The elusive Spring Arbor University (SAU) graffiti artist recently responded to the article in the February issue of “The Pulse.” The response was written on aged paper, sealed with wax and received anonymously via mailbox. The letter has been presented here in its original entirety.
An Open Letter to the SAU Pulse
From the Stormtrooper
I see that you have noticed me. First off, i would just like to point out that you got it wrong in the article. I would like a retraction printed. My image is not that of a clone trooper. It is a Storm Trooper. It is a very recognizable pop culture symbol. How hard is it to get you research right? I am calling you out. Do your fact checking.
My respect goes out to the writer of the article featured in this month’s pulse. You seem to have nailed my message right on the head. Yes it is true, big brother is watching, but that is not the main thrust of my message. I simply set out to get people thinking. Open their eyes. Bring attention to a small little symbol looking back at them. This is more about the expression of the whole matter.
We claim here to worship the creator of the world, yet seem to live on one of the least creative campuses I have ever experienced. Is student expression really frowned upon that much? Are the higher ups really that vain? I am not an activist, an idealist, or a terrorist. I am simply a student who has noticed a problem and is tired of being silent about it. It would seem we are all under an organization who is obsessed with appearance. My “graffiti” has been taken down very quickly as of late, and it seems to coincide with senior visits. Are we really so concerned with presenting a perfect campus that we will make it appear as if there are absolutely no forms of student expression anywhere?
I thank you for the coverage. Continue writing these articles. You may have noticed a decrease in my presence on campus. I am not gone. You have not seen the last of me. Keep watching.
P.S. I’m serious about that retraction. I expect to see a reprint in next months issue.
On Twitter: @SAUStreetArt
“The Church is a whore, but she is also my mother.” -St. Augustine
“The Pulse” formally apologizes for any inconveniences resulting from the misnaming of the Stormtrooper graffiti. In keeping with the theme of content integrity, The Pulse would like to notify readers that Stromtrooper is correctly written as one word.