Physics TA Under Investigation For Act Of Vandalism

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This Thursday, we received an anonymous tip alerting us to an act of vandalism committed by GSAS student and Introduction to Experimental Physics lab TA Andrey Vlasov. This tip included a screenshot of an email sent by Vlasov to his lab class. In the email, Vlasov stated that he tore down a rainbow sticker reading, “All are welcome” in Pupin Hall, and replaced it with a paper reading, “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah”. ‘Sodom and Gomorrah‘ refers to two Biblical cities that were destroyed by an act of God as punishment for acts of sodomy.

Vlasov is under investigation for this incident, and is forbidden from entering Pupin until his hearing on Tuesday. We reached out to the Physics department for comment, and a spokesperson¬†informed us that relevant offices at Columbia have been alerted, and that Vlasov’s TA duties have been re-assigned to alternate instructors for the time being.

“The Physics Department takes this situation and the well-being of our students very seriously,” the spokesperson wrote.

We will update this post with further developments as they occur. You can see the screenshot of Vlasov’s email below.

Vlasov’s email to his physics lab students

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  1. Ezekiel  

    Blessed are those who are persecuted in the name of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  2. Anonymous


    "You can find more about Orthodox Christianity, the only true faith, here:"

    Guy's obviously a little off. Hopefully, he gets the help he needs.

  3. Anonymous  

    Fuck his asinine behavior.

  4. Anonymous

    From his profile on the physics department page: "In 2012, the most important event in my life happened: I realized that the world was created and now is governed by Triune God, the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and now I am Orthodox Christian. This does not contradict scientific view: God and faith are the parts of the world which cannot be studied by empirical approach. If you have more questions about it, email me."

  5. RIA leader

    So I knew him from before graduation from my club. Guy was super super conservative; we tried to do an event on persecution of LGBTQ people in Russia and he was pissed, to put it lightly. My impression was that he desired a return to tsarist Russia--no joke.

    I'm absolutely not surprised it was him.

  6. Columbia Lion 2017  

    I support him 100%. Those signs are a disgrace to human biology and human nature.

  7. CC 2017  

    Whereas Muslims are beheading and oppressing people in animalistic and inhuman acts of horror, here at liberal Columbia, we shame and harass somebody for tearing down some paper from a door. If this is not a double standard, I don't know what is.

    I am ashamed to be a part of a student body that is so mindless and soulless. Thank God I will be graduating from this mess.

  8. Anonymous

    Kick the Russian out.

  9. Godless Sodomite

    Sounds like the typical Columbia student: hopelessly lost in his idealogy and unable to recognize the absurdity of his beliefs.

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