CSU, Chico News

The 20th Annual Pumpkin Drop – Noon on Halloween

Date: 10-24-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
David Kagan

Get in the Halloween spirit as the Society of Physics Students at California State University, Chico presents the Twentieth Annual Pumpkin Drop at high noon on Wednesday, Oct. 31, on the south side of Butte Hall.

Legend has it that Galileo Galilei demonstrated his Law of Falling Bodies by climbing to the top of the Tower of Pisa so that he could drop a large ball and a small ball at the same time. Both balls hit the ground together, and his law was demonstrated.

Physics students will re-enact this great moment in the history of science, using pumpkins. The character of Albert Einstein will be the master of ceremonies while Aristotle, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton will all be there to explain their theories of gravity.

As a special 20th anniversary treat, David Snyder and Ben Catching, the originators of the pumpkin drop, will be on hand to throw out the first pumpkins. For a grand finale, the event presenters will use Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies to drop pumpkins in time to the cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

“We promise you a smashing good time!” said David Kagan, advisor of the Society of Physics Students.

For more information visit the Society of Physics Students Web site, or contact Kagan at 530-898-6259.