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Teach-In Protest Held At Rutgers Amid The Commencement Speaker Drama

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New Brunswick, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Despite Condoleezza Rice not heading to Rutgers to speak at this year’s graduation, the small group of professors and students who organized the original protests held a teach-in yesterday called “In Protest Against Honoring Condoleezza Rice”.

Professor Norman Glickman previously chaired the honorary degree committee before President Barchi was instated at the university. He said formerly there was a different system for choosing the commencement speaker and he was very judgmental about how Rutgers is being run under current President Barchi.

"I don't think he feels he needs to give any reason for anything he does,” Glickman explained.

60-year-old Army veteran Mark Doyle is finishing up his degree at Rutgers. He said that most of the Rutgers students he’s spoke with don’t even know who Condoleezza Rice is and instead are being pressured by professors to get involved in the protests.

"Before I came to school here, I heard rumors; you hear it on the news, various universities where students are being pressured by radical left professors to do this and that, intimidated not to speak out. I didn’t really know for certain if that was just isolated instances, but since I've been here at Rutgers, immersed at Rutgers, riding the bus with the kids, living in student housing in the rooms, I'm finding out its truth," he said.

Head of the Republican students at Rutgers, Donald Coughlan, sent a note to President Barchi attached with emails from professors who are urging their students to get involved in these protests. In his email to President Barchi he said: “Emails from faculty encouraging students to publicly denounce Dr. Rice and attend the teach-in protest, the emails disturb students as they were from Robert Lake, head of the doctoral program and William Field, the undergraduate political science program director, most of students know these professors very well and these emails intimidated students who do not share the opinions of professors.”


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