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Hundreds of students and faculty erupted in a chorus of boos Friday when President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card rose to accept his honorary doctorate in public service at the University of Massachusetts, blaming him in part for the Iraq war.

The boos and catcalls -- including those from faculty who stood on stage with Card -- drowned out Provost Charlena Seymour's remarks as she awarded the degree.
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The protests were mainly contained to an area in the back of the campus arena and many of the faculty on stage who joined the three- to four- minute outburst.

One faculty member on stage held a sign: "Card -- no honor, no degree." Another sign said "War criminals go home."

This actually is a big deal: the faculty on-stage participated in the protest, including, as reported on Democracy Now, unfurling banners.

When the faculty get involved to that degree I think the "Card protesters" need a bigger voice in the article.  The first two quotes are "pro-Card" and the anti-Card stuff is buried.

The main stream media predictably ignored this news story.

Hundreds of students and faculty erupted in a chorus of boos Friday when President Bush's former chief of staff Andrew Card rose to accept his honorary doctorate in public service at the University of Massachusetts, blaming him in part for the Iraq war.

The boos and catcalls -- including those from faculty who stood on stage with Card -- drowned out Provost Charlena Seymour's remarks as she awarded the degree. Protesters claim Card lied to the American people in the early days of the Iraq war and should not have been honored at the graduate student commencement.

Card smiled slightly while Seymour spoke and raised his hand in thanks, then sat down without speaking.

"It was a great honor and a privilege to be here," he said afterward, ignoring a reporter's questions about the protesters.

The protests were mainly contained to an area in the back of the campus arena and many of the faculty on stage who joined the three- to four- minute outburst.

One faculty member on stage held a sign: "Card -- no honor, no degree." Another sign said "War criminals go home."

There is more:  

http://www.boston.com/...

Originally posted to jeffdii on Wed May 30, 2007 at 11:54 AM PDT.

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