UM’s Spring Commencement Speaker Causing Stir

ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Governor Rick Snyder, a three degree holder from the University of Michigan, will speak at the school’s graduation ceremonies this spring. 

But some students there don’t want to hear from him because of some of Snyder’s proposed budget cuts.

Student Rick Durance heads one of many student groups who are using Facebook asking U of M officials to reconsider their choice.

“The social services are incredibly important whether it’s public schooling, health care, elder care, all of these are significant. So, I don’t believe that him cutting taxes and then claiming he has to cut social services is appropriate,” says Durance.
“We are not asking nor protesting directly against the governor himself, we are asking the governor and the university to consider this and their policy,” adds Durance.

Students have scheduled a protest on the Diag Wednesday afternoon at one.

  • citygirl

    If I were a student or parent who had worked hard/paid big money to get to commencement at the University of Michigan, I’d be ballistic about having a low-level speaker like this. He has not accomplished anything, and that squeaky voice for 30 minutes? No way. This is yet another argument for having no speakers at all.

  • Gary

    One thing missing from U of M students must be economics and business sense otherwise they would not be so upset with Snyder coming to to the Campus. Snyder can help them see the what is needed to balance a budget and how to run a large organization like a business.

    • Larry

      Try some of that business training for yourself. Show me where tax cuts for large corporations creates jobs. It does creates jobs – in China and Mexico.

      • Rich

        uhm…’s not a business course silly, it’s simple math. We are spending more than we are making….not hard to compute….

  • steve-bob

    yeah Michigan is a picture of business success the Democratic governor and Unions really helped run the auto industry out of business…

  • Jennifer

    I understand that he’s a good businessman. I just find it hypocritical to have someone who is majorly cutting funding to public and higher education (and reducing tax incentives for donations to universities) speak at a public university’s graduation.

  • Still paying for it

    Who wants to listen to this guy blab about the importance of education while cutting funding for public and higher education services? Talk about hypocritical, but then again his is paid for so I guess he can’t relate….

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