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Still shocked by Milo, DePaul freaks out over rope on the ground and anti-Mexico graffiti


Hard to hang a noose without the front desk noticing

Trespass a stage and physically threaten “a gay refugee from socialist Europe” and DePaul University’s security and Chicago police will look the other way.

But drop a bit of rope or write a disparaging message about Mexico on the sidewalk and both university and city authorities will pounce faster than you can say “hate-crime hoax.”

A few days after the DePaul College Republicans hosted anti-feminist firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos – an event taken over by black protesters – the Catholic university said it was investigating “multiple reports” that a noose was found on the Lincoln Park campus.

A picture of the alleged noose circulated among students, according to WGN News, though it consists of an untied rope lying on an unmarked sidewalk.

Students reported finding the noose hanging in front of Sanctuary Hall. According to a description of that dorm, an employee staffs the front desk at all times, raising the question how someone could hang a noose unnoticed. Students must pass through a gated entrance and swipe a keycard to get into the building.

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Author Mike Cernovich believes the incident is a hoax. He wrote on his blog that the Twitter user who shared the sidewalk photo on May 26 deleted her tweet after Cernovich warned her she would be arrested for filing a false police report.

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The university did not return a request for comment by The College Fix, nor did the Black Student Union, which opposed Yiannopoulos’s event on campus. An email to the Department of Housing Services was returned with an automatic out-of-office message.

Thank your Mexicans

The night before Yiannopoulos’s visit the College Republicans said they stumbled across the phrase “TRUMP 2016 FUCK MEXICO,” written in a “paint-like substance,” on the Lincoln Park campus, according to a DePaul news release. They reported it to campus security. (The CRs previously chalked Republican presidential candidates on the ground, spurring some black students to call that a hate crime.)

President Dennis Holtschneider, who had mildly criticized the protesters who took over the Yiannopoulos event, pledged that the perpetrator would be prosecuted by the city and disciplined internally by DePaul.


“Destruction of property and profanity are never acceptable ways to voice opinions,” Holtschneider wrote in a statement. “This slur against Mexicans goes against everything DePaul stands for.”

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The DePaul graduate student arrested by Chicago police over the incident has an ideologically muddled worldview, judging by his writings.

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Just hours after the College Republicans found the pro-Trump graffiti, the grad student wrote: “when I die from diabetes I did the right thing TRUMP 2016 stood up for economic reform and a rigged system the dollar scholar would be proud[.]”

A few minutes later, he wrote “but I always stand up for what I belive [sic] in and I hate college 4 years of my life tanked I did some social justice actions I want some legacy some props ayeeee 150 dream team,” referring to a local hip-hop group.

On May 21, he wrote “So my graduation is somewhat tanked till the fall but hey TRUMP 2016 Action is in full effect I got a legacy at Depaul I stood up for the inner city and less fortunate in addition boycotted the new basketball arena put my name on the building bitch keep colleges all american.” The arena refers to a new basketball stadium for DePaul that will be partially funded by taxpayers.

Editor’s Note: This article has been amended from its original version.

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About the Author
Matt Lamb graduated in May 2015 from Loyola University-Chicago, where he majored in political science, and minored in economics and Catholic Studies. There, he was also an active member of Loyola Students for Life and Loyola College Republicans, and wrote for The Loyola Phoenix. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His work for The College Fix has been featured by National Review, Fox News, New York Times, and several other news outlets. He currently works as a Field Coordinator for Turning Point USA.