You may remember Yale alum Clinton W. Taylor’s campaign to have fake nails sent to Yale as a protest of the university’s admission of an unrepentant Taliban official. Clint’s campaign has prompted a sober and thoughtful response from a Yale alumni relations official, who asked Clint whether he is “retarded.”
UPDATE: According to this John Fund column (h/t DRJ), the guy claims he was acting in his personal capacity. However, he seems to have gotten access to some personal information about the donor records of Clint and his co-crusader, and nobody can quite explain how:
Mr. Surovov [the assistant director of giving, who had sent the e-mail to Clint] made clear that even though he had used Yale equipment to launch his anonymous attack he acted solely in his personal capacity. When I asked how he had known the giving records of the two alumni, he insisted he had gotten them from public records. Despite repeated requests, he did not explain how he had obtained Ms. Bookstaber’s private email address and her maiden name.
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[Yale spokesman Tom] Conroy said he didn’t believe most donor information was a public record, but said he would have to confirm that for me. Yesterday, 48 hours after I first asked for reaction to the Surovov emails, Mr. Conroy notified me that Yale administrators were not available and the university would be making no comment.