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We, the undersigned students, faculty, and staff of the New School, deplore the selection of Senator John McCain to speak at 2006 commencement. While affirming that the university has an obligation to offer access to views that might be rejected by many among us, we uphold the longstanding tradition of commencement as a celebration of both the graduates themselves and of the universitys core values. As a platform for political speech, commencement lacks any opportunity for debate or rebuttal; the speaker commands a higher profile than an ordinary lecturer, and may be assumed to have the implicit endorsement of the university community. Senator McCains voting record and public pronouncements are starkly at odds with the progressive social values for which this university once stood, and which we want to see upheld. We therefore:

call on President Kerrey to withdraw the speaking invitation

call on the Board of Trustees to intervene as necessary to ensure that the graduation ceremony retains its proper focus on the graduates, and to avoid lasting damage to the New Schools public reputation

call on the Faculty Senate to investigate and reform the process whereby commencement speakers are chosen

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  • 11 January 2016500. Mark L
    John McCain is an American Hero!!! Grow up you spoiled brats. Position or Division Full-time Faculty, Eugene Lang College
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    I'm still the real Jan Clausen. Will you please all stop ruining this. If you don't stop, I'll do something drastic - like inviting John MCain, or I'll kill myself into little bitty pieces and sprinkle them over my grave and and and and and and and and an
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    Liberal Scum, Your Views or no Views. Commies Position or Division Free Thinking Republican
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    What an excellent choice for a college that believes in "inclusion". Oh, wait........maybe that is only for those that hold their same liberal anti-American beliefs. What a shame our "higher" education is only a breeding ground to train mind numbed lefty
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