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IU Students Can't Camp To Get Tickets For Kentucky Game

Last updated on Thursday, December 8, 2011

(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University students, who were camping out Wednesday afternoon to get front row seats for Saturday’s basketball game with Kentucky, were given vouchers for tickets and sent home.

University officials citing safety and finals week for their decision.

The undefeated Hoosiers take on the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at Assembly Hall.
I want to be there and be a witness to the future of IU basketball," said Allison Fulton.

That is refreshing, even encouraged, but pitching a tent is not. Some students did just that on Tuesday and were told to take it down. That caught Camp Crean by surprise, since tents were allowed a year ago when students camped out for the Purdue game.

"Not even a year later, we're told we can't pitch tents, so we are kind of wondering what changed in a year, that we can't do what they did last year?" said Connor Sullivan.
"We were just told if they do it, then Occupy Bloomington will take over the campus," said Ward Webber.

Currently, Occupy Bloomington's tent city is pitched just off campus, along Kirkwood Avenue. There is free food there, as well, prepared on site at a makeshift cafe. But back on campus, the focus is clearly on the Wildcats.

"We don't want it to be about that, though, we just want it to be about IU and Kentucky," said Zack Wojtowicz.

Students at Camp Crean have a generator, a television and are working on a spreadsheet.

"We are working on making a spreadsheet to make sure the next three days are covered by someone," said Drew Morales. "We are not trying to protest anything, we are just trying to stay warm," said Tim Madden.

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