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A graduation speaker at New York University called President Trump a “fascist” and labeled Israel an “apartheid” state in his speech on Monday.

Speaking at the convocation for the University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Steven William Thrasher, an NYU alum and professor at Northwestern, praised the graduates for their resistance against the current administration.

“Many of us have been together at Occupy Wall Street, and at Black Lives Matter protests, and at marches against that fascist in the White House that would not allow 56 different countries to cross borders and be together in a setting like this,” Thrasher said. The crowd cheered.

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He then turned to Israel: “I am so proud, so proud, of NYU’s chapters of Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voices for Peace,” he said, “for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against the apartheid state government in Israel.”

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement targets Israeli organizations and companies doing business in Israel. Their aim is to weaken Israel economically and politically. In turn, forcing the government to change its policies.

The university awarded the Students for Justice in Palestine a Presidential Service Award earlier this year.

“This is what we are called to do. This is our NYU legacy, that we are connected in radical love,” Thrasher continued.

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“We must stand together to vanquish racism, and Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism, and injustice, and attacks on women, and attacks on abortion rights in Tel Aviv, in Shanghai, in Abu Dhabi, in New York City, in Atlanta, in Washington, in Los Angeles, in San Francisco and everywhere in the world,” he shouted. “Am I right?”

On Wednesday, Thrasher took to Twitter: “I think “NYU Graduation Speaker Calls Trump ‘Fascist,’ Endorses BDS” is the best headline a conservative outlet has ever used to post about me.”

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New York University’s president, Andrew Hamilton, has condemned the Department of Cultural and Social Analysis’s decision to boycott Israel. Hamilton can be seen applauding Thrasher’s speech.

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An Oregon State University student died Sunday morning after police say she fell 100 feet while trying to snap a picture at a popular mountain lookout.

Michelle Casey, 22, was taking pictures with her boyfriend at Neahkahnie Mountain when police say she stepped over a retaining wall and slipped, falling to her death.

The Tillamook County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at around 10:16 a.m. reporting someone had slipped and fallen at one of the viewing areas along Highway 101.

Michelle Casey, 21, was taking pictures with her boyfriend at a popular viewpoint near Neahkahnie Mountain on Sunday morning when police say she lost her balance and fell 100 feet.  

Michelle Casey, 21, was taking pictures with her boyfriend at a popular viewpoint near Neahkahnie Mountain on Sunday morning when police say she lost her balance and fell 100 feet.   (Courtesy of Colleen Casey)

Once on the scene, deputies found that Casey had “landed in a tree which prevented her from continuing into the ocean,” officials said in a press release. She was said to be unconscious but breathing when rescue teams reached her.

Authorities contacted the Cannon Beach Rope Rescue team who arrived at 10:51 a.m. But it took officials more than an hour to free Casey.

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Lt. Gordon McCraw told Fox News the drop was near “vertical” which complicated rescue efforts.

Casey was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland and died later that night.

She had recently completed her sophomore year at Oregon State University, where she was studying kinesiology.

Casey's family said that the Oregon State University student was an organ donor and "saved two lives" as a result. 

Casey’s family said that the Oregon State University student was an organ donor and “saved two lives” as a result.  (Courtesy of Colleen Casey)

McGraw confirmed to Fox News that Casey had chosen to be an organ donor and her organs had already been used to save two lives.

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She was described by her family as having a “bubbly personality” and as being someone who loved being outdoors.

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The attorney for the parents of a North Dakota college student found dead after becoming an informant to drug investigators plan to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their wrongful death lawsuit.

Tim O’Keeffe said Thursday that Tammy and John Sadek are disappointed with the ruling and a bit surprised by it. The Sadeks sued the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, one of its deputies and the county, alleging their son, Andrew Sadek, was killed because he was coerced into becoming a drug informant.

The 20-year-old North Dakota State College of Science student agreed to become an informant in exchange for lenience after he was caught selling marijuana. His body, with a gunshot wound to the head and rocks in his backpack, was found in the Red River in June 2014.

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Michael Knowles said Wednesday the number of high school students pretending to have disabilities in order to get more test-taking time has skyrocketed, arguing it’s created a “cultural problem” that’s hurting the students it was intended to protect.

“The issue is not students who do need extra time because they have learning disabilities, the issue is all of the other kids pretending to have disabilities to cheat the system,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

Knowles, host of The Daily Wire’s “The Michael Knowles Show,” added, “The broader cultural problem is that we have transformed from a society that rewards real accomplishment into a society that values victimhood.”

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The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the surging number of public high school students who are being granted  special allowances during test-taking, such as extra time.

Students in affluent neighborhoods are more likely than students in other areas to get special allowances known as “504s,” according to a WSJ analysis of data from 9,000 public schools.

The 504 designation is for students who have learning or attention difficulties such as ADHD or anxiety and allows them to do their work at their own pace.

Sometimes, students are allowed to go into a separate room take a test and are afforded much more time than other students. However, some claim that students are claiming disabilities even though they don’t have any so they can take advantage of the system and unfairly boost their own scores.

The WSJ analysis also found that public schools in wealthier districts have an average of 4.2% of students with 504 designations while in poorer areas the percentage drops to 1.6%.

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“There have always been ways to game the system,” Knowles said.

“We saw that with the last college scandal. We see that when people donate a building or make a rightly-timed donation around college admissions. The people who get hurt are the people who can’t afford it. The people who get hurt are at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum and in this case the people who are hurt are people who legitimately have learning disabilities. When there is a privilege opened up for certain people, it can get abused and in this case it’s being encouraged to be abused.”

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An LSU fraternity has been suspended amid hazing and misconduct allegations.

The Advocate reports university officials confirmed that LSU’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter will be closed until May 2023 after university police issued misdemeanor charges last month against three members. The fraternity’s national organization also suspended the chapter’s charter for the same period.

Pi Kappa Phi has been on an interim suspension since last fall, though the chapter was previously disciplined in fall 2017. That was just a month after the hazing death of a pledge at another fraternity at the university, Phi Delta Theta.

University officials have provided few specifics about the actions at Pi Kappa Phi that led to the latest suspension. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says only that it involves “hazing and other misconduct.”

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An LSU fraternity has been suspended amid hazing and misconduct allegations.

The Advocate reports university officials confirmed that LSU’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter will be closed until May 2023 after university police issued misdemeanor charges last month against three members. The fraternity’s national organization also suspended the chapter’s charter for the same period.

Pi Kappa Phi has been on an interim suspension since last fall, though the chapter was previously disciplined in fall 2017. That was just a month after the hazing death of a pledge at another fraternity at the university, Phi Delta Theta.

University officials have provided few specifics about the actions at Pi Kappa Phi that led to the latest suspension. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says only that it involves “hazing and other misconduct.”

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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Oprah Winfrey responded Monday to an Instagram user who called out the billionaire mogul for not paying off student loans after her commencement speech at Colorado College, in an apparent comparison to investor Robert Smith’s now-famous gesture at Morehouse College.

The Queen of Talk was told that she “should have paid off their student debt,” and swiftly responded, pointing out her multimillion-dollar donations through the years to help university students.

Following her commencement address at Colorado College Sunday, Winfrey posted a photo of herself and a graduate on Instagram, writing “I don’t know who this guy is but he sure is happy to graduate! I shook hands with all 571 members of @coloradocollege’s Class of 2019 and gave them a copy of The Path Made Clear.”

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One Instagram user said that instead of giving graduates her latest book, she “should have paid off their student debt.” The comment came after billionaire Robert Smith surprised the Morehouse College graduating class during his commencement address the same day by vowing to pay off the student loans for all 396 graduates.

Smith, the Vista Equity Partners founder who became the wealthiest black man in the U.S., announced that his family will establish a grant estimated to be worth $40 million to benefit students.

Winfrey responded to the comment by explaining that she “already paid 13 m in scholarships. Have put over 400 men thru @morehouse1867.”

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Her contribution created a fund that has grown to $12 million and has awarded scholarships to more than 400 men. Winfrey is one of Morehouse College’s top donors in the intuition’s history.

During the final episode of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” some of the men who received scholarships from Winfrey’s fund surprised her by making a $300,000 contribution to Morehouse College, something they could afford after developing successful careers in finance, medicine and law.

