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Graduation speakers tend to lean to Left: Liberals outnumber conservatives 4 to 1 at commencements
Tulane Hullabaloo ^ | 4/16/10 | Mary Kilpatrick

Posted on 05/01/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT by rhema

CampusReform.org released a list this month revealing a strong liberal bias among undergraduate universities’ commencement speakers.

The data shows that for every four liberal commencement speakers this spring, there is one conservative speaker. The study looked at 160 universities. Liberal names on the speaking list include Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Alec Baldwin, Nancy Pelosi, Sonia Sotomayor, Rachel Maddow, David Brooks and First Lady Michelle Obama.

“With the Obama administration being in power, obviously more high government officials are liberal,” CampusReform.org Communications Director Bonnie Kristian said. “Yet there are an abundance of conservative and libertarian members of government who could be speaking at the ceremonies who aren’t being asked by universities. Universities are simply not picking conservative or libertarian commencement speakers.”

Kristian said that her organization hopes to inform students and universities of this political imbalance.

“We hope these figures will bring attention and make students aware of this left-wing bias, and to encourage universities to represent both sides of the aisle and present a broader perspective,” she said.

Tulane College Democrats President Sam Richard said he was not surprised by the increase in liberal commencement speakers.

“College students are more liberal than many other demographics — 5 percent of Obama voters in 2008 were between the ages of 18 and 24” Richard said. “I think the universities are just trying to give students someone they want to hear from, someone they are excited about.”

Debbie Grant, vice president for university communications and marketing said that party affiliation plays no role in the commencement speaker selection process at Tulane.

“An individual’s political philosophy does not influence our invitation to be the keynote speaker at graduation,” she said. “The committee that plans commencement each year is drawn from the registrar’s office, admission office, the president’s office and the communications office. There is a working list of potential commencement speakers that has been compiled from suggestions to the committee from students, faculty, staff and alumni. When we review the list, we look to see if there is a connection to Tulane and/or New Orleans. Also, it helps if a member of the university community has a personal connection and can help us reach out to a potential speaker.”

Past Tulane commencement speakers include President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Brian Williams, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and, most recently, Ellen DeGeneres. Anderson Cooper will speak at the 2010 commencement this May.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: 2010commencements; college; commencements; highereducation; leftismoncampus; tulane

1 posted on 05/01/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema

Yep, college students are excited to hear from liberal speakers. The liberals will tell the graduates to go out and change the world. They will tell them that what they have learned in four years at _____ University is only the beginning. They will tell the grads that the world needs liberal solutions to cure all of the ills of society. They will be told to put their youthful idealism into action, yadda, yadda, yadda. The speeches are predictable, and will be centered around applying liberal values to the problems of the world.


2 posted on 05/01/2010 11:45:22 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: rhema

Alton Brown is giving the commencement speech at UGA this year next weekend, I can guarantee it won’t be about liberal values. I’ll bet it’s going to be very funny but real.


3 posted on 05/01/2010 11:48:06 AM PDT by GOP_Muzik (If all the world's a stage then I want different lighting)
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To: rhema

Uh-huh political philosophy doesn’t influence our decisions at all, how can these clowns say this stuff with a straight face.


4 posted on 05/01/2010 11:50:30 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: rhema

In other news:studies reveal men like women with big tits.


5 posted on 05/01/2010 11:50:55 AM PDT by strider44
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To: rhema

Few in academe make mention of any conservative principles, on pain of losing tenure. Instead, “get them indoctrinated when they’re young” and impressionable is not only the way of getting grades to graduate, but also the only method possible to wind through terminal degree committees, grants, tenure and promotion.


6 posted on 05/01/2010 11:51:22 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: GOP_Muzik

A surprise in Minneapolis: liberal Augsburg College is having Tim Pawlenty give the commencement address. Lots of liberal weeping and gnashing of teeth about that choice.


7 posted on 05/01/2010 11:51:57 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema
The majority of students were conservatives when they enrolled, but four years of listening to incompetent liberal morons (who, if they weren't teaching would be hard core unemployable) contaminates the thought process.

Parents should really stop and think about a) where they send their kids and b) the specific teachers their kids will have.

8 posted on 05/01/2010 11:55:47 AM PDT by LouAvul
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To: rhema

My daughter’s commencement is next Saturday and the speaker is Former Oklahoma Governor George Night, a Democrat.

Boo! Hiss!

(OK, he was a very popular governor, so what? He’s a Dim.)


9 posted on 05/01/2010 12:02:38 PM PDT by savedbygrace (Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord)
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To: savedbygrace

All reasons I never did a college graduation, BS or MS.

