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Duke Students Walk Out on Seinfeld as Graduation Ceremonies Are Marked by Protests

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Enough is enough.

That’s the message from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia to the University of Chicago as U.S. colleges took a hard line against student protesters, resorting to arrests, suspensions and threats of expulsion to subdue unrest sparked by the Israel-Hamas war.

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Graduation season is underway and families are descending on campuses for the festivities, raising the stakes for administrators seeking to ensure public safety. Smaller demonstrations by pro-Palestinian activists went ahead at weekend commencements, including at Duke University and at the University of California at Berkeley.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld avoided addressing the protests at Duke, where about 30 students chanting “Free Palestine” and waving flags walked out as the university president introduced him as keynote speaker. Seinfeld, who has publicly backed Israel since the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas militants, took a dig at Harvard University.

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“You’re never going to believe this, but Harvard used to be a great place to go to school — now it’s Duke,” Seinfeld told the crowd in Durham, North Carolina, where Duke awarded almost 7,000 degrees, including an honorary doctor of arts to the comedian.

A pro-Palestinian student camp remained on Harvard’s campus into the weekend, contrasting with MIT and Penn which cleared similar encampments last week.

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At the University of California, Berkeley, a small group of pro-Palestinian demonstrators emerged during commencement ceremonies at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, waving flags and chanting. A university spokesperson said the protesters left the stadium voluntarily, with no violence or arrests, and the ceremony proceeded as planned.

Two thousand miles away, a handful of students held a largely silent protest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Camp Randall Stadium. No arrests were made, the Associated Press reported.

“A small number of the thousands of students who attended Saturday’s commencement chose to express themselves, but the ceremony itself was not interrupted,” UW Madison spokesman John Lucas said by email.

Divestment hardliners

Responses to the turmoil have varied among schools, though most of the richest colleges have signaled they won’t cave to demands to divest from companies with ties to Israel and have cleared student protest camps. 

Columbia, where the encampments began, canceled its main university-wide graduation ceremony last week after protests culminated with a police raid and more than 100 arrests after dozens of people barricaded themselves inside a university building.

The University of Southern California hosted a scaled-down ceremony on Thursday, a far cry from the big commencement that usually brings 65,000 people to the Los Angeles school—after canceling its 2024 valedictorian’s speech over her social media posts on the Middle East. Comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Will Ferrell chimed in with pre-recorded messages to the graduates.

Read More: USC Faces Backlash Over Alleged ‘Censorship’ of Pro-Palestinian Valedictorian’s Speech

MIT gave four warnings that protesters would face arrest if they didn’t depart a nearly two-week encampment that ended Friday morning with the arrest of 10 protesters. President Sally Kornbluth said she had “no choice but to remove such a high-risk flashpoint at the very center of our campus.”

The University of Chicago declared the “intractable and inflexible” aspects of the demands by protesters incompatible with the its principle of institutional neutrality and had a student camp cleared last week after nine days. 

Harvard, which began suspending students Friday, has also signaled that administrators are losing patience with protesters who have set up tents at Harvard Yard, where a commencement ceremony with more than 30,000 people is scheduled for May 23.

Read More: Harvard Commencement Speaker Maria Ressa Denies Antisemitism Accusation

Campuses across the U.S. erupted in protests after Israel’s military assault on Gaza, which followed the attack on Israelis by Hamas militants who infiltrated from Gaza. Hamas is considered a terrorist group by the U.S. and the European Union. Protesters’ demands include colleges divesting from entities related to Israel, which they say are held in college endowments.

George Washington University in Washington, a school of 26,000 that became the target of politically charged recriminations over pro-Palestinian protests on its campus, has kept its commencement on the schedule for May 19. 

People who disrupt the event on the National Mall in the nation’s capital will be asked to leave or “they will be removed by law enforcement,” according to the university.

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This Mother’s Day, I’m celebrating the fact that I can bake with my kid again. Not long ago, that wasn’t the case.

Mother and son baking cupcakes in kitchen, son is wearing overalls and striped shirt.Receiving treatment for multiple sclerosis allowed Lindsay Karp (not pictured) to start baking with her son again.

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  • I baked with my dad and wanted to do it with my kids, but an undiagnosed illness made it impossible.
  • When I learned I had multiple sclerosis, I finally started receiving treatment.
  • Spending time in the kitchen with my son is the best gift I could ask for.

When I was little, I’d stand on a kitchen chair by the counter as my father poured flour into the mixer. “Turn it on,” he’d say, and together we’d watch the ingredients morph into batter. He did the same with his mother, and I always thought I’d do the same with my kids, but we never had the chance. I stopped baking during those early parenting years because I was living with undiagnosed multiple sclerosis (MS). I physically couldn’t do it.

When my younger son was a toddler, I couldn’t stand long enough to cook dinner, let alone bake. It was one of many hobbies this disease stole from me as my body declined and my search for a diagnosis grew.

