Letter from College Leadership: Respect Our Campus

Since Oct. 16, 10 campus buildings and landmarks have been tagged with spray paint.
Since Oct. 16, 10 campus buildings and landmarks have been tagged with spray paint.

As you may know, over the last few weeks, buildings on our campus have been defaced with spray paint in seven separate incidents. This is particularly surprising and dismaying for our campus that has a history of care and respect for our place. Students, faculty, and staff are disheartened by this recent vandalism. At the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting on October 27, 2009, the SGA passed a resolution that does not condone acts of vandalism on a campus and that thanks Physical Plant for their extra time, energy, and resources in responding to the vandalism.

The time and cost to repair this damage must be diverted from other priorities. The estimated cost to repair this damage is $2,500. This amount equates to funding twelve St. Mary’s Projects, eleven windows being replaced in residence halls, or two comedians sponsored by Programs Board.

More importantly, there is a social cost that impacts the entire community. We hope that raised campus awareness will stop this senseless behavior. Please report any information you may have to Public Safety at 240.895.4911. Working together, we can create our community built on respect.

-Justin Perry, President, SGA; Bob Paul, President, Faculty Senate; Larry E. Vote, Acting President, SMCM

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