Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ever wonder how the pumpkin gets on Main Hall every year?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:21 PM

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Well, wonder no more.

Indy photo intern Eric Oravsky happened to snap this image Sunday night of an unnamed prankster climbing Main Hall like it's some slab of rock in the Bitterroot.

If you're unfamiliar with this annual prank, Indy reporter Jessica Mayrer wrote about it last year in our Fresh Facts guide.

Every fall right around Halloween someone impales a pumpkin on the top of the University of Montana’s Main Hall. The tradition has been passed down through multiple generations of students willing to brave the steep climb to UM’s pointy clock tower spire.

Pranksters like to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, but the UM rumor mill helped law enforcement nab one culprit in 2004. According to UM Chief of Public Safety Jim Lemke, officers tracked the suspect through word of mouth and the climbing gear he left behind. The young man was a skillful climber who was charged with trespassing. Lemke, who has college-aged children himself, has spent part of his 10-year tenure at UM unsuccessfully trying to deter the fall rite, even threatening to position security guards or install cameras around Main Hall to spook would-be impalers. He’s had no luck, but does offer a word of warning: “It’s a long drop down. And you don’t bounce well on concrete.”

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