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Tyler Kingkade is a Senior Editor and Reporter at The Huffington Post, based in New York, covering higher education and millennials. Prior to this role he covered politics for The Huffington Post and The Iowa Independent, and worked at the National Journal and for the CBS affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa. His work has earned him national recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Collegiate Press, and the University of Georgia. Keep up with him on Twitter: @tylerkingkade.

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Univision Anchor Booed At Commencement After Speaking Spanish, Mentioning Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 10:29 AM

A Peabody Award-winning anchor for the Spanish-language Univision network was booed and called "trash" at a commencement address in Orange County, California, this weekend after she spoke a few words in Spanish and mentioned Donald Trump.

María Elena Salinas spoke at California State University, Fullerton, on Sunday, first addressing the entire CSUF graduating class and later speaking to graduates of the school's College of Communications, an audience consisting largely of journalism, advertising and public relations students.

About 37 percent of students at CSUF are Hispanic, according to the university. Salinas, a California native who was raised by immigrants, addressed the Latinos in the audience at one point during her remarks at the College of Communications ceremony, speaking in Spanish to them and their parents.

In Spanish, Salinas told the students how proud she was of their generation. Non-Latino grads started shouting "What about us?" according to Denise De La Cruz, a graduate who was at the ceremony. 

"Tensions worsened as Salinas began offering advice to journalism students to use the tools of media to rebut political figures such as Donald Trump," De La Cruz wrote in a first-person account for OC Weekly. "That's when folks began yelling things to Salinas such as, 'Get off the stage!' and 'Trash!'"

The Washington Post reports:

In a video, a varied response can be heard from the crowd.

Salinas said: “...they blame us so much for so many things, that now they’re even blaming us, the media, for creating Donald Trump. Imagine that.” Yells can be heard from the crowd. “Isn’t that terrible? But we didn’t, right? Who did it?” she asked rhetorically. “I don’t know. Who did it? But they’re to blame.”

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has built his campaign on fear-mongering about Mexican and Muslim immigrants. His signature policy issue is a proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it, which the country says it would not do. Trump has put bigotry and intolerance front and center in his campaign, and his supporters have frequently engaged in violence against protesters at his rallies.

Commencement speakers from across the political spectrum have included anti-Trump remarks in their speeches this spring.

In this video posted by The Washington Post, boos and shouts can be heard as Salinas mentions that people blame the media for the rise of Trump.

Salinas later said on Twitter that she didn't hear what people were yelling. But, she said, "if they complained about me speaking Spanish it's sad racism is on the rise."

One student insisted on Twitter that the boos weren't because of racism, saying that some people in the audience booed because they felt Salinas' remarks were too focused on Latino students and exclusive of others.

"It’s really sad that people can turn such a special moment into a racial war,” Salinas told The Washington Post. "Because it seems like that is what has happened. I don’t think I insulted anyone by saying a few words in Spanish to the parents. The whole speech was directed to everyone."

"I think the message is, we have to cool down the intolerance right now," she went on. "We really do. This is ugly, what’s happening in the country."

It's worth noting that Salinas' speech focused mainly on the CSUF students, not on Trump. And some graduates genuinely appreciated her remarks, judging by Twitter.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the...

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Arianna Huffington Tells Grads They Must 'Recharge And Refuel' To Show Real Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Wearing your own exhaustion "as a badge of honor" is not a...

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Watch Hank Azaria Give Advice To College Grads In Voices From 'The Simpsons'

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 8:33 AM

Actor Hank Azaria doled out some words of wisdom to graduates of Tufts University on Sunday in the style of the characters he voices on "The Simpsons."

For example, Comic Book Guy had some advice: "Life is like the 'Star Wars' movies: some of it is great, some of it sucks, but you have no choice but to sit through all of it."

Azaria, who was an undergrad at Tufts' Medford, Massachusetts campus in the 1980's, took a swipe against Boston University in the voice of Moe, the bartender: "I didn't have the benefit of a fancy highfalutin education -- I went to BU. At least Tufts has a campus. I majored in not getting hit by cars on Commonwealth Avenue." 

But Azaria also shared some guidance in his normal voice during the speech.

"When I was your guys' age, I believed that who I was and how I thought and how I felt was inherently uninteresting and flawed and not practical, or maybe they were, and maybe they still are, but it wasn't until I embraced the person that I really was that my work as an actor got really interesting," Azaria said.

