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Condi Rice Bows Out; Rutgers Looking For New Commencement Speaker

Rutgers University says it's looking for a new commencement speaker now that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has bowed out

Rutgers President Robert Barchi said Saturday that the university "stands fully behind the invitation to Dr. Rice to be our commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree."

"We respect her decision not to participate in the upcoming Rutgers University commencement, which she clearly articulated in her statement this morning," Barchi said in a statement.

Many in the Rutgers community were upset that Rice was slated to speak at the 2014 commencement because of her defense of the Iraq war.

Earlier this year, Barchi acknowledged that the university has "even heard from high school students who have written to say that they would withdraw their Rutgers applications if we rescind-or fail to rescind-our invitation to her." 

"Now is the time to focus on our commencement, a day to celebrate the accomplishments and promising futures of our graduates," he said Saturday. "We look forward to joining them and their families on May 18, 2014."
Wwe Tensai May 07, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Spooner: First of all, by writing "If Hillary Clinton ..." I'd like you to concentrate on the word IF and read the rest of the post. The point was that some would find her politically objectionable just as some find Rice politically objectionable. If you feel that Rice should be tried for war crimes then you could have started a new sentence (you know, like with a capital letter) or simply stated, "I think that..." See, the way you left it, people who read carelessly might think I was advocating for Rice's trial.
Spooner May 07, 2014 at 02:29 PM
No! No! No!...what happened to your comment on Condoleezza Rice. You know the one I responded too. Cut the bait and switch bull!
factchecker May 07, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Spooner: That was in response to someone else saying the protesters were "Islamic militants" which I took offense to. I think you and I agree.
Brandy the Dog May 08, 2014 at 07:01 AM
The mistress of bait and switch howls with regularity @factcheck.
Spooner May 08, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Star(*)...sounds like your at a lost for words?

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