ROTC Returns to Harvard

Do you care that Harvard has reinstated ROTC? Them and their six recruits are back in:

Under its agreement with the Army, Harvard will provide office space for the local R.O.T.C. commander to conduct classes and counseling sessions with cadets. It will also make classrooms and athletic facilities available for training.

And it will assume financial responsibility for administrative costs associated with the program. Those costs were covered by a Harvard alumni group since the R.O.T.C. left the campus.

After the R.O.T.C. left, Harvard undergraduates went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tufts University for weekly courses in military science and three-times-a-week physical training sessions.

Since 1989, the Army has commissioned 88 second lieutenants out of Harvard through the R.O.T.C., and six students are currently participating in the program, said Lt. Col. Tim Hall, commander of the local R.O.T.C. unit, known as the Paul Revere Battalion.

Somewhere, Paul Revere is not happy at only having six officer candidates under his flag.

Not a Folk Song: Pirates and Dancers

Can nerds become pirates? Can the elderly or the chubby become professional dancers? Yes for the argggh-meisters:

With the tantalizing possibility of guaranteed, unlimited student loans the past 20 years, colleges have gotten silly about some of the options they offer – Columbia’a $90,000, two-year Environmental Journalism program comes to mind – but MIT at least has one that sounds cool: piracy.

Swashbucklin’ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Unofficially, for at least 20 years any MIT student who completes courses in pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing is considered a pirate. More recently it became official.

And a big yes-yes for the not-so-tiny dancers:

As she stood in front of a dance studio mirror, Shirley Koehler struggled to keep up with a barrage of instructions from the choreographer: spin and stomp, twirl, nod and flex. And finally, slap your backside.

Ms. Koehler was not alone in her discomfort at the audition; others strutted with herniated disks, shrinking spines, degenerative knees and hearing aids.

At stake was a spot on the Timeless Torches, a dancing troupe tied to the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association.

“They like to see this humungous guy do the moves,” said Luis Jimenez, 47. He said that his stature (he weighs more than 300 pounds) has made him a crowd-pleaser in the five years he has been on the squad, showcasing his salsa steps and signature belly rub.

Humungous guy do the moves? Good for him. (Note to self: avoid all Liberty games.)

Hand Salute: Pax for the Pirates