A group of Columbia University students better brush up on their 9/11 conspiracy theories, because they may be dining with Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad soon. According to the Columbia Spectator, Columbia International Relations Council and Association "members are invited to a private, Sept. 21 dinner in Midtown with the man whom University President Lee Bollinger introduced as “a petty and cruel dictator” when he spoke on campus in 2007."
While it was initially thought someone in the group "has a close relationship with the Iranian ambassador," it turns out that there's no close relationship and the group says the dinner is still tentative. CIRCA vice president of academics, Tim Chan, CC ’14 said, "Everyone was really enthusiastic. They’re thrilled to have this opportunity."