Law Students Object to Springer Speech

Northwestern rules in favor of alum as graduation headliner
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 2:15 PM CDT
Television personality Jerry Springer arrives at the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Friday, June 15, 2007.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – No one’s resorted to chair throwing—yet—but Northwestern law students aren’t happy about their commencement speaker: Jerry Springer, class of '68. The committee that tapped the TV host touted his success in news and entertainment, and even politics, the Chicago Tribune reports. Never mind that he resigned from the Cincinnati city council after being caught with a prostitute.

A mass email encouraging students to protest to the dean cited the writer's “deep sense of anger, embarrassment and surprise” that the speaker would be “the sensationalist, ratings-seeking, instigator of daytime television.”