Efforts to chase military recruiters off the UCSB campus were effectively stifled this week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that campuses accepting federal money could not ban or restrict recruiters despite university objections to the military’s don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy. Charging the policy discriminates against gay people, colleges throughout the country have sought to limit military access to campuses in recent years; it seemed such a campaign was poised to take off last year at UCSB. But given the large sum of federal dollars involved, supporters opted to wait for the high court’s decision. Of the $153 million UCSB receives in outside research grants, $128 million comes from the federal government. In addition, the feds account for $83 million in various types of student loans.
Originally published 12:00 p.m., March 9, 2006
Updated 2:10 p.m., March 16, 2006
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