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Albright College: No Honorary Degree For Corbett

by: John Morgan

Mon May 23, 2011 at 11:52:34 AM EDT

Nearly 70 activists descended on northeast Reading Sunday afternoon to protest Gov. Tom Corbett and his radical policies.  Albright College conducted its commencement with the Governor as its main speaker amidst controversy.  Students wrote a letter to Corbett following his massive cuts to k12 and higher education funding and asked him to rescind his acceptance.  The College's faculty voted NOT to grant him an honorary degree, something customary for such events.  It is highly unusual for an institution of higher learning to invite a dignitary to be its commencement speaker and then not vote to grant them an honorary degree.  The vote of Albright's faculty was unanimous.

The protesters arrived around 1 PM and were orderly, peaceful and courteous.  They applauded the entire senior class as it marched to Shirk Stadium for their degrees while six mounted Pennsylvania State Troopers stood providing a clear signal from the Governor.  He obviously sent these Troopers to intimidate those exercising their constitutional rights of assembly and free speech.  One female Trooper purposefully pulled her steed back into the crowd on 13th Street sending them scrambling for safety.  She did so twice until I purposefully walked over and stood before them recording everything they did.  

The action of the Pennsylvania State Police was a black eye for the entire Commonwealth and tells us something very dark and disturbing about our new Governor.  I have pictures and video so most of them will be under the fold since we already have so much video on the front page (it takes it too long to load for those with dial up connections).

John Morgan :: Albright College: No Honorary Degree For Corbett
The mounted Pennsylvania State Police:

Then after they rode to the steps:

Pictures from the exhibition:

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I imagine the City of Reading has an ordinance about such things.  Do they?  The horses made quite a mess as you can see from the video I shot (the rest are at my YouTube channel).

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