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Posted on Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 1:41 p.m.

Protesters gear up, encourage grads to turn their backs on Rick Snyder during University of Michigan commencement

By Nathan Bomey

When Rick Snyder first visited the University of Michigan as a high school senior about 35 years ago, an academic counselor wanted him to enroll so badly that the counselor found a way to get Snyder into the university a semester early — a rare move at the time.

Now, as Snyder prepares to deliver U-M's spring commencement address Saturday morning before a crowd of about 40,000 people at Michigan Stadium, the reception by the university community is shaping up to be far less welcoming.


Organizers for the commencement day protests against Rick Snyder include Amanda Caldwell, Rob Gillezeau and Samantha Montgomery, from left.

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Students, professors, teachers, union activists and others are gearing up to greet Snyder with a barrage of protests.

The significance of the commencement stage — it's about 10 times larger than any live crowd Snyder has ever spoken to — and the controversy surrounding his proposed budget and other policies are adding a sense of urgency for the protesters.

The rally that is likely to draw the largest crowd is dubbed "Stand Against Snyder: Rally for Working Families & Education." Its supporters include the Ann Arbor Education Association, the U-M College Democrats, lecturers and graduate student instructor unions, and members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Organizers are planning a 1-hour rally at 8 a.m. Saturday at Pioneer High School's football stadium. Afterward, the attendees plan to lead a crowd of protesters across the street to stand outside Michigan Stadium.

Rob Gillezeau, outgoing president of the Graduate Employees Organization, said the organizers are projecting a crowd in the "low thousands."

The organizers are also encouraging graduates to turn their backs on Snyder while he's speaking.

"The movement against Gov. Snyder or his policies, in particular, is pretty broad-based," Gillezeau said. "We've had to go up to Lansing to have our voices heard until now. This is a chance to say, 'People across the state and in your hometown of Ann Arbor disapprove of your budget and your emergency financial manager bill. We're going to let you know that we're unhappy with your policies.'"

Amanda Caldwell, chairwoman of the U-M College Democrats, said students should turn their backs on Snyder to "send a message to him."

The protesters are angry at several of Snyder's proposals, including a 4 percent cut to public school funding, a 15 percent to 22 percent cut to higher education, a $1.7 billion business tax cut, $300 million in new taxes for senior citizens, and a new law that gives additional powers to emergency financial managers.

A spokeswoman for Snyder could not be reached for comment this afternoon.

The protests are likely to be dominated by teachers, union members and students, but "all are welcome," said Samantha Montgomery, incoming president of the Graduate Employees Organization.

"This is the best opportunity for us to make our voices heard," she said.

For President Barack Obama's U-M commencement address last year, a few hundred people gathered for protests, but they were barely noticeable among the crowd of more than 80,000. And there were no notable disruptions during the president's speech.

On Saturday, U-M and Ann Arbor police will focus primarily on maintaining the safety of attendees, keeping traffic flowing, and ensuring that people can make their way into the stadium without any problems at the gates.

"It's a celebratory event, and so we are there to ensure that a celebration of several thousand students completing their degree is in place," U-M police spokeswoman Diane Brown said.

Protesters will be allowed to gather on public property — namely sidewalks — near the stadium to express their views.

Brown said that the list of items that are prohibited at U-M football games will be similarly prohibited at commencement. That includes signs.

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Sat, Apr 30, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

hey all you back turners: how'd this go for you? I read that you got about 12 or 15 students to turn their backs, and mostly what they accomplished was p*ssing off the students behind them who were trying to see. the students who respected Snyder made us proud. congrats to you if you were one of them!


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

I am a 47 year old student graduating with a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan on Saturday. I have worked long and hard for this degree and I would like Saturday to be a memorable, pleasant day for everyone. Please do not engage in disrespectful behavior directed toward the govenor of our state and ultimately to your fellow classmates. I am not a Govenor Snyder fan, but I believe in being respectful and listening to what he has to say. There are other more appropriate places to protest, a graduation ceremony is not one of them. If you don't care for the man and his policies, protest in Lansing, inform your fellow Michiganians (remember they voted him into office) and then vote him out when the time comes. Please make this day memorable for the right reasons.


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 8:46 a.m.

It's good that the students show their behind Governor Synyder after all, you've got a state to "turn around" too.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

Rude is questioning the birth place of the president after he has produced a birth certificate. Rude is saying you "take the president's word for it" that he's a Christian. Rude is balancing the budget on the backs of the poor while calling for "shared sacrifice." Rude is allowing a financial manager you appoint to void collective bargaining agreements. Politics is not pretty and the governor is a politician. To expect those who disagree with him to sit down and shut up for fear of being rude is patronizing.


Sat, Apr 30, 2011 : 9 p.m.

rude is disagreeing with Obama, because only horrid racists would ever question anything he says; he's proven himself truthful over and over again. right? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

I am appalled at this proposed behavior. Our state's chief executive deserves respect.

Nathan Bomey

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:38 p.m.

We posted an update. The Michigan Education Association says it's throwing its support behind this rally: <a href=""></a>


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 8:47 a.m.

Of course they are. What do they care about respect, protocol, or education?


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:50 p.m.

Wow. I am a liberal Democrat. But this is simply rude. The governor of our state addresses commencement ceremonies at a state university, and gets this? And for what? Balancing the budget of a state that screwed up its property taxation system and system of funding local government, that has lost industry and population, and that is hostage to social conservatives over virtually every piece of legislation? Democrat or Republican, union or management, liberal or conservative, it's about revenue and expenses. Something must be done. It's easy to criticize the guy who acts. Finally, someone (Snyder) is making difficult leadership decisions, and he gets this? Well, let's just get back to George W. Bush type leaders, who will get us into a couple unfunded wars and lower our taxes. That worked out pretty well, eh?


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 2:31 a.m.

A2anon - That is just the foundation grant, if you add special education, sinking fund, bond fund, Durant money, parking, rentals, tuition, adult education, grants, various state and federal funds (e.g. title 2), and all the other funding sources listed in the posted AAPS 2010-2011 budget - the real number for all the funds is $15,739.47 per student. What I don't understand is with 87 percent of the money Greenhills has why the class sizes are twice as big - could it be too many administrators. OBTW - the posted budget understates revenue, because some of the cuts listed in it were restored. So can you answer my question?

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 10:37 p.m.

Greenhills&gt;AAPS. If you can afford it, it's a pretty good gig. If you cannot afford it, we have some other good schools in this area. However, don't expect your children to possess any marketable skills after spending 12 years in those public schools. The MEA wouldn't allow that......


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 6:09 p.m.

Greenhills (for Snyders' kids): Ave class size = 15, Per-pupil funding = 18K/yr AAPS: Ave class size = 30, Per-pupil funding = 9K/yr.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5 p.m.

Yep, lets raise taxes to keep those 2.5% yearly increases for Saline teachers going. Let's raise taxes on those taking pay cuts and furlough days so saline teachers can keep getting annual pay raises in this economy, PROTECT OUR SCHOOLS!!!!!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

Yep. Revenue and Expenses. Oh, and priorities. So have some GUTS and raise some revenue. To support the PRIORITY that is our schools. He's not listening to anyone, just forging ahead. This is what it takes to make our government listen. &quot;Difficult leadership decisions&quot; oh please. Difficult would be raising the needed revenue. He's a coward.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:38 p.m.

This comment thread is indicative of how elitist this city has really gotten. Some of ya'll are reacting in a way that is so out of touch with how the world, the country, the state, and even the things within our own city operate. If you live in Ann Arbor, it's most likely (either directly or indirectly) because of the University. This is the house of social progressive movements. Protest works, but fails when proponents of its mission listen to commentary that it doesn't. Protest is the last sacred thing we have left in this autocratic society we've adopted. If you disagree with Dick Snyder, and DON'T protest, you're doing a disservice to yourself. If you agree with Dick Snyder, and don't speak out against the protestors, you're doing YOURSELF a disservice. But let's at least be activists in our conduct, not internet thugs taking jabs at each other. Ya'll old folks out here doing a lot of this badgering are really the most childish ones in this whole process.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:46 p.m.

In your opinion

Moscow On The Huron

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:24 p.m.

This whole thing reminds me of the adage, &quot;If you're twenty years old and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you're forty years old and not a conservative, you don't have a brain.&quot;


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:55 p.m.

The idea that they would welcome Obama and turn their backs on Snyder shows how out of touch they are...I am embarrassed to live in Ann Arbor. Snyder is trying to clean up a mess, while Obama is creating a mess for the entire United States. These selfish kids deserve Obama!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

See ya con` citizen! Enjoy the new community ; D

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:40 p.m.

How are they being selfish? It's their day, not yours.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:42 p.m.

You Fail to Mention the UMPNC that started this event, and that they have stated that they do not want to do anything on the inside that will be disrepectful of the message that the UMPNC is trying to convey e event, so they will not enter or blow horns during his speech like other groups are planning. So the UMPNC will speak outside at the highschool, and pass out literature prior to the event.

Margaret Jenks

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:18 p.m.

People wanted change, they knew that drastic changes were need to get the State in better shape. Then when they voted in someone that wants to make the drastic changes they are upset. They should not protest at the commencement and ruin the graduates day, they will only have one day.

Arno B

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:07 p.m.

These &quot;protest&quot; banners are to be expected from the groups listed. I guess that Sue Coleman needs to get a bigger begging bowl on her perpetual forays to Lansing and Washington. What else can you expect from those addicted to the welfare state narcotic?


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 10:34 a.m.

Throughout my life, college has been a hotbed of protest against the establishment. Unfortunately, they choose to protest by disrupting public speakers and violating peaceful events. I would very much like to see the children who now teach at the university to consider that free speech does NOT mean silencing opposing viewpoints or shouting them down. The fear that an opinion you don't agree with might draw supporters stands in direct opposition to placing value on free speech. With respect to students turning their backs upon Snyder at a commencement ceremony, it is merely a milder form of protest--one that shows disrespect to their fellow students. I cannot respect THAT.

Alan Goldsmith

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 10:23 a.m.

Question. Did the reporter write this lede or did Snyder's press agent write it and pay to have it published?

The Black Stallion3

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 8:59 a.m.

Go ahead something ignorant to show the world that you are now educated. I can not believe that adults are condoning this type of behavior and wonder the youth of today are so screwed up.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:29 a.m.

Why is no one mentioning that Rick Snyder is one of the driest public speakers there is? Have you heard this man talk? It motivates a yawn, but that's about it.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:07 a.m.

There will be protests. Cry about it, call it disrespectful if you want. Truth is, that's how democracy works. The same folks in Lansing will be in Ann Arbor. The same students Snyder is attempting to fiscally assault will be the same ones who give him their backside. It's fitting. And who cares if it's rude; it's rude to displace entire governments for non-elected officials but ya'll aren't complaining about that. Mary Sue should've been smarter about her choice in selecting a speaker. It's especially important for the cause against his politics for his hometown to deny him the respect he wants. I like it. I support it. I'll be in attendance, facing away as well.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7 a.m.

This really sickens me. A word to all you proteters leave the man alone and at least give him a chance to make good on some of his campaign issues!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

There was a campaign? Saturday and tommorow is his campaign. The law abiding would rather have him SAVE IT! There was one debate. Ergo, hardly a campaign(at least before he was &quot;sworn&quot; in)

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:09 a.m.

No thanks. Fascism wasn't promoted in the campaign trail, so I'll pass.

Dave Bellware

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:46 a.m.

Graduates who disagree with Snyder's &quot;ride the middle class and cut education in order to give more to the rich&quot; philosophy could only ruin their graduation day by NOT turning their backs on Snyder.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 4:08 a.m.

Honestly, I am disgusted by the hypocrisy of the Left. They talk about tolerance and respect diversity, but look at how they respond to someone whose view point they disagree with--protests and threat of recalls. They simply do not tolerate diversity of opinion. That much is clear, I don't know if Snyder's plans will work, but seeing how the Unions and the Democrats failed the working man the past 8 years, change had to come to this state. Those who bash Snyder, where were you when our economy was collapsing? . Where was this fire when the working man was suffering grievous job losses? If the left really cared about the common man they'd do whatever it took to create jobs that a person can support themself or a family on. Alas, all they have are placards and chants.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:11 a.m.

Yeah, eagleman, that was an inane point. Granholm was a whimp and a republican before she became a democratic governor.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:25 a.m.

you're right, we on the left protest against ideas that we don't agree with and policies we are opposed to. The right will protest against peoples basic civil rights because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ect. Hm, I wonder which one is more tolerant and respectful to diversity...


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 3:01 a.m.

Aside from Ann Coulter and Andrew Shirvell... I don't think U of M could have picked a worse graduation speaker. I'm so proud of the students for standing up to Governor Snyder. Turn your backs on him like he turned his back on the working poor, the middle class, teachers, unions, schools... well, like he turned his back on everyone who doesn't have a million dollars in the bank. As Mary Sue Coleman said last year, &quot;For today, goodbye. For tomorrow, good luck. Forever, GO BLUE!&quot;


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:08 a.m.

Well, he didn't turn his back on Mary Sue because she's raking in about $750k per year.

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 3:29 a.m.

Well, I agree with one thing. It certainly wasn't Jennifer Granholm saying that in her speech last year.

stacia McConnell

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:48 a.m.

You have got to be kidding me! How many of you people are actual parents who paid thousands of dollars for your children to get an outstanding education at The University of Michigan? Show some class and respect for these students, please. If our goal is peace on earth, let's start here. Remember what we had to sit through last year... nary a boo inside the stadium. Don't embarrass the Democratic Party by stooping so low.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:13 a.m.

LOL - you're kidding right? It would embarrass the Democratic party to do anything BUT deny him the respect he wants.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:43 a.m.

Based on the childish behavior that many want to express, there should be 2 ceremonies. One with the governor with a mature audience, and one with a second grader giving the keynote address for those with child like attitudes. That may be even too mature for many.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

Will the Heir of this pajama fascism speak at the latter, too? He provokes more than enough umbrage for as much as he is willing to yammer.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 3:50 a.m.

I hear there are a lot of TeaPublicans who can actually speak at the second grade level. You folks will have a wonderful graduation!

Jimmy Olsen

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:47 a.m.

U of M could easily take 15% from salary and benefits and still be the &quot;Leaders and Best&quot;. It wouldn't change the educational atmosphere of U of M at all. Shameful waste of tax payer dollars. The &quot;we need to pay them or they'll leave&quot; attitude is at best antiquated. There are plenty of fully qualified that would work for the current salaries and benefits minus the 15%. Go Rick Go.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:15 a.m.

Truth is, there is no Ann Arbor AT ALL without the U. Every dollar they spend, they can spend. If you think otherwise, read a history book on how the area came to be.

Momma G

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:42 a.m.

I hope he gets the message. He is taking away from education and the students who might one day have to fund his retirement but with the funds being cut in the educational level, hard telling what quality education these young people will receive.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:12 a.m.

And makes millions by outsourcing computer jobs away from the state and country. Marshall, you're making yourself look bad with that kind of rhetoric.

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:50 a.m.

I'm fully confident that Gov. Snyder will not have to rely on state funding in retirement. Unlike many people in this state, he actually plans for the future. What a novel idea!

Mike Kay

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

Dump Rick &amp; Get Even! Check out the latest protest song from The Joe Hill Heartlanders urging all middle class workers to &quot;Get Even!&quot; You can listen, view and download &quot;Get Even!&quot; free at: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Stay strong and &quot;Get Even!&quot; The Joe Hill Heartlanders

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:30 a.m.

This is much ado about nothing. The vast majority of University of Michigan students don't care about your protest. The militant individuals of the comments pages did not attend University of Michigan, and do not have kids attending. Therefore, they will be outside where they belong. With protests falling on nonexistent ears. Have a good day!

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:30 p.m.

I don't want to teach him a lesson - he knows his own faults. I want to teach this white, elitist, pro-Snyder non-majority of Ann Arbor that he's going to hurt all of us and has none of our interests in mind. You included, unless you own your own corporate entity and take home millions each year.

Moscow On The Huron

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:22 p.m.

You go, Ben! That will teach him a lesson!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:39 a.m.

according to Marsh'

Moscow On The Huron

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:06 a.m.

