A replacement commencement speaker for someone forced out by student protests today strongly criticized the students in his speech today.


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Standing up for freedom: A replacement commencement speaker for someone forced out by student protests today strongly criticized the students in his speech today.

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.

I would hope more speakers did this. Sadly, I don’t get the impression many are.

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  • Pzatchok

    Unless the guy jumped out and ordered the cops to mace the protesters he had nothing to do with action other than being in charge of the university at the time.
    Just like Obama has nothing to do with how the local DC police handle a traffic stop.

    So the students argument that it had everything to do with the macing is a specious argument.
    they ignored all the things he had done that they agreed with like his support for illegal, undocumented students and minority students.

    The occupy movement didn’t like the guy because of the macing they themselves received at a totally different university he happened to be in charge of.
    In other words they were sending a message. “You can’t ignore us and not expect repercussions.”

    Do you know how to stop the student take over of universities? Stop letting professors participate in any way in student activities.
    Professors can express their first amendment but not in conjunction with the students they teach or the university they work at.
    If the students had no administration support none of this would ever happen.

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