"I'm not suggesting that you ignore ... the rules of society, or the laws of common sense, for the actual law, or the text books and manuals, your teachers, your advisors, or the Internet and all the other sources that are happy to tell you the right and wrong way to go about doing almost everything," he continued. "Just please be honest with yourself about what you think and how you feel about all of that; what you like and dislike, what angers, what you are scared of, you are saddened by, or inspires you or delights you. Those feelings are called your instincts, and you ignore them at your own peril."

Watch a clip of his speech in the video...

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Yale Prof Said Being Investigated For Sexual Harassment Caused His Heart Attack

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 4:22 PM


The star Yale University philosophy professor accused of sexually harassing a former student attempted to halt an investigation into her claims, confidential documents obtained by The Huffington Post reveal.


Thomas Pogge accused McAllister Olivarius, a law firm investigating the allegations, of spreading lies about him and causing...

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We Want To Feature Graduation Speeches From Students!

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 2:37 PM


Sometimes the best advice at graduation events doesn't come from the college president, school principal or celebrity brought in to speak at the ceremony -- it comes from the graduates themselves. 


Don't get us wrong, we love hearing what famous authors, politicians, movie stars and business...

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New Law Restricts University Of Tennessee's Ability To Support Sex Week

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 1:25 PM


The University of Tennessee's flagship campus in Knoxville is now prohibited by state law from supporting a student-organized event called "Sex Week," after Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed a bill to become law on Friday.


The law, pushed by state Republicans, bars UT Knoxville from...

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Yale's Renowned Global Justice Professor Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:05 PM


A federal complaint filed against Yale University claims the Ivy League school violated the gender equity law Title IX multiple times between 2010 and 2015 by mishandling reports that one of its well-known professors, Thomas Pogge, harassed students. 


Yale paid a former student,...

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Mount Holyoke Commencement Speaker Thanks Activists For Their 'Disruption'

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 4:51 PM


Joia Mukherjee, the chief medical officer for the international charity Partners In Health, celebrated the work of student activists during a commencement speech at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.


"It is impossible to name all of the many ways you young women have already begun...

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One Of Donald Trump's Supreme Court Picks Has Spent A Year Trolling Him On Twitter

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 2:38 PM


Donald Trump revealed Wednesday he would consider nominating Texas judge Don Willett to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. 


Willett is widely liked by conservatives, and was an adviser for George W. Bush. He was nominated to the Texas Supreme Court by Rick Perry...

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Here's Proof George Washington Would Be Ashamed Of Donald Trump

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 9:08 PM


Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, probably wouldn't have gotten along with our Founding Fathers. This is especially obvious when you compare George Washington's writings about religious freedom and Trump's call to ban all Muslims from entering the country. 


Trump tried last week to walk...

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Clarence Thomas Tells Grads 'Do Not Hide Your Faith And Your Beliefs'

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 3:52 PM

Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court justice known for rarely speaking from the bench, spoke for half an hour Saturday at the Hillsdale College commencement exercises. 

Hillsdale is a conservative liberal arts college in Hillsdale, Michigan. It does not take any federal funding, meaning no student can use government loans to attend the school. In its mission statement, Hillsdale describes itself as "a trustee of modern man’s intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture." 

Thomas, a conservative jurist, took a few minutes to bemoan what he sees as the culture of entitlement on many college campuses.  

He recalled that his grandfather often told him "money didn't grow on trees."

"Perhaps," Thomas said, "we think liberty grows on trees."

"Apparently, we all deserve the same reward, the same status, notwithstanding the differences in our efforts or our abilities," Thomas said. "It is no wonder then that we hear so often what is deserved or to what one is entitled. I guess by this reasoning, the student who took full advantage of all the spring break bacchanalia is apparently entitled to the same success as the conscientious, disciplined classmate who worked and studied while he played. Perhaps we should redistribute the conscientious student's grades to make the frolicking classmate his or her equal. I'm sure the top 10 students would love that."

Thomas said he wanted to avoid what he saw as "standard fare" for commencement speeches -- that is, remarks about what is wrong in the world and how graduates can go and fix things. It was perhaps a fitting approach at Hillsdale, whose website reads, "The College values the merit of each unique individual, rather than succumbing to the dehumanizing, discriminatory trend of so called 'social justice' and 'multicultural diversity,' which judges individuals not as individuals, but as members of a group and which pits one group against other competing groups in divisive power struggles."

"Having been where you all are, I think it is hard enough to first solve your own problems, not to mention those problems that often seem to defy solution," Thomas told the graduating class on Saturday.  

