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Grafitti messages deface SU campus

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Grafitti messages deface SU campus
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Cleanup crews are working to remove grafitti from the Syracuse University campus.

Spray painted messages were found Monday morning on several buildings, including Eggers Hall and Newhouse.

One of the messages read, "Number one in communication, but last in free speech."

The graffiti was not understood by many students, but some said there are other ways to be heard.

"This is our university. I mean, they didn't just deface some building. They defaced part of the student body. I mean, there's always alternate channels than, you know, just doing something like this," said Cory Prykull, a junior.

Statement from Interim Chancellor and Provost Eric Spina:

“Every member of our campus community is entitled to his or her right to free speech, and there are many constructive ways to have your voice heard in our community. We are saddened and disappointed that anyone would attempt to exercise that right in such a destructive manner. These are a set of important and historic buildings that hold great meaning for so many of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to see them defaced in this manner is disheartening. The University’s Department of Public Safety, in cooperation with the Syracuse City Police, is actively investigating this matter. In addition, we are already working to assess and repair the damage.”

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