Circus appearance canceled by weather
SA votes 'no' to circus
A group of students stand in support of a resolution to end Circus Spectacular’s March 4 Convocation Center appearance due to animal rights concerns during Sunday’s Student Association Senate meeting in the Holmes Student Center’s Sky Room. The circus canceled its appearance on Tuesday, citing weather concerns.
By: Rachel Scaman
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The show will not go on for the Circus Spectacular, whose planned Convocation Center performance drew ire from some students and faculty members.
The George Carden circus visit — which had been set for March 4 — was canceled because of “inclement weather and travel conditions,” according to a Tuesday news release. A circus spokeswoman said there are no plans to stop by NIU in the future because it would not fit in the circus’ schedule.
Anthropology assistant professor Mitch Irwin created a petition in late January to cancel the Circus Spectacular because it featured animal performers. The petition had gathered more than 2,700 supporters by Tuesday evening, and on Sunday the Student Association Senate almost unanimously voted to release a resolution showing its opposition to the circus.
SA Senate Speaker Dillon Domke said he considers the cancellation not only a victory for SA, but for animals everywhere.