Extreme Alaska photos set to "Stand Around the Fire," used courtesy of
Fairbanks' own Will Putman.
When University of Alaska President Charles E. Bunnell founded the event
in 1923, he envisioned fires surrounding an historic gold camp setting
symbolizing passing the torch of knowledge. Students took a less reverent
approach, calling it "Starvation Gulch," passing torches and bottles to keep
warm, they annually seize the excuse to mingle and howl, basking in the
allure of man-kindled natural "neon" light.
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