Students, Director Of Greek Life Respond To USD Vandalism

“I don't think it should be taken lightly”

A targeting message was left on a fraternity house over the weekend, leaving the campus community in shock.

The words ‘we date rape’ were spray painted on the side of the USD Phi Delta Theta frat house early Sunday morning.

The general response from students was that the incident is ridiculous and surprising.

But one student, who discovered the message, says it shouldn’t just be washed away.

“I saw it just driving by; it was in yellow or greenish paint so you could see it from far away,” says Senior Byron Banasiak. 

Banasiak was on a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt when he came across the message.

Today, the wall is cleaned up, but it’s the boldness of the vandalism that has Banasiak questioning the meaning. 

“People do need to look into it, it’s not just a ‘oh I’m pissed off and going to put some vandalism on here’,” says Banasiak. “It’s worth looking into; I don’t think it should be taken lightly.” 

However, Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life Laura Roof says the words came out of the blue. 

“Nothing like this has ever happened in the time that I’ve been here, and I have no reason to believe that there was a reason for it to happen,” says Roof. “We have no understanding on why somebody would attack this fraternity in that way or threaten them in that way.” 

Roof says she feels Greek life is respected in Vermillion.

A statement one student says is true. 

“I know a lot of the guys in the frat and their really good guys, and it’s really shocking,” says Freshman Payton Allen. 

Allen says ‘shocked’ is even how the members of the fraternity felt. 

“I read a couple Facebook posts and it was just like ‘I didn’t realize people could stoop this low, and it’s like we didn’t do anything, why is this happening to us’,” says Allen.

Vermillion police are currently looking into that question.

They grabbed initial statements from members of the frat this morning, but there were no witnesses at the time.

The Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life says Phi Delta Theta is not equipped with security camera’s, but they are now looking into getting some, and possibly installing lock codes on their doors.