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More swastikas spray-painted in a Jewish frat, this time at Vanderbilt

Yale, Tufts, Emory … add Vanderbilt University to the list of schools hit with swastika graffiti in the past few months.

The Vanderbilt Hustler reports that the Tau chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi frat house was hit twice, in the elevator and basement door, on Saturday with spray-painted swastikas:

[Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan] Wente e-mailed the student body Monday afternoon to alert students to the incident and inform students that the Vanderbilt University Police Department, with the assistance from the Dean of Students Office, is currently investigating the hate crime.

“We understand the anguish and pain that this hateful symbol causes and we stand together to condemn any effort to intimidate or send an unwelcoming message to the Jewish members of the Vanderbilt community,” Wente said.

The head of Vanderbilt Hillel told the paper:

“While the swastikas were spray-painted at the AEPi house, this inexcusable incident impacts every Jew on campus, and has no place at Vanderbilt.”

[Ari] Dubin said that there is nothing ambiguous about the incident.

“Spray painting swastikas at a Jewish fraternity is not a college prank or some mischievous act of vandalism,” said Dubin. “It is a malicious attack intended to bring to mind the horrors of the Holocaust, to force us to feel different, endangered and isolated.”

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