Friday, February 22, 2013

Graffiti Controversy

Graffiti at Texas State is generating some mixed responses from faculty and staff. Some believe it is a form of art, while others find it to be vandalism.

Crime Stoppers are currently on the search for the individual(s) responsible for the recent tagging on school property and are offering a cash reward for the tagger’s identification.

Dorinda Nobel, an education professor, believes that graffiti is not monumental and thinks people who take part in such acts should be held accountable.

“It’s nasty, I don’t like it,” Nobel said. “Some people say that it’s an artistic creative impulse, but I would certainly think there are better ways to express that artistic streak.”

Freshman Austin Anderson agrees with Nobel’s negative views of graffiti.

"I don't like it. I don't consider it artwork, I consider it vandalism. I don't think there's any value to it at all,” Anderson said.

Not everyone on campus has the same views as Nobel and Anderson. Many think graffiti is a form of art and expression.

Baylee Stokes, a junior at the university, says she believes graffiti is art and the artists shouldn’t have to clean up their art, but instead should give back to the community in other ways.

Junior James Almanza believes graffiti is art, but could sometimes be vandalism in certain situations. He believes it is a form of expression nonetheless.

“Some people just want to represent other people in a different way so they do it on walls,” Almanza said.

Christopher Li, also a junior, said he hasn’t seen any graffiti on campus but wouldn’t mind if he did because he believes it is art.

While some students and faculty have a strong opinion on the issue, others aren’t concerned either way.

"If someone does some graffiti, it doesn’t really affect or impact my life really,” Hobbs said. “I’m kind of indifferent to it.”

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