The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will allow the campus’s chapter of the College Republicans to plant nearly 3,000 American flags on a quad on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, after first prohibiting the tribute because of concerns about the quad’s irrigation system. But the chapter will have to put up $1,000 in case the irrigation system is damaged, The News-Gazette reports, and must plant the flags on the quad’s border instead of concentrating them in one area.
Before compromising, the university suggested that the chapter plant the flags in single cups filled with sand, but the chapter said it didn’t have enough money to buy 2,977 cups and sand to fill them. Chris Piper, president of the Illini Republicans, started a petition of protest, and the administration agreed to the compromise.
The club last planted the flags, each of which honors one victim of the 2001 attacks, in 2012. They sink about half an inch into the ground.