BC grads to rise in protest of Condi

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    Oooooooooo.. Just feel that love and peace and respect for others, and that progressive liberal TOLERANCE..And all this for a black women in one of the highest positions in goverment...If I were Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and the shit started, I'd just say thank you for your tolerance, turn my back on them, and walk off...... Let the fools suffer form their own ignorance.. I'm beginning to wonder if college is not just a extension of the junior high schools, or the communist HAVE taken over?? :poop:

    Sunday, May 21, 2006



    More than 200 faculty members have signed a letter of opposition to her. Scores of students plan to protest. And dozens of other demonstrators are expected to attend.

    All of this and more await Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at Boston College tomorrow, when she is due to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree and give what is shaping up to be this year’s most controversial commencement address.

    But anyone expecting Rice to be shouted down may be disappointed.

    “I think people have a right to demonstrate as long as they do it in a respectful way,” said senior Amanda Sindel-Keswick, 22.

    Students who plan to stand in protest during Rice’s speech plan to sit together so as not to block other people’s views, according to the college’s newspaper. And those who don’t want to draw attention to themselves by standing plan to wear armbands reading “No honorary degree” or “Not in my name.” :rotflmao:
    “I don’t agree with what she’s done with her power,” said senior Suzanne Dupre, 21. “I just wouldn’t want to see anything happen that would dampen the day.”

    Not everyone is upset to have the world’s most powerful woman speaking at their school.

    “Whether you agree with her political decisions or not, you have to recognize this is a coup for BC, bringing in someone this high-profile,” said senior Roger Nani, 21. “This is a good PR move.”http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=140156
     
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    Steve Almond is the author of the story collections ''The Evil B. B. Chow" and ''My Life in Heavy Metal."

    Condoleezza Rice at Boston College? I quit

    By Steve Almond | May 12, 2006

    An open letter to William P. Leahy, SJ, president of Boston College.


    I am writing to resign my post as an adjunct professor of English at Boston College.

    I am doing so -- after five years at BC, and with tremendous regret -- as a direct result of your decision to invite Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be the commencement speaker at this year's graduation.(freedom of speech survives elsewhere, evidently not here)

    Many members of the faculty and student body already have voiced their objection to the invitation, arguing that Rice's actions as secretary of state are inconsistent with the broader humanistic values of the university and the Catholic and Jesuit traditions from which those values derive.

    But I am not writing this letter simply because of an objection to the war against Iraq. My concern is more fundamental. Simply put, Rice is a liar.

    She has lied to the American people knowingly, repeatedly, often extravagantly over the past five years, in an effort to justify a pathologically misguided foreign policy.

    The public record of her deceits is extensive. During the ramp-up to the Iraq war, she made 29 false or misleading public statements concerning Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda, according to a congressional investigation by the House Committee on Government Reform.

    To cite one example:

    In an effort to build the case for war, then-National Security Adviser Rice repeatedly asserted that Iraq was pursuing a nuclear weapon, and specifically seeking uranium in Africa.

    In July of 2003, after these claims were disproved, Rice said: ''Now if there were doubts about the underlying intelligence . . . those doubts were not communicated to the president, the vice president, or to me."

    Rice's own deputy, Stephen Hadley, later admitted that the CIA had sent her a memo eight months earlier warning against the use of this claim.

    In the three years since the war began, Rice has continued to misrepresent or simply ignore the truth about our deadly adventure in Iraq.

    Like the president whom she serves so faithfully, she refuses to recognize her errors or the tragic consequences of those errors to the young soldiers and civilians dying in Iraq. She is a diplomat whose central allegiance is not to the democratic cause of this nation, but absolute power.

    This is the woman to whom you will be bestowing an honorary degree, along with the privilege of addressing the graduating class of 2006.

    It is this last notion I find most reprehensible: that Boston College would entrust to Rice the role of moral exemplar.

    To be clear: I am not questioning her intellectual gifts or academic accomplishments. Nor her potentially inspiring role as a powerful woman of color.

    But these are not the factors by which a commencement speaker should be judged. It is the content of one's character that matters here -- the reverence for truth and knowledge that Boston College purports to champion.

    Rice does not personify these values; she repudiates them. Whatever inspiring rhetoric she might present to the graduating class, her actions as a citizen and politician tell a different story.

    Honestly, Father Leahy, what lessons do you expect her to impart to impressionable seniors?

    That hard work in the corporate sector might gain them a spot on the board of Chevron? That they, too, might someday have an oil tanker named after them? That it is acceptable to lie to the American people for political gain?

    Given the widespread objection to inviting Rice, I would like to think you will rescind the offer. But that is clearly not going to happen.

    Like the administration in Washington, you appear too proud to admit to your mistake. Instead, you will mouth a bunch of platitudes, all of which boil down to: You don't want to lose face.

    In this sense, you leave me no choice.

    I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both. :boohoo:

    I would like to apologize to my students and prospective students. I would also urge them to investigate the words and actions of Rice, and to exercise their own First Amendment rights at her speech.
    http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ed...12/condoleezza_rice_at_boston_college_i_quit/
    GOOD GRIEF! You couldn't just say I QUIT...And how many people do you know, who contacts a local newpaper to tell of their resignation....OH THE DRAMA KING and a liar too boot.. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hey if having The Secretary of State speak at a commencement address makes extreme liberal professors quit then good job. She needs to speak at more.
     
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    Good point, Avatar. One less lunatic fringe prof on campus can't hurt.

    Most of the people objecting could only wish to have Dr. Rice's intelligence, class and success. I am sure that these same people would have no problem giving an honorary degree or commencement duties to Ward Churchill, though.
     

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