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Friday December 3rd

Chants of Protesters

Chants of Protesters

Disrupted Ceremony,

Damaged Their Cause


I attended University Day primarily because I wanted to hear Chancellor Moeser's address. An occasion like this is an important opportunity for the University community to get to know its new chancellor. I was impressed by what I heard.

However, my enjoyment of the occasion was significantly impaired by the chants of the union demonstrators. Yes, there is a constitutional right of free speech, and the University officials did well to respect that. But it is a right that can very easily be abused. On this occasion, I thought it was.

The unfortunate side of this incident is that the real losers could be the housekeepers themselves. I believe most of the University community is sympathetic to their plight, and it would be a pity if genuine goodwill were dissipated by the actions of a small minority of demonstrators.

Richard Smith


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