POLL: Condi Rice Bows Out: Should Rutgers Have Done More?

Let us know in the poll and in the comments

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice decision to not speak at the 2014 Rutgers University Commencement sparked a controversy that left many wondering:

Should she have done it anyway?

Or should Rutgers have done more to keep her on board?

Let us know in the poll and in the comments: Who's right Who's wrong?

Rutgers President Robert Barchi once said the university "stands fully behind the invitation to Dr. Rice to be our commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree." Many in the Rutgers community were upset that Rice was slated to speak at the 2014 commencement because of her defense of the Iraq war.

After Rice bowed out, it was announced that former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and Eric LeGrand, a former Rutgers football player who was paralyzed, will speak at Rutgers' commencement ceremony.

Wwe Tensai May 13, 2014 at 02:00 PM
How do you quantify something like a moral?
CJ May 13, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Interested parties! Wonderful! Clinton was responsible for lessening the Banking requirements for the individual to be able to obtain a mortgage for the purchase of a house. He was also responsible for Banks taking further steps to lessen their own internal policies regarding qualifying for mortgages because if they lessened their internal policies he would offer up very cheap funding to them through the Federal Gov't. We now have a mortgage industry that is over 80% backed by the US Gov't, because of clinton. So, the Real Estate melt down which true value has diminished by over $4tt is because of Clinton. Just so everyone is aware, the mortgages as they sit must be marked to market for the portfolios they sit in, and if they were valued properly to todays values, we would see an actual devaluation of well over 10 maybe as much as 12 Trillion dollars. None of this is guess work, anyone can see the numbers, they come from the government and from public company filings. I think we all know where he sits on personal morals, not that his wife is any better.
Mac May 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM
voter morals: what's in it for me? - while one can't quantify zero return on investment, one can add up what it costs to keep reelecting family members with single digit leadership: we can solve any problem with more money flowing my way
timverba May 14, 2014 at 08:00 PM
It would be nice to hear a speech from a former Secretary of State, an International Monetary Fund Managing Director, or a billionaire mayor. But if it were for my commencement, I would be asking what is the connection to the school. Was Ms Rice involved in some cooperative program between Stanford and Rutgers? Was Ms Lagarde offering Smith College graduates a block of fellowships with the IMF? As a member of the alumni, will the sound of Michael Bloomberg's voice reverberate through my wallet so that its contents should be spilled into a bursar's tin? Most of these speeches are not setting forth public policy like General George Marshall's Plan to Harvard in 1947 or a civic vision like President Johnson's Great Society to the University of Michigan in 1964. If they have no real connection to the school's community, why should the graduates have to suffer through a thirty minute speech that is half inaudible and half unconnected. I am not trying to diminish the great accomplishments of Rice, Lagarde, and Bloomberg. Just give them their honorary stripes and keep the line moving. Commencement speeches would be received much better if limited to the school's president, provost, or even a public health official at the school.
Wwe Tensai May 15, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Who really cares who's giving the speech? The parents? No. They are there because their kid just graduated and they are so proud they could burst. The graduate? No. He or she is relieved and happy and wants to get out of there and have some fun before moving on with life. The public relations people? Yep. All this fuss for a one-line blurb in some recruitment brochure: " Recent commencement speakers have included former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Queen Elizabeth II of England, and the Archangel Gabriel." It makes the school look more prestigious on paper. The administrators don't win any extra mojo for , say, awarding more scholarships.


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