Judging from the picture above, it appears the D&amp;D Club is in on the protest.

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:38 a.m.

Haha. Watch out! They're going to cast the Protest spell on Gov. Snyder!!!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:47 a.m.

where do all these 'mush head' students think the money is going to come from just so they don't have to work.

Jake C

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:57 a.m.

I'm sorry, who exactly pays $100,000 for a college education just so they don't have to work? What are you talking about? All we want is a decent well-paying career that makes use of our skill-sets, not a $7.25/hr McJob that we could get as a high-school dropout.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

Those who claim that the form of protest is &quot;disrespectful.&quot; They are probably correct. But that's the point, isn't it?


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

For those who are concerned that the commencement will be ruined for the graduates and families, rest assured that this has been taken into consideration. We are planning to congratulate the graduates (in a variety of ways) and families, while informing all of the major cuts Governor Snyder has planned for K-12 education, as well as to state colleges and universities. I firmly believe that good will prevail on Saturday, while all are witnessing the exhibition of real democracy. There will be community leaders, teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, nurses, and many others participating in this event. We look forward to welcoming everyone who wishes to let Governor Snyder know that we care about Michigan and the rights and protections of our citizens. Katie Oppenheim, RN Chair, University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council

L. C. Burgundy

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:26 a.m.

So it wasn't &quot;real democracy&quot; when he shellacked the union vanguard in November? How short memories have become. Gov. Snyder will be no doubt crestfallen by the loss of your support - oh wait, I'd be surprised if he got even 10% of the &quot;University of Michigan Professional Nurse&quot; vote. Elections have consequences, and Ann Arbor is not the center of the state.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:05 a.m.

The fact that UM encourages this kind of petulant behavior from these over fed children is an embarrassment. No wonder so many alumni are deciding to toss those donation envelopes in the trash this year.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:19 a.m.

Taubman's also the reason we didn't land Jim Harbaugh. I don't get down with him, either.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:48 a.m.

Good thing Al Taubman, mega capitalist, makes up for all those slackers by donating millions to embryonic stem cell research, thus creating real jobs!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:47 p.m.

Silly comments by so many people criticizing the Governor. I am no fan of President Obama, but had he been the speaker at EMU at my graduation, would I go? First I would not go to protest, protest is silly, done by a minority, and almost always accomplishes nothing. I would just stay away if he perturbed me to the extent I would act foolish. But I would go. He is the President and it is an honor to have the President, or a Governor, as a speaker. Its far better than someone you never heard of. Like him or not, several years from how you will still have that memory, the Governor was your commencement speaker. And what if his plans do work, and leads to a recovery in Michigan? I think it is proper to respect the office. Perhaps the Governor's plans will not work or will have little success, but we surely know what we were doing has lead to the mess we are in. The Governor's office should have acted two to four years ago. Now Michigan is competing with all 49 states for jobs. When I was an undergrad, John Dean spoke, for free, at Hill Auditorium. A Watergate rascal, he still was fascinating to hear.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:47 p.m.

Quoting from further above: &quot;... Please do not turn my graduation into a political battleground...&quot; Well, you can thank the University if some portion of the 'battle' makes its way into the stadium. The regents certainly didn't have to chose Snyder as the speaker to deliver this year's graduation address. Given the considerable degree of evil being carried out in our state legislature, mostly with Snyder's approval, a raucous reception provided to the governor would amount, by comparison, to a considerable understatement. Due to the awful circumstances in Lansing, a citizen insurrection would be more thematically appropriate. As Snyder will likely say this Saturday -- in so many words -- &quot;Let them eat cake!&quot;

Aces Full

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:45 p.m.

Can't we at least get Charlie Sheen?


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:51 a.m.

He was busy. We have to settle for RIck


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:25 p.m.

I wonder if is salivating at the idea of a big liberal riot. Yeah, take that Mr. Governor, take your balanced budget and post it to our backs, we like deficits! More Red, more red, we want more red!!!! Go Big SPENDERS!!!! Nothing like bashing the highest member of the state at an event he was asked to speak at, that will teach him..... Wait a second, he accepted the University's offer and was big enough to keep the appointment, I wonder what that says about the students.

Will Warner

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:06 p.m.

In a display of immaturity, the students will turn their backs, handing the Governor the opportunity to one-up them by meeting their rudeness with maturity, grace, good-humor and tolerance. Thus, the back-turners deliver themselves into his hands. Moreover, I'll wager that not one in ten of the protesters has enough grasp of the issues to justify such strong opinions.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:28 a.m.

Time for your &quot;blood sucking parasites&quot; quote?

Moscow On The Huron

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:49 p.m.

Spot on.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:39 p.m.

What a great way for the graduates to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the adult world and treat authority with respect!

Moscow On The Huron

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:50 p.m.

It would be nice if King Obama saw things that way.

Roger Roth

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:41 p.m.

The people are the authority in a democracy.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:35 p.m.

@Nathan &quot;When Rick Snyder first visited the University of Michigan as a high school senior about 35 years ago, an academic counselor wanted him to enroll so badly that the counselor found a way to get Snyder into the university a semester early — a rare move at the time.&quot; Is this upside down pyramid? No! This is a hook. That's great for songs and novels, but it isn't journalism. I know that you like Governor Snyder. I hope your attraction to him is not emotional. I hope your like for him doesn't require a hook.

Allison Ripley

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:30 p.m.

it is our last time at the Big House as students. Wouldn't a good old &quot;You Suck&quot; chant be fun? Class of 2011 didn't get to do so many of those because we lost so many football games. OH or what about the WAVE? And before all of you freak out at me for being disrespectful, it is a joke. calm down.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:25 p.m.

I could care less about respecting the office or any of that logic but to wreck a seniors graduation that they have worked so hard and spent a lot of money for is wrong.Maybe some of theses kids think theres a time for everything and its not now.So you think your views are more important than their rights to nice graduation .I dont like corporate Slick Rick either but is this the time for politics?Not to diss anyone but just wondering if this is respectful to your fellow graduates.If everyone does it is one thing but if only a 1/4 of you do it its selfish


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:21 p.m.

You mean you &quot;couldn't&quot; care less. Think about it.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:25 p.m.

Snyder should cancel his appearance. The university should then invite a speaker with left wing sensibilities like William Ayres or Michael Moore.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:24 p.m.

Please respect each other. Please don't compare Governor Snyder to our &quot;boss.&quot; I certainly hope he doesn't think he is our boss. I seem to recall a slogan that read &quot;hired.&quot; We are the boss. We are the management. If some of the management wishes to make a statement, that can be managed. I hope for good management. I hope that Mr. Snyder understands that he is not the &quot;boss.&quot; I hope he understands that he was hired and can be fired. Some of the management is wary of what he has done so far; thers are willing to see how he progresses. It's all good. It is good that we the people are the government. If people want to protest, that is their right. If people want to protest the protesters, that is their right. Maybe if we all protest enough we will come to an agreement. We cannot be mad at Mr. Snyder for being rich when each one of us is richer than the mean individual wealth of this planet. We are as wrong as Mr. Snyder and we all live in some sort of delusion that we deserve what we have. Let's face it, we won the lottery and Rick just won more. Fix that!?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

How embarrassing for UM. The governor inherited a shrinking state and $1.8 billion dollar budget deficit from democrat granholm, yet these entitlement babies think they know something. How pathetic. Wait until they start working and paying taxes! LOL I hope Snyder cuts UM state funding an extra few million just for this childish nonsense. ....and look at those &quot;organizers&quot;! LOL

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:57 a.m.

I'm certain Andrew Shirvell would agree with you! Especially the most recent two atty gen's!!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

Snyder has been in office since last November while granholm had 8 years to deal with a shrinking state economy and with few exceptions, she failed. In fact, she did worse then fail. When her buddy obama sent $1 billion dollars of our future generation's tax dollars to Michigan, rather than make tough decisions she simply maintained business as usual and wasted the money. Engler's last term ended in November 2003 so if you want to claim granholm's incompetence was his fault, go for it. We need to stop electing lawyers to high political office - they are unsuitable for those positions.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:53 p.m.

And when Granholm gets a cabinet position from Obama she is going to do for the entire country what she did for Michigan. I believe the phrase was, &quot;We are going to blow you away&quot;.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:23 p.m.

The brilliant Granholm had 8 years to fix the mess. Why did she fail?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:33 p.m.

which she inherited from Engler.Blanchard had the budget balanced until Engler cut deals for his cronies .And repubs controlled the state house and senate under Granholm by the way as they do now

Kai Petainen

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:54 p.m.

it's a tradition that governors' and presidents' are invited to speak at commencement. and many from different parties have spoken. i don't necessarily agree with all their policies, but i have respect for those who are elected into that position and that they can give a commencement speech without disturbance. it's possible to show respect, but still disagree on matters. let the students have their commencement, they worked hard and they deserve it. write letters to your government, protest at the capital, and vote differently next time. but let the students graduate.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:53 p.m.

Gov Synder won by a huge margin, wonder how many of the complainers on here actually went out and voted? I agree, this isn't the arena to voice your political disagreements. A large number of grads have spend time, money and countless hours to earn their degrees and are looking forward to this celebration , grow up and don't ruin it for them.

Ben Alfaro

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 7:24 a.m.

Snyder won because the Democratic party had no leadership. He was a better politician. But also a detrimental choice for the voice of the working man.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:49 p.m.

40% of us are (thank god) out-of-state.

Kai Petainen

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:46 p.m.

i may agree or disagree with ideas. i don't like protests at graduation (it's a celebration of that students' hard work), but i respect the freedom of speech and freedom to protest. but... in protesting, someone might disagree with you. earlier this week we learned from dearborn, that freedom of speech may not exist as we thought it did. dearborn taught us that we must pay $$$ before we protest and you can't protest if others disagree with you. plus, you might go to jail before you speak.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:46 p.m.

&quot;News flash: A bunch of spoiled brats planning on behaving like spoiled brats!&quot; ROFL! An ad hominem attack, calling people with whom he disagrees &quot;spoiled brats&quot; VERY grown up, that. Good NIght and Good Luck


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2 a.m.

Who are you asking? And what facts are you asking for?

Basic Bob

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:55 a.m.

Do you have any facts to support that?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:35 p.m.

Actually, Moscow never said he disagreed with the &quot;spoiled brats&quot;. With all the money the students spent on their already heavily subsidized education I hope they learned how to balance a checkbook.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:26 p.m.

Disagreee with Murrow and you are facist.

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:18 p.m.

Moscow, you shouldn't!

Moscow On The Huron

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:59 p.m.

Coming from the king of personal attacks, I'll take that as a compliment.

Emma B

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:39 p.m.

Besides feeling incredibly offended by all the cracks about the graduates (sorry, some 22-year-olds who are graduating do read, I'd like to make my plea that everyone PLEASE keep the protesting outside of the stadium and let commencement be about GRADUATION. Please remember that some of us worked very hard for four years to experience this moment. I did not party, I did not slack off. I worked several jobs and internships while I was in school so I could avoid taking out more loans than I needed to. I was responsible and respectful, and perhaps above all, open-minded. And I am trying desperately to stay and work in this state, so please don't dismiss me as just another graduate itching to take off. Please do not turn my graduation into a political battleground.


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 4:20 p.m.

Thank you, Emma B. I completely agree with you. Commencement is about graduation and honoring those who have worked hard to complete their degrees.

Rob Pollard

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1 a.m.

Emma congrats on graduating. But you miss the point: it's not about you, it's about future graduates. You won't be affected by these huge cuts to schooling, but others will. They'll have to work even more jobs and internships, and be even more in debt, to pay the now faster rising tuition. This isn't about Snyder being a Republican, his thoughts on capital punishment or the war in Iraq or some other issue - it's directly about the massive cuts he is undertaking to education. A commencement exercise at the state's most prominent educational institution featuring the person championing those cuts is an appropriate place to protest this.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:44 a.m.

Wishing you a proud rendition of &quot;The Yellow and Blue&quot; at your commencement. Hope your class will turn the tide and consider home as Michigan.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:08 a.m.

This must be the first time I am in agreement with the don. Great job; enjoy yourselves and good luck to you. The protesters know this is about you all and your day. But you probably need to direct your grievance to Mary Sue Colemen for electing to permit such an outrage in giving one so polemic of a public sector failure the microphone in the first place.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:26 p.m.

Congratulations on your achievements - I wish you all the best in finding a job

Hot Sam

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:24 p.m.

Well said Emma...all the best to you!!!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:37 p.m.

These kids finally graduate college. A major milestone in their lives. If the majority don't want a particular person speaking at their graduation because they don't respect that person... isn't that their right? That's like saying, &quot;Hey, I know this is your wedding, but I'm going to force you to have this person you don't want there to make a toast. I mean... it's only one toast.&quot; Give these kids a break.

Urban Sombrero

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:34 p.m.

Does anyone know if the ceremony will be televised? If I missed it in the comments, sorry. There are a whole lotta them!

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:44 a.m.

@BernieP....Thank you! I appreciate that!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:40 a.m.

According to the University Record... yes, televised on the Big Ten Network, the Michigan Network, and also streaming... <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:19 p.m.

Fight the Man! Let your voice be heard: if you support the middle class; if you support unions; if you support civil rights; if you support democracy; if you support a community's right to vote and the rule of law, then come out and support the protest of this autocrat. Tax the rich! Save the middle class!

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:16 p.m.

Maybe because they know that our entire Nation will prosper with a more prosperous middle class. Everyone should know that that is what is wrong with this &quot;trickle down&quot; disease that has afflicted the TeaPublican mentality! The abject greed at the top has destroyed our middle class! The goose that laid the golden eggs!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:31 p.m.

Floyd - Most of these students hope to be rich and retire young. Why should any student want to only achieve a middle class life style? Especially with a degree from an Elite University?

Moscow On The Huron

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:15 p.m.

News flash: A bunch of spoiled brats planning on behaving like spoiled brats!


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:19 p.m.

But wait, they are not spoiled brats, they have taken on thousands of dollars of student loan debt, that makes them mature and gives them perspective on the real world. Just ask ERMG. This must be why the Federal govt is so smart, they borrow like crazy.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

Actually, protesting this is ridiculous -- what they SHOULD be protesting is those who had a hand in selecting Snyder for the ceremony. Personally, I have no problems with Snyder, and it's a shame that some of our liberal democrats seem to think that they can save the state without making major sacrifices and Snyder is FAR from being recalled.... But this is exactly the type of controversy that the U should be steering clear of. Keep in mind, there were just as many of us who though that Obama was a ridiculous choice last year for speaker. Not all Ann Arborites and UM folks are democrats, nor supported Obama's election. But it seems the U loves this type of controversy. It gets them publicity, and headlines nationwide. How the students handle the situation will be up to them, and I guarantee you that you will not get all of them to &quot;protest&quot; -- the half that do, will do what they feel they need to do. The half that don't will not. To avoid this type of thing, you do not select polarizing government officials to speak. Even a fourth grader can tell you that in order to avoid a fight, you do not discuss religion or politics over lunch.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

were there organized protests on campus--MSC's office or what have you?

John B.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:34 p.m.

The students already DID protest the choice of Snyder - they gathered THOUSANDS of signitures on a petition asking the Regents to pick a less divisive / inappropriate speaker, but the Regents totally ignored them. The U of M 'management' is totally in alignment with Slick Rick.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

When George HW Bush spoke at a commencement in the early 90s I thought it was an honor to have our President and first lady at a University of Michigan commencement. I didn't vote for him but he was my President just the same. Please don't act like children and turn your backs on our Governor, but consider it an honor to have him there.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:28 p.m.



Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

We have a state budget deficit that is in the BILLIONS, so clearly cuts have to be made. There is no easy fix to this crisis. Someone's going to get hurt. If your program or benefit doesn't get cut, someone else's will. Go ahead and protest. Since you're college students we will give you a break considering you haven't experienced the real world yet. Nothing is black and white. I would think that all of these &quot;open-minded liberals&quot; who &quot;consider all the facts&quot; would understand that but apparently not. Considering many of these professors get paid six figure salaries by American taxpayers to indoctrinate young minds into being democrats, I don't have a problem with cutting their funding. And if they were mostly Republicans I would feel the same way.


Fri, Apr 29, 2011 : 4:05 p.m.

Yes, the budget deficit is billions -- billions that were given away in tax cuts to the wealthiest (Hi Dick DeVos!) and were supposed to create zillions of jobs and the most wonderful economy ever. How's that working out these days? We gave away $8 billion in tax revenue and now we have a deficit - is that a surprise? Money thrown out the window and now we have to defund education, infrastructure, our societal safety net, etc. Amazing logic.

Dog Guy

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:59 p.m.

Mooning the governor--not quite as debonair as the naked mile.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

While I agree that it's disrespectful and rude to turn your back to anyone while they are speaking, the students were vociferous in their opposition to Gov. Snyder at their own commencement and asked for someone more appropriate, more inspirational in keeping with the spirit of the ceremony. The university callously ignored the wishes of its own students and had to know that protests would be the likely result.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:57 p.m.

As an institution of higher education I suppose the University feels like it must sometimes say no to the students. No is a word they may hear in the real world after graduation as well.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

His speech should go as follows, &quot;Thank you for demonstrating that the University of Michigan no longer repsects or represents the People of the State of Michigan. I will be proposing a bill removing all funding and making the University a private institution.&quot; And then go home to barbeque.


Fri, Apr 29, 2011 : 4:02 p.m.

But that would be telling us in advance of his plans! He can't and won't do that. Who needs universities - what corporations want are people who will work for low wages, not think too much and vote exactly the way the corporations want. And universities don't prepare people that way so they have to go.

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

I hope he does exactly what Awakened proposes. I'll be happy to see my alma mater unchained from the restrictions the state puts on it in return for the pittance it receives. Good Night and Good Luck


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:28 p.m.

Funny - That is not what the ballot count said in November


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:58 p.m.

He, for darn sure, doesn't respect nor represent the People of the State of Michigan.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:42 p.m.

Oh the in-tolerance, Oh the un-open mindedness, Oh the un-employment and debt.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

Charlie Sullivan--you have summed up the issue admirably!!! If we expect Michigan graduates to be critical thinkers, the training for this occurs during their collegiate years. The whole process for selecting the speaker could have been a &quot;teachable moment&quot; for us to see the democratic process applied in a practical way. &quot;Leaders and best&quot; is terminology for Michigan students, NOT the Regents, who evidently thought they knew what was best. Now the administration is reaping the fruits of their thoughtlessness.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

I disagree 100% with Rick Snyder's proposed policies and I did not vote for him in the Governor's race. Having said that, a university is a place for free discourse and learning. People should be free to present their views and other people (AFTER LISTENING to those views) should be free to present their opposing views. It was disrespectful last year for people holding opposing views to our President to harass him at commencement. Similarly it is disrepectful this year for people holding opposing views to Snyder to harass him at commencement. Can't we all agree to disagree and do so in a respectful manner (recall Snyder using the approved process if you are that annoyed with him) - - because if people supporting one party are disrespectful, then at the first possible opportunity people supporting the other party will up the ante with actions even more disrespectful - - and it goes on and on. Personally, I'd prefer to be offended by the University's choice for a commencement speaker every now and again who gives us new perspectives and something to think about as long as they select speakers on both sides of an issue over time - - - - as opposed to the alternative of a middle-of-the-road, white bread speaker every year who offends noone but gives us nothing to think about either.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:09 p.m.

That would be rude and immature. People may not agree with his policies, but he is the elected governor and deserves as much respect as any other distinquished speaker. If they listen, they may find him sharing words of wisdom and encouragement. If they close their ears, then they do not belong at Michigan.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

This is a classless Michigan tradition generally bestowed on oppoents at sporting events. One would expect better sportsmanship from the Leaders and the Best but I've come to expect it at sporting events. However, it is completely out of place in this context. There are many other ways to debate the the issues facing our state -- like facing your opponent, engaging in thoughtful debate and working toward solutions -- not turning you back like a kid at a ball game demonstrating poor sportsmanship. Challenge yourself to do better...........

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:04 p.m.

Yeah, Slick was real good at debating all ONE time!! He never even had to answer any &quot;tough&quot; ones in the &quot;free media&quot;. On the rare occassion he may have been asked ANYTHING of import, he would refuse to answer. He never ever said whose future he would steal. NEVER! Not one TeaPublican ever ran on any platform other than JOBS. Remember JOBS?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:52 p.m.

finally a governor who is making tough choices to TRY to balance our state budget that was ignored by the spendocrats and people (led by unions who have destroyed our state economy) are going to protest. most of you protesting will have to leave the state due to the past incompetence of our former governor and her cronies. Good luck to all of you finding jobs.


Fri, Apr 29, 2011 : 4 p.m.

Ah, the Michigan legislature was controlled by the Republicans for the last 8 years, remember? And the near depression we were pushed into by the Republicans that created this economic mess? The famous 'free market' greed fest that stole trillions? Who was responsible for that? Yup, Republicans.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:44 p.m.

So long as no one gets hurt, the students have the right to protest. I hope it is peaceful and no one ends up in the hospital. I think in 20 years a lot of these folks will wish the day had gone differently, but then hind sight is 20/20. Good luck to the graduates as they head to Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arizona. Ya' all come back, ya hear


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:26 p.m.

David - Is there something wrong with expressing my hopes? After watching the news over the last few weeks?

David Briegel

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

Come on Don, I read no mention of anything other than peaceful demonstration. Why even mention &quot;I hope it's peaceful&quot;? Why wouldn't it be peaceful?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

So, let me get this straight. People are upset that the back-turners are being impolite despite agreeing with their message? By all means lets not be impolite here. When Snyder sends in an Emergency Manager to a town near you and fires all locally elected representatives and cancel out your vote, lets be polite. When Snyder guts state revenue for a tax cut for business, lets be polite. When Snyder comes to your college to &quot;inspire&quot; students and promote higher Ed while proposing huge state funding cuts for said college, lets be polite. How about we politely get the 800,000+ signatures we need to put the Sndyer recall on the ballet, so we can politely line up to vote him out of office. We can politely tell Snyder, "Thank you, but your services are no longer require."

L. C. Burgundy

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:32 a.m.

Emergency financial managers are for cities that have managed their financial affairs exceedingly poorly. Vote for responsible governance - don't shake your fist in anger at an effect of poor governance and not a cause. You might also be surprised to learn that business is nearly the only reason there's any tax revenue at all, Michigan business does not exist in a vacuum, and there are no armed guards on the Ohio, Indiana, or Wisconsin borders. Elections have consequences.

Charley Sullivan

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:39 p.m.

Ah, yes, decorum uber alles! Welcome to the Midwest. There is a difference in my mind here than a general dislike of Gov. Snyder's policies. This is a protest about specific policies that will have specific effects on this specific place. It's not just an &quot;I don't like him&quot; sort of thing; it is tied to this place and this time. Where else would it be any more appropriate? And, from a purely political strategy point of view, always choose a site for dissent that is most likely to make the news (thank you, Mr. Gandhi, for that bit of wisdom.) If he (or you) can't handle polite dissent, perhaps democracy is too messy for you. I hear Singapore is hiring . . .

tom swift jr.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

Those of you who have a problem with this planned demonstration of the freedom of speech, a right that our military has protected and fought for in nearly every corner of the world, don't have a clue as to what democracy is really about. What better venue than at a graduation to teach our children that we always have the right to speak up, we have the right to voice our opinion, even if it is the minority view. The students at that event have every right to turn their back on the man who is going to make it more difficult for their children or siblings to gain this quality of education. Due to increases in tuition and increased taxes on the middle class. The University of Michigan, under CEO Snyder's rule, will soon become the bastion of the elite, only those who can afford absurd tuition fees will be able to attend. Stand up, people, this man is not God, this man stopped representing the PEOPLE of this state the minute he was elected and set his course on filling the pockets of his corporate cronies. Be out there on Saturday, show the rest of this state that Ann Arbor is not afraid to stand and be heard. Let the graduates learn what might be the most important lesson of their 4 years at the U, that NOTHING should stand in the way of truth. Those of you objecting to a protest will find any reason and excuse to silence the voice that is getting louder and louder, but I sense that effort will fail, truth will win out.

L. C. Burgundy

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:34 a.m.

Most people are willing to give him a chance, unlike you. Gov. Granholm had 8 years and thoroughly wasted them. Too bad for the Democrats.

Top Cat

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:35 p.m.

It would be quite ironic if any of those who choose to turn their back on the Governor wind up leaving Michigan because they could not find work here.

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:03 a.m.

Can't look back. No war crimes here though!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:29 p.m.

Do you think the poor economy in Michigan might have something to do with former democrat Governor Granholm?

Norma Shull Smith

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

Regardless of political party affiliation, this act shows lack of respect for the office. I disagree with many on both sides of the party, but was taught to respect those elected to office. It also ruins a ceremony that deserves respect. Graduates have worked long and hard and it is their day. There are other ways of protesting than being rude.

Christy Summerfield

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:29 p.m.

I've been following the objections of UM students to two commencement speakers and I am so happy to see students protesting the choice of Snyder. Many students objected when he was announced but the University ignored their objections. The University has also ignored the objections of law school students to the speaker chosen as their graduation speaker. The graduation exercises are special moments in the lives of these students--the culmination of years of hard work. They should have some say in who the speakers will be. The student objections are thoughtful, reasonable and rational and the University should be listening. I think refusing to listen and refusing to at least having some sort of discussion about these speakers, is disrespectful and dismissive on the part of U of M. I believe the strongest most effective way for these students to make their feelings clear is to peacefully stand and leave the proceedings. That's what I would do if I was involved--and yes, I do have a degree from U of M.

Ben Seese

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:44 p.m.

Thank you, Christy! This article really should include this info, as it would tame many of the &quot;have some respect&quot; responses. I don't remember the number, but the petition to the Regents objecting to Snyder's selection got several _thousand_ student signatures in a matter of hours. Seems like turning their backs is their last resort.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:26 p.m.

This is really disgraceful at an institution of enlightenment and a place where ideas are exchanged. On the scale of poor taste, I guess turning your back as an act of civil disobedience is better than shouting a speaker down. But I guarantee you that is going to happen also. It is really hypocritical to claim we are a community welcomes diversity of people and opinions then deny someone the right to speak because we disagree. If you don't like him, you have the chance to vote him out of office. I do not agree with Snyder's policies, but I defend his right to speak because if you take that away from him, you can take it away from me, too. And yes. I hold this consistent view whether the speaker is someone from the right or the left.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:51 p.m.

Hmmmm.... so, if the KKK, or the white supremicists, came to speak, I should be quiet and respectful? Listen to their point of view? Please. No I don't equate Snyder with the KKK, but the point remains valid. He has plenty of venues to get his message out, and believe me, it's been heard loud and clear. Now it's our turn.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:03 a.m.

That's a clever way to subvert the amendment that IS part of the constitution. Celebrate free speech....but shout the guy down so nobody can hear what he has to say. Nice. Truly the spirit the framers of the constitution intended.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

And which amendment has it that we all have the right to hear someone?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:57 p.m.

We've heard plenty.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:05 p.m.

Perhaps he won't be denied the right to speak. But will others be denied their right to hear him? How can anyone form an objective and intelligent opinion if they cannot hear what the guy has to say? I question whether this will be possible.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:40 p.m.

Yep. He has a right to speak. And we have a right to protest. Nobody is denying him his right. And nobody will deny us ours.

Victor Lacca

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:24 p.m.

The problem with Michigan and the US as a whole is that politicians of yesteryear spent money and made promises for which they would never have to be accountable. Now it's time to demonize the messenger who frankly asserts the golden goose is dead. We were long ago set up for this mess and if everybody is equally mad at Snyder then maybe that's a sign he's administering the proper medicine.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:06 p.m.

Well said.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:23 p.m.

Intelligent discussion of the issues is great. A childish tantrum that adds nothing to the discussion is just rude.

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:19 a.m.

John B, So that's what this is all about?

John B.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

Unless it is anti-Obama, right? Then it's fine. Thought so....


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:22 p.m.

Students at U of M have tried to remove Gov. Snyder but without success. He lied to Michigan voters about tax increases, he refused to disclose his tax returns, he is taxing those that can least afford to pay, he is scapegoating public employees, and he totally is anti-education. So why shouldn't students and voters have the right to express their displeasure with Gov. Snyder? It is a publicly funded university, and he is speaking to the public. The public has every right to express their concerns. Last time I checked we were still living in a democracy! Maybe the Gov. will get the message when those students that value education the most are trying to help him see that his agenda is totally off base when it comes to what is best for the state of Michigan. It all starts with education. The Gov. is undermining the very essence of what it takes to have a successful economy - an educated and informed electorate. What graduate in their right mind would want to stay in Michigan, raise their kids, and try to get ahead if the opportunities are being ripped out of the system? Time for Gov. Snyder to sign his own recall petition on Saturday - if he truly want's what is best for Michigan.

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:18 a.m.

Please provide evidence for just about every claim in this comment. I will be waiting with baited breath.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:21 p.m.

How sad - we wonder why are kids don't know how to be respectful of others - what is even worse is that this came from a so-called newspaper! Shame on you - another reason I don't buy your paper - shame on anyone who thinks this is right! I am stunned by this attitude - thank God my daughter doesn't go to the University of Michigan!


Fri, Apr 29, 2011 : 3:56 p.m.

She wasn't accepted? Or couldn't get in? Just thank Snyder when the college bill for your daughter climbs. Rejoice!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Do you think is running the protest??

John B.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:23 p.m.

You can go back to watching only Faux Noise now.

L. C. Burgundy

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:14 p.m.

The protests are likely to be dominated by teachers, union members and students, --- Gee, whatever will Rick Snyder do without those college student and union member votes given how robustly they turned out for him in, wait. The idea that the state doesn't turn about the axis of Ann Arbor is no doubt very upsetting to this group of people.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

You're kidding right? There is an economy outside of A2? Really? You Ron's brother?

Jimmy McNulty

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:12 p.m.

Rude, rude, rude.

Jimmy McNulty

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 11:16 a.m.

No, it wouldn't. You need to respect the office. I attended commencement ceremonies where the sitting Pres. Clinton was the keynote speaker. It was an honor even though we did not share the same politics.

John B.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:22 p.m.

But it would be fine aty to protest Obama the same way, right? I thought so....

Charley Sullivan

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:09 p.m.

*heckling, sorry.

Charley Sullivan

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:04 p.m.

Standing quietly and turning one's back is not rude, it is not juvenile, it is not disrespectful. Hackling is/would be. There is a difference. Our current governor is wanting to have things both ways: saying we need better/stronger education while cutting budgets and refusing to consider tax increases to keep this most basic of basics properly supported. There is no better place for those who find this questionable, if not reprehensible, to make that &quot;heard,&quot; or since it will be silent, I assume, &quot;seen.&quot; For those who say this action would demean or lessen the graduation experience and celebration of the current graduates, are you really so conflict-averse that you would expect everyone to sit through a talk that is quite so possibly hypocritical on the governor's part? If anything, it is a celebration of the education that Michigan students have received that allows them to be critical and questioning citizens and not simply sheep. Go Blue!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:04 p.m.

I'm kinda ticked about this. I worked hard (and spent a lot of money!) for 4 years to get my degree and now this? I personally am not a fan of Snyder's, but this is MY graduation. My only living grandparent is coming to the area and my children are excited for their first trip to the Big House to see their mom graduate, only now they'll be subjected to a huge crowd of protesters. Nice. Hopefully these student organizers that are so excited about this don't have their graduation day spoiled by something like this. Thanks guys!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:21 p.m.

There is at least one mature person in this years UM graduating class.

Jake C

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:14 p.m.

I graduated in 2010 when Obama was the Spring speaker, and no-one who attended experienced any sort of negative experience. If your relatives notice anything, they'll probably just chalk it up to &quot;kids being kids&quot; (even though they're 22 years old). Don't worry about it.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

Nice, let's all act like a bunch of unruly second graders. Would you expect any less than this though from graduates from an Ann Arbor university, probably not ? Good Day

Laurie Burg

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

why was my reply deleted? i asked a question.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:50 p.m.

