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Every Auburn person knows Toomer's Corner. It's the intersection of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, marking the point where the town meets the University. Over it are two enormous old Oak trees that are over 100 years old. And, whenever anything good happens in Auburn, the tradition is you roll the trees. This was an old tradition when my parents were at Auburn in the 70s; I believe it stretches all the way back to the 50s.

Well, this year, some asshole going by the name of "Al from Daleville" poisoned the soil around the oak trees. They used a dose that may be as high as 60 times the lethal amount - not that it would take much to kill century old trees. And while Auburn's (nationally renowned) horticulture department are working hard to save them, even they admit that there isn't a whole lot of hope.

It's so sad. From about November of 2002 until I graduated, I walked or biked under those trees every class day, going from where I worked up on Magnolia down to campus for class. I can't even think about what an Auburn campus would be like without those trees shading the entry way...
 
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