Sacto 9-1-1
March 15, 2010
Another swastika is discovered at UC Davis

By Laurel Rosenhall
lrosenhall@sacbee.com

A swastika was found inside a UC Davis residence hall Sunday night, marking the sixth time the Nazi-era symbol was found on the campus in the last two weeks.

The latest incident featured a 3-inch by 5-inch swastika carved into a bulletin board inside the Kearney Hall dormitory, said campus spokeswoman Claudia Morain. The bulletin board has been removed by campus police and is being screened for fingerprints, Morain said.

"They're making it really clear this is a hateful symbol and urging anyone to come forward who knows anything," she said.

It's possible the swastika had been on the bulletin board for some time covered by fliers and was just reported to authorities for the first time Sunday, Morain said.

"This is very disturbing, and I hope the police find the perpetrators," said Chani Oppenheim, executive director of the campus Jewish organization known as Hillel House.

Before discovery of the latest swastika had been announced, the Hillel House and other campus religious organizations had been planning a vigil tonight in response to earlier acts of hate at UC Davis. The "Interfaith Vigil for Peace and Healing" begins at 7 p.m. at 433 Russell Blvd. An advertisement for the event says participants will "gather to share concerns and hope for the future."

UC Davis police ask anyone with information about the latest swastika incident to call (530) 752-1727. Callers who wish to remain anonymous may call the 24-hour Crime Tip Line at (530) 752-9944.

Call The Bee's Laurel Rosenhall, (916) 321-1083.

Previous coverage:

Dozens turn out to protest recent UC acts of bigotry - March 11, 2010

UC Davis police investigate vandalism as hate crimes - Feb. 28, 2010

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