Students burn effigy on Bateman Plaza


Several students set fire to an effigy meant to symbolize apathy last Wednesday afternoon on Bateman Plaza in front of the Campus Center as many prepared to leave for Fall Break.

The students were protesting political apathy toward the war in Iraq.

The effigy was made of a sweater and pants stuffed with newspaper and a head made of a carved pumpkin, which were then held up by a wooden rod in a cigarette disposal can. Lighter fluid was poured over it, and it burned quickly. As the pumpkin smoldered, students kicked and stomped on it.

The fire drew the attention of other students as they walked into dinner. Some stopped to watch.

Security guards passed by but didn’t interrupt.

Students involved in planning the event said they hope to hold weekly anti-war demonstrations.