Rutgers GOP: Only a Vocal Few Objected to Condy Rice

Monday, 05 May 2014 06:32 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Rutgers University College Republicans have asked to meet with college administration to discuss the "hostile" environment on campus that led to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's backing out of giving this year's commencement address.

Donald Coughlan, chairman of the student GOP group, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that his group was severely disappointed when Rice pulled out after faculty and student protests.

"An overwhelming majority of students seemed to be really excited to see her. There was only a small vocal minority of maybe 50 to 100 students who had been protesting the past week," Coughlan said Monday.

"The protesters damaged university property, broke a glass door and . . . wrote on walls in classroom buildings," he said.

He said his group wrote a letter to Rutgers President Robert Barchi to express "our concern about the hostile environment we have on campus and to have a meeting with him this week."

Story continues below video.




Rice had been invited to speak to the graduating class, sparking protests that the university was hosting somebody who had promoted torture and lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq during her time serving under President George W. Bush.

On Saturday, Rice took to Facebook to say she would not speak.

"Commencement should be a time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families. Rutgers' invitation to me to speak has become a distraction for the university community at this very special time," she said.

Coughlan said he is not sure whether there were conversations between the administration and Rice before she made her decision to back out.

"At the end of the day, we don't know what happened behind the scenes, and that's why we requested a meeting with President Barchi, which we hope to do in the upcoming week," he said.



See the “Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Republican Strategist: Obama's ISIS Plan, a 'Ridiculous Strategy'

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 15:19 PM

President Barack Obama's announcement that he will not use ground forces in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) i . . .

Newsmax Panel: In Wake of Domestic Abuse Cases, NFL Needs to Make Changes

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 13:46 PM

The video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his girlfriend unconscious, combined with the recent in . . .

Sen. Johnson: Obama Handicapped Effort to Build Coalition

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 13:34 PM

When President Barack Obama took "certain actions off the table' in his speech about U.S. plans to combat the Islamic St . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved