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Uproar at UMass

President Bush’s former chief of staff, Andrew Card, received a rather hostile reception at UMass on Friday. Card was back in his home state to collect an honorary degree from the university, prompting loud booing and catcalls from the audience. It wasn’t just the students who were behaving badly; quite a few faculty members contributed to the uproar as well. Displaying overt rudeness to conservative campus guests is becoming entrenched as something of a tradition at many colleges and universities. Although the poor conduct at UMass is hardly unique, it is still disgraceful. At least the students may “grow up” someday. Sadly, the same can’t be said for the ill-mannered professors.

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