I was hard on Haverford College students last week for their protest that caused a commencement speaker to cancel his speech. The replacement, William Bowen, let them have it today in the graduation address. Excerpt:
“I am disappointed that those who wanted to criticize Birgeneau’s handling of events at Berkeley chose to send him such an intemperate list of ‘demands,’” Bowen said, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “In my view, they should have encouraged him to come and engage in a genuine discussion, not to come, tail between his legs, to respond to an indictment that a self-chosen jury had reached without hearing counterarguments.”
Bowen’s speech was met with a standing ovation.
Congratulations, Haverford students. I apologize to you for slurring you all over the actions of an intemperate few. Now we can go back to disliking Birgenau.