Late Monday evening, areas surrounding the Lory Student Center
Plaza were spray-painted with political graffiti reading, “I
(heart) Bush” and “Stop Liberal Graffiti,” with csurepublicans.com
Earlier this semester the CSU College Republicans implemented
its “Campus Insanity Project” to help clean up political graffiti
on campus, as well as to recognize what the organization believed
to be a predominantly liberal amount of it.
Fogland and the CSU Republicans deny any involvement in the
recent graffiti markings.
“Nobody in our organization had anything to do with that,”
The College Republicans do not intend to stifle free speech with
its program, but the group to make the student body aware of the
amount of liberal graffiti and clean it up, said Chuck Fogland,
chairman of CSU Republicans.
Fogland said he has contacted all the members of CSU Republicans
and that no one in the organization is claiming responsibility or
association with the graffiti.
“I sent out an e-mail to everyone (in CSU Republicans) that we
don’t tolerate this,” Fogland said. “We don’t want to be associated
with that type of action.”
The graffiti may be in response to the Campus Insanity program,
“There’s some folks out there who have some vendettas against us
because of Campus Insanity,” Fogland said. “It’s like a slap in our
face and quite frankly, we’re very upset about it.”
Some members of the Young Democrats have also volunteered to
help clean up the graffiti around campus but have shown some
disapproval toward the Campus Insanity project.
“The CSU Democrats were frustrated to even be associated with
(graffiti),” said Josh Metten, vice president of Young Democrats.
“It makes our campus look bad and it makes the liberal perspective
A lot of people are frustrated with Campus Insanity because
there is a difference between free speech and graffiti, a
difference the CSU Republicans organization has not seen, Metten
Fogland and the CSU Republicans have filed a formal police
report to the CSU Police Department, but they are not optimistic
that a culprit will be found. The case is currently under
Capt. Bob Chaffee of CSUPD shares their doubts.
“I can tell you in general we occasionally will disrupt
something (graffiti related),” said Capt. Chaffee. “My estimate is
that it’s only 5 or 10 percent of the time though.”
Simply cleaning up the graffiti and not making a big issue out
of it is the best way to handle graffiti that is specifically aimed
at groups, Chaffee said.
“It’s one of these spirals of a response to a response to a
response,” Chaffee said. “To challenge (graffiti painters) will
only provoke them.”
While political tempers will be escalating as election season
moves in, some students believe permanent graffiti is an
inappropriate outlet for free speech.
“I think graffiti is taking the right to express yourself too
far,” said Brooke Davy, a sophomore human development and family
studies major. “When you put it on a public building it raises the
issue from free speech to a lack of respect.”