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Update: Two campus bridges painted in protest of Kelley Professor Eric Rasmusen


Two bridges on campus have been painted in protest of Eric Rasmusen, a professor at the Kelley School of Business. 

A bridge on Jordan Avenue near the street’s intersection with Seventh Street read “Fire Eric Rasmusen” on one side and “No Bigots Allowed” on the other side. Another bridge on Jordan near the street’s intersection with Law Lane has a checklist listing racist, sexist and homophobic and “Kelley’s own prof. Eric Rasmusen Don’t Stand for Hatred.”

One side of the bridge crossing Jordan Avenue near the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center was painted to say, “Fire Eric Rasmusen” sometime throughout the night between Nov. 20-21. Rasmusen, a Kelley School of Business professor, is under scrutiny for retweeting an article with a headline that read, “Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably.” Ty Vinson

These bridges are often painted advertising for campus events or organizations. IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said he does not know who painted the bridge, and it is not unusual for people to paint the bridge. 

A message criticizing Kelley School of Business professor Eric Rasmusen is seen Nov. 21 on the bridge on North Jordan Avenue. Rasmusen has been accused of posting sexist and racist tweets on his Twitter account. Mel Fronczek

Rasmusen tweeted an article titled,“Are Women Destroying Academia? Probably” on Nov. 7 and included a line which read “Geniuses are overwhelmingly male because they combine outlier high IQ with moderately low agreeableness and moderately low conscientiousness.”

Rasmusen and the university have received much backlash following the tweet.

Carney said the bridge painting is a small part of the complaints the university has been receiving. He said they have been receiving lots of emails and calls.

Carney said they are taking everything into account, but Provost Lauren Robel has already made her decision.

Update 3:50 p.m. Nov. 22

The words on the Jordan Avenue bridge near Seventh Street were painted over with black paint either Thursday night or Friday morning.

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