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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on billionaire Robert F. Smith’s offer to pay off the student loan debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College, saying that while she applauded the gesture, college students shouldn’t be forced to rely on the generosity of others.

“It’s important to note that people shouldn’t be in a situation where they depend on a stranger’s enormous act of charity for this kind of liberation to begin with (aka college should be affordable), but it is an incredible act of community investment in this system as it is,” she tweeted Sunday.

Smith, a billionaire investor who founded Vista Equity Partners, made the surprise announcement during the historically black college’s 135th commencement service.

“We’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the graduates. “This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

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The extraordinary move comes as calls grow about the mounting burden of student loan debt across the country.

“Every Morehouse Class of 2019 student is getting their student debt load paid off by their commencement speaker,” the freshman lawmaker said. “This could be the start of what’s known in Econ as a ‘natural experiment.’ Follow these students & compare their life choices w their peers over the next 10-15 years.”

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A few Taylor University students walked out during Vice President Pence‘ commencement address Saturday but he also got a chance to meet with a group that wanted to show him the majority of students on campus are fans of the former Indiana governor.

David Muselman, an incoming sophomore at Taylor, started an “I Like Mike” T-shirt campaign after reports in April that some students and alumni were upset, writing online they were “physically shaking” and “personally attacked” by the outspoken Christian leader’s invitation to the small evangelical school located in rural Indiana. The administration stood by its decision and, besides a few students walking out, the vice president was met with a standing ovation.

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When Pence found out about the “I Like Mike” campaign, he wanted to meet the students and thank them for their support.

“It was an honor and inspiring to meet with the second most powerful person in the free world who shares our same beliefs,” Muselman told Fox News Monday. “What’s better than that?”

Vice President Mike Pence met with "I Like Mike" supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Vice President Mike Pence met with “I Like Mike” supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

Pence urged the students, not as vice president or fellow Hoosiers, but as a brother in Christ to live out their Christian faith “because America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever.”

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He told them “it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs,” urging them to “be prepared to face opposition. But be confident. For the Bible says, ‘God has given us a spirit not of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.’ So go show the world every day that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time. Our nation and our world needs it.”

After Pence shook each graduate’s hand, he then met with the “I Like Mike” student supporters.

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Muselman, after starting the campaign, got to end it on a high note, telling the vice president: “Taylor really does like you, Mike!”

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A few Taylor University students walked out during Vice President Pence‘ commencement address Saturday but he also got a chance to meet with a group that wanted to show him the majority of students on campus are fans of the former Indiana governor.

David Muselman, an incoming sophomore at Taylor, started an “I Like Mike” T-shirt campaign after reports in April that some students and alumni were upset, writing online they were “physically shaking” and “personally attacked” by the outspoken Christian leader’s invitation to the small evangelical school located in rural Indiana. The administration stood by its decision and, besides a few students walking out, the vice president was met with a standing ovation.

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When Pence found out about the “I Like Mike” campaign, he wanted to meet the students and thank them for their support.

“It was an honor and inspiring to meet with the second most powerful person in the free world who shares our same beliefs,” Muselman told Fox News Monday. “What’s better than that?”

Vice President Mike Pence met with "I Like Mike" supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Vice President Mike Pence met with “I Like Mike” supporters after his commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. (Courtesy of David Muselman)

Pence urged the students, not as vice president or fellow Hoosiers, but as a brother in Christ to live out their Christian faith “because America needs men and women of integrity and faith now more than ever.”

MIKE PENCE WARNS CHRISTIAN GRADS TO PREPARE FOR RIDICULE FROM ‘SECULAR LEFT’

He told them “it’s become acceptable, even fashionable, to malign traditional Christian beliefs,” urging them to “be prepared to face opposition. But be confident. For the Bible says, ‘God has given us a spirit not of timidity, but of power and love and self-control.’ So go show the world every day that we can love God and love our neighbor at the same time. Our nation and our world needs it.”

After Pence shook each graduate’s hand, he then met with the “I Like Mike” student supporters.

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Muselman, after starting the campaign, got to end it on a high note, telling the vice president: “Taylor really does like you, Mike!”

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