Brown University is investigating anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti found in a campus building that houses a Jewish fraternity and a fraternity with many gay and lesbian members. President Christina Paxson in an email Friday to the Brown community said campus police will investigate the incident at Marcy House.
The graffiti was discovered early Friday morning scrawled across the house’s walls. A university spokesman tells the Providence Journal that Beta Rho Pi, a Jewish fraternity, and Zeta Delta Xi, a co-ed fraternity with many LGBTQ members, live in the house. A speech by a writer and transgender advocate scheduled for March 21 at the Ivy League school had been canceled Wednesday amid controversy. An online petition accused the co-sponsor, Brown RISD Hillel, of defending “Israeli state’s policies of occupation and racial apartheid.”