Lawmakers blast PSU president for anti-war activist's visit

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 24, 2015 4:43 PM

(Harrisburg) _Penn State President Eric Barron is getting a raft of criticism from lawmakers angry over an on-campus appearance by a co-founder of the violent anti-war group Weather Underground. 

At a budget hearing Tuesday, four members of the Senate Appropriations Committee grilled Barron about the appearance of William Ayers at programs at the Penn State Dickinson Law School earlier this month.

The now-defunct Weather Underground opposed the Vietnam War and claimed responsibility for several bombings.

GOP Senators John Eichelberger and Kim Ward want know how the university can stop future appearances by people whose actions are offensive.

Barron says he's sympathetic but his hands are tied because the event was sponsored and financed by student groups. He says the ban on such interference was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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