YOGYAKARTA - Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dr. Chairil Anwar, said the readiness to replace the losses caused by the appearance of a crop circle in Berbah, Sleman, if proven that it was made by students of the Faculty. Up until now, the perpetrators are still unknown. His office continued to investigate students one by one. "We try to find and investigate the person. We were in contact with the Head of study program and Chairman of the Mathematics Student Association to look for and contact other students. The difficulty is that we are still in the holiday season (of ollege)," he said.
In relation with the destruction of agricultural land due to the crop circle, Chairil firmly said he would replace the loss to the land owner. "If anyone had any losses, we will talk about it. If anyone had any losses, we will replace it," he said.
Chairil assessed the action on Sunday night is not criminal. Instead, it is a form of creativity which deserves respect. "I appreciate it. This is a creative activity," he said.
He explained that crop circles are part of installation art that combines knowledge of mathematics, computers, and media used in rice cultivation area. "In terms of symmetric (the form of crop circle), it is a math, only the media is a rice field," he said.
In relation with the emergence of the crop circle in Sleman, studentmagz.com publishes an alleged confession of a student of science in Yogyakarta, but it did not specify the identity and name of the University. Based on this information, many people considered that the student is from UGM. "It is very difficult to find anyone who writes this article. It's supposed to be the duty of Mr. Tifatul Sembiring (Minister of Information and Communication) to investigate it," said Chairil.
Contacted separately, the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Professor. Dr. Widodo, claimed to have contacted all the students who were still on holiday inside and outside Yogyakarta by phone and text message. However, up until now no one admited to have done it. "All had been contacted by phone and texting. Most of them are outside Yogyakarta. The answer is diverse. If done by our students, it's unlikely they would admit it, because Police already said they would file a suit," he said.
Some sources in the media also mentioned the perpetrator is a student of Mathematics class of 2008. Responding to this news, Widodo said he had already contacted approximately 60 students to make sure. However, the result is still nill. "We don't know whether it is really a math student or not, but it is our duty to accompany the students," he added.
When asked whether crop circles can be made using the knowledge of mathematics, the mathematician emphatically replied that it's quite possible. He said that crop circles can be created by using a form of mathematics of fractal geometry. "The desired form of crop circle can be made through the mathematics of geometry," he explained.