Students painted a special birthday message for Communication senior Nisha Garg on the Rock Thursday night, only to have it erased by a wintry storm within hours.
Communication junior Rupin Parikh and Weiberg senior Deepa Ramadurai rented tents and organized a group to guard the Rock starting Wednesday afternoon. They painted "Happy b-day Nisha Garg" just in time for midnight, when they revealed it to her as a surprise for her Friday birthday. By dawn the entire message, which was written in water-based paint, had been washed away.
"One time earlier in the year someone painted the Rock for their girlfriend, and I remember [Garg] said 'I wish someone would do that for me'," Parikh said. "So we started planning this and we're trying to keep it dry as best we can."
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