If you’re an Auburn student who was walking to class today and thought you spotted a three-story, inflatable baby just chilling and sucking away on a pacifier outside Jordan-Hare, that’s because you actually spotted a three-story, inflatable baby just chilling and sucking away on a pacifier outside Jordan-Hare.
Widespread speculation apparently spread throughout campus, with students and casual onlookers wondering why this baby was sitting there. And from what I understand, there is no connection to the tweet I posted immediately after the Tigers took down Alabama in one of the most thrilling finishes to a football game in college football history.
Everyone in Auburn is getting pregnant tonight.
— Roger Dorn (@RogerJDorn) December 1, 2013
I was hoping that, because of me, this baby wasn’t set in place to serve as a reminder to students of the ever-present reality of unplanned campus pregnancies and to thwart a two-month-long trend of newly-sprung baby bumps in the dorms.
So what's up with the giant baby on campus…? pic.twitter.com/iXWbm77Uh5
— Brennan Hopper (@BrennanH16) January 27, 2014
Good question, Brennan Hopper.
Auburn officials have confirmed that the giant baby is in place to promote the Auburn University Dance Marathon, according to AL.com. The marathon will raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and the baby is to raise awareness that one in eight babies is born prematurely.
All proceeds raised at Auburn will go to benefit the children’s hospital at the Columbus Regional Healthcare System’s Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.
So far, AU Dance Party has raised $124,740 for its 2013 fundraiser, up from from $65,995 in 2012.
Kind said they will continue accepting donations until the very end of the dance marathon slated to conclude shortly before 10 p.m. Feb. 1.
Nice form, Auburn. Your gigantic baby landed on our radar, so it’s definitely garnering attention.
To learn more about the Auburn University Dance Marathon, or to donate to a great cause, CLICK HERE.
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