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News - February 21, 2014

Around Town

TREE WEEK HAS ARRIVED ... Every year, young Saplings vie for the once-in-a-lifetime glory that is serving as Stanford University's unofficial mascot, the ever-energetic, dancing and smiling Tree. A whole week, dubbed "Tree Week," is dedicated to the process and took place this week in order to select the Leland Stanford Junior Marching Band's 2014-15 mascot. Prospective Trees are expected to prove themselves through zany, creative stunts throughout the week. There are only four main ground rules: no fire, no electrocution, no serious bodily harm that would result in a trip to the hospital (even if the candidate chooses not to go) and nothing illegal. Past antics have included a naked guitar performance, game of milk pong, singing spoof rap songs ("Lean Like A Tree") or turning one's self into a human bird feeder. This past Monday (opening day of Tree Week), two Saplings — sans most of their clothing — were spotted rolling a giant, wheeled three-tiered pink paper cake, topped with an inappropriately shaped toy.

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