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Inside Higher Ed ^ | Saturday, May 6, 2006 | David Epstein

Posted on 05/06/2006 8:03:52 AM PDT by freakboy

For some students at the New School, in Manhattan, their institution and conservative politicians go together as well as Swiss cheese and peanut butter.

Bob Kerrey, the institution’s president and a former Democratic governor and senator from Nebraska, announced this spring that U.S. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican and past and possibly future presidential candidate, would be the commencement speaker at the New School. Kerrey said the senator’s acceptance “is a big honor for our graduates and their families.”

But hundreds of students, staff and faculty members at the institution of about 9,000 students have signed paper and online petitions that seek to revoke the invitation.

Several students and faculty members pointed out that McCain has supported banning gay marriage in Arizona, and that, three days before his visit to the New School, McCain will be speaking at Liberty University, whose founder and chancellor, Rev. Jerry Falwell, has openly expressed his opposition to homosexuality.

“Up until a few months ago, I was happy he was coming,” said Anthony Szczurek, a New School freshman. “I think the thing that bothers me the most is him speaking at Jerry Falwell’s school.” Szczurek said that he thinks it’s not appropriate to have a speaker that is hostile to the gay community speak on a day of celebration at an institution with a vibrant gay community.

Harper Keenan, a sophomore, has helped organize the dissent. “In all of our classes we’re taught the value of inclusion of all people,” he said, “and we’re taught to question our leaders.”

The University Student Senate wrote a letter to Kerrey saying that the commencement speaker “commands a higher profile than an ordinary lecturer, and may be assumed to have the implicit endorsement of the university community.”

Kerrey said that he considers McCain “one of the most important political leaders in the world today,” and added that he is “unfortunately caught up in the politics of the day,” and that he “accepted our invitation before Liberty’s.”

The student demonstrations have been very respectful, the president said, noting that he fully supports their right to organize.

Kerrey added that “John McCain isn’t anti-homosexual.… He has not supported federal legislation” restricting gay marriage, he said. “We have very good policies that make our campus very welcoming.... I don’t think his presence subtracts from that.”

Some McCain opponents have said that they don’t want the New School’s commencement to be a political stop for a man they are assuming will be running for president.

McCain, who will receive an honorary degree from the New School, pointed out on the Fox News Network that the New School is a “somewhat liberal institution,” and some students and faculty members at the university think that McCain is just using his visit to balance out the Liberty stop and seem more moderate than he is.

“John McCain is a conservative politician who supports South Dakota’s ban on abortion, and he’s avidly pro-Iraq War,” said Gregory Tewksbury, a part time faculty member at the New School. “People feel like [the invitation to McCain] made commencement into a political platform.”

Tewksbury added that this isn’t a free speech issue, and that he had no problem with Paul Wolfowitz, President Bush’s former deputy secretary of defense, having given a speech at the New School in 2003. “There was give a take,” he said, whereas at commencement, “there will be no chance to engage any of his views.”

Students at the New School aren’t the only ones revolting against politically charged graduation speakers. Hundreds of students and faculty members at Boston College have voiced their opposition to having Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, appear at graduation and receive an honorary degree.

Kerrey said he’s confident that McCain’s speech will be both suitable and inspirational. “I have a high degree of confidence that the message John McCain will deliver will be one that is entirely appropriate,” Kerrey said.

Kerrey said that “the hard truth is this: for every university president in America, one of the challenges they’ve got is to try to find somebody of note to speak at commencement. If you’re an Ivy League school, it’s a lot easier than if you’re the New School … at the end of the day, it is an effort I have to make. This year, we succeeded quite well.”

In fact, McCain will also be speaking at an Ivy League institution. He will be at Columbia University for the undergraduate college’s Class Day, the first of two days of graduation ceremonies.

At Columbia, Laura Cordetti, a senior, has organized opposition to McCain. When Cordetti heard McCain would be speaking, she started a Facebook group — “John McCain Does Not Speak For Us” — that quickly started attracting other students. As at the New School, much of the opposition is in light of McCain’s stop at Liberty. Inviting someone “who has directly been hurting gay people in a legislative way to come here on a day which is supposed to be about celebrating what we stand for is insulting.”

Cordetti, who is graduating, likely won’t have champagne for McCain after his talk. She said that she isn’t trying to trample on free speech, but that having McCain for graduation is like inviting someone you don’t like to your party.

Kerrey said that McCain is “clearly within the mainstream of American political thinking today.”

McCain, however, might not quite be in touch with the New School mainstream. Kerrey said that the “only thing that was a bit amusing” about the affair was McCain saying publicly that “nobody is objecting to him speaking at the New School.”

— David Epstein


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Harper Keenan, a sophomore, has helped organize the dissent. “In all of our classes we’re taught the value of inclusion of all people,” he said

Is McCain not a person? I think he meant to say "inclusion of all people whose views we agree with".
1 posted on 05/06/2006 8:03:53 AM PDT by freakboy
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Sen. McCain accepted the invitation from the New School, knowing that he would get this reaction, thus making him appear to be a hard-right conservative.

