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Rutgers Students Protest Condoleezza Rice Invitation

Condoleezza Rice (credit: Getty Images)

Condoleezza Rice (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Roughly 50 Rutgers University students are staging a sit-in at a school administration building in New Brunswick to protest the school’s decision to invite Condoleezza Rice to speak at the university’s commencement next month.

The school’s Board of Governors voted to pay the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush and national security adviser $35,000 for her appearance at the May 18 ceremony.

But several faculty members and students want the invitation rescinded because of Rice’s role in the Iraq War.

University President Robert Barchi and other school leaders have resisted the calls to “disinvite” Rice, saying the university welcomes open discourse on controversial topics.

Photos posted on Twitter on Monday from the protest show students holding signs reading “No Honors for WAR CRIMES”, “RU 4 HUMANITY?” and “ARREST RICE!”

Some protesters tweeted that administrators were not allowing food into the building.

The same man later posted that school officials were threatening to have demonstrators arrested.

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