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This is odd. At Harvard's Lamont Library, campus police recently discovered that "approximately forty books dealing with LGBT issues were vandalized with what appeared to be urine."
This, of course, is not par for the seminar at Harvard, whose own newspaper admits that its "main connection to Red State America is its Crimson hue." So could this be a case of town-and-gown animosity?
Nobody knows yet. According to the campus newspaper,
[Harvard University Police Department] spokesman Steven G. Catalano wrote in an e-mail that the vandalized books' subject matters included lesbian and gay issues and same-sex marriage. Due to the nature of books, HUPD is currently investigating the incident as a bias crime.
"The HUPD has zero tolerance for any bias-related incidents or crimes," Catalano said.
"Harvard College will not tolerate acts of vandalism, especially those that appear to be motivated by hate or bias," Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds wrote in an e-mail to The Crimson.
In a weird way, this seems more threatening and hurtful than burning books (which is still bad, of course), probably because it's much more personal. Either way, though, it's lame — and we'll let you know if they figure anything out.