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New York University's independent student newspaper, established in 1973.

Washington Square News

Stern School of Business Commencement

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Thursday, May 22
10 a.m.
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
664 bachelor degree graduates

At the Stern commencement ceremony, held in the dazzling Radio City Music Hall, a major theme was the celebration of individuality and innovation. Undergraduate dean Geeta Menon set the mood with her affirmation that despite the many “shared commonalities,” each student brought their own personal experience. From there, between keynote speaker Craig Hatkoff, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, imploring graduates to engage in “the informal daily practice of lifelong learning” to student speaker Kim Pham asking graduates to “celebrate the unorthodox,” there was an overarching thread of honoring idiosyncrasy and education. Hatkoff, who brought along one of the hammers that are given as part of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, told graduates that they all would certainly fail at something, but their reaction to failure would define them. Pham, who referred to her classmates as “blindingly bright and beautifully complex,” encouraged them to cherish what made them individuals. Following the presentation of the graduates, the auditorium was played out to the tune of “New York, New York” on the organ.

Felipe De La Hoz is multimedia editor. Email him at [email protected].

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    glen broemerJun 2, 2014 at 12:37 am

    With either the willfully blind approval or the willful ignorance of the judiciary the right has killed & stolen several of my pets and routinely shoots energy weaponry at me and my pets. Recent harm to animals include: two kittens from a pregnant stray i took in were killed a few months ago. The remaining two, just 9 weeks old, shake their head as government operatives shoot them with energy weaponry. They shot the eye out or removed the eye of a large really good natured stray at the port, hobbled another cat at the port, shooting it with energy weaponry, and routinely kill and leave dead animals in my path. A few years ago one of them threatened ‘we’ll just kill a cat every so often’, in so many words. This has continued despite my calls to the police, the FBI, Congress, and my petitions in court. In the usual case, it appears that the right goes to a judicial crony for a ruling permitting them to harm animals to retaliate against me for my free speech. There’s no serious argument but that they interfered with my personal life and economic options for 3 decades, so their solution to my noting it is to kill animals. Makes perfect sense right? It does if you’re a sociopathic criminal, criminally stupid, and hawkish. Invariably their lies are exposed and the wrongfulness of the harm is clear to everyone, though not until the animals have been maimed or killed. There is really only one solution, and that’s to disempower them politically.

    Typically operating through puppets–including puppets in the judiciary–the right wing has for decades been committing crimes and trying to classify them to cover them up, a move explicitly forbidden by the Code of Federal Regulations. The right has accomplished its political objectives by presenting a fraction of the evidence to judicial officials who, having seen the pattern dozens of times before, could not help but realize that they were being presented with incomplete and inaccurate information.

    If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth, right? the Democrats’ great accomplishment is producing the political equivalent of a Rodney King video, clearly demonstrating the lies of the right, the right Hilary Clinton correctly identified as a vast conspiracy. Confirm by examining Central District of California Cases, 01-4340, 03-9097, 08-5515, 10-5193, US Tax Court 12000-07L –though I think you want to view my US Tax Court Appeal to the 9th Circuit for a good account of their day to day assaults, a few month time slice indicative of a decade of assault, and more 9th Circuit case 11-56043.