Lawrenceville SGA vice president

by Jeff Frankel

For the third time in three weeks, a discriminatory incident has shocked the campus, and for the second time, it was racist grafitti in Gee Hall.
The phrase, containing the “n-word” and “monkey” was found scrawled on several Potty Pages in the building and was first reported by Lawrenceville SGA Vice President Brian Pawelko.

Potty Pages is a monthly SGA newsletter posted in bathroom stalls around campus.

Pawelko saw the phrase scrawled on the pages at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and reported it to Public Safety 15 minutes later, he said.

He handed over the four he found and a further search of the building by Public Safety found additional remarks, said Vickie Weaver, director of the Department of Public Safety.

They were all handed over to the Lawrence Township Police Department (LTPD) and the case is being investigated as another bias incident, Weaver said.

Gee is the international dorm. The incidents seem to occur when students imbibe alcohol, Pawelko noted.

“It seems to be only happening on weekends,” he said.

The rash of racist incidents hit a chord with senior Davendra Brijlall, the Lawrenceville SGA Diversity Chair.

“This is just instigating the fire,” he said after the Lawrenceville SGA Senate meeting on Tuesday.

Anyone with information, call Public Safety at x. 5029 or LTPD at 896-1111.

Earlier this month, the “n-word” was written on several doors in the same building, sparking a candlelight vigil to show support for diversity. The suspect or suspects have not been caught.

Last week another bias incident occurred when racist remarks were written on the Facebook “wall” of freshman and public relations chair for the Latin American Students Organization, Amy Lapaix. The remarks were written by junior Emily Howell, the University confirmed.

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