Oberlin College, which usually makes the news for its outspoken progressive values, cancelled classes on Monday due to a rash of racist vandalism including swastikas and "whites only" written in sensitive locations.
UPDATE: Two students are being held in connection with the vandalism. Some have suggested that their actions were not racially motivated but an exercise in free speech. As for the KKK hooded figure, it is now believed that this was nothing more than a person wrapped in a blanket (Oberlin gets really cold), and that this person was simply trying to stay warm.
Oberlin College cancelled classes on Monday after a figure in dressed in KKK robes was spotted on the south side of campus where Afrikan Heritage House, Third World House and Spanish House are all located. The incident is the latest in a string of racial, anti-semitic and homophobic vitriol at Oberlin, which is known for its progressive history and values. In February, a swastika was painted over a poster related to black history month and "whites only" was written above a water fountain.Oberlin President Martin Krislov spoke to students at a packed Finney Chapel, one of the campus' major venues. He apologized to any students who felt threatened by the actions and said he cancelled classes for "a different type of educational exercise."