Vandals made their feelings known this morning, defacing the Sauder building and the plaza outside the Walter C. Koerner library with profane graffiti.
“Teaches rape” was spray-painted in black on the plaque in front of the Sauder building, over what normally reads “Robert H. Lee Graduate School,” to read “Sauder School of Business teaches rape.” Beside it, “fuck rape culture” was spray-painted in red on the building’s windows.
“Fuck rape culture” was also painted on the plaza outside the entrance to Koerner Library. “Fuck rape” was painted in red and “culture” was painted in black.
Sgt. Drew Grainger of the UBC detachment of the RCMP said one of their patrol officers responded this morning to a call from Campus Security.
He said the RCMP arrived on the scene around 8:30 a.m., but the painting occurred somewhere between 6 and 6:45 a.m.
Grainger said an investigation has been launched and the RCMP is looking for anyone who witnessed the incident, which they will be dealing with as a mischief case.
“It’s against the law to spray-paint whatever it is you have on a building,” he said. “It’s considered mischief, so that what we’re looking at it as. It’s not considered a hate crime or anything like that at the time.”
Cory Bartrim, the vice-president of Student Works for Western Canada, was at the Sauder building early this morning to set up the painting company’s booth for UBC Business Week.
Bartrim arrived at the building 8:30 a.m. He said paper had been put up to cover the graffiti on the glass and on the front plaque when he arrived. UBC staff came shortly afterward and power-washed it off. Bartrim said this held up the booth setup an extra half hour, until 11:00 a.m., as the area was too wet to begin.
Bartrim said he didn’t think many people had seen the graffiti on the glass of the Sauder building because it was the first to be cleaned in the morning. However, they had to remove the paper from the Sauder sign to remove the graffiti, and Bertrin estimated that “a good thousand students” walked by and saw it during that time.
Ray Wong, a third-year Sauder student, was also running a booth at the fair, though he didn’t arrive early enough to see the graffiti. “I would say that [the graffiti] is just because of the news that’s recently come out about what they believe to be happening at our frosh [events],” Wong said.
“The chant probably should never have been said, but then again I don’t believe in vandalizing something to raise awareness for a cause,” said Chris Dedecko, a first-year Sauder student. “Even if they just had a group of people raising awareness out in the mall, I think that would be a better way of going about it than vandalizing a building.”
“It’s very immature,” said first-year Science student Johnson Lau. “If it was an adult [from outside of UBC], I think it makes it even worse that you’re running into an area where higher education is being taught and doing stuff that only happens in high school. I think it’s ridiculous.”
Carmen Faye Mathes, a UBC instructor, had a slightly different point of view. “I guess the language and the medium used are both testament to how angry something like this can make people, and I think they have a reason to be,” she said.