'Wrecking Ball' pendulum removed from GSVU


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'Wrecking Ball' pendulum removed from GSVU

By Cassie Alsup. CREATED Sep 18, 2013

ALLENDALE, Mich. -- For one school in Michigan the Miley Cyrus song "Wrecking Ball" is hitting a little too close to home....or campus.

Grand Valley State University located in Allendale outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan had a wrecking ball of their own, until a few days ago.

The "pendulum" served as a school landmark, and often times, students would take photos with it, or go for a ride. But since Cyrus' video came out, the pendulum's popularity has skyrocketed. Once students started riding the ball naked the college decided it would be best to remove it. They did however blame it on investigating the "structural integrity" of the landmark explaining, "We've been reviewing this over the last couple of weeks, trying to decide whether we really need to look at structural integrity of the installation. We decided to have the ball removed and put into storage for now," said Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president of facilities services at GVSU Philly.com reported.

Whatever the reason, the student body did not take the removal of their prop lightly and have been doing "sit-in" like protests around the landmarks old home. They've even taken to Twitter using the hashtags "#Reinstalltheball" and "#GVSUWreckingBall" and stating that Cyrus should do a performance at the school and resurrect it.

Will Cyrus show up and save the day? Will the landmark come back?? Only time will tell.


Cassie Alsup

Cassie Alsup

Cassie Alsup is a native Knoxvillian and collector of all things nifty. Whether it's a unique recipe, a spoiler about the next episode of "Girls" or a video of a dog dressed up like a construction worker, nothing delights her more than sharing these gems with other people.