Shalom Life | April 19, 2015

Fraternity At Nashville University Hit By anti-Semitic Vandalism

Two swastikas were found painted in the elevator of the fraternity following a party held on their grounds

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: March 17th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: Sun Benson Hall at Vanderbilt University


A Jewish fraternity house at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville has become the victim of a hate crime. Two swastikas were spray-painted in the elevator of the Alpha Epsilon Pi house early Saturday morning. It was discovered following a party that had taken place on the property.

Susan Wente, the university Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, notified students via email after the vandalism was discovered.

The Vanderbilt University Police Department is also investigating the incident as a hate crime.

“We understand the anguish and pain that this hateful symbol causes,” said Wente, “and we stand together to condemn any effort to intimidate or send an unwelcoming message to Jewish members of the Vanderbilt community.”

“While the swastikas were spray-painted at the AEPi house, this inexcusable incident impacts every Jew on campus, and has no place at Vanderbilt,” said Arid Dubin, the executive director of the Vanderbilt Hillel, in the report.

“There is no ambiguity about what happened here,” Dubin continued. “Spray painting swastikas at a Jewish fraternity is not a college prank or some mischievous act of vandalism. It is a malicious attack intended to bring to mind the horrors of the Holocaust, to force us to feel different, endangered, and isolated.”

In October last year, a similar incident transpired when an Atlanta Jewish frat house was also defaced with swastikas.

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