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onfire logs collapse killing 9 Texas A students
going on -
The bonfire meant to et snudents fired up for
the football game against arhchiv TVxas, is a
beloved tradition at Texas A&M1 and autracts tens
of thousands of spectators.
Since the tradition began in 909, when the
school was still an all-male mihiary academy,
the bonfire has been caneled only one other
time: in 1963, after President Kennedys assassi-
This year's bonfire was to have been lit on
Thanksgiving, the night before the big game.
Bowen, the university residenaid this
year's bonfire would be canceled and added be
was not sure if the bonfire would be permanent-
oting by paper Continued from Page 1
sites left, and fight here in the .S at the SOA
k-SG Election But Col Glenn Weidner, an
he low North graduate who now serves as is
mandment, chementlv denies th
>olling sites to testers allgations. "Thevve bee
on a myth. They object to S. I
r else I proba- policy in Latin America and thes
veering junior has become a focal point;' he sai
Weidner also noted that the so
r said he voted are not trained in torture, but inste
trained to conduct combat oper
:od thing, and according to the laws of war. H
[ in University noted SOA soldiers take human
contributed to Lfkeise. .S. Rep. Mac Collin
this report. Ga.) this the SA is an asset t
countr and denies that the SOA
es torture ollins said he is as
supponer of the SOA and not
importance of Latin American
U.S. soldiers traincd side be si
understand what it takes to con
"it's a very important tradition to us," he said,
"but those decisions must be made at a calmer
Although the project is run by students, engi-
neers and non-student adults are always at the
site, said Thompsot, the lacultv adviser. The stu
dents cut the logs to lengths of about 10 feet and
build the pile themselves over seeral weeks.
Cranes and traetors lti the logs, which are then
tied together with baling wire.
The structure, which this year would have
included about 7.000 logs and reached 55 feet, is
designed to twist inward and collapse on itself as
Both Weidner and Collins support
the protesters goin to Fort 3enning.
Weidner said. "Dissent is part of
SOA democracy. It's not subversion."
com- ICPJ encouraged studetits from the
e pro- University to attend non-violent train-
n sold ing sessions to prepare for any possible
oreign physical confrontations they may
chool encounter during the protest.
d. Some of the students aid protesters
ldiers plan to "cross the line;' w1hich means
ad are protesting (lirectly on SOA property.
atons Federal law states that you cannot have a
e also political demonstration on a military
rights base. Thousands of people will protest at
the gates of the SOA and thousands may
ns (R- also cross the line on to the militaryv base.
o this Catalini plans to cross the line. She
teach- said, "It's a very clear message not
strong only to the army base there, but to any
es the media voice that is concerned about
s and this. I think that numbers are some-
de to thing that are very demonstrative of
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