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September 14, 2012

Swastikas prompt rally at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE — A rally was held at Susquehanna University on Friday to denounce the actions of an unidentified person who drew swastikas at several locations inside a campus residence hall.

University spokeswoman Angela Burrows said a resident assistant first noticed that a swastika had been drawn on a poster she had placed on the door of her room in Smith Hall on Sunday.

The RA reported the incident to Residence Life after finding similar drawings in several locations in the building, Burrows said.

University President L. Jay Lemons said he was “deeply disturbed” by the report.

“Acts of bigotry will not be tolerated on this campus. This act of vandalism and hate damages our community by hurting individuals and breaching the sense of trust that is at the heart of belonging,” he said in a statement Friday.

A noon rally sponsored by the university’s Religious Life Council and Student Government Association was held in front of the Degenstein Campus Center and attracted students, faculty and staff.

The university ended the 2011-12 school year with a “speak out for justice” rally that was intended to start a discussion among the campus community about diversity and social justice.

“That conversation has indeed continued and biweekly discussions are planned through the remainder of the year,” Lemons said.

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