Friday, February 22, 2013

Student and Faculty views on Graffiti


Faculty and staff are working with police to find a solution regarding the influx of graffiti on the Texas State campus. 

Aside from staff members, multiple students across campus have commented on the effects graffiti has had on the university.

James Almanza, a junior majoring in accounting, finds graffiti to be an act of self-expression, but does not necessarily agree with it being done on campus.

“I feel like it’s an expression of art, but in certain places it can be vandalism,” Almanza said. “I just don’t feel like there’s any reason to mess up our campus.”

Senior Thomas Hobbs on the other hand is indifferent to the issue. "If someone does some graffiti, it doesn't really affect or impact my life really,” said Hobbs. “I’m kind of indifferent to it."

On the other hand, some students are okay with the graffiti across campus. Christopher Li, a junior studying management, finds graffiti as art.  Although Li has not personally seen graffiti on campus, he wouldn't mind if he did.

Faculty and staff members tend to have a much more decisive opinion on the issue of graffiti. Dorinda Nobel, a professor in the School of Social Work, strongly opposes graffiti on campus. Nobel finds graffiti “nasty” and thinks those responsible should be punished for breaking the law.

Harry Bowers, an advisor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wishes that the university could get graffiti under control.

“It’s a nuisance, it’s ugly, it’s unfortunate,” said Bowers. “I’m sure our facilities people try to cover it up as quickly as they can, but that can be a tedious task.”

Student teacher Davy Green also opposes graffiti on campus.

“I’m all for art, but I think it’s not their place to do that,” said Green. “True artists paint and sell their art for thousands of dollars. We don’t want to see your work where it doesn't belong.”

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