On Tuesday afternoon, eight Indiana University seniors set up â€œCamp Creanâ€ in front of Assembly Hall to secure themselves the best seat in the house for the Hoosiers game against the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The game isnâ€™t set to be played until Saturday evening.
At 4:30 p.m. the Indiana University Police Department forced the students to take down the tent they were using for overnight shelter because it is against university policy for people to set up any kind of “camping equipment” on campus.
While waiting for the IU legal department to make a decision on whether the students are allowed to put the tent back up, all eight guys are still planning to camp out in front of Assembly Hall until Saturday’s game. â€œWeâ€™re either going to A – sleep in a car or B – post up right here for the rest of the night” as one student told us.
“We want to be first in line for the Kentucky game. Weâ€™re going to be first in line for the Kentucky game so I donâ€™t think weâ€™re leaving.â€ said senior Tim Madden.
As of 6:00 p.m, the students were still waiting to find out from University police whether or not the chairs they are sitting on are considered â€œcamping equipmentâ€. If it is decided that chairs do qualify as camping equipment then the students will be forced to remove them as well.
The legal aspects of this situation may come into play because of the Occupy Bloomington protestors that are currently organized in Peopleâ€™s Park in downtown Bloomington.
â€œ(The police) say if you allow people to start camping out here then they can camp out anywhere on campus.â€ said Madden.
If the police allow people to camp outside of Assembly Hall for games then they will be forced to allow protestors to set up camp anywhere on campus.
A decision should be made by tomorrow morning on whether or not the campers are allowed to put the tent back up as they wait for the big game on Saturday.
For video of the campers talking with us about the decision to remove the tents check out the links below:
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