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Vandals Leave Graffiti Along Infinite Corridor

Dan McGuire--The Tech
Unknown vandals spray painted walls in Lobby 10 and Lobby 8 with garffiti early Sunday morning

By Dan McGuire
News Editor

MIT's Infinite Corridor was struck by vandals this weekend who spray painted phrases in Lobby 8 and Lobby 10. Maintenance workers discovered the blue-green, three-foot tall letters early Sunday morning.

The letters "SAU" were inscribed in a wall near the automatic teller machines Building 10, and "XXO" was written near the door of Building 8 along the Infinite Corridor.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday morning, "we got a complaint that a person or persons unknown [had] spray painted the letters S' and A' in green paint" at points along the Infinite Corridor, said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

While graffiti has appeared on campus in the past, it is generally not so blatant, or in so public a place. "We've not had anything like this in some time," Glavin said.

The last case of Infinite Corridor vandalism occurred a year and a half ago when several posters belonging to the group Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transgenders, and Friends were torn down. Other posters were covered with epithets.

The meaning of Sunday's graffiti is still elusive. No wall posters belonging to student groups appear to have been targeted, and the messages conveyed by the phrases is still unclear.

"Sometimes it's patently obvious what they mean," Glavin said. "I think that in this case, on the surface, that it's not clear what the significance of this is," she added.

Walls need repainting

Physical Plant workers said that the graffiti could not be removed by scrubbing and that the walls would probably need to be repainted.

In the interim, the Campus Police are looking for leads on the identity of the vandal. "It's very hard, particularly with graffiti" to track down a suspect, Glavin said.

"Sometimes you could go for a couple of days and find out something," she said. It might also "be one of those things we never know the significance of," she added.