The Colonel spends spring break coordinating the prank, and the group convenes once everyone is back on campus. Miles suspects that the Colonel has spent so much time working on the prank so that he won’t have to feel like he’s failed Alaska again. As long as they are able to find a stripper—and convince Miles’ dad to cooperate—they decide the prank will work.
To the Colonel, the expert planner, the prank is a chance to redeem himself in Alaska’s eyes. While he may have failed to keep her safe, he will not fail to keep her spirit alive.