Transition for Toomer Tradition

The end of one era is the start of another. Though Auburn University’s Tree Preservation Committee has made extended efforts to save the poisoned Toomer’s Oaks, the trees will be removed this spring. A specific date has not yet been announced, but the removal will be taking place within weeks after A-Day. The Oaks are not gone for good. The university is currently working with licensed companies to create keepsakes out of the trees that will be available for purchase shortly after their removal. The funds from these items will be put toward student scholarships for the university, and a special hangtag will accompany purchased items to designate officially licensed Auburn Oaks merchandise. There has been a good deal of buzz regarding Toomer’s Corner, but its true future will not be officially unveiled until A-Day weekend. A-Day weekend also marks a last opportunity for Auburn fans to roll the beloved trees. “Celebrate the Tradition” is a block party that will take place April 20 and serve as both a farewell to the Oaks and a welcoming of the new football program. Dr. Debbie Shaw, Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Auburn Alumni Association, is excited for the future of Auburn tradition. “It is a new beginning,” says Shaw, “It’s true, we’re losing the trees, but we’ve never lost the Auburn spirit.”