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Senator Slams Penn State Plan for Bill Ayers Speech

Friday, 13 Mar 2015 05:32 PM

Penn State's president should cancel plans to have a co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground speak on campus next week, the state Senate's presiding officer said on Friday.

President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Jefferson County Republican, told university president Eric Barron in a letter he wants to know how much it is costing the university to host Bill Ayers next week.

"The decision to allow Mr. Ayers to address your students and faculty in light of his violent past is difficult for me to reconcile," Scarnati wrote.

The Weather Underground was an organization that opposed the war in Vietnam. It claimed responsibility for several bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol.

Ayers was a fugitive for years but turned himself in in 1980. Charges were later dropped over issues related to the government's methods of investigating him.

Scarnati said Ayers is scheduled to speak at the Dickinson School of Law on March 19 and at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on March 20.

The university was working on a response to Scarnati's letter, a spokeswoman said.

Efforts to contact Ayers for comment by email, telephone and social media were unsuccessful.

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Penn State's president should cancel plans to have a co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground speak on campus next week, the state Senate's presiding officer said on Friday.President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, a Jefferson County Republican, told...
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