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Jun 14, 2005 - 07:30 PM

Arnold Jeered, Air Arnold Grounded at Commencement

by Jerry Flanagan and Doug Heller
While Arnold gave his commencement speech to Santa Monica College students tonight, the Gov. faced "relentless protest" from students and teachers, according to LA reporter Warren Olney. The protest included a group of faculty members on stage who turned their backs on Arnold during the speech and constant booing from students throughout his remarks. At the same time, Air Arnold - a plane pulling a banner with the message: "Real Governors Don't Steal From Students" - was forced to fly above the clouds, hiding the message to Arnold in apparent violation of federal aviation law, and forcing the pilot to bring the plane down.

A Santa Monica College student attended the graduation in a chicken suit to make the point that Arnold was too chicken to face criticism from students, after the school banned them from wearing pins and t-shirts of protest or displaying posters. Even though Arnold got the school to ban any signs of dissent (even those flown above the graduation!), he couldn't silence the voices of students and teachers, who don't like what they've been hearing.

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