The danger of being reprimanded by both the city of Morgantown and the university is enough reason not to engage in any sort of pyromania for Carol Ann Funkhouser, the 24-year-old graduate student pictured next to Rogers with make-up inspired by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons.
"I've been going to school here for six years, and I haven't set anything on fire because the school is really strict about that; you can be expelled," Funkhouser said.
The penalty for setting a fire in the streets of Morgantown is punishable by a $1,000 fine and often restitution for the cost of services provided by the fire department under the provisions of a local malicious burning ordinance, Tennant said.
Any student caught setting a fire also must attend an administrative hearing before WVU's Office of Student Conduct. Punishments can include expulsion, suspension or probation, Tennant said.
Even Clutch Blog's favorable assessment mentions the couches that have smoldered in the streets of Morgantown streets over the years.
But Rogers and Funkhouser say the burnings are part of WVU's past and have not hindered their futures.
They both are about to graduate with master's degrees in public administration.
Another student in the photo, Maggie Smith-Shimer, went on a medical school trip to the Dominican Republic. The lone male member of the group, B. Jay Hatfield, aspired to be the Mountaineer mascot at one time.
Rogers was philosophical about the recent rankings and the incidents that led to them.
"We can't deny that it's something that we've done, but the main thing to focus on is that we're known for a lot of other good things, too, and have a lot of other great assets at the university, but that's just part of our identity," she said.