At around 3:00 a.m. this morning the APSU Spirit Rock was found vandalized with the words, “F—k KA” written along the side.
In the photo to the right, members of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity worked to cover the profanity.
Assistant Executive Director for Advancement and Editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal, Jesse S. Lyons, said Kappa Alpha Order was thankful for the members of AGR:
“We have spoken with our chapter. We want to thank our friends with Alpha Gamma Rho for painting over the vulgar comment made in connection with our organization as an apparent prank in painting the spirit rock. We know this is not indicative of the APSU community nor is it the intent of the University’s installation of the Spirit Rock. We wish everyone good luck with the beginning of school and we wish our fellow Greeks good luck in recruitment.”
According to an email sent by PeayLink, SOC and Student Life and Engagement unveiled The Spirit Rock via Facebook Live on Monday, Aug. 28. The 200 million-year-old piece of limestone was placed on campus as a donation from Vulcan Materials Company to provide a creative outlet for students and to show, “Peay Pride.”
“I want everyone to know that SOC’s intention for the rock is to create a positive space for APSU Student and departments to promote themselves and showcase events on campus,” Ruiz said.
Many students have taken to Twitter to voice opinions about the defacement of the rock.
According to Ruiz, there have been no changes to the Spirit Rock guidelines.