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Duke Cracks Down on Fires


Fun without fire.

This story concerns Duke-UNC games, but any Duke story involving post-game fires can only be made more apropos by a looming Maryland game....

From yesterday's Raleigh News-Observer:

If Duke beats UNC in basketball March 8, its students may not be able to burn a bunch of stuff in celebration. The city fire marshal wants to meet with student leaders before deciding whether to issue Duke a permit for a bonfire for that night.

Permit? What's this permit? To light stuff on fire you need a permit?

Long a campus ritual, the bonfire was not in the plans last week when Duke won in Chapel Hill. But some students fired up an illegal blaze on the main quad anyhow. Nobody was hurt, but the unsanctioned bonfire was a big no-no that left future fires in doubt.

"It's not looking good for us," said Sunny Kantha, a junior from Ohio and vice president of athletics and campus services within Duke Student Government. "If we do win, people love having the bonfire. It's one of the most memorable Duke moments."

So this sort of sums up the difference between Maryland and Duke. Duke students meet with city officials seeking a permit for a bonfire, while Maryland students just go ahead and ignite their ratty furniture in the streets, and then go to the Santa Fe. And James Madison students just blaze.

In other Maryland news, WaTi super blogger Patrick Stevens decided to find out where the Terps' two AP votes came from. Shockingly, one was from John Feinstein, who also ranks Georgetown 11th, three below their national ranking. So yeah, Hoya folks, the notorious WaPo Terps bias is alive and well.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 13, 2008; 3:21 PM ET
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Comments

If AU wins tonight, there's talk of maybe high-fiving afterward.

You know, if anyone shows up.

Posted by: KC in DC | February 13, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Morgan State sees your hi-fives, and raises you dap and soul shakes.

Posted by: ScottVanPeltStyle.com | February 13, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I like how they refer to Junior as "NPR's John Feinstein," as if they can't mention the WAPO by name.

Junior has in the past, either with TK or on 980, explained that he uses the 25th place vote "as a reward for local schools" or something to that effect.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | February 13, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Feinstein's a bum.

Posted by: Paul Campbell | February 13, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

maybe the Texas A&M student body can help Duke with their bonfire

Posted by: go terps | February 13, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

'Cause people died at Texas A&M! You see what he did there? That is just so hilarious!

Please make light of another giant tragedy!

Posted by: KC in DC | February 13, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

WrestleMania III

Posted by: go terps | February 13, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Went to Duke just after the back to back nc2a championships. At the time, the bonfires were new and the admin would just murmur how they were okay with it but feel better if they could get permits, etc. Nothing formal was ever put in place, though. This sounds like same ol' same ol' with the exception of the city fire marshall getting involved. As you can expect, town-gown relations haven't always been smooth in Durham, NC.

Oh yeah, hope we put a beat down on Gary tonight! GO devils!

Posted by: go duke | February 13, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there were permits, and then there weren't, and then there were permits again around the time of the '01 championship, and then the city got pissed after the first UNC game in '05 and took them away again.

Then again, the fires have always been on campus. If it spread into the city proper the Durham cops would likely use it as an excuse to finally get to use deadly force against Duke students.

Posted by: MDT | February 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I am a Terp who now lives in Durham. Because of the severe draught here and windy conditions, there have been fire warnings for the past few weeks. They should not have started the fire last week -- they were endangering the city -- not just their own university. It would have been sweet tonight though if Maryland had won and started a fire back in College Park where there are no fire warnings of this nature! (double victory) Now we'll just have to wait until we beat them in the acc tournament. Good things will come to those who wait.

Posted by: ncterp | February 13, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I've always felt that when we beat Duke, we should go down to Durham and burn down their campus. Now I double feel that (just like Mitt Romney wants "double Guantanamo").

Posted by: Lindemann | February 13, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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