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Students hold commencement speakers accountable

It's easy to criticize the college students who rallied against such commencement speakers as Condoleezza Rice, Robert J. Birgeneau and Christine Lagarde because they condemn their views on the Iraq war, the Occupy movement's conduct at UC Berkeley or the International Monetary Fund. ("What college kids don't want to hear," Editorial, May 19) Sure, their demands may be thin-skinned, offensive and unrealistic. But isn't one of the purposes of college to encourage informed criticism of exactly such people as these now no-show speakers? Over the top as some of the student protesters may be, their views aren't entirely unreasonable. Back in the 1960s I...

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