By Nathan Schmidt
Controversy has once again embroiled the FUSA Senate as its members debate whether to remove the full stag carcass from the Barone Campus Center.
The hollowed-out and taxidermized stag, which is located in the BCC lower level, has provoked strong reactions both for and against its removal. Supporters say that the stag’s corpse is a proud testament to the spirit of Fairfield University, while detractors say that there could be problems with having a dead version of Fairfield’s mascot on campus.
“I really don’t see the problem,” said FUSA senator Barry Cromplestow ‘22, whom Stagnation reporters approached nearby the cordoned-off sprawled-out dead stag on the BCC floor. “Fairfield has always had this stag here. It’s kind of majestic, when you think about it. I especially like that if you approach it from the right angle, the glassy white eyes seem to be looking right at you.”
“The lolling tongue is an especially artistic touch,” Cromplestow added.
But not all of the senators agreed with that position. Shortly afterward, FUSA senator Helen Happenny ‘21 proclaimed her distaste for the dead stag while loudly eating a hamburger she smuggled out of the Tully.
“We should be able to change things we don’t like. And having a deceased stag in our campus center is an obvious waste. We should load it into a catapult and fling it over at the Sacred Heart campus instead. Just think of the possibilities of pure terror!”
Beside her, fellow senator and dead stag detractor Olivia Hulabunn, added, “We are determined to call on campus administration to hear the needs of its student body. And that action starts at the FUSA Senate meetings. If you want to share your opinion about what to do with the dead stag, come visit our evening meeting and you’ll get about twenty seconds to say it before we move on with procedures.”
Luckily, there is still plenty of opportunity for Fairfield students to participate in the debate over the fate of the stag’s corpse. The deliberations are expected to continue across at least two or three more senate meetings.