Trouble on the Summit as university paints over student graffiti

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The walls, floor and stairs were covered by over a hundred little drawings and words. These could be abstract pieces, weird drawings, quotes and memes. (Photo via writer)

The walls, floor and stairs were covered by over a hundred little drawings and words. These could be abstract pieces, weird drawings, quotes and memes. (Photo via writer)

Just above the sixth floor in the Biology/Physics Building is a large view of UConn. Sketched under the window in Sharpie read: “Welcome to the Summit.”

The walls, floor and stairs were covered by over a hundred little drawings and words. These could be abstract pieces, weird drawings, quotes and memes.

Recently, however, the drawings have been cleaned and painted over.

UConn spokesperson Stephanie Rietz said they have only received one report to the police about the graffiti.

“We do wash off and/or paint over the markings when our workers discover them there,” Reitz said.

According to the UConn subreddit, students believe it was painted over in the past couple of weeks.

One user on the discussion thread believed the last time it was painted over was around the start of 2016.

“It is the only place on campus where students can express themselves without fear of the administration,” fourth-semester psychology major Nicole Andrade said. “They have erased years and years of UConn’s history.”

Rietz expressed concern for the area.

“It takes time and resources away from other duties when the university has to send someone there to address the vandalism,” Reitz said. “If it doesn’t stop, we’ll have to close off the area to the general public.”

Some UConn students believe that the legacy of the Summit will live on.

“Every time the school covers up the graffiti, they make a new canvas for incoming students to make their mark on,” fourth-semester mechanical engineering major Zach Saville said.


Joshua Oculam is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at joshua.oculam@uconn.edu.

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