Sunday, March 16, 2014

Rutgers president not backing off decision to have Condoleezza Rice speak at graduation

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi reaffirmed the decision to make former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commencement speaker in a letter to the Rutgers community Friday that addressed the “spirited discussions” surrounding her invitation.

“Whatever your personal feelings or political views about our commencement speaker, there can be no doubt that Condoleezza Rice is one of the most influential intellectual and political figures of the last 50 years,” Barchi said in his first public statement since a faculty group passed a resolution calling for Rice’s invitation to be rescinded.

Rutgers Prof. Rudolph Bell, one of the authors of the resolution, said more than 350 tenured faculty members signed the petition objecting to the Board of Governors’ decision.

Bell said that Rice played a prominent role in advancing the Iraq War by misleading the American people into believing that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Further, Bell said that Rice supported enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, a human rights violation the faculty council does not endorse.

But not everyone at Rutgers shares the same views about the first female African-American national security advisor and secretary of state speaking at the 2014 commencement.

Joe Cashin, Rutgers University senior and student representative to the Board of Governors, said those in opposition to Rice represent a vocal minority.  “Most of the graduating seniors that I’ve talked to are very excited that she’s coming,” he said. “She definitely embodies Rutgers’ mission of diversity.”



Anonymous said...

University faculties are very sick with Political Correctness.
It is a very sad condition on campuses.

Anonymous said...

The Rutgers U President is correct in keeping Ms Rice but should be looking in house at the Teachers that are so vocal on this issue. While they have right to question the decision, it should not be public. This brings into question what they are teaching and how they will grade a student with a different opinion.

Anonymous said...

" it should not be public."

The censorship of the right has no bounds

Joey said...

Anon. 1:35am
Was it not the censorship of the left when they wanted to silence Rice? They did not want her to speak even in private.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1:35,

I don't see censorship in the comment advocating the teachers' opposition should be made in private.

I see a recommendation of time, place and manner.

But I'll tell you what, assuming that you even have a job, go out and start disagreeing with your boss in public. Go out and publish letters on how bad you think he is and how he is wrong on subjects.

After that, let us know how life is being unemployed.

People do have the right to speak out, but there are consequences to that speech.

Anonymous said...

"assuming that you even have a job"

Well, then I can assume that you do not have a job either. You surely live in your parents' basement playing video games, jerking off, and eating Cheetos. And every so often, you comment on right wing blogs. Pathetic life you have.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:29,

Awwww..... someone got their widdle feelings hurt?

stinky said...

Anon 6:29 is prob just a troll pretending to be a grownup. He is projecting how he feels about and against himself.

Sucks to be him, apparently.

Anonymous said...

"someone got their widdle feelings hurt?"

Nope, jerkoff. Try again.

Anonymous said...

using the liberals own rules, not wanting her to speak is racists!

Because it's all because she's black, obviously!