Couch burning is a touchy subject in West Virginia.
More often than not, it is a victimless crime. Occasionally, property damage can occur as a result, but usually the only result is a pile of ashes on the streets of Sunnyside—what was formerly the couch-burning mecca in Morgantown.
However, what many students see as a harmless pastime, the West Virginia leadership sees as an ugly smudge on the school's reputation. Recently, WVU bought up much of the Sunnyside neighborhood—to the dismay of students—and is going through the process of destroying and rebuilding the area.
It's a step in the right direction to try to stamp out this tradition, but in the end it will be about as effective as this public service announcement was.
In other words, couch burning will live on.
Whether the WVU brass likes it or not, couch burning is simply a part of the culture among Mountaineer students, and it has been for a long time.
It may seem crazy or extreme in the eyes of outsiders, but that's just it—Mountaineer Nation is a fanbase that marches to its own beat, on its own time.
Mountaineer Nation doesn't answer to outsiders.