You think college campuses aren't detached from the real world?
While people are slaughtering one another in Syria, as the global financial problem worsens, as drug lords in Mexico murder innocent civilians by the hundreds, while the Middle East goes up in flames fueled by Islamist hate, as our national debt rockets out of sight, starving children in Mali, floods in Bangladesh, malaria raging in Niger, nuclear armageddon threatened by Iran and North Korea, health care costs, gas prices, rising poverty, declining job prospects, Spain, Portugal, Greece ...
... a handful of old people in Blacksburg - with nothing better to do - and not giving two shits about any of the above - has decided that the most pressing issue facing the planet is the root system emanating from a clump of trees on the Virginia Tech campus that are threatened by cars parking on the grass above ground.
See "Stadium Woods backers arrested during protest."
"Root compaction." The scourge of the 21st century.
I hereby give up all hope that humanity is capable of saving itself from extinction.