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Look Out Below! CSU, Chico Physics Students Present the 29th Annual Pumpkin Drop

Date: 10-13-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Society of Physics Students (SPS) will present the 29th annual Pumpkin Drop on Monday, Oct. 31 at noon on the south side of Butte Hall.

Popular with campus community members and local schoolchildren, the event is a theatrical reenactment of Galileo Galilei’s legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa experiment, but will explain newer developments regarding the theory of gravity.

Befitting the Halloween holiday, SPS students will dress as famous scientists. Albert Einstein will be the host and will introduce his friends Aristotle, Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton.

In keeping with the script’s references to modern physics, the music accompanying the dropping of the pumpkins has been updated for this year’s event, said Eric Ayars, a CSU, Chico physics professor and SPS adviser.

The Pumpkin Drop is open to the public. For more information, please contact Ayars at 530-898-6967 or the Department of Physics at 898-6259.