UT police investigating vandalism on campus


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Posted on October 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 3:33 PM

AUSTIN -- Police at the University of Texas are investigating a string of vandalism on campus.

UTPD Spokesperson Cindy Posey says someone tagged several buildings and art structures on campus over the weekend.

Posey says the graffiti is both pro A&M and anti-UT. They apparently included phrases and slogans such as “Gig ‘Em Aggies” and “Saw ‘Em Off.”

“I think it's really disrespectful and I think it's really immature,” said UT senior Julia Martz.

A UT staff member reported the graffiti Sunday morning. Officers found the graffiti on the Performing Arts Center, the LBJ Library and the Thompson Conference Center.

There are also markings on the William Doty Fine Arts Building as well as a sculpture out front. Officials say there is also graffiti on a statue from the Texas Memorial Museum.

Crews immediately worked to clean the markings. They stretched out two tarps to cover one of the damaged sculptures.

“I think that we have a healthy rivalry in football and maybe a little bit in academics, but I think that is just silly and there's really no place for it,” said Martz.

Posey says the damage is estimated at more than $500. No arrests or citations have yet been issued.

UTPD has dealt with similar cases in past years. In October 2012 UTPD reports someone left Aggie-related graffiti around campus. No arrests were ever made.

In 2011 Posey says officers issued a citation for chalk graffiti. They traced the damage in that attack to a prank with a Greek organization on campus.