Shoe-throwing contest at Goodbye Bush Party canceled
February 4, 2009 1:13 PM
Shoes were not flying at The Depot yesterday evening, despite what the fliers scattered around the Cesar Chavez Student Center advertised.
The Goodbye Bush Party scheduled for 5 p.m. was cancelled, leaving many of The Depot's patrons a bit disappointed. The documentary film "Crawford" was still shown.
"We just happened to see the signs for the party today, and thought it would be fun to stop by and watch," Bill Schneider said.
Schneider and his wife, Mary, have been attending SF State events for the past 30 years.
"I thought the shoe-throwing contest was going to be really funny," Mary said. "Unfortunately, we arrived late and were only able to catch the last half of the film... I didn't get it."
The Depot manager, Alison Victor, said that the administration of the student center felt that the shoe-throwing contest might send the wrong message to students.
"I didn't mean for this to be disrespectful to any president. The shoe-throwing is now a pop culture reference," Victor said. "When I first pitched the idea, I got a very positive response from students. If there was something as pop culturally relevant on the Democrat side, I'd do that too."
Contestants would have thrown sand bags or crumpled paper, not actual shoes, and five winners would have received free copies of "Crawford," a film documenting the effect that George W. Bush's presidency had on his hometown of Crawford, TX.
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