Governor Predicts Return of Aggie Bonfire

By: Houston Chronicle Email
By: Houston Chronicle Email

The Texas A&M Bonfire is due for a comeback according to Governor Rick Perry.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Perry was quoted by a Texas Monthly writer as saying he expects Bonfire to be back as soon as 2010.

The campus hasn't hosted Bonfire since its 1999 collapse which killed 12 and injured 27. A private student group has continued the tradition off-campus.

R. Bowen Loftin, interim president at A&M, issued a statement suggesting Bonfire is unlikely to return. "I think it would take an extraordinarily large amount of interest on the part of our students for us to consider building Bonfire on campus again," Loftin stated.
"I don't hear the students rising up and demanding it. To have (the Bonfire accident) happen to you one time is something that you can get past. If you did it again, and it happened again, you have no way to excuse yourself."

Texas Monthly Senior Editor Pamela Coloff reported on a blog written by another editor at the magazine, Paul Burka, that Perry predicted the tradition will be back. "I will not be surprised if it happens by 2011, maybe even 2010," he said. "I think Bonfire will be back on campus. The kids will have the experience again."

Perry told Coloff he would leave the details of resuming Bonfire to the A&M system board of regents and campus administrators.

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