Vandals spray-painted vulgar phrases on the blue and gray “Hoya Saxa” sign near the Canal Road entrance to campus on Saturday on the same day the men’s basketball team defeated the University of Pittsburgh in a game that received national attention. Students returning from the basketball game Saturday afternoon said that they saw several curse words spray-painted over the Georgetown catchphrase. The sign has since been repainted. Emily Dorff (COL ’10) said she saw that the sign had been vandalized on her way home to campus. “It had `Go Pitt’ and `Fuck Georgetown’ spray-painted on it in blue,” she said. Students who saw the vandalism said that they suspect that the phrases were painted by Pitt supporters some time before the end of Saturday’s game. Nick Sementelli (SFS ’09), personnel officer for Hoya Blue, said that he thought the vandalism was juvenile. “I found it especially ironic that we found it on the way back from winning the game … making it pretty pitiful,” Sementelli said. “[It] makes you wonder who would waste all the time and effort for just spray-painting something on a rock.” A spokesman from the University of Pittsburgh could not be reached for comment. Though students said the graffiti could not totally ruin the positive atmosphere surrounding Georgetown’s win Saturday, it was a source of anger and frustration for many. ichael Driscoll (MSB ’08), who heard from a friend about the sign’s alteration, said he was infuriated by the offensive vandalism. “You just don’t do something like that,” he said. “It’s tasteless.” Some students, however, said that the vandalism did not upset them much. “I wouldn’t say I was upset. Perhaps annoyed, with a tinge of amusement,” Dorff said. According to Department of Public Safety Director Darryl Harrison, the vandalism was never reported to DPS. It is unlikely that DPS will pursue an investigation into the matter, he said. “We have not received any reports of vandalism to the sign,” Harrison said. The vandalism was painted over and the sign was restored to its regular “Hoya Saxa” by yesterday morning.

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