UO sign facing Franklin Boulevard vandalized

Early this morning, graffiti was reported on both sides of the large University of Oregon sign on the corner of Agate Street and Franklin Boulevard by the Jaqua Center. The University of Oregon Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation of today’s incident.

Spokesman Kelly McIver speculates that the graffiti was probably created sometime late Monday night or very early this morning. McIver believes this is not an indication of an upward trend in graffiti on campus.

“I don’t think it’s part of an extreme escalation,” McIver said.

The words on the other side were largely illegible except for “friendship and fidelity,” according McIver.

UPDATE: The Beta Theta Pi fraternity released the following statement this evening:

“The Beta Theta Pi, Beta Rho chapter of The University of Oregon is fully aware of the recent acts of vandalism that have occurred on campus and doesn’t condone or encourage any of the defacing acts. Beta Rho and its members have nothing but respect for the University of Oregon and would never do anything to disrespect that relationship.”

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