Photos: Students deface 1970s wing of EMU in Sledgehammer Sayonara

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Students gather in the courtyard of the Erb Memorial Union on Thursday May 1 to bid adieu to the 1970s wing in a Sledgehammer Sayonara.

The celebration included paint balloon throwing, spray painting and students taking a sledgehammer to the courtyard steps. EMU based student groups facilitated the event by passing out spray paint and white paint suits as well as collecting waivers.

KWVA emceed the event and provided music for passersby to enjoy.

A Cat Excavator demolishes a portion of the EMU courtyard steps to end the event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

A Cat Excavator demolishes a portion of the EMU courtyard steps to end the event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

University of Oregon second year grad student and architecture major Ben Loeliger slams the sledgehammer onto the steps of the 1970s staircase. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon second year grad student and architecture major Ben Loeliger slams the sledgehammer onto the steps of the 1970s staircase. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon freshman environmental science major Austin Mahar climbs up a pole to spray paint on a pillar in the EMU. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon freshman environmental science major Austin Mahar climbs up a pole to spray paint on a pillar in the EMU. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon senior Scottie Proctor spray paints a red line onto the concrete steps. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon senior Scottie Proctor spray paints a red line onto the concrete steps. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

University of Oregon freshman Spanish major Brennan Warren uses red spray paint to paint the side of the 1970s staircase. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon freshman Spanish major Brennan Warren uses red spray paint to paint the side of the 1970s staircase. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon senior advertising major Joseph Alfano break dances to the music playing in the EMU amphitheater. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon senior advertising major Joseph Alfano break dances to the music playing in the EMU amphitheater. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

An Erb Memorial Union construction worker walks through the courtyard prior to the start of the student sledgehammer portion of the event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

An Erb Memorial Union construction worker walks through the courtyard prior to the start of the student sledgehammer portion of the event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Three Oregon freshman walk down some courtyard stairs to ensue in the spray painting. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Three Oregon freshman walk down some courtyard stairs to ensue in the spray painting. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

A balloon full of paint broke through the window after being slingshotted from the courtyard. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

A balloon full of paint broke through the window after being slingshotted from the courtyard. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Two Oregon students participate in spray painting symbols and art on an EMU wall. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Two Oregon students participate in spray painting symbols and art on an EMU wall. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon senior advertising major Joseph Alfano uses spray paint to write on the EMU railing. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon senior advertising major Joseph Alfano uses spray paint to write on the EMU railing. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon sophomore chemistry major Alani Estrella sits on the steps of the 1970s staircase after spray painting. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon sophomore chemistry major Alani Estrella sits on the steps of the 1970s staircase after spray painting. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon junior Mitch Burbank spray paints graffiti on the second floor of an EMU balcony. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon junior Mitch Burbank spray paints graffiti on the second floor of an EMU balcony. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

An Oregon student sledgehammers the EMU courtyard steps while participating in the demolition event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

An Oregon student sledgehammers the EMU courtyard steps while participating in the demolition event. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior environmental economics major Natalie Zglobicki writes "TUPAC is Alive" on the ground of the EMU walkway. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior environmental economics major Natalie Zglobicki writes “TUPAC is Alive” on the ground of the EMU walkway. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior creative writing major Tammas Hicks spray paints a work of art with red, orange and white spray paint. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior creative writing major Tammas Hicks spray paints a work of art with red, orange and white spray paint. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior creative writing major Tammas Hicks spray paints on the glass windows of the EMU. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

University of Oregon junior creative writing major Tammas Hicks spray paints on the glass windows of the EMU. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

Oregon landscape architecture senior Shelby Meyers spray paints the words DJ Shellshock from an EMU balcony. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

Oregon landscape architecture senior Shelby Meyers spray paints the words DJ Shellshock from an EMU balcony. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014 . (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)

The 1970s steps of the EMU sit shattered after students took a sledgehammer to the stairs during the start of the demolition process. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

The 1970s steps of the EMU sit shattered after students took a sledgehammer to the stairs during the start of the demolition process. The Erb Memorial Union puts on the Sledgehammer Sayonara to kick off the demolition of the 1970s wing of the EMU in Eugene, Oregon on May 1, 2014. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)

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