By Nicholas Diamond
A student who chose to remain anonymous approached The Pleiad to discuss the campus vandalism after our recent publication. Our source claims to know the individuals who spray-painted the college’s property, Kappa Delta’s house and a student’s vehicle.
The Pleiad: How did you first hear about the vandalism?
Student: I was walking back from the gas station and saw them.
P: OK, so what did you see?
S: People spray-painting on an abandoned church.
P: Do you know who spray-painted Kappa Delta? Are they also responsible for the graffiti on cars, the observatory, sidewalks and a student’s car?
S: Well, I’m assuming because I saw them spray-painting the church, so I’m assuming they spray-painted all of it.
P: How many people did you see?
S: Two people.
P: Do these individuals attend Albion College or do they live in the area?
S: No, they attend Albion College.
P: Why did they use the abbreviation “GDI”? Was that a statement about Greek life on campus?
S: I don’t know, one of the girls is Greek, one of the people is Greek. So I just took it as they were having fun.
P: Do you know why they spray-painted swastikas near the church?
S: I do not know that.
P: How they’re reacting after having vandalized the much property?
S: They think it’s funny still.
P: Do you think they would come forward to campus safety or the police?
P: What was their motivation behind all of the damage?
S: I really think it was just having fun. The one response that I heard was “I pay $46,000 a year to go here. I can do what I want.”
P: Why do you think the college is over-reacting to the situation?
S: Yeah, it was graffiti, like, and outside of the swastika that is somewhere, like, there wasn’t anything bad. When I got up Saturday morning all of the graffiti except some of the graffiti on the sidewalk was gone. The college cleaned it up. I think it was just some people having fun, and the college was over-reacted because someone was intoxicated and spray-painted a swastika.
P: Do you have anything else you want to say about why they did it or what you saw?
S: I just, like, I think it looked like it would’ve been fun. It didn’t seem like there was any real harm being done to anything.
P: So if this girl was in a Greek organization, why do you think she was targeting Kappa Delta?
S: I really think it’s because it’s the furthest lodge from campus safety, because all the lodges are right there next to campus safety, and Kappa Delta is not. I think it was just for fun. Like obviously Kappa Delta, the KD girls are going to get mad because somebody vandalized their lodge. I think it was just a joke to make some people angry.
This is a revised version of an article published on Wednesday, April 25. We inadvertently left out a portion of the source’s answer to the question “Why did they use the abbreviation ‘GDI;? Was that a statement about Greek life on campus?” The headline has also been changed. Moreover, the source, who was originally described as an “anonymous student,” is now referred to more accurately as “a student who chose to remain anonymous.” This updated version corrects these errors.