Vandals paint protest messages on several Syracuse University buildings

Vandalism at the Newhouse school Monday morning

Several Syracuse University buildings have been defaced by a vandal or vandals who may be protesting SU policies.

Vandals have painted statements critical of the university at the Newhouse School, Eggers Hall, Maxwell Hall, and Huntington Beard Crouse Hall.

The attached photos show some of the damage. At the Newhouse School of Communications, someone spray painted â??#1 in communications, last in free speech.â??

SU student Brian Steinberg said the vandals must have felt strongly about what they had to say if they were willing to take such a huge risk. Based on the use of Latin and a quote from Thoreau, Steinberg guessed they had a educational background. A statement painted on a stairway near Eggars Hall said "your ignorance is more scandalous than my promiscuity."

"Ignorance is strong, ignorance seems like they are academically in touch with reality or think they are," said Steinberg

Many of the other statements were more vague.
On a science building, a message read "If you draw a monster, is it a monster?"

Many SU students thought any potential message or issue the vandal wanted to raise was lost in the disrespectful graffiti.

"I'm not really sure what their motive was, were they trying to see attention or trying to outrage something? I'm not sure but I think it's ridiculous," said sophomore Abigail Gordon.

"If this group decides to make more out of it than just graffiti on the wall, I would be interested to hear what it is," said SU student Azzah Ahmed.

Monday morning, crews from Syracuse University were using power washers to clean off much of the graffiti.
At least seven locations on campus were vandalized.

Early Monday afternoon, Syracuse University Interim Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina released the following statement:

"Every member of our campus community is entitled to his or her right to free speech, and there are many constructive ways to have your voice heard in our community. We are saddened and disappointed that anyone would attempt to exercise that right in such a destructive manner. These are a set of important and historic buildings that hold great meaning for so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to see them defaced in this manner is disheartening. The University's Department of Public Safety, in cooperation with the Syracuse City Police, is actively investigating this matter. In addition, we are already working to assess and repair the damage."