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CC students booted for anti-Semitic graffiti



Two students were suspended from Colorado College and face criminal charges in connection with the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on several college buildings last week.

Colorado Springs police said Aswhin Kumaria, 18, and Marco Thoma, 19, will be charged with criminal mischief in connection with the April 27 incident.

College spokesman Todd Wilson said security guards caught the students writing graffiti in the early morning hours. Anti-Semitic messages were found on Olin Hall, the Tutt Alumni House, Shove Chapel and a college van. The graffiti was promptly removed.

"There were swastikas and hateful messages and threats," Wilson said.

The two students have been suspended for one year, after which they can apply for readmission. They must also pay for the clean-up costs, estimated at more than $1,500.

The incident comes just a little more than a year after a college newspaper ran an April Fool's Day article that was widely perceived as racist, prompting an apology from then-college President Kathryn Mohrman.

Current CC President Dick Celeste alerted students about the latest incident via e-mail on April 29. On Monday, he wrote a letter to members of the campus community.

"This reprehensible incident jolts us with the realization that discrimination and gross insensitivity can exist even in a community that purports to be tolerant, enlightened and aware," Celeste wrote. "I unequivocally condemn these acts."

A student-led discussion of the incident was scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the main lounge of the Worner Center on campus.

-- Terje Langeland

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