From the Daily Northwestern, May 13, 2008 –
The announcement of this year’s commencement speaker has been delayed at the speaker’s request, said University President Henry Bienen on Monday afternoon.”It’s the speaker who doesn’t want it known,” Bienen said. “He has not said to me by phone, letter or any other message as to why he wants to delay the announcement.”
NU selected a speaker to give the June 20 commencement address months ago, but “his schedule is not revealed until a day in advance,” said university spokesman Al Cubbage.
Still, Bienen did provide a few clues to the speaker’s identity. He is male, an “extremely well-known person” and somebody who “doesn’t make a habit” of giving graduation speeches.
“That may be part of the reason, because it’s not someone who does this habitually or at all,” Bienen said. “It’s not my secrecy; I’m just honoring a request.”
After all this hype the cat is finally out of the bag. Mayor Daly? WTF? Bienen made him sound like the effin Premier of China. The reaction among seniors is clear. The online version of the Daily allows students to chime in with comments on any story. The most any story rated this quarter was the Dillo Day lineup at 17. Now, out of roughly 1200 graduates, 125 have made their feelings known and the list is growing. By my count the negative reactions outnumber the positives by 122-3. There are talks of protests, boycotts, turning chairs, booing, etc. Good thing NU decided to withdraw its offer to the good Reverend to avoid any controversy.
So I ask you, oh wise ones, are these students crying foul over nothing?