MSUM FALLOUT: after Domestic Terrorist William Ayers visits

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Apr 21, 2013
 
Two months later, MSUM still facing fallout from Ayers visit
MOORHEAD – Minnesota State University Moorhead is stepping up security as fallout builds two months after a controversial guest speaker visited campus in February.

President Edna Szymanski said the university has lost a “significant amount” of donor money since William Ayers was there for a Feb. 26 speech and three days of meetings with faculty and students on how to incorporate social justice issues into curricula.

But she said the tone of recent feedback turned from alumni threats of cutting off funding to “institutional and personal threats” after conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh mentioned the visit last week while discussing how Ayers “got his start” in the same way as the Boston Marathon bombers.

“We are working with our security forces and they are working with the police department about making sure that we step up our safety practices on campus in light of the threats we have been receiving,” Szymanski said.“There is definitely significantly enhanced security on campus right this minute.”

To some, Ayers is an educational reform advocate and former antiwar activist. To others, he’s a domestic terrorist.

The now-68-year-old co-founded Weather Underground, known for its 1960s and 1970s bombings of government buildings – including the Pentagon, U.S. Capitol and New York City Police Department – in opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

Charges linking Ayers to bombings were dropped in 1974 because of illegal FBI wiretaps and government misconduct.

He came to MSUM at the request of a professor in the university’s College of Education and Human Services and was named the college’s “visiting scholar,” a role filled almost every year by bringing in a well-established scholar to visit the campus and deliver a public address.

University spokesman David Wahlberg said the visit by Ayers prompted local feedback at the time. But that “more or less faded away” until the conservative website Campus Reform posted a March 22 article that said Ayers accepted a “prestigious award” while at MSUM.

Wahlberg said the Campus Reform report “paints a picture that simply did not happen.” But the misinformation spread rapidly online and has prompted an outcry for the past month. He said well over 100 people have contacted the university already.

“If I were to read that, I would envision a banquet or a convocation or some such thing where a plaque or medallion or something is presented to this person in honor of his work as a terrorist,” he said.“That’s the context of the original account, and then as that story went viral and repeated, it got spread to new and newer audiences.”

Wahlberg has tried to debunk the online accounts of Ayers’ visit in the weeks since. An email he sent to several people who contacted MSUM about the issue points out Ayers “was not named to the faculty, not honored at some banquet, he did not receive an honorary degree, and he was not invited to present on subversion or communism.”

Still, Wahlberg’s email says administrators know that many people who are upset at the visit believe that his past “makes him an unacceptable choice” no matter the topic.

“None the less, we know we have let you down,” the email concludes.“We hope this one disappointment will not erase all other factors in your final evaluation of us.”
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Apr 21, 2013
 
Bill Ayers awarded ‘visiting scholar’ status at Minnesota State University
Professor Steve Grineski, who helped select Ayers for the award, however, told Campus Reform on Wednesday university administrators were not concerned with his radical past.

“I guess if they had been really concerned they would have canceled his presentation and not allowed us to do it,” said Grineski.

He said Ayers was chosen for the prestigious post because of his work infusing principles of social justice into the education system.
http://www.campusreform.org/blog/...

---heh government schools..... At least they ahve a decent school paper... probably a super minority there but still.....
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Apr 22, 2013
 
So do Slew/Redeemer support this?
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So do Slew/Redeemer support this?
You write to much,but if you don't support Than I do,if do support it I don't!.
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Still in favor of abortion, space ?
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<quoted text>You write to much,but if you don't support Than I do,if do support it I don't!.
So you support Terrorism?
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Still in favor of abortion, space ?
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Apr 22, 2013
 
real space ace wrote:
<quoted text>Abortion was started as a racist movement to control the black population by the left. That Margaret singer or whatever her name is was an evil racist lefty who hated blacks. Abortion is an issue in the black population. Liberal abortion policies are slowly killing off blacks. Abortion is evil.
Leftists like Slew and redeemer prefer it that way..... These people wish to keep the african population poor and dependent upon them
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Apr 22, 2013
 
Still in favor of abortion, space ?
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So you support Terrorism?
You have all of the profilic characters of a domestic terrorist,a loner,a loser,parnoid loco,and a sex offender,i'll take a william ayers over a psyco wingnut anyday.
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Apr 22, 2013
 
Pretty funny, Ayers was NEVER CHARGED so there's no proof, he's done ANYTHING WRONG~!~!... Big constitution kids, DON'T believe in innocent until proven guilty, I guess....

Sad, the American legal system trashed by teabaggers....
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Apr 22, 2013
 
1776 Defender wrote:
So do Slew/Redeemer support this?
Why don't they invite Jane Fonda (Hanoi Jane) for a visit. Same difference. Jane loves awards and public performances. She especially likes to pose on anti-aircraft guns used to shoot down USA aircraft.
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Apr 22, 2013
 
Pretty funny, Ayers was NEVER CHARGED so there's no proof, he's done ANYTHING WRONG~!~!... Big constitution kids, DON'T believe in innocent until proven guilty, I guess....

Sad, the American legal system trashed by teabaggers....

Hanoi Jane ??? You don't mean 40 years ago ?? LMAOROFU~!
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Apr 22, 2013
 
Was that the war Ted Nugent(R) pooped & pissed himself, to avoid the draft, so he could rape young girls ???
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Apr 22, 2013
 
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rape young girls ???
good thing they avoid the homeless shelters you godless abberation
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Apr 22, 2013
 
Was that the war Ted Nugent(R) pooped & pissed himself..... to avoid the draft, so he could rape young girls ???

Hey, space pooped a NUGENT !!!

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