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graduation strikes back

To My Comrades Still Navigating Higher Education

Alex Ngo on June 16, 2014

I am a recent college graduate inspired to write this as a thank you to my comrades for the times they picked up one of my fallen stars, embraced me, withered and weak, and lifted me back up. As I...

Kicking Out Condi: No Rice at Rutgers

David Bedford on June 08, 2014

After Rutgers students sat-in to protest Condoleezza Rice’s selection as commencement speaker, media outlets from across the country, ranging from USA Today to Fox News to the Daily Beast, tried their best to shoot us down. They accused us of...

Mississippi Students Come Up Against Their Governor in Commencement Fight

Patricia Tortora on June 07, 2014

The University of Mississippi Creed states that all those involved with the University are to “Believe in the respect for the dignity of each person.” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s selection as commencement speaker misrepresents and dishonors this creed. Bryant recently...

Resisting One Newark

Raven Rakia on May 28, 2014

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, the Newark Students Union (NSU) called for a rally on 2 Cedar Street, at the Board of Education building. As their supporters rallied outside, nine high school students from the NSU entered the building where...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduation About Working For Social Change

Eli Schmitt on May 28, 2014

When I graduated from college and moved to New York City, I learned a lot about social justice movements, and how young people do or don’t fit into them. Some of what I learned was told to me by other...

Since when does free speech require students stay quiet?

Sam Warren on May 27, 2014

Since former University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau declined to receive an honorary degree from my very own Haverford College, commentators have decried the intolerance of the protesters who criticized his invitation to commencement. Student speech obstructed Birgeneau’s right...

Smith Students Stand Up, Lagarde Backs Down

Alyssa Flores and Kimberly Garcia on May 26, 2014

In February, President Kathleen McCartney announced that the Smith College commencement speaker would be Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Inviting Lagarde undermined Smith’s claim of building a more diverse community to empower marginalized voices—specifically, voices of...