“They charge a hefty fee and have billions in endowment… about time they provided security for students.”
As recently as this past summer, students at Columbia were calling for defunding the police.
The New York Post reports:
Columbia to bolster security following fatal stabbing, student outrage
Columbia University on Friday said it will increase security around its Manhattan campus — after outraged students called for enhanced protection in the wake of the stabbing death of one of their own.
Students had demanded that the Ivy League school use some of its “multibillion endowment” to increase security after grad student Davide Giri, 30, was knifed in the stomach, allegedly by an ex-con gang member, as he walked to his nearby Morningside Heights apartment Thursday night.
Students had been alerted to the “violent attack” on Giri in Morningside Park on Friday morning through an email from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger.
Some students and their parents immediately lashed out at the university, accusing the school of not doing enough to protect them on and around campus.
“Please honor Davide by using some of the university’s multibillion endowment to increase security around the park and the projects. If the police precinct can’t do it, you have to supplement,” one person tweeted.
Another person wrote, “They charge a hefty fee and have billions in endowment… about time they provided security for students.”
One person argued that urging students to stay away from Morningside Park — the scene of that fatal stabbing — wasn’t enough.
“Bollinger must immediately increase campus security patrol as well as work with the NYPD to make the Morningside Heights area a safe place,” a Columbia parent tweeted.
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