[Disclaimer: Papyrus is such a joke. So is this post.] Eric Cantor was scheduled to speak at Penn earlier this semester but he cancelled at the last minute because protestors decided to OCCUPY PENN. Because of his contractual commitment to speak at Penn and the lack of a better available speaker, Penn officials have confirmed that Cantor is the official 2012 Commencement speaker.
Due to his miscellaneous ties to Penn and his desire to reach out to young voters, Newt Gingrich has also signed onto commencement. He’s expected to receive an Honorary Degree from the University, as well as participate in a musical performance with Cantor and the Penn Band.
Also as part of the announcement, SPEC has released the details of the Spring Fling headliner, Ke$ha, a few months early as part of a “non-denominational holiday present” to the student body.
People are chanting “Whose university? Our university!” but, um, how many protesters actually go here? Weird that people are now protesting university students; isn’t it usually the other way around? Also, thanks Eric Cantor for ruining what we’re sure was supposed to be a productive Friday afternoon for many people (especially those who had class in Huntsman!).
Eyewitnesses tell us that some students started shouting, “Get a job! Get a job!” That was met with cries of “Give us jobs! Give us jobs!” and everything just got really uncomfortable.
Update: We have pictures after the jump; anyone without a PennCard got kicked out of Huntsman.
Update 2: We’ve added video of the”Get a job” chants too.
Not satisfied with Eric Cantor’s rude rejection of our school, the Occupy Philly folks have taken a little vacation to our neck of the woods. They marched up Walnut Street and are now here to do… pretty much what they’ve been doing downtown all this time, which is still a little unclear. This picture was sent to us from inside Huntsman, which probably says a lot in and of itself. Quite a few more photos after the jump.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has canceled his scheduled appearance at Hunstman Hall today, where he planned to speak about income inequality as part of a Wharton Leadership Lecture series. Cantor was told his talk would be open only to Penn students, but upon learning it would be opened to the public — and targeted by protestors, including those involved with Occupy Philly — Cantor reneged on his appearance. How much fuel did he just add to the fire with this stunt? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Continuing this month’s trend of awesome speakers coming with little fanfare, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be speaking in Huntsman on Friday at 4:30 p.m in room G06. It seems like the event is first-come first-served with serious security, so show up mad early if you’re interested in attending. Or you could just, you know, #occupy the speech.