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Dead Men on Campus

July 10th, 2009 by flanews

Diehard fans of Floridas 11 public universities may soon be able to show their school spirit in death. State law has changed to allow urns with the ashes of dead alumni to be housed on campus. No Florida school has adopted a plan yet, but as Whitney Ray tells us, graduates of Florida schools are already seeking to be laid to rest on campus.

Some Florida Gators have so much school spirit, even death cant keep them from supporting the team. Gator fans have had their ashes illegally scattered on the football field, and dozen of law abiding alumni have asked for permission to do the same.

UF isnt the only school where people are dying to be laid to rest. There are reports of ashes being scattered around this giant oak tree on FSUs campus.

The interest in campus cemeteries spawned legislation allowing schools to build columbaria to house the ashes of alumni. FSU Freshman Lonnie Prior grew up watching Seminole football. This fall hell play for the Noles.

Ive always been a fan and just to be buried here, that would be cool, said Prior.

FSU Senior Adriana Sekula wants to be buried with her family, but says housing dead fans on campus could increase school spirit.

I think its exciting. I dont think we would be Gators or Seminoles without that kind of support, said Adriana.

Alum Mark Delegal spent some of the best years of his life at the University of Florida. He never misses a home football game, and is considering spending eternity on campus.

I do plan to be cremated, Im not quite sure Im ready to say Ill have my urn put over there, but its as good of an idea as I have heard, said Mark.

And if school spirit can outlast death, diehard fans may soon be dying for a spot near their favorite stadium. The University of Florida is reviewing plans to build a columbarium on campus. FSU has formed a committee to research the idea.

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