Hillcrest Plagued Again by Graffiti
UPDATE: MiddBlog received the following statement in an email late last night, 3/15.
To the Middlebury Community–
As student organizers within the divestment campaign on this campus, we would like to make clear that the recent appearance of graffiti on the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest does not represent the views of, nor is endorsed by, any collective group that has been working towards divestment at Middlebury, including the Socially Responsible Investing Club, Divest for Our Future, and Sunday Night Group. To the best of our understanding, this was an autonomous action that was carried out independently of any organized student group on campus.
However, it is important to keep in mind the remaining urgency of divestment. Let us remember that, according to our administration, Middlebury still has approximately 3.6% of our endowment invested in fossil fuels and approximately 0.6% invested in arms industries. We hope that the discourse around divestment will continue to center on the issues themselves and will not be diverted by a small action taken by an unknown individual or group of individuals.
We stand by our original goals of divesting our endowment from the fossil fuel and arms industries, and are continuing our campaign while working closely with the administration and other campuses around the country.
Student Divestment Organizers
Students might notice the following image tagged on the side of Hillcrest today: