September 1, 2014

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Oberlin College on hunt for vandals

OBERLIN — Property has been damaged and swastikas, the words “white power” and a racial slur have been found in recent months at Oberlin College, according to police.

The swastikas and “white power” were carved into a sandstone wheel at Clark Bandstand on Tappan Square on May 22, according to police Lt. Mike McCloskey.

A plastic garbage can was found burned and melted in mulch near the bandstand, which is a popular place for youth to congregate, McCloskey said.

He said some of the graffiti contains three initials, but police don’t know the significance or whether it refers to a person, gang or youth group.

He said a swastika was found spray-painted onto Burton Hall between two windows May 31.

A six-pointed star that looked like the Star of David was found spray painted onto the sidewalk outside the Cox Administration Building on June 21, McCloskey said.

Graffiti also was found in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music parking lot on June 13, he said.

On April 22, graffiti with a racial slur was found on a wooden bench between Robertson Hall and the Kohl Building, McCloskey said.

He said police will examine the college’s video footage.

The graffiti has been cleaned up, said Marjorie L. Burton, director of Campus Safety & Security.

“This is unacceptable activity,” Burton said.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.