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    On my first visit to Stanford for a football game in 1985, I was quite perplexed by the Stanford mascot. It looked like a Yuletide tree turned evil; like something out of a really bad 50's science fiction movie. I was told that it was, in fact, a tree. Their mascot had been the Indians, but Native American groups protested the use of "Indians" to represent a sports team. The story went: For one brief, shining, sports moment in the 1970s, Stanford changed its sports team mascot from the Indians to the "Trees." But soon afterward, they changed mascots again to "The Cardinal" (neither the bird nor ecclesiastical rank, but the color.) The Stanford Band has clung to the tree since then, and provided a Tree for sporting events to rally the crowd.

    Another group has raised its collective voice to protest this Tree mascot.

    Ents feel that the tree demeans their very existence. And I happen to agree with them. Click here for the protest story at bbspot.

    Click here for the official Stanford athletic department's version of the history of the Stanford mascot. Here is an excerpt. The Mascot: There is no official mascot at Stanford University. The "Tree," which is a member of the Stanford Band, is representative of El Palo Alto, the Redwood tree which is the logo of the city of Palo Alto. Since Stanford University and Palo Alto are almost inextricably intertwined in interests and location, it is a natural outgrowth of this relationship. The tree still exists and stands by the railroad bridge beside San Francisquito Creek it is the site where early explorers first camped when settling the area.

    "Tree Week", the evaluation process by which a new tree is named, involves some crazy audition requirements and seemingly dangerous stunts. Here is an interesting article on what type of mindset you need to become the tree.

    I went to Wikipedia for more information on the Stanford Tree, and ended up here at this article about the Stanford_Tree. It was only a stub, so I filled it out. A "wiki-watcher" took it from there and put in better information and links. Nice Job!
    Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 @ 10:57:46 UTC by BB
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