Protestors blocked Hirshman’s physical progress and forced him to retreat to the safety of a police patrol car. Pinned against the wall, he remained there for over an hour before submitting to the mob’s demands and issuing an apology. Afterwards, he called the experience “harrowing” and “frightening.” “They were shouting and chanting and calling for my head — figuratively, anyway. A university campus is no place for this kind of intellectual mugging."
One of the hundreds of fliers distributed around SDSU’s campus, depicting Hirshman as clueless MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neumann. “This is damaging and hurtful,” said Hirshman in a statement issued today. “I have a job to do, and I can’t do it effectively in this kind of hostile environment. These protestors have an obligation to this institution to either cease or get off campus.”
San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman spoke out today against protestors who have been calling for his resignation ever since he failed to strongly condemn a series of fliers distributed on campus by the conservative speaker David Horowitz, who had been invited by the campus’s Republican Club.
The fliers named specific students and accused them of supporting an allegedly terrorist organization in Palestine.
Now, he seems to have had a change of heart, at least regarding the dissemination of fliers, and is calling for the resignation of any students involved in the distribution of fliers denouncing his presidency.
“I understand that people are upset,” said Hirshman, “But, trust me, I am more upset than they are. We as a university community must stand up to those who use their bodies to force their ideas on others, or who seek to tear down the very institution that is providing them with an education. L’académie, c’est moi!"