"The hardest part of the day is the alarm clock," says junior Scott Quigley
.After battling the noise, the cold and the desire to remain in bed, Scott looks forward to his
favorite part of the day - after physical training.Quigley knows that he
has done something meaningful in the morning before most Brown students are even awake. Quigley ‘05 joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, or ROTC, last spring even though the Brown campus did not have its own program.Quigley
said that though the ROTC is taxing, physically and mentally, it is something that has special meaning for him beyond getting him in the best shape of his
"Everything in the military involves tradition," said Quigley
, explaining the use of the technical name for the common jumping jack.Doing jumping jacks in unison, they fill the warehouse-like rafters with sound. Though his
mother was initially hesitant to see him join the ROTC
, Quigley's father, a retired soldier himself, led the family's support in his
decision.Quigley travels three times a week and sometimes more to Providence College
, a ten minute drive from Brown, to exercise and train as an officer.He
says that this is something he
has been called to do and recalls sadly that the military roots at Brown have been forgotten."It's difficult not just because we don't have it, but (because) I wish the community would recognize the military," Quigley
says."Standing handspring stretch!"
An International Relations concentrator, Quigley
spends Wednesday afternoons in a military science class, his
hopes this physical and mental training will aid him in a career in military relations and planning. Quigley dreams about advising the President and making policy with top aides.He
attended camp last summer to catch up for missing freshman year training, spending 28 days in Fort Knox, Kentucky.This summer he
will go again with his
peers to officer training camp, a precursor to leading the battalion senior year and an evaluation of his
skills for future military placement."one thousand""nine""one thousand""one zero""one thousand""one one""one thousand""one two""My whole life I wanted to get into West Point and into Brown
", said Quigley
says, because of its well rounded curriculum and the chance to meet people besides those on a military career path.However, after a year, he
felt something was missing.In the spring of 2003, Quigley
joined one other Brown student at Providence College's
ROTC program.Since then, he
has improved his
discipline and is learning to attack problems from outside of the box while thinking critically and creatively, skills that should be welcome at Brown
claims, they are not, at least not officially.
Unfortunately for Quigley
and Huezo, ROTC
has been banned from Brown's
campus since the late 1960s.
believes that there are plenty of qualified military science professors out there and that their addition to the faculty would bring conservatism and intellectual diversity to campus, traits, he
says, often lacking on Brown's
himself values service to others and volunteers for Asthma Swim
, a program which encourages asthmatic children to swim.He
also gives students tours of the university.While Quigley
and the other cadets often receive looks in the cafeteria when they stumble in wearing dirty fatigues following their Wednesday class, they are never harassed.However, he
says, it can be hard to fall asleep in the noisy dorms before midnight, one of the most obvious incompatibilities of college and military life.
also says September 11th has little to do with student participation in the ROTC
.The program, he
says, is such a huge commitment that a surge of patriotism would not be enough to overcome the obstacles inherent in the ROTC program.
easygoing manner, Quigley
knows more students would want to join if they just knew of the benefits.The ROTC has not been welcome at the activities fair and is not mentioned in any admissions literature about Brown, said Quigley.
"All Brown students should know they have the opportunity to take Army ROTC
," said McGonagle.Quigley
and Huezo predict that the ROTC
will never be back on campus but promise to continue making it more visible to interested students.
...Brown's ethos, Quigley says, is too ideologically and culturally different from the ROTC's to ever allow the program back, but he thinks the Brown community could benefit from the ROTC on campus because it would show the community the positive side of the military and also prove to alumni and the larger community that Brown students do have a love for their country.Quigley
hopes to put on a Veterans Day ceremony, honoring past Brown soldiers under Soldiers' Arch.
"There is a difference in ethos of the United States military and the people who carry out its policy," says Quigley
in response to the issue of the military's policy. Both Quigley and Huezo say that more liberal thinking in the military would help readdress the issue of gay rights.Quigley's optimism and insight into this issue are evident as he
talks at ease about his
beliefs and the organization he
In this, Quigley
and Huezo agree.
prides itself on being open to many perspectives, and military science would give different insights into the world, Quigley
, the conservative ROTC
is a welcome addition to those perspectives and should be accepted by Brown
.At dinner in the Ratty, their military fatigues often elicit strange looks from civilians, but they eat, talk and joke about the day as if nothing is out of the ordinary.After hours in class and physical activity in the morning, Quigley
is exhausted, but he
knows that he
must be ready for homework that may last well into the night -- and tomorrow's wake-up call, which always seems to come too early.