Multiple Swastikas Found Drawn at Clark Kerr Campus

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Three swastikas have been found drawn on hallway walls of residence halls at the Clark Kerr Campus since Wednesday evening, alarming administrators but provoking little visible reaction from students.

The first swastika, measuring 6 by 6 inches, was drawn in pen on a wall in Building 2 between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, while the second and third, each measuring about 3 by 3 inches, were drawn in Building 3 between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Marty Takimoto, spokesperson for Residential and Student Service Programs. All the drawings have since been painted over.

Though campus officials have condemned the drawings, classifying them as "hate incidents," the drawings have elicited little student response.

"I've heard residents talking about whether or not swastikas are a 'big deal' or if the perpetrator may have been making a bad joke," said Jen Siecienski, resident director for the Clark Kerr Campus in an e-mail to residents. "In my opinion, the swastika is NOT just a 'bad joke'-it is a powerful symbol of the Nazi regime, hate, persecution, and murder."

The incident comes on the heels of racially and ethnically charged incidents at other UC campuses, including the discovery of a noose at a UC San Diego library, which prompted protests throughout the 10-campus system.

No students attended a community meeting hosted Thursday to discuss the incident, according to Takimoto.

"Overall, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of anger or whole lot of upset people," he said.

Though the swastikas upset Rachel Newman, a freshman in one of the residence halls, she said they do not necessarily indicate a larger "hateful" atmosphere.

"I wouldn't be surprised if it was just a bunch of drunk kids," she said. "But I am upset the kind of things that have been happening at UC San Diego came here ... (the swastika) is a symbol that carries a lot of weight."

The drawings been termed a "hate incident," which is similar to a hate crime, but cannot be determined to have been directed toward a specific group, according to Takimoto.

UCPD is investigating the incident, according to Takimoto, though given the number of people who pass through the buildings' hallways, identifying the perpetrator will be difficult.


Contact Jordan Bach-Lombardo and Javier Panzar at [email protected]

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