Jewish frat building at Vanderbilt defaced with swastikas

Jewish frat building at Vanderbilt defaced with swastikas

It’s hard to imagine what possesses someone to do something so vile.

Kelly Halom of the Vanderbilt Hustler reports.

Early Saturday morning, two swastikas were spray-painted in the elevator of the Tau Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house, and another swastika was painted on a basement door, according to an e-mail from Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente.

Wente e-mailed the student body Monday afternoon to alert students to the incident and inform students that the Vanderbilt University Police Department, with the assistance from the Dean of Students Office, is currently investigating the hate crime.

“We understand the anguish and pain that this hateful symbol causes and we stand together to condemn any effort to intimidate or send an unwelcoming message to the Jewish members of the Vanderbilt community,” Wente said.

Shortly following Wente’s message, Dean of Students Mark Bandas sent an e-mail to students listing available resources for students troubled by the incident, including the staff of the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life, the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life, and Chabad at Vanderbilt.

Though the Tau Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi declined to comment, Executive Director of Vanderbilt Hillel Ari Dubin wrote in a statement to The Hustler that Hillel is outraged by the anti-Semitic act.

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