the issue.

Pentagon To Colleges–Give Us The Student Names!

The Defense Department has announced a new get tough policy with colleges that refuse to turn over the names of students since that information is of vital importance to milltary recruiters. The Pentagon wants the exact same access tos tudent directories that is provided all other prospective employers. Students can opt out of having this information given to military recruiters only if they at the same time opt out of the data being provided any prospective employer. The new policy refuses to accept a school’s claim that recruiters are banned from the college grounds because school authorities have determined no students wish to enter the armed forces.

Federal funding can be cut off to colleges that refuse access to millitary recruiters or deny ROTC programs on campus. The Supreme Court last year upheld the right of government to deny funding if a college denies recruiters access to the school.

The reality of modern times is few college students are interested in military careers and, most probably if recruiters are allowed on campuses only a small minority of students will become interested enough to join. Certainly that is their right to serve.