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Behind the Build, Before the Burn

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Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will

Since the collapse in 1999, Student Bonfire has been moved to a off-campus site.

The Battalion documented the building of student bonfire.
Photos by: Wesley Holmes and Alexis Will

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  • Student bonfire is located off

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • The 2015 Student Bonfire burn night will take place around 8:50 p.m. Nov. 24.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • Rope crew hoists the top of the log into the air while y-sticks guide the log against the stack.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • The four flags located on four posts are the Texas flag, a Come and Take it flag, an A&M flag and a POW/MIA flag.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Walton crew chief Josh Rudis wires the top of a log to Bonfire.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • Crews for Bonfire are from either the dorms on-campus, off-campus dorms and outfits within the Corps of Cadets.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Brown pots saw the ends of the logs with chainsaws after they are measured.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • A Red Pot wires the first tier of the stack on an early stake night.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Student Bonfire’s Construction

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • A Red Pot straighten the wire around the first tier of the stake.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Stack shifts are from 6-12 p.m. and push shifts are from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., so perimeter fires are lit on cold nights to keep Bonfire members warm.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • “The first year student bonfire was burned and called Student Bonfire was 2003. In 2005, we became a non profit organization. And since then, recruiting and attendance have gone up a lot.”

    Senior Red Pot Kenneth Searl

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Lechner Yellow Pot Joshua Murray leads a log into his quadrant.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • During this Student Bonfire they had 250-300 student who helped build it.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • Lechner crew chair Anna Meifi wires a log into place.

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • Cuts were conducted from September to the beginning of November where they cut down over 2,000 tree for Bonfire.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
  • “I think it means a lot to the students to be able to carry on one of the oldest traditions at Texas A&M plus it definitely means a lot to me working side by side with your fellow Aggie …”

    Senior Red Pot Kenneth Searl

    Photo by Photo by: Wesley Holmes
  • AcE, the bonfire dog, wanders around the build.

    Photo by Photo by: Alexis Will
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