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Southern Polytechnic globe knocked off pedestal

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A state engineering university at the center of a controversial debate over school mergers is now at the heart of a whodunit. 

Someone toppled a ten-foot globe that sits right in the middle of Southern Polytechnic University the day after they protested a proposal to merge it with Kennesaw State University.

Police are looking into whether the toppled landmark is related to a student protest over a proposed merger.

Vikram Balakrishnan, a student at Polytech, said so far the protests have been peaceful.

"It could've been anybody," Balakrishnan said. "As a student body, it has given us a bit of a bad name."

Megan Clark doubted that the toppled globe was related to the organized protest.

"Honestly, this may have been an act of vandalism but it wasn't anyone affiliated with the movement against the merger," Clark said.

Balakrishnan hoped this was not the result of students lashing out.

"We are really disappointed, this goes against what we were trying to accomplish with the protest," Balakrishnan said.

A spokeswoman for the university said a storm toppled the globe a couple of years ago.

Police are looking into whether a weakened base may have caused the landmark to fall this time.

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