Haverford Speaker Slams Student for Protests

Controversy doesn’t end with grad speaker’s withdrawal.

“Haverford College graduates got an earful today from former Princeton University President William Bowen, who spoke as a speaker at the school’s commencement. One of the original speakers, former UC-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, withdrew after student protests,” The Wire reports. “Calling the students both ‘immature’ and ‘arrogant,’ Bowen received a standing ovation from the crowd.”

Birgenau withdrew because some Haverford  students protested his handling of the Occupy protests while he was at Berkeley. (Some students there were pepper sprayed.) But the case became notable during an increasingly contentious graduation season. Birgenau’s withdrawal followed Condi Rice‘s abdication of a graduate speaking slot at Rutgers following an outcry there, as well as a petition at Rowan to keep Gov. Chris Christie from speaking there.


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  • matthew brandley

    Amazing how these libturds can speak at any damn college they want yet consrveatives get removed. Whatever happened to freedom of speech

    • helenoftroy

      Hey Matthew. Do a little research before opening your mouth. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was chancellor at BERKELEY, UC. Ever hear of it? It is a bastion of Liberalism.

  • Poytszi

    Conservatives and their wingnuts (aka Tea Party) have loud voices as well. Is there a double standard here? Only the shrill and strident voice of the Right is the norm?

    • Coleen1027

      Yes, the double standard is that if the “conservative wingnuts” protested to have someone ousted because they were “too liberal” it would be front page news.

      • helenoftroy

        Hey Colleen. This WAS on the front page. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  • http://batman-news.com PPABootsquadVinnie

    As can be seen by the ‘civil’ comments below, there is no ‘free exchange of ideas’ if they are different from Your closely held but-Why I’m-Not- Sure beliefs. Not everyone is either/or Liberal or Conservative. Can’t you want fiscal responsibility and Not support the death penalty? Anyway, some of us who will Not allow ourselves be labeled just want to hear what the other guy has to say, and hope others have the good manners to let the other guy express himself. You don’t have to agree, just provide the same courtesy You would expect and Listen for a change.

  • Duck Pond Scum

    Haverford College has been developing a strong Grievance Studies department. The Berkeley connection will help supply talented aggrieved to teach the young aggrieved-in-training.