Snooooop.....I expect no more from them [the entitled golden children] than I do the Hash Bash attendees...except I can explain their total lack of good judgement to fried brain cells...even down to destroying a fairy door...


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

Absolutely disrespectful. If you do not want to hear what the Governor has to say, stay home. If you think this is the way to solve all your problems in life, you haven't completed enough classes at the University to hold a degree. Grow up.

Jake C

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:53 a.m.

@A2non: My comment was directed at gyre, not you.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

Oh, please. Gyre is more than welcome to protest the protesters, come on out!!! I was (obviously) referring to his/her wish to stay home to be &quot;respectful.&quot;

Jake C

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:11 p.m.

So the way to solve your personal problems is to stay home and not express your opinions? Sounds like a failure for democracy right there...


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:54 p.m.

Respect is not what this man has earned. Sorry, it comes with earning it. If you don't agree with the protests, fine, stay home.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:47 p.m.

I do not understand why many people commenting on this article think people should be respectful of these students' special day when protesting Snyder's appearance as guest speaker. This could easily have been avoided had the University made a smarter choice than Snyder to speak at the commencement. As a U of M alumnus I would have been proud to turn my back to such a speaker at my own commencement. How better way to send a message. If anything we should be criticizing a University that chose a speaker poorly, and more importantly, chose someone that is doing more to dishonor, defund, and debunk our education system on every level, including higher education. How a University can support and honor someone who is taking nearly a quarter of their state funding away? It would make sense for the whole crowd to turn their backs, and even perhaps sing a song or make some noise to drown out Snyder's voice.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

Gov. Snyder was offered to speak at commencement as is tradition for new governors of the State of Michigan.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:56 p.m.

If they can't turn their backs, because they might offend someone else, then why post a comment on an article lest you offend another commenter.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:51 p.m.

And if any of these individuals who may want to attempt such an antic holds a position of prominence in business or government in the future, would they expect the same from someone who may disagree with them? Or would they rather have the people listen to what they have to say and address the disagreements at a better time?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:45 p.m.

I am completely against Gov. Snyder's EFM and increases in taxes on the poor/elderly...but this is NOT the venue for a political demonstration - do it OUTSIDE the stadium, not where/when students are to be celebrating all their hard work and achievements at UM.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:47 p.m.

Is Snyder really showing disrespect for public employees who receive unsustainable benefits and pensions, or is he showing respect for taxpayers who can no longer pay for this largesse?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:36 p.m.

Did I miss where Gov. Snyder is increasing taxes on the poor/elderly? The only one that I know about is to no longer exempt pensions from income tax. Michigan is one of only four states that exempts pensions. In my &quot;retirement&quot; I work about 30 hours a week to earn about $30,000 a year, and pay Michigan tax on all of it. My neighbor receives a pension from his former federal job of $80,000 a year and doesn't pay income tax on it. Does that make any sense? I'd like to know how any of you who disagree so vehemently with Gov. Snyder would go about balancing Michigan's budget.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:29 p.m.

But Snyder's actions show tremendous disrespect toward public employees and are anti-education. How can anyone show respect for his actions?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:43 p.m.

Turning your back on a speaker is childish, but befitting of a UofM education.

Jake C

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:51 a.m.

@Cinnabar: &quot;Where do most of the rich come from?&quot; From other rich people, basically. Class mobility is becoming more and more rare.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

&quot;most of them having taken on tens of thousands of dollars in debt for their education because of the ever-shrinking state contribution to the U's operating budget.&quot; Whats really funny is it will be these grads that add to their own debt due to their protests, remember the battle cries of the democrats &quot;Tax the rich&quot; &quot;Make them pay their fair share&quot; Where do most of the rich come from?

Edward R Murrow's Ghost

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:34 p.m.

Yes, they know nothing of it, most of them having taken on tens of thousands of dollars in debt for their education because of the ever-shrinking state contribution to the U's operating budget. Talk about being out of touch with reality. Good Night and Good Luck


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

Yep, its childish and stupid. As an alumnus of U of M it's a personal embarrassment, spoiled brats protesting something they know nothing about, because they have not experienced the real world, nor accomplished anything except get an education on daddy's dime. But let them have their fun, the crushing deficits and excess spending that they gleefully support will crash the economy and ruin their futures.

Macabre Sunset

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:35 p.m.

That is the hallmark of someone who lives in an ivory tower: your personal biases trump everything else, so you have no problem making a spectacle of yourself on someone else's special day. Most of the students, hopefully, will grow out of it. Less than in the past, because kids today have a sense of entitlement that exceeds all reason. But there's no doubt that the value of a degree today is considerably less because of those who will be leading this protest. People who have dedicated their lives to the entitlement society and will not let go, at any cost, even the bankruptcy of the entire country.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:34 p.m.

I will be there adding my voice! The graduates have an entire ceremony to celebrate. The part where Snyder speaks is only a piece of it. And many of the graduates themselves are part of this protest, and hate the idea of him speaking. It's his presence ruining their day, not the protest of his presence. This is democracy, folks. This man needs to get the message. If he doesn't get it quick, he will get it when he's recalled in November.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:47 p.m.

Yes he will.

steve h

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 4:37 a.m.

he will never be recalled


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

Yes this is a democracy and he was duly elected to his office by a majority vote. Even though I didn't vote for Obama and disagree with his policies...I can't imagine showing such a disrespect to the office he holds or the voters that elected him...just plain disrespectful and childish. If you disagree with your boss and he or she is giving a speech, stand up and turn your back...see what happens in the real world. Or better yet, run for one can do any more harm than our former Governor.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:53 p.m.

The protesters will be outside the stadium, making big noise when he gets up there. The graduates and family members who want to protest as well will turn their backs during his speech.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:48 p.m.

so there will be no protestors at any other time?


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

Isn't it absolutely wonderful how people are so open-minded, and respectful these days? And how thoughtful and genteel they are to actually listen to someone with an opposite or maybe just a DIFFERENT point of view? Makes one thankful and yes, even PROUD to live in such a tolerant town such as Ann Arbor. I know I am.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:35 a.m.

I love living in an open minded respectful community. It just makes me feel superior...and that feels good! The good feeling helps to counter the white/privileged guilt that is so fatiguing to carry around. I am inspired by the dialogue to buy a shiny new bumper sticker to show off my enlightenment and share it with all the little people.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:28 p.m.

Snyder has shown a shocking disrespect or ignorance of the issues in our State. He is for corporate interests at all costs. He would have the people in this State all working for minimum wage, without benefits if he had his way - THAT would make the corporations happy, just think of the profits!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:44 p.m. sentiments exactly...


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

Gov. Snyder was elected by the people, its alright to show that you don't agree,the fact remains, he was elected. We suffered thru Granholm, I guess it their time to suffer thru Snyder! Go Rick Go, keeping cutting those taxes, don't let seniors become second class citizens by letting them pay less taxes, give teachers the chance to become superstars by paying them on the results of their students, get city's in better financial shape! Rick you are too &quot;Progressive&quot;(Liberal) for Me but you will have to do!


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

Richard Dale Snyder was charged by State and Federal Constitutions on January 1, 2011 in open public view. He has not returned this constitutional charge as evinced by signing legislative wanton to overturn undesired election return, sovereign contracts and municipal charges, themselves. A louse like so would be a fool's fool to show his face in public, let alone at an education celebration. You have this coming, guv :)

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

I believe many folks who might otherwise have some sympathy for a &quot;cause&quot; are turned away when the &quot;cause&quot; can't understand or won't respect a &quot;time and place&quot; concept.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

While someone may disagree with the politiics, it is rude to the speaker and the other attendees to turn a fine event of celebration into a statement. Last year, while many protested Obama, it was still a pleasure that we treated him with respect. This is not the behavior to be expected of U of M students. Mr. Snyder has several degrees from the University and it is traditional for a new governor to speak. He may actually have words of advice for the graduates that have nothing to do with politics. People need to grow up and learn to have discourse and dialogue at the appropriate times and not childish gestures

Mich Res and Alum

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 11:12 a.m.

