In February, a former leader of the left-wing terrorist group Weather Underground, whose ties to Senator Obama have recently been getting attention, gave a lecture on education to teachers-in-training at the State University of New York at New Paltz. William Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s, refused to answer questions about his relationship with the Weather Underground or Obama.
A SUNY-New Paltz alumnus, John Stengel, writes me of his revulsion that the campus graced Ayers with an invitation to speak:
Thank you for your efforts against SUNY radicals during your tenure on the SUNY Board of Trustees. I belatedly learned about SUNY-New Paltz’s warm welcome to William Ayers and plan to send my 1975 B.A, torn up, to Steven Poskanzer, the president of the campus. I’ll accompany it with a letter urging him to follow up on the promises to me last fall at Alumni Weekend to reform the college. I’ll also copy my legislators.
Stengel’s protest is well-founded. More alums should follow suit when campuses sink so low as to honor such scoundrels.