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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Emails: Rutgers professors pushed students to protest Condi as commencement speaker -- By Katherine Timpf, Campus Reform

Condoleezza Rice on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., July 19. | AP Photo
  • Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to serve as commencement speaker at Rutgers University but withdrew after protests.
  • William Field, the Undergraduate Political Science Program Director, wrote an email encouraging students to attend "teach-ins" to "learn more about why students and faculty are upset."

  • Professors at Rutgers University pressured students to attend a teach-in protest of Condoleezza Rice as the school’s commencement speaker.

    “As the protest continued there was allegedly damage to glass door on college avenue and vandalized classrooms by writing #NORICE on classroom walls,” student and New Jersey College Republicans Chairman Donald P. Coughlan said in an interview with Campus Reform on Tuesday.

    Rice backed out of the engagement Saturday — the same day as the protest — despite having the support of the Rutgers University Student Assembly, the school administration, and student organizations including the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates and Greek Life at Rutgers University.

    Coughlan said that many students contacted him to say they felt “intimidated” by the professors.

    “Students were concerned that professors would send out emails that clearly show a biased view and are then concerned about voicing their opinion to these same professors who could influence their GPA,” he said.

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