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Columbia Insults Barnard In Response to Announcement of 2012 Commencement Speaker

While students at Barnard College are thrilled that President Obama will be delivering their commencement address this year, their peers at Columbia College were less than thrilled with the announcement. Several Columbia students recently posted comments on the school’s student-run blog, Bwog, that protested Obama’s decision to speak at Barnard instead of Columbia, his alma mater, and also that insulted Barnard students’ and their intelligence. Many of these comments were highly anti-feminist in nature.

Some of the comments were more offensive than others. A few of the most offensive were submitted to Jezebel.com, and refer to Barnard students as “c*m dumpsters,” “academically inferior,” and “feminazis.”

There has been a great amount of opposition from the student bodies at both schools towards these sexist comments. A Facebook group has been created to admonishes those who were making the comments and many administrators and students have been speaking out against them as well.

Debora Spar, president of Barnard College, and President Less Bollinger, University President, made a joint statement in which they showed their displeasure at the comments which were made in several online communities.

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President Obama to Deliver Commencement Speech at Barnard College

In a suave political move, President Obama recently announced that he will be delivering the commencement speech at Barnard College, a women’s college in New York City. By doing so, Obama is showing his support for women and women’s rights at the same time that the Republican party has been rallying to prevent contraceptives being covered under the new health care law.

Some are calling the Republicans’ acts a “war on women,” and by addressing a group of newly graduated women, Obama is putting himself on the side of the ladies. This makes a lot of sense, politically, because with the 2012 Presidential Election only a few months away, the candidates will want to secure as many votes as they can. By speaking to the women at Barnard College, Obama is probably hoping to secure their votes as well as congratulate and inspire them on their graduation day.

Of course, teachers and students at the school are excited to have Obama deliver their commencement speech, no matter whether it is part of his political agenda or not. Read the rest of this entry »



Geraldine Ferraro’s Education Background

Geraldine Ferraro was an Italian-American attorney, politician and a Representative in the USA House of Representatives. She is possibly best known for being the first female Vice Presidential candidate  and the only Italian American to be a major-party nominee for this position; she ran with Walter Mondale. EDUinReview will now take a look at the education background of this intelligent woman.

Geraldine was born on August 26, 1935 in Newburgh, New York. Her parents were Antonetta and Dominick Ferraro, both Italian immigrants. She had three older brothers, but two died during their childhoods. When she was eight, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family as a single parent.

Geraldine attended Mount Saint Mary’s school until her family could not afford the school; she then attended the parochial Marymount Academy in Tarrytown, NY. She graduated from Marymount in 1952 and then received a scholarship to Marymount Manhattan College. In order to pay or her education, she used scholarship funds and also held up to three jobs at the same time. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1956, making her the first woman in her family to earn a college degree.

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