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Some Rutgers Students Don't Want Condoleezza Rice at Commencement

Rutgers students protest former secretary of state speaking at graduation

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    Rutgers Students Protest Graduation Speaker

    About 50 students are protesting Rutgers University's decision to have Condoleeza Rice speak at graduation because of her role in the Iraq War. (Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014)

    Roughly 50 Rutgers University students are staging a sit-in at a school administration building in New Brunswick to protest the school's decision to invite Condoleezza Rice to speak at the university's commencement next month.

    The school's Board of Governors voted to pay the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser $35,000 for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony.

    But several faculty members and students want the invitation rescinded because of Rice's role in the Iraq War.

    University President Robert Barchi and other school leaders have resisted the calls to “disinvite” Rice, saying the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics.