Iowa State cuts ties with aide at center of blackface uproar


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The staff adviser to Iowa State University’s student government has resigned and received a $47,000 severance payout after student activists demanded his firing over an old Instagram post showing him in blackface.

Alex Krumm and university President Wendy Wintersteen agreed that his employment was no longer “in their best interests” and he left the payroll March 1, a separation agreement shows.

His departure came days after administrators met with a group called Students Against Racism to discuss its demand for Krumm’s termination and other changes.

Krumm served only nine months in his position, which involves advising dozens of elected and appointed student leaders on everything from leadership strategies to financial management.

Krumm came under fire for an Instagram post from 2015, four years before he started at Iowa State. The post showed Krumm with his face painted black from years earlier when he played a mime in a student production at Wartburg College in

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