Campus / National / News / April 8, 2010

New York Times article nationalizes Knox’s commencement speaker search conundrum

The search for a 2010 Commencement Speaker was brought to the attention of a larger audience on Friday, April 2 when an article appeared in the Chicago News Cooperative section of the New York Times.

The story appeared online at newyorktimes.com. By Sunday, April 4, the news of Knox’s commencement question had reached a national audience on paper, appearing in the Sunday print edition of the New York Times.

The story, written by Daniel Libit, outlines Knox’s recent history of reputable speakers including then Senator Barack Obama, comedian Stephen Colbert, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Senior class president Liesl Pereira was contacted for the article, but did not expect to read her name in the New York Times.

“It was a surreal moment,” she said. “I found out that morning because a family friend had been reading the paper and saw my quote and called our house. It was quite a surprise.”

President Roger Taylor is excited about the publicity the article provides Knox. Pereira feels the same way.

“This really helps Knox to become more available to people, and that is a great thing,” she said.

Sarah Colangelo


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