All the old townies on here that are throwing belittling comments at UM students need to take a reading comprehension test. The protests are not being run by the students. Let me say it again - the protests are not being run by the students. The UM college democrats are involved, but that really is not representative of the students at all - just a small, very politically oriented group. Most students will attend and listen to Snyder, despite completely disagreeing with him. Some may boo, but I doubt it's many. Few will &quot;turn their backs.&quot; More will simply not come. Let these events happen before you start calling 22-27 year olds &quot;childish and immature&quot; for having a political opinion (there's worse things in the world).

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:10 a.m.

You are correct Mick, John Engler and the TeaPublican legislatures of late have been absolutely devastating to Michigans economy! That and the failure of corrupt, crony capitalism!!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:38 p.m.

Tell us then, Mr. Ed, what Governor Granholm's advise was. It was during her administration when so many people left Michigan we lost a seat in congress. She let Michigan lose a VW plant to TN, where the workers prefer a non union job to no job and a union card. Seems that was her advise too. I do not get this attitude of so many people. It is quite clear that the position taken by Michigan for the last 2-3 decades has lead to the condition the state is in now. Perhaps what Gov Snyder is trying will not work, but we certainly know what we were doing lead to a disaster.

Mr. Ed

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:44 p.m.

The advise from the Governor is to move away from Michigan.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

Spoiled brats! Nuff said.


Wed, Apr 27, 2011 : 12:21 a.m.

Give it a rest Jake C. Marshall Applewhite is gonna try to understand a thought process. That'll be worth the price of admission. I just can't wait for it. Come on Marsh'. Any day now ...

Jake C

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:45 a.m.

@Marshall: &quot;Snyder is going to enter the brains of these individuals, and make them forget the things they learned in the past four years&quot;? I'm detecting a little bit of sarcasm there! Maybe these graduates will use the things they've learned during their last 4 years of college, and express them during their graduation ceremony. And maybe they'll try to preserve the education system they were able to enjoy for the next generation of students, in whatever way they can. Wouldn't that be amazing?

Marshall Applewhite

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:09 a.m.

@Jake C So let me try to understand your thought process here........ Snyder is going to enter the brains of these individuals, and make them forget the things they learned in the past four years(before he was Governor)? Is this really what you're trying to say?!?

Jake C

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7 p.m.

So if you personally paid $120,000 for an education, and the ceremony at the end was headed by a political celebrity who apparently wants to dismantle the public education you just paid into, you wouldn't have a problem with it? Or are people who oppose such a system just spoiled brats? Curious to know...


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

the &quot;turning the backs&quot; thing is just rude. do your petitions or whatever, but show a little decorum during an important ceremony. seems these folks are not too worried about &quot;collateral damage&quot; (i.e. other graduates memorable day).

5c0++ H4d13y

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:23 p.m.

This is even more stupid than those vet's that turned their backs on Clinton.

Jake C

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:23 p.m.

I'm curious about whether any of the people opposing these planned protests had any problems with the protestors against President Obama in 2010. Especially considering most of those '10 protestors had no affiliation with the University, nor was there any real reports afterwards about anyone's Graduation Ceremony being &quot;ruined&quot;.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:03 p.m.

I have no problem with either these protests or those against President Obama. I also think both protests are/were equally ridiculous.

Chip Reed

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:19 p.m.

It is to be hoped that the value of the graduates' hard-won diplomas will not be adversely affected.

Deb Anderson

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:16 p.m.

Political discourse is a healthy symptom of democracy in action but I really feel bad for the graduating students who worked very hard for their degrees and who are proud of their achievement. Why not take the rally and the rage to Lansing, a more appropriate venue and forum, and allow these hard working graduates to enjoy their day in the sun?


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 3:59 a.m.

In review of your comment and valor before the board, it is plainly obvious how proud your parents, et. al. are and how lucky your future employer will be. May you continue to inspire. g

David Briegel

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:30 a.m.

Andrea, the tone deafness, arogance and ideological blindness are typical of this group of TeaPublicans. Get used to it. They no longer even represent more than half of their own party who believe that taxes should be raised on those who benefitted so greatly from our Great Society. It is not a noble trait to refer to the educated as elitist, a group of which you are now a proud member!

Andrea Ronquist

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 1:19 a.m.

I will be graduating on Saturday but will not be attending my commencement ceremony. My parents, who kindly financed my education, have told me that since Saturday is my graduation day, they will spend the day with me however I would like us to spend it. I went to the 17 March 2011 meeting of the regents of the University of Michigan and spoke about why I believed an additional speaker should be selected to speak after Governor Snyder. It is allegedly a tradition to have the Governor of our state speak during the first year of their term. However, I feel that many people have forgotten that last year (although she was not in her first term as Governor) Jennifer Granholm spoke before President Obama. I told the regents I believed it was an affront to our class to have solely the Governor speak this year, since last year both the Governor and another individual spoke. After two other students and myself spoke, the regents did not even discuss what any of us had said before immediately voting to accept President Coleman's suggestion to have the Governor as our sole commencement speaker. This angered me, made me feel unacknowledged, and although after voting the regents did make a few comments - none of them directly addressed why someone should not speak in addition to the Governor. As such, I feel ignored by the bureaucracy that is clearly an inherent part of the University of Michigan. Since this is the case, I am choosing to ignore my own commencement. I am glad people are continuing to protest what the Governor plans to do with his proposed budget and tax reform. I think Ann Arbor is the perfect venue for such a protest because clearly the regents and the President of this University did not listen to the voices of the students the first time they tried. Perhaps this protest will make their point clear: some people are still unhappy with the Governor and are unhappy with the decision the University made in choosing him as our sole commencement speaker this year.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 7:17 p.m.

Because the students have worked very hard to get their degrees and deserve this protest of a purely dishonest man if someone was so stupid enough to make them endure this wanton of a man.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:09 p.m.

I hold as much displeasure for Rick Snyder as our governor as anyone else. But, this is one of the most disrespectful (to the Governor's office and the students graduating) ways to voice your political beliefs. As winterblue says, this will take the focus of the ceremony off of the acheivements of every student involved and make it about the political opinions of a loud minority (in action, probably not opinion).


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:30 p.m.

Since many of the graduates protested Snyder being invited, it may not be the minority that you expect. Should be interesting to see.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:51 p.m.

I agree with you, Forever27. While I did not vote for -- nor do I agree with -- Snyder, he does still deserve some modicum of respect.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

I agree that Snyder needs to be confronted, but I feel bad for the graduates whose ceremony will be ruined.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 12:47 a.m.

breadman: I don't know what you said, but I voted you up for it.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 11:22 p.m.

And so what did he (Snyder) give them as too a job in Michigan too keep the money here? He is raising the fees all over the state too run the people out. Go to school to be a RN and get on job, fine out you are now standing in the woods pushing basket carts for Wal-Mart for hour!!!!!!!!!!!


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 10:01 p.m.

You don't get it - Gov. Snyder isn't raising tuition at U of M, U of M is raising tuition.

Atticus F.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 9:25 p.m.

I'm sorry if we are ruining someone's special day... However, without access to education, it can not only ruin 1 day, it can ruin someones life. It can also ruin the future of an entire state. Anybody who is worried about their own personal glory being &quot;ruined&quot; is not thinking of others, or the future of education.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

I don't think it would be ruined... This is their chance to do something almost unprecedented!

Atticus F.

Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

I can't wait to see this. Snyder will finally get the reception he deserves.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 3:50 p.m.

I disagree with you. I believe this is a perfectly legitamate way to let my governor know how passionately I disagree with his policies. I've also emailed, and attended budget meetings. Those avenues do not seem to be getting his attention. This will.


Tue, Apr 26, 2011 : 2:38 a.m.

No. Being grownup is knowing the right time and place to make a point. Showing disrespect to the governor, even though you may disagree with his policies, is childish. Attending a townhall meeting and asking pointed questions is a mature way to handle the issue. If you think acting sophmoric is going to solve the problems, then you wasted thousands of dollars on higher education.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:58 p.m.

Ha! So, gyre, being a grown up means lying down and just taking it? Hmmmm.... to me, it's standing up for what you believe in, fighting for your values, paying attention and being engaged. Grown up I am, indeed.


Mon, Apr 25, 2011 : 6:55 p.m.

Then there will need to be a childcare center at the graduation ceremony for the students and spectators that will act that way. Grow up.