Humans have an innate need to declare “I was here,” even if that here-edness is anonymous. And what better way to do so than with graffiti? Ancient Greeks and Crusaders in Medieval Jerusalem carved the innermost workings of their minds onto stone walls, and Vassar students today have carried the torch of this centuries-old trend by etching their mid-lecture thoughts and daydreams onto desks. From evocative song lyrics, to the classic squiggle or geometric design, to positive affirmations, to rather explicit imagery, students use desk graffiti to silently communicate with fellow students as well as those who will soon exist where they once were. To examine this cultural phenomenon, the Features Editorial Team has gathered our favorite on-campus graffiti—some presented without comment, and some alongside the responses they provoke in us. If you see one of yours in our collection, let us know!