Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 28, 2012

How WVU’s couch-burning tradition spawned riots


“If we were able to get 20 to 30 groups in these high-fire areas, we could help our local police and fire department tremendously,” the Facebook page says.

Drew Burgess, a WVU medical student, agrees that students need to be the ones who police themselves when it comes to the couch fires.

“We should be the ones who intervene and stop other students from acting like this instead of standing around watching,” Burgess says. “It’s all about respecting each other and each other’s property.”

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