Almost in any institute, college or university in the world there are traditions that contribute to a more rapid familiarity of students with each other. These traditions help students to connect, learn about each other something new, or just have fun and a good time. But among all this variety of interesting students’ customs and traditions, there are a lot of extravagant and terrifying entertainment events, which not only can interfere with learning, but also lead to a breach of the law.
In the University of Texas, there is a tradition to set an Aggie Bonfire (aggie is the word used to call students of Agricultural College in the USA). This is a tradition that has not been officially authorized in the University A&M of Texas, because it is very dangerous and can cause harm to both human life, health and property. However, the restriction does not make the students sad, but rather encourage them to create its version of fun events.
From the first Aggie Bonfire arranges in 1909, to the catastrophic collapse in 1999, the tradition that Bonfire signified was ‘the burning desire to beat the hell out of T.U.’ (University of Texas). The tradition quickly became very popular: the number of those wishing to take a look at a large-scale fire spectacle at times reached seventy thousand people. Bonfire still a tradition, but horrific events happened in 1999 are still felt by many aggies. On the early morning of November 18, 1999, the tower of timber of forty-foot collapsed over thirty-nine people, killing 12, and injuring 27. Because of this accident, officials have decided to decrease the amount of student participation during the construction of bonfire. While there are many that think this statement will promote a safer Bonfire, there are people who rebel against decisions of officials’ for fear that the bonfire will never be the same.
Since the accident of Bonfire in 1999, there has been a debate on whether the tradition should be able to continue or not. They authorities decided to ban this tradition, as it is very dangerous. Authorities said if the tradition remains, many engineers will be required for the arrangement of bonfire to ensure a great safety for the event. Also they made a decision to reduce the number of students participating in cutting the timber. But many students were not stopped by the decision and every year, they arrange a “safer” bonfire that gathers more than 15,000 of people.
Almost in any institute, college or university in the world there are traditions that contribute to a more rapid familiarity of students with each other. These traditions help students to connect, learn about each other something new, or just have fun and a good time.