He did, though, urge graduates to go forth and try to be the best citizens they can be, and to encourage others to do the same. 

"The corporal works of mercy, the greatest commandment, 'Love thy neighbor as thyself': Just because someone else wronged us did not justify reciprocal conduct on our part," Thomas said. "Right was right, and two wrongs did not make a right."

He added a moment later, "As you go through life, try to be that person whose actions teach others how to be better people and better citizens. Reach out to that shy person who's not so popular. Stand up for others when they're being treated unfairly on small things and large. Take the time to listen to that friend who's having a difficult time. Do not hide your faith and your beliefs under a bushel basket, especially in this world that seems to have gone mad with political correctness."

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Madeleine Albright Wants College Grads To Listen To People They Disagree With

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 11:50 AM


Madeleine Albright had her work cut out for her when she took the stage to deliver a commencement address at the all-women Scripps College in Claremont, California, on Saturday. 


The student leaders who picked Albright, the first female secretary of state, said they were "ecstatic"...

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Cory Booker To GWU Grads: Don't Be Cynical, Go Beyond Mere Tolerance

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) called on the Class of 2016 to go beyond tolerance, and strive for a "nation of love," in his address at George Washington University's graduation ceremony on Sunday.

"I'm tired of this call in our country for this idea of tolerance — that is not the aspiration," Booker said. "We have a nation right now that seems to think the greatest and highest achievement is for us to be a tolerant nation, but I say no. We're not called to be a tolerant nation. We're called to be a nation of love. What we need to do is understand that we have to love each other, that we have to see each other have worth and dignity and value."

"We are Americans one to another, but we lose thousands of our children each year because of indifference, because of apathy, because we are just tolerating one another," Booker said at another point. 

The senator also called on graduates to remain optimistic, despite what the world throws at them. 

"Don't give in to cynicism," Booker said. "It is a toxic spiritual state. You've got to be one that, wherever you are, like a flower you've got to blossom where you're planted. You cannot eliminate darkness. You cannot banish it by cursing darkness. The only way to get rid of darkness is light and to be the light yourself."

Some well-wishers took to Twitter to praise his remarks, and Booker responded:

On Saturday, Booker gave a similar speech at North Carolina Central University, where his father graduated in 1962.

"You can be like a thermometer, just reflecting the world around you," Booker told those grads. "Or you can be a thermostat, one of those people who sets the temperature. You don’t have to be one of those people that accepts things as they are. Every day, take responsibility for changing them right where you...

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Please Don’t Vote For Trump, College Commencement Speakers Beg

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 8:12 PM

Commencement speeches are all about advice. The learned and successful use them to dispense wisdom -- and warnings -- to the next generation of leaders. And this year, many...

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Texas Lt. Gov. Would Forfeit Billions Over Anti-Trans Discrimination. Here's What That Means For Schools.

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 1:54 PM


Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday his state would give up all federal education funding in order to avoid complying with the gender equity law Title IX in how trans students are treated.


The result of forfeiting the $10 billion currently flowing from the U.S. government to...

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Obama Administration Warns Schools To Allow Transgender Access To Bathrooms

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 10:35 PM

The Obama administration on Friday told schools and colleges nationwide they must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

The Justice Department and the Education...

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Georgia Caps How Much Student Fees Can Subsidize College Sports

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 12:10 PM


The Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia has adopted a new policy capping how much a school's athletics budget can rely on student fees. 


Tuesday's policy change follows a Huffington Post/Chronicle of Higher Education examination of how student fees pay for athletic programs...

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If The Senate Can Agree On One Thing, It's Basic Rights For Rape Survivors

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 5:01 PM


The Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve legislation enacting new rights for rape survivors.


The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act, sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would provide sexual assault victims a right to be informed about the results of forensic testing of their rape kit, and the...

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How The Fight Over North Carolina’s Bathroom Law Could End Up Hurting Domestic Violence Victims

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 4:27 PM


WASHINGTON -- By suing the federal government to protect his state's law policing transgender individuals' bathroom choices, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) isn't just risking big business, his state's reputation and his political future. He's...

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Professors Are Being Forced To Reveal Sexual Assault Confidences, Like It Or Not

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 5:50 PM


The University of Oregon's faculty senate will consider Wednesday whether to endorse a new policy that would require almost all employees to report any allegation of a sexual assault they hear from students. The proposal is creating anxiety on the Eugene campus, as similar policies have elsewhere. 

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