University Police arrests student for property damage

By Maggie Barrett
April 19, 2005

Wake Forest University Police arrested a Wake Forest student April 15 in connection with graffiti that started appearing early this month on several buildings across campus. The student, a sophomore, is charged with nine counts of injury to real property.

Much of the graffiti consisted of the letters "syst" written in black marker or black spray paint on the doors, walls or columns of the following buildings: Manchester Athletic Center, Benson University Center, Calloway Center of Business, Mathematics and Computer Science, Miller Center, Reynolds Gymnasium, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as Greene, Kitchin, Reynolda and Tribble halls.

Graffiti also appeared in other areas of campus, including the stone wall behind Reynolda Hall and a road-side sign between Reynolda Hall and Reynolds Gymnasium. The graffiti on the sign differed from the graffiti on the other areas in that it was done with gold spray paint.

The graffiti also included phrases such as "That syst guy, he's bad" and "Stop following," as well as doodles, such as a face, spray painted on one of the slate stair landings of Reynolda Hall.

Facilities Management has already begun cleaning up the graffiti.

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