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Conservative Pundit Hit in Face With Pie

March 30, 2005 GMT

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) _ Even a pie in the face couldn’t silence conservative pundit William Kristol. Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and former chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, was splattered by a student during a speech about U.S. foreign policy at Earlham College Tuesday.

Members of the audience jeered the student, then applauded as Kristol wiped the pie from his face and said, ``Just let me finish this point,″ the Palladium-Item reported.

Kristol then finished his speech and took questions from the audience.

The student, who was not immediately identified, was suspended and could face expulsion following a disciplinary review, Earlham Provost Len Clark said Wednesday.

Clark also issued a written apology complimenting Kristol for his ``graciousness.″

Earlham is a private Quaker college of 1,200 students in Richmond, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis.