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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Rice Withdraws From Rutgers University Speech

Rice finding out quickly that her role in the illegal Iraq and Afghan wars not going away, and that the now useless Rovian "hide in plain sight" routine only got her into further hot water

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By Kelley Heyboer
05/05/2014

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The Rutgers College Republicans and other student groups sent a letter today to Rutgers University President Robert Barchi to express their concerns about the "hostile campus environment" created by the controversy surrounding Condoleezza Rice's withdrawal as commencement speaker. 
 
 
War criminal Condoleezza Rice
The students — who include members of the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates and Greek Life at Rutgers University — asked the president to speak out against the student and faculty protests which led to Rice's announcement Saturday that she will not appear the May 18 ceremony. 
 
The student groups also requested a meeting with Barchi.

"An (overwhelming) number of the students were disappointed in Condoleezza Rice no longer being the commencement speaker after a small minority of the student body and intolerant faculty members at Rutgers University protested loudly over the past month," Donald Coughlan, a Rutgers student and chairman of the New Jersey College Republicans, wrote on behalf of the groups.


The letter also said some students were disturbed by emails sent by faculty members encouraging them to attend a "teach-in" about Rice Tuesday and speak out against the former U.S. Secretary of State. 
 
 
Rice with drunk, retarded master George W. Bush
"Most students know these professors very well and these emails intimidated students who do not share the opinions of the professors," Coughlan wrote.

Rutgers officials named Rice the university's commencement speaker in February. She was scheduled to receive an honorary doctoral degree and a $35,000 honorarium for her speech. 
 
 
But several faculty groups and student organizations opposed honoring Rice because of the Bush Administration's involvement in the Iraq War, waterboarding and other controversies.

Last week, about 50 students staged a sit-in outside Barchi's office calling for Rutgers to rescind the invitation to Rice. 
 
 
Rice responsible for all U.S. military and Iraqi civilian deaths
On Saturday, Rice said she was backing out of delivering the speech.

"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time," Rice said.


Barchi accepted her withdrawal, but did not back down from the university's decision to invite her to speak.

"While Rutgers University stands fully behind the invitation to Dr. Rice to be our commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree, we respect the decision she made and clearly articulated in her statement this morning," Barchi said.

Rutgers has not announced who will replace Rice as speaker at the commencement ceremony at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, which is expected to attract about 40,000 people.

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