Students Protest Rice Speech with Takeover of Barchi Office
Students and members of the Tent State movement are currently occupying President Barchi’s office at Rutgers University campus in protest of former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice coming to town to speak at the university graduation ceremony in May.
Rice is to receive an honorary doctorate as part of the ceremony, which has caused a faculty protest that has been rebuffed by the administration.
The protesting students say Rice’s record in the Bush administration, as national security adviser and secretary of state, should not be rewarded.
Students have now started to occupy the Old Queens lawn on Somerset Street originally chanting “Condee lied, Thousands died!”
They soon changed it to “Condee lied, Millions died!”
Protesters carried a painting by New Brunswick resident Sam Romero through the halls demanding Condoleeza Rice not speak at the graduation. The painting is of Condaleeza Rice wearing a necklace made of tiny skulls.
Romero is known locally for his political cartoons most recently depicting Condoleeza Rice and President Barchi as war profiteers.