I do not mean any disrespect to President Paul Trible or the school, but the commencement speaker this year was a poor choice. I understand the amount of time and money that Smithfield has put into helping build the academia and status of CNU, but the message that was sent across when Larry Pope was chosen as our commencement speaker, I feel, is a poor one. I also understand that with a student body of about 5,200, faculty, staff and family members, it is impossible to please everyone that will be in attendance on May 11. However, Smithfield, while being ahead of the game when compared to other equivalent industrialized food companies, is still plagued with human rights, animal welfare and environmental problems. I have been to Smithfield’s headquarters and spoken with employees, I understand the company, the processes involved and how intense running a company of that stature must be. At the end of the day though, if CNU has taught me one thing, it’s that I have to stand up for my principles and try to make a difference, even if it’s just a small one.
Senior Laura Hancock