Some crap I simply didn’t need to hear, and the parchment could come by mail.

Too, they were not paying, and, post degree, I didn’t really need to hear their crap again.

Still, if you major in engineering, only the numbers work, and you get a lot less of the BS.

But you still have to take the liberal arts courses, and being on campus will expose you to the A holes of the world.


10 posted on 05/01/2010 12:09:50 PM PDT by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: savedbygrace; AppyPappy; Corin Stormhands

I found out that the speaker for the Virginia Tech Commencement this year is our new, conservative governor, Bob McDonnell! We feel fortunate and blessed.


11 posted on 05/01/2010 12:10:02 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: rhema

The Communist are meeting their goals.


12 posted on 05/01/2010 12:10:59 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: rhema

Ha ha! Love that they put David Brooks on the liberal list (where he belongs)!


13 posted on 05/01/2010 12:11:21 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: benewton

Hey I was one of those Liberal arts grads.


14 posted on 05/01/2010 12:12:30 PM PDT by BenKenobi
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To: rhema
Liberal names on the speaking list include Vice President Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, Alec Baldwin . . .

Alec Baldwin? How appropriate. It only took him eighteen years to earn a college degree.

15 posted on 05/01/2010 12:30:13 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: GOP_Muzik

Is Alton a “C”????? I loved his “cooking” show...don’t like the CHALLENGE show so much....


16 posted on 05/01/2010 12:33:08 PM PDT by goodnesswins (The PLANTATION Party is at it again (the DEMS) ....trying to make slaves of everyone)
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To: GOP_Muzik

Georgia Tech has yet another liberal - Brook Byers. He gave $6,900 to Obama in 2008.


17 posted on 05/01/2010 12:36:09 PM PDT by Hoodat (For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: benewton

“But you still have to take the liberal arts courses, and being on campus will expose you to the A holes of the world.”

...there’s some good news here though...at least in the English Dept...they’re slowly being put out of a job...only 4% of students major in English now...down from 8% when I was in school...the only real growth in the dept is in composition...soon lit professors will be selling pencils on street corners.


18 posted on 05/01/2010 12:38:28 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: rhema
The left may take a beating come Nov. but if academia keeps churning then out, they will get elected again. The left will hold up Barack as the trail blazer, and will continue its course of influencing and guiding America slowly to the left via the media, courts, schools and Hollywood. Does America have a chance? Is it offering any counter moves to the duplicitous and pernicious moves the left seems to dream up? This is where I get symbolic or metaphoric. Those who have seen the movie The 13th Warrior will know this allusion: that the mountain that breeds the left is the universities. It has to be retaken. Barack is the Piped Piper that has led the children to the mountain but the Hag is there to breed them into hordes of zombie warriors.
19 posted on 05/01/2010 1:06:43 PM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: BenKenobi

We all have our problems.

Most of us try not to sign up for them in advance, of course, but YMMV.


20 posted on 05/01/2010 1:13:04 PM PDT by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: rhema


Graduation speakers tend to lean to Left: Liberals outnumber
conservatives 4 to 1 at commencements

This is news?
One solution: send your offspring to places like Hillsdale.

So they won’t have to listen to the likes of Al Gore, Katie Couric, etc...
as they get paid five or six figures to blather for 20-30 minutes.


21 posted on 05/01/2010 1:20:59 PM PDT by VOA
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To: rhema
“An individual’s political philosophy does not influence our invitation to be the keynote speaker at graduation,” she said.

The person who made this statement is Debbie Grant, vice president for university communications and marketing.

Debbie Grant you are a liar and you know you are a liar, but you probably hate morality anyway.

Debbie, you give yourself an excuse for your lying, because to you and all liberals, lying is okay if you are lying for the cause.

Debbie Grant gets paid with tax money to lie for the left which is the first purpose of public education.

22 posted on 05/01/2010 2:24:11 PM PDT by Old Landmarks (No fear of man, none!)
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To: rhema
Graduation speakers tend to lean to Left: Liberals outnumber conservatives 4 to 1 at commencements

Lean to the left?

Is this a joke? Lean?

These people don't lean, they are sold out radicalized leftist revolutionaries in the world view they embrace and the support of a leftist president who clearly hates America as cherished by our forefathers.

23 posted on 05/01/2010 2:30:42 PM PDT by Old Landmarks (No fear of man, none!)
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To: benewton

I was a history major. Need all kinds of conservatives IMHO.


24 posted on 05/02/2010 7:19:12 AM PDT by BenKenobi
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