Dozens of people protest against the penny at the beginning of Taylor University



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UPLAND, Ind. (AP) – Dozens of graduates and professors have protested against the choice of Vice President Mike Pence as a lecturer at Taylor University in Indiana, walking a few moments before his introduction.

The Indianapolis Star reported that protesters in bonnets and dresses stood up and walked into the aisle and out of the Kesler Student Activity Center auditorium. University of Upland, in Indiana.

The event was planned and discussed before Saturday's ceremony. Some professors and students of the Christian non-denominational liberal arts school debated the relevance of the former governor of Indiana at the opening ceremony.

Most of Taylor's graduates have not left. Pence received a standing ovation.

Graduate Laura Rathburn said Pence's presence "makes it difficult for everyone in Taylor to feel welcome."

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