BYU Students, Faculty Protest Cheney Invitation

(April 4, 2007)—Some students and faculty members on one of the country’s most conservative campuses are calling on officials to withdraw an invitation to Vice President Dick Cheney to speak at commencement.

Cheney has been invited to speak at Brigham Young University’s commencement in Provo, Utah, but some on campus question whether
Cheney sets a good example for graduates because of his promotion of faulty intelligence before the Iraq war and his role in the CIA leak scandal.

"Cheney just doesn't measure up," said Warner Woodworth, a professor at BYU’s business school.

Woodworth is helping organize an online petition asking that the school rescind its invitation to the vice president.

In its first week, the petition collected more than 2,300 signatures, mostly from people describing themselves as students, alumni or members of the Mormon Church, which owns the private university where students adhere to a strict honor code that forbids everything from drinking coffee to wearing shorts or short skirts.

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