While the university hasn’t said how many votes were behind Yiannopoulos’s nomination, it only takes 10 students—and the agreement of the candidate—to get someone on the list.

Outsized, and immediate, was the reaction. By the end of the weekend, 3,000 people had signed a petition calling forYiannopoulos’s candidacy, along with the candidacy of Canadian professor Jordan Peterson, who’s been accused of transphobia, to be rescinded. The idea of Yiannopoulos as the school’s rector is “utterly inappropriate at best and potentially dangerous at worst,” the petition reads. Glasgow’s feminist society said it will boycott the election as long as he remains on the ballot.

(It’s not clear how much of an effect that will have; there are almost 26,000 students at the college.)

But more importantly, that the alt-right provocateur continues to stir up controversy without lifting a finger, or even being physically present in the place where the controversy is taking place, is both a sign of the unprecedentedly heightened tension in the post-US-election, post-Brexit era, and of Western universities’ increasing protest of political divergence.

Yiannopoulos, who is British, posted, perhaps somewhat smugly, to Facebook last night: ”Currently investigating whether a trip to Glasgow is feasible. One trip from me and I’d be sure to win the election.”

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