Friday, February 22, 2013

The Writing on the Walls


The Texas State campus is currently working to deal with the growing trend of graffiti and what actions to take regarding it, considering laws and the freedom of expression so many are speaking out about.

Harry Bowers, the assistant director for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was asked what he thought about the graffiti on campus.

“Well, what little I know about it, I think I read in the Star, and unfortunately I’ve seen some of it. It’s a nuisance, it’s ugly, it’s unfortunate. People choose to deface campus; whether they are students or not. So personally, no, I don’t like it. I wish we could get it under control,” said Bowers.

Walter Johnstone, 19, is a sophomore, full-time student at Texas State University who studies political science. He agreed with Bowers that graffiti has no place on campus. 

Courtney Duecker, a Wells Fargo Bank Teller, believes that graffiti is vandalism and those who choose to do it should be held responsible. 

“They should have to clean it up themselves or pay the price it costs to have it fixed,” said Duecker. 

Some, however, are not as opposed to the graffiti and many believe that it’s artistic in nature. 

Thomas Hobbs, a senior at Texas State University, was asked what his thoughts were about graffiti on campus.

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

Dustin Lazenby, a freshman at Texas State, believes that graffiti “depends on where it’s located.”

Larry Centers, a junior, full-time student at Texas State University, “believes graffiti is an art because not everyone can do graffiti, like himself.”

Crime Stoppers of Texas State is currently seeking information about the graffiti on campus and offering a cash reward to those who know of any individuals participating in graffiti. They ask that these individuals be brought forth to campus police. If you have any information, contact Investigator Rolando Belmares with the University Police Department at 512-245-2883 or at Rolando@txstate.edu. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 512-245-STOP or by emailing crimestoppers@txstate.edu.

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