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Ohio State students upset Chris Matthews tapped as commencement speaker
Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 28, 2014 | Collin Binkley

Posted on 04/01/2014 7:42:15 AM PDT by don-o

Some Ohio State University students are upset that they had no say in picking this year’s spring commencement speaker, a break with past practice.

Provost Joseph Steinmetz and his Office of Academic Affairs alone decided to invite MSNBC talk-show host Chris Matthews to speak at the May 4 ceremony at Ohio Stadium. In the past, the university asked a committee of students and staff for a recommendation. This year, there wasn’t time, OSU officials said.

“Because of time constraints and leadership changes during the past year, the decision was made to use a more streamlined approach to speaker selection for spring 2014 commencement,” OSU spokesman Gary Lewis said in an email.

Amid the search for a new president and other shuffles in top jobs, Steinmetz and his office made the final decision, Lewis said.

News that Matthews will speak hasn’t been well-received among students, said Taylor Stepp, president of the undergraduate student government. Complaints about Matthews’s liberal views are common, Stepp said, but students are equally upset that the university didn’t draw a bigger name.

(Excerpt) Read more at dispatch.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: tingle
‘We don’t know who this guy is,’ some complain of MSNBC talk-show host
1 posted on 04/01/2014 7:42:15 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Hope they provide a drool bucket for him.


2 posted on 04/01/2014 7:43:07 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: don-o

Others do know who he is,and that’s a problem too.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 7:44:00 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: exit82

> Hope they provide a drool bucket for him.

LOL!!

I was JUST thinking the SAME thing!

Hope their mics are waterproof.


4 posted on 04/01/2014 7:44:41 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: don-o

“Graduates, when you take that first STEP towards the next phase of your life, I hope you feel a tingle in your leg.”


5 posted on 04/01/2014 7:44:59 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: don-o

If this were my graduation ceremony, I simply would not attend……...


6 posted on 04/01/2014 7:45:07 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: exit82

He might also need a ground wire for his tingly leg.


7 posted on 04/01/2014 7:45:27 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: don-o

What? Ed Schultz wasn’t available? Rachel Maddow? Yeah, if I’m a president at a major university MSNBC is the last place I’d be looking for a commencement speaker.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 7:48:18 AM PDT by dowcaet
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To: don-o

If Matthews does end up speaking at the commencement it will be the largest viewing audience he’s had in years.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 7:50:45 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: don-o

That’ll end up being an hour and a half of Hissy Chrissy talking about the love of his life Zero. *PAIN*


10 posted on 04/01/2014 7:52:50 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: don-o

What a great opportunity for a FReep.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 7:57:07 AM PDT by shove_it (my real nickname is Otter)
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To: don-o

Must be an open bar promised.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 8:00:19 AM PDT by albie
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To: don-o
I didn't attend my commencement due to the choice of speaker and don't regret it, but I still regret their choice of speaker.
13 posted on 04/01/2014 8:03:00 AM PDT by GBA (Here in the Matrix, life is but a dream.)
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To: don-o
Amid the search for a new president and other shuffles in top jobs, [Provost Joseph] Steinmetz and his office made the final decision, Lewis said.

It would appear "Provost" needs to be one of the "shuffles."

14 posted on 04/01/2014 8:05:05 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: don-o
With a reported total of 63,964 students, I doubt all or even most OSU graduates attend graduations. If they all walked at graduation, the ceremony would probably take days if not weeks.
15 posted on 04/01/2014 8:05:29 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: don-o

“This year, there wasn’t time,..”

What? They have all new students in their graduating class?


16 posted on 04/01/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: don-o
This year, there wasn’t time.

That's one of the lamest excuses I've heard. "no time", uh-huh....

17 posted on 04/01/2014 8:10:08 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: basil

“.........I simply would not attend.......”

Me too......BUT my dramatic side tells me that a mass grad walk-out
on video would be a great keepsake and fun, too.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 8:11:11 AM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: don-o
One of the mass media's most notorious crack-pot airheads--the male Nancy Pelosi.

It is not only students who will be upset about this choice. Ohio State, after all, is a major Ohio institution.

Now just what could this babbling head have to offer the student body?

William Flax

19 posted on 04/01/2014 8:12:25 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: don-o

Castro wasn’t feeling well, the Communist-in-Chief had a golf date, and Chavez is dead...

Matthews is the best they could do!


20 posted on 04/01/2014 8:17:10 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: don-o
Meanwhile, they're camping out to see the Emperor tomorrow at the University of Michigan.

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21 posted on 04/01/2014 8:19:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sivad

I love that idea!


22 posted on 04/01/2014 8:29:52 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Junk Silver
If Matthews does end up speaking at the commencement it will be the largest viewing audience he’s had in years.

ha!

23 posted on 04/01/2014 8:30:08 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: basil
If this were my graduation ceremony, I simply would not attend……...

I agree, but sadly these students have Moms, Dad,Grandparents and others that have waited years to celebrate a child's achievement and leave to some liberal retards to stain that memory with someone like chrisytingel.

24 posted on 04/01/2014 8:35:34 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: jeffc

How sad that this graduation date sneaked up on them without proper planning for the commencement speaker. Makes me want to puke!


25 posted on 04/01/2014 8:47:50 AM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: Sooth2222

With a graduating class for all degrees of probably 10,000, each college will hold separate ceremonies. The law school, the college of engineering, the graduate college, and so forth. The college of arts and sciences will probably have 3000 students.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 8:49:27 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Sivad

I’d prefer to see them stand and turn their backs to him as he speaks.


27 posted on 04/01/2014 9:08:25 AM PDT by motor_racer (Who will bell the cat?)
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To: don-o
Will they have EMTs standing by in case Lil Chrissy gets a thrill up his leg as he's speaking?
28 posted on 04/01/2014 9:26:40 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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