As part of Coming Out Week at Gustavus, the Queers & Allies painted the infamous rock on the hill in rainbow stripes on Sunday evening. By Monday morning, the rock had been repainted completely black with an anti-homosexuality Bible verse referenced in red.
Q&A sprang into action, repainting the rock to its original rainbow theme Monday afternoon. The perpetrators of the repainting have not been identified, but Gustavus Student Senate issued a statement on Monday evening concerning the act.
In an e-mail to the student body, Student Senate declared that they “denounce the act of hate that was performed against GLBT people and Q&A. We maintain that hate, in any form, has no place in our community and will not be tolerated.”
President Jack Ohle also sent an e-mail on Wednesday concerning the incident which he described as members of the community “openly disrespect[ing] others by painting over the rock that had been painted this week to express support for those celebrating ‘Coming Out Week’”.
Ohle said a campus-wide forum is being planned to take place before Fall Break during which civility and respect for others will be discussed.