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Haverford College commencement speaker lambastes students
Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/18/2014 | Susan Snyder

Posted on 05/18/2014 8:56:58 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen

In a surprising move, a commencement speaker at Haverford College on Sunday used the celebratory occasion to deliver a sharp rebuke to students who had mounted a campaign against another speaker who had been scheduled to appear but withdrew amid the controversy.

William G. Bowen, former president of Princeton and a nationally respected higher education leader, called the student protestors' approach both "immature" and "arrogant" and the subsequent withdrawal of Robert J. Birgeneau, former chancellor of the University of California Berkeley, a "defeat" for the Quaker college and its ideals

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1 posted on 05/18/2014 8:56:58 AM PDT by Kid Shelleen
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To: Kid Shelleen
At Haverford, the controversy arose over Birgeneau's leadership during a 2011 incident in which UC Berkeley police used force on students protesting college costs. A group of more than 40 students and three Haverford professors - all Berkeley alums - objected to Birgeneau's appearance and receipt of an honorary degree, noting that many of them had participated in Occupy protests as well and wanted to stand in solidarity with Berkeley students.

Buncha whining Lefties.

2 posted on 05/18/2014 8:59:47 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Simple solution. Do away with commencement speakers altogether. That way, nobody is “offended” and the students will be at their keg parties all the sooner.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 9:00:03 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Kid Shelleen
Good for the kids. Now we know they did the right thing.

As the saying goes....Respect is something you earn.

Time to do away with outside speakers??

4 posted on 05/18/2014 9:00:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kid Shelleen
A group of more than 40 students and three Haverford professors - all Berkeley alums - objected to Birgeneau's appearance and receipt of an honorary degree, noting that many of them had participated in Occupy protests as well and wanted to stand in solidarity with Berkeley students.

"Free speech" -- to the left -- has always meant shouting down opposing viewpoints.

5 posted on 05/18/2014 9:00:51 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Kid Shelleen
I don't know why they waste money on these commencement ceremonies anyway. Why not just mail a copy of the Communist Manifesto, Mein Kampf, or a Che' T-shirt (their choice) to each graduate with their diploma. It would be a lot cheaper.
6 posted on 05/18/2014 9:01:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: SamAdams76

“Simple solution. Do away with commencement speakers altogether. That way, nobody is “offended” and the students will be at their keg parties all the sooner.”

Agreed.


7 posted on 05/18/2014 9:04:37 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: SamAdams76

Better solution, quit giving in to whiners. Then, go get hammered.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 9:08:36 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I assure you, Haverford College can afford to waste money.


9 posted on 05/18/2014 9:10:10 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: BenLurkin

As a former resident of the Peoples Republic of Berkeley I know of at least 2 speakers who were literally shouted down, to the point where they gave up trying to speak. Jeane Kirkpatrick and Bibi Netanyahu. The fascist leftists are without doubt the most intolerant people I have had the displeasure of dealing with.


10 posted on 05/18/2014 9:19:27 AM PDT by allblues (God is neither a Republican nor a Democrat but Satan is definitely a Democrat)
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To: allblues

It’s not just the Fascist who are intolerant, but the majority of the American people too.


11 posted on 05/18/2014 9:22:12 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

Colleges used to be a place for the intellectual elite, now most colleges are populated with below average students who should be vying for fast food jobs.

All great things created by great people are destroyed by mediocre people and replaced by mediocre things.


12 posted on 05/18/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: SamAdams76

Or go with a couple colleges I know and have a dean or the president deliver the address.


13 posted on 05/18/2014 9:30:00 AM PDT by PrincessB (Drill Baby Drill.)
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To: Born to Conserve
now most colleges are populated with below average students

With below average IQs. And they worm their way into our political, academic and religious institutions, where they do incalculable harm.

14 posted on 05/18/2014 9:49:18 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Theodore R.
It’s not just the Fascist who are intolerant, but the majority of the American people too.

Are you sure you aren't making a distinction without a difference. Majorities of Americans voted for a fascist in the last two presidential elections, and I'd warrant that a dispassionate description of fascist policies describing America as the country to (purportedly) benefit from them, without labeling them as fascist, would garner majority support in an opinion poll of Americans.

Remember that as Lord Acton observed, "At all times sincere friends of freedom have been rare, and its triumphs have been due to minorities, that have prevailed by associating themselves with auxiliaries whose objects often differed from their own..."

15 posted on 05/18/2014 9:58:30 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Born to Conserve

General Leslie Groves, who headed the Manhattan Project was warned by subordinates that recruiting scientists from universities was akin to recruiting from the commie-sary. To which Groves replied, “Where am I supposed to find scientists if not at the universities?”

The intensity level seems to have risen, though some things never change.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 10:19:42 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Kid Shelleen
All commencement addresses should be like the speech TV character Ali G (Sacha Baron Cohen) gave at one of the Ivy League university a few years back. I read a transcript of it, and it was one of the funniest things I've ever come across. Picture someone addressing a bunch of college students/graduates and saying some of the things from that speech:

1. Cohen, who is British, considers the U.S. one of the greatest countries in the world (after Jamaica and Thailand).

2. He mentioned Lincoln as a great American historical figures but said his legacy is tarnished by the Town Car. LOL.

3. He spoke about the great futures the students faced, and said: "Sitting in front of me is probably the next Bill Gates, Donald Trump ... maybe even Ronald McDonald." LMAO.

17 posted on 05/18/2014 10:37:46 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: allblues

When one has no valid argument with which to refute someone’s views, his only option is to silence those views.

“Shut up”, explained the leftist.


18 posted on 05/18/2014 10:44:09 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Theodore R.
It’s not just the Fascist who are intolerant, but the majority of the American people too.

I cannot agree. On what basis do you make this claim?

19 posted on 05/18/2014 12:05:28 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Albion Wilde

Public education seems to have made a awful lot of people awfully stupid.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 12:26:32 PM PDT by onedoug (God derived the function we discovered as mathematics)
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To: Theodore R.

I wouldn’t say American people are intolerant but rather not interested.


21 posted on 05/18/2014 1:15:37 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kid Shelleen

bttt


22 posted on 05/18/2014 4:35:09 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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