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.”