Building at Stevens Institute in Hoboken to be named after $20M donor who allegedly assaulted reporter

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HOBOKEN — Newly-elected Montana Republican congressman and recent Stevens Institute of Technology donor Greg Gianforte made the news on Wednesday when he was accused of body-slamming a reporter who was covering him. He has been charged with misdemeanor assault. Journalists at Fox News collaborated the alleged assault in various reports.
In December, Gianforte, an alumnus of Stevens, donated $10 million (totaling his current donations to the school at $20 million) for the new Gianforte Academic Center, a state-of-the-art interdisciplinary educational and research facility dedicated to technological innovation.
The Gianforte Academic Center is slated to add 17 smart classrooms, six advanced labs and 45 faculty offices, plus house the Department of Computer Science, and an array of laboratories in healthcare technology, including the Semcer Tissue Engineering Lab, a Digital Learning Lab, and the Prototyping Manufacturing Facility.
Since the donation, students have circulated a petition against naming the building for Gianforte, who they say has been a vocal critic of gay rights and a supporter of creationism.
Stevens responded to the incident to WPIX11-TV, providing the following statement:
“The incident as reported in recent news involving Mr. Gianforte was both regrettable and disappointing. Stevens Institute of Technology has no direct knowledge about the incident beyond what has been reported and, as both a matter of principle and its status as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, Stevens does not take a position or offer comment on matters related to political campaigns. We will learn more as the legal and the electoral processes unfold.”