Fairfield University has pulled the plug on the student produced Fairfield Wrestling Federation, and many students are outraged.

There have been quite a few injuries and the show was canceled after concerns about the safety of the show following a report from the health center, according to James Finnegan, ’02, the show’s producer. Ham Channel officials were away on a conference and unavailable for comment.

“I don’t think it’s dangerous, we take precautions,” said Finnegan. “I feel as producer my responsibility is to outline the merits of the show. It’s not just about kids getting together and fighting it’s also a teaching tool on how to use equipment and gets new people involved in the Ham Channel.”

The cancellation of the show left much disappointment at the Ham Channel. There were many plans for the end of year including a live show, according to FWF participants. FWF is the longest running show in Ham Channel history.

“I find it ironic that a university that has apathy running rampant decides to cancel a show that actually garnered a legitimate response from students and generated a refreshing campus buzz,” said Ross Ajemian ’03 and “Kid Dynasti” from FWF. “But I guess the university is content with being apathetic and indifference to student run activities.”

“I was initially upset after the cancellation of the show, but I could see where they were coming from, from a liability standpoint, said Finnegan. “I’m disappointed they didn’t contact anyone involved in the show about their concerns before they acted.”

University officials could not be reached for comment on this issue at the time The Mirror went to press.

“I didn’t watch it all the time, but from time to time I did turn it on,” said Laura Orozco, ’04. “It just seemed like a few guys having fun, beating each other up. It’s unfortunate that it was canceled.”

Other students disagree on the merits of the show. “I never watched it, nor would I ever,” said Dora DeNardo, ’04. “It is dangerous and definitely a liability for the school. I’m amazed it was approved in the first place.”

FWF previously aired on the Ham Channel, channel 64, on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9:00pm to 10:00pm. Since the decision was passed down, the Ham Channel is not allowed to air any shows or make any new ones.

“The problem was with individuals getting hurt, and what’s done is done,” said John Marini, ’02. “It would be ridiculous to say that airing old tapes would be harmful, but most concerning is how the administration hasn’t even attempted to really settle something with them. They just issued a mandate, and that was it…no more FWF.”

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