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Swastika found at U of I English Building

The English Building at University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana (Wikimedia Commons)

URBANA — A swastika was found in the bathroom of the English Building at the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, local media reported Wednesday. It was the second incidence in a month.

The News-Gazette of Champaign/Urbana reported that the swastika was found Monday drawn on a wall inside a men’s restroom at the English Building at 608 S. Wright St. in Urbana. No word on how long it had been there.

From the News-Gazette:

Last month, a UI employee found a swastika painted in a basement tunnel connecting two laboratories east of the Quad.

“It’s still hard to say whether the two are connected without knowing more about who’s responsible,” said UI police spokesman Pat Wade. “As you know, we get these reports from time to time, and we believe there are different people with different motivations who draw these.

“We always try to promote a welcoming environment on campus, so every time we get a report like this, we work directly with the affected groups on campus to provide safety resources and assistance,” he said.

Erez Cohen, executive director of Illini Hillel, said he typically learns of these incidents soon after they’re reported, whether from police or students.

“We’re always aware within a short time,” he said.

Cohen told the newspaper he didn’t think the graffiti was linked to Hanukkah, which began this week.

The News-Gazette reported that there were no updates on the investigation to last month’s incident.

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