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.