LOL.


2 posted on 05/06/2006 8:07:15 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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Yep, I don't like McCain by these Leftist are the worst sorts. Self Righteous bigots who are all for "inclusion" as long as it validates their personal world view.


3 posted on 05/06/2006 8:10:27 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (The Democrat Party! For people who value slogans, not solutions!)
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The University Student Senate wrote a letter to Kerrey saying that the commencement speaker “commands a higher profile than an ordinary lecturer, and may be assumed to have the implicit endorsement of the university community.”

So, in other words, whatever speaker they have has to explicitly endorse homosexuality.

4 posted on 05/06/2006 8:15:06 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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Ping!


5 posted on 05/06/2006 8:16:04 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod (Benedict XVI = Terminator IV)
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By TAMER EL-GHOBASHY
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Laura Coradetti was found sitting in the dark a few hundred yards off the trail about 3 a.m. yesterday - about 12 hours after losing her dad and brother during a 14-mile hike on Mount Crawford.

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6 posted on 05/06/2006 8:25:37 AM PDT by kcvl
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The Right certainly has its hardcore group of bigots, but probably 90% of all the bigots I meet in my day to day life are Leftists who honestly believe they're open-minded, forward-thinking progressives.
7 posted on 05/06/2006 8:30:57 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ISLAM: The Other Psychosis)
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You are totally right. The Left sees itself as a kind of political/cultural arbriter, which needs to decide whom gets to say what, and what is and is not "hate speech".

In 1992, Governor Bob Casey (D-Pa) WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK before the Dem platform committee AGAINST ABORTION. He simply was told that his views would not be listened to.

And they think they support free speech.


8 posted on 05/06/2006 8:42:28 AM PDT by kjo
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It's good to be in DC.

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9 posted on 05/06/2006 8:52:57 AM PDT by freddymuldoon
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McCain has long been seduced by the democrat party controlled media that they like him.

They Don't. In fact they utterly hate his guts.


10 posted on 05/06/2006 8:56:11 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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Harper says that 'we're taught to question our leaders'.

Except her leaders at the New School.

Idiot.


11 posted on 05/06/2006 9:42:18 AM PDT by squarebarb
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McCain, however, might not quite be in touch with the New School mainstream.

Meanwhile, the New school is way out of touch with the real mainstream...

12 posted on 05/06/2006 11:15:43 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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Thanks for the ping.

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“Up until a few months ago, I was happy he was coming,” said Anthony Szczurek, a New School freshman. “I think the thing that bothers me the most is him speaking at Jerry Falwell’s school.” Szczurek said that he thinks it’s not appropriate to have a speaker that is hostile to the gay community speak on a day of celebration at an institution with a vibrant gay community.

A vibrant gay community??? LOL -what does this mean?

14 posted on 05/06/2006 1:52:29 PM PDT by DBeers ()
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“In all of our classes we’re taught the value of inclusion of all people,”

Except white, heterosexual, able-bodied men and women (WHAMs and WHAWs).
15 posted on 05/06/2006 2:07:57 PM PDT by Beckwith (The liberal media has picked sides and they've sided with the Jihadists.)
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"their institution and conservative politicians go together as well as Swiss cheese and peanut butter. "


?????? Aparently not! Or were they saying that swiss cheese doesn't go with peanut butter? Who knows what these people are talking about most of the time!


16 posted on 05/06/2006 6:00:30 PM PDT by gidget7 (PC is the huge rock, behind which lies hide!)
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As at the New School, much of the opposition is in light of McCain’s stop at Liberty. Inviting someone “who has directly been hurting gay people in a legislative way to come here on a day which is supposed to be about celebrating what we stand for is insulting.”

Hurting gay people by not voting for the Federal Marriage Amendment?

What does "directly hurting...in a legislative way" mean?
17 posted on 05/06/2006 6:54:53 PM PDT by Das Outsider (Are Marxist academics and apostate bishops trustworthy enough to tell you who the "real" Jesus is?)
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But hundreds of students, staff and faculty members at the institution of about 9,000 students have signed paper and online petitions that seek to revoke the invitation.



I wouldn't want to hear what Juan McCain had to say either.


18 posted on 05/06/2006 7:37:18 PM PDT by trubluolyguy (I love coffee....I love it GOOD!)
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SHAZZAM!... Kerry outs mclaim as a stealth democrat..


19 posted on 05/06/2006 7:57:01 PM PDT by hosepipe (This Propaganda has been edited to include not a small amount of Hyperbole..)
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"Harper Keenan, a sophomore, has helped organize the dissent. “In all of our classes we’re taught the value of inclusion of all people,” he said"

Only an idiot would learn his values in college classes.


20 posted on 05/06/2006 8:03:01 PM PDT by vigilo (Everything I needed to know about George Bush and the Republican Party I learned from CFR.)
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