Flour. Sugar. Baking powder. Vanilla extract. Butter. Eggs. By the time I’d collected all the ingredients on the counter, my legs were devoid of energy. I stirred until my arm muscles throbbed — often, it wasn’t long enough.

Some days, I’d push on anyway, determined to hang on to this one piece of myself so that I wasn’t defined by this disease. But after sifting, pouring, mixing — and standing — weakness and pain would win.

As my legs begged for rest, I’d slowly sink downward into a sitting position until I reached the kitchen floor. There, I cried, mourning the loss of who I was.

I hung up my apron as I waited for a diagnosis

“Perhaps I was once a baker,” I’d tell myself. But now, I was a chronically ill mother struggling to survive, and it was hard to recognize myself.

Being in the kitchen was a reminder that I was living with a debilitating yet mysterious disease. When cooking, I’d lean on the counter to relieve some of the weight my body was supporting, but that only helped for so long. I’d prepare meals as quickly as I could, sitting at the counter while I worked when possible.

By the time my second son was born, I’d already exhausted doctors in every specialty without receiving a diagnosis. Resting in the evenings instead of baking like I once did was the only way to push through. I simply had no other choice.

Baking became a hobby of my past, and my muffin tins found their way to the bottom of my cabinet, buried under kitchen necessities. This disease left no space for activities of enjoyment.

I learned I had multiple sclerosis

After 13 years of searching for an answer, a neurologist ordered a lumbar puncture, and with the results, he suggested, “I think what we’re dealing with here is MS.” With treatment, my body finally had a chance to improve. Slowly, over a few years, I found myself again. Short walks became easier. Moving around my home felt more natural. Exercising became routine. My muffin tins emerged from hiding.

At first, I found old recipes I used to bake with my father during childhood — ones I’d written on loose-leaf paper and brought to college with me. I’ve been on a gluten-free diet for the last decade, and I now experiment with new recipes in search of the best gluten-free muffin. I rediscovered the therapeutic nature of baking and how it relieves stress and heals trauma.

I’m six years into MS treatment, and my 12-year-old now enjoys mixing the batter with me. He’s too big to stand on a chair beside me, eagerly watching the ingredients swirl together. We were cheated out of the magic of baking during toddlerhood, but we’re making up for lost time. It’s a chance I never knew we’d have.

My body is still imperfect. Mixing is difficult at times, and I can’t stand indefinitely, but baking is now possible — and I have a helper to take over when I need to rest. This Mother’s Day, as we bake together, my son and I will appreciate the little things that many people take for granted, like the smell of muffins baking in the oven, the decadence of a handful of Ghirardelli chocolate chips, the wonder of watching the batter rise through the oven door, and the ability to simply stand long enough to bake.

Baking muffins with my son helps me appreciate everything my body can do despite MS. We have a second chance to measure, sift, mix, and pour together — even though he doesn’t need to stand on a chair to see the bowl. It’s like finding a lost puzzle piece after many years and finally feeling whole again — it’s the best Mother’s Day gift I could ask for.

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There’s something wrong with Lindsey Graham


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These days, watching political news is akin to watching the secret ingredient guaranteed to make Republicans lose their minds, the “special sauce,” if you will. Have you not noticed it? Lately, more Republicans are going nuts on live TV than ever before. It is a contagion — a GOP contagion.

Anyway, the latest victim of this incredibly fast-moving disease is Lindsey Graham. This is not that surprising. What WAS surprising was just how deep, how utterly insane Graham’s freak-out really was. I am confident, just as I know there are seven days in one week, that many people watching Meet The Press on Sunday must have caught their breath in horror, perhaps wondering if the rubber room was indeed necessary.

Graham was speaking about Israel when he called for – wait for it — Gaza to be bombed. That’s right — bombed, destroyed like Hiroshima. Are you listening, Michigan uncommitted” voters? Biden is turning the tide on the situation with Israel. Graham, on the other hand, may have just made the GOP’s position even worse.

This is because anyone with brains knows that Donald Trump does not give two or even one shit about Gaza. They do not exist for him. Graham, a panting puppy who nips at Trump’s heels, careful not to bite the hand that feeds him, wags his tail and agrees with anything Donald Trump says or does.

So yes, Graham DID invoke Hiroshima. That will not go over well with Michigan voters, I am sure. Have you noticed how Lindsey Graham sabotages his own party? He does it all the time.He is a saboteur. I’ve been playing with the idea for this article for a while because I’ve noticed it.

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Graham is wholly incapable of shutting up when he should. Remember how he called for a national abortion ban when EVERYONE was whispering for the puppy to stop barking? So perhaps there is a passive-aggressive side to Lindsey Graham. It would not surprise me. I suppose we should thank him for it this time because he did expose the GOP’s position, which most people disagree with.

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