Friday, February 22, 2013

Texas State students and faculty voice their opinion about the graffiti problem

The Graffiti on campus has become a real problem, and the university is prepared to make a change.  Crime Stoppers of Texas State have offered a cash reward to anyone willing to release information on the individual or individuals that are responsible for the recent outbreak of graffiti.  Students and faculty have mixed opinions on whether the graffiti is vandalism, or if it could be considered art.

Senior Thomas Hobbs, said, “If someone does some graffiti, it doesn’t really affect or impact my life really. I’m kind of indifferent to it."  Hobbs doesn’t seem to be affected by the graffiti and doesn’t think it should be of much concern.

Local Bank worker Courtney Duecker has a different view on the problem.  She believes the graffiti is vandalism and that it is not considered art if it is somewhere that it does not belong.  Having a similar opinion to Duecker, Davey Green, a student teacher also believes the graffiti is an issue. “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 art work where it doesn’t belong.”  Green also suggested putting up signs to show Texas State pride in keeping the campus graffiti-free. 

Dorinda Nobel, a professor for the School of Social Work, is against the graffiti and believes it is nasty. “Some people say that it’s an artistic creative impulse but I would certainly think there are better ways to express that artistic streak,” said Nobel.

When asked how the problem should be handled, freshman Dustin Lazenby suggested they be fined, especially if the graffiti is vulgar. Student Amanda Wright said that there should be a designated wall on campus where people can express themselves, but also thinks the university should install more security cameras. 

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