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BSG to hold Town Hall, swastika from 2017 reported

October 26, 2018

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) will hold a Town Hall at 4 p.m. today to discuss campus bias incidents in light of swastika graffiti found in the Hubbard Hall stacks last month.

“There will be space for students to share honest reactions to this bias incident, and community leaders from both the administration and student body will be present to hear and grapple with these concerns,” wrote Nate DeMoranville ’20, BSG chair of facilities and sustainability, in an email on Monday afternoon on behalf of the BSG Executive Committee.

On Tuesday—after the Town Hall had been announced—Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity Michael Reed emailed students and staff with the news that a second anonymous bias incident, dating back to the October 2017, was reported through the Campus and Community Index.

Per the index, “the student, who did not report the incident at the time, recounted the mid-October 2017 discovery of a Nazi swastika made of clear push pins on a north wall bulletin board outside the Moulton Union dining hall.”

The swastika was reported to be the size of a dinner plate. Due to the time that has passed since the incident and lack of leads, there will not be any further investigation by the Office of Safety and Security.

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