The great Camp Crean standoff of 2011 ended with a whimper after one day just as all intractable problems do – with vouchers.
From a celebratory Indiana news release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Student season ticket holders who have been standing outside Assembly Hall since Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6, were given vouchers late this afternoon, Dec. 7, that will allow them to enter first in order when doors open at 3:45 p.m. Saturday for the men’s basketball game against top-ranked Kentucky.
These students were then asked to leave the area outside Assembly Hall, and no other students will be allowed to spend the night outside Assembly Hall. Students who have season tickets in the general admission seating area for the IU-Kentucky game may begin lining up at 7 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and no additional vouchers will be distributed before then.
So why couldn’t students hang out for a few days waiting for a basketball game? The university explains:
The decision was made in order to ensure the safety of the students who would be staying outside in cold, and possibly inclement, weather for an extended period, and in recognition of the fact that this week is “dead week” on the campus, during which time students are preparing for final exams next week.
Ah, bad weather. Perhaps they could use tents.
Oh, wait. That’s what started this whole problem Tuesday, when the Indiana University Police Department ordered the first tent taken down as part of the university’s mysterious no-tent policy.
Catch-22, brought to you by university administrators who developed a solution in search of a problem and declared victory in a news release.
As noted yesterday, Indiana chose to dampen enthusiasm around its basketball program at a time when people actually care about the basketball program for the first time in years.
But if the students can be bought off with vouchers and it makes the “grownups” have one less thing to worry about … well, so be it.