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Student groups at Rutgers University expressed their dismay Monday at the withdrawal of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a commencement speaker.In an open letter to university president Dr. Robert Barchi, three student groups said they took issue with Rice's decision to withdraw as a speaker amid protests over her previously planned appearance at the school's graduation. The groups also expressed concern that Rutgers is not a place where, "the free ideas and a diversity of opinions are encouraged."The letter was written Monday on behalf of the Rutgers College Republicans, Eagleton Undergraduate Associates, Greek Life at Rutgers University, and other student organizations."The decision surprised many and evoked a wide range of responses on the Rutgers University campus, social media and in the national media," wrote Donald P. Coughlan of the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates.