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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:47 PM
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Speaker of the House John Boehner to deliver Spring Commencement speech at Ohio State
http://www.thelantern.com/campus/speaker-of-the-house-j...

John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and representative from Ohio's 8th Congressional District, will be speaking in front of a much different crowd as the speaker for Ohio State's Spring Commencement, according to Boehner's staff.

Not all students are as approving of Boehner speaking at Spring Commencement. Claire Westervelt, a fourth-year in geology, said she was worried that Boehner speaking could potentially politicize graduation.

"If you have someone who hasn't been in office or hasn't been a political figure but has been motivated by something other than politics, like a scientist or a philanthropist or someone who hasn't been concerned with the government, it does make it less open to speculation and criticism," she said. "It could bring up more feelings or thoughts about the current political situation in the country compared to if someone else was speaking."

Boehner will also be receiving an honorary degree from the Ohio State Board of Trustees at its meeting on Friday. He originally graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Xavier University in 1977.

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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:51 PM
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1. I feel sorry for Ohio State
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lob1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:53 PM
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2. Boner is now negotiating with the commencement committee
to see if the commencement will commence.
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:54 PM
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3. How many students will be boycotting his speech?
I know I would be if he came to my school.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:55 PM
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4. We can only hope he will receive a reception like this one:
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kath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:02 PM
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12. Wow, that protest was AWESOME to behold -
Not just students, but tons of faculty members had "No Card" (Card with a slash through it) signs on their gowns and mortarboards. Lots of faculty on stage held up signs and even some huge banners! WOOT! The booing was intense, and there were even a lots of signs displayed by audience members.
Go UMASS!!
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:06 PM
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5. He's the Speaker of the House....
...and an Ohioan, so thinking simply ex-officio, he's a big enough fish to headline an OSU commencement. It's not like it's Bristol Palin, or God forbid, her mother.

There's a limit to how upset I'm prepared to get about such things. If he's reasonably suave about the boundaries of such a speech, then there's no problem. Personally, I think the probability that Boehner'll be as drunk, or hung over, as the average diploma recipient lends the affair a certain piquancy.

In democracies, such things happen.

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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:40 PM
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11. I'd be more worried
that he'd start weeping while going over his "used to sweep up daddy's bar" speech and nobody would get out of there until midnight.
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:12 PM
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6. He will use the speech to announce the end of college financial aid.
Get a rotten job and pay for college yourselves. I can hear him now.
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:26 PM
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7. Students: Do NOT, repeat NOT, bring eggs to commencement.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:28 PM
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8. Wouldn't you hate to have that as your commencement speaker?
Send me my degree, I can't stand that.

gawd.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:30 PM
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9. Oh, lordy, will he get through it without crying?
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:32 PM
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10. As a taxpayer, I object to that honorary degree
Let's flood Gordon Gee with WTF email

gee.2@osu.edu
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