Two University of South Dakota students were arrested last Thursday after allegedly damaging several university properties with orange spray paint in a vandalism spree, including the statue of William O. Doc Farber.
The University Police Department investigated the damage and arrested USD students Paul Nolan of Deadwood and Aaron Krause of Mitchell for second degree intentional damage to property.
The life-sized bronze statue has been part of the university campus since 2002, honoring the leadership and accomplishments of Doc Farber, a legendary faculty member who served as chairman of the USD Political Science Department for nearly four decades. Farber died in 2007 at the age of 96.
The statue originally was placed between Slagle Hall and Old Main. It was moved to its current location in front of Dakota Hall late last year.
Early Thursday afternoon staff from USDs Department of Facilities Management carefully used cloths, a toothbrush and cleaning agents to remove paint sprayed on the statue. Workers had been busy that day removing paint from trees, buildings and other property on campus, but examples of the vandals work waiting to be removed were visible on sidewalks and a vehicle in a campus parking lot.
University Student Services will conduct an investigation as part of the regular process thats undertaken following the arrest of a university student, said Phil Carter of the University Relations Department at USD.
Intentional damage to property in the second degree is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000 and/or one year in the county jail.