Last week, At the University of California-Berkeley’s convocation ceremony, Secretary of State Madeline Albright was the keynote speaker. She was originally scheduled to speak after the top graduating student — a Palestinian woman. But word surfaced that this student intended to speak out against Albright and the sanctions on Iraq and the university changed the order of speaking so that Albright spoke first and then left. But during her speech hundreds of students spoke out against her, some calling her a war criminal. In all, 59 people were ejected from the ceremony. There were also large demonstrations against Albright outside.
- Fadya Rafeedie, Valedictorian, University of California-Berkeley.