By Nathan Schmidt
On March 2nd, the FUSA Environmental Sustainability Meeting led to a wild success as students resolved to get rid of the giant pile of burning trash on Fairfield campus. The meeting, held over Zoom by concerned members of the student body, allowed many students to raise valid concerns about the university’s environmental policies. Nevertheless, most of these concerns were related to the smoke-belching pyre of plastic, cardboard and old homework that covers the entire surrounding town in noxious black soot.
“I guess everyone’s kind of used to it being there,” said Uriel Pontiac ‘23, who interviewed Stagnation reporters in the BCC lower level, with the giant bonfire of toxic refuse visible just outside in the parking lot. “I’m not sure how much money the university makes every year, but I hear budgets are pretty tight these days. Still, I’m hopeful that if we raise enough money, some of it will go towards disposing of our trash in a way befitting the 20th century.”
The fire, which has been burning continuously since it was installed by another sustainability initiative in 2003, replaced an earlier strategy in which all of the university’s trash would be left outside the BCC unignited for the birds to pick at. After that technique’s impromptu landfill resulted in a threatening number of non-turkey birds appearing on campus, administrators acted quickly and urgently to convene a body that produced a solution after about fifteen years.
“I remember back in ‘85 we still had the trash just piled up and not on fire,” said associate professor of philosophy Dr. Jacob Facob. “Kids now just don’t know how good they have it.”
There has been a steady stream of complaints each year about the choking smoke from the Fairfield fire, but the constant blaze continues to be a selling point for campus tours, and public will to dispose of the trash some other way is low. Nevertheless, after the sustainability meeting, FUSA has committed to a new initiative to get rid of the flaming trash pile that distinguishes Fairfield from its Jesuit counterparts. The first step: Stopping the flow of campus library books going into the pile.