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Student suspended as Stanford Tree mascot over sign incident

It’s not straightforward being a tree.

The one that serves as the Stanford Tree mascot has been suspended after parading a banner that mentioned “Stanford hates fun” through the Cardinal’s match towards Arizona State on Oct. 22.

“Stanford has determined to droop the Tree for strolling out onto the sector final recreation with a sign studying ‘Stanford Hates Fun,’” the tree’s official Twitter account wrote Sunday night time. “Tree socials will be inactive for the next few months. See y’all soon.”

The scholar who wears the Stanford Tree mascot outfit has been suspended after carrying a sign that learn ‘Stanford hates fun.’
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A Stanford athletic division spokesperson confirmed the ban to ESPN.

“The students comprising the executive committee of the LSJUMB have suspended the Tree mascot due to a violation of the band’s policies and processes,” the college mentioned.

The banner was showcased throughout halftime, and the tree was aided by Arizona State’s Sun Devil mascot. According to the Stanford Daily — Stanford’s campus newspaper – the assertion got here in response to the notion amongst college students that the college is suppressing “social opportunities.”

An particular person who beforehand served as the Tree will take over as the group’s mascot till the suspension is over.

“Heyo, previous Tree (#43) here,” the tree Twitter account shared. “Some of y’all have been asking, so I’ll clarify that @lsjumb leadership reached this decision as per established Band policy. But don’t worry, I’ll be coming out of retirement until #44 returns in the winter.”

The Tree and Stanford’s marching band aren’t any strangers to suspension.

In 2016 the band was suspended for hazing, sexual harassment, and alcohol abuse. In 2006, two Trees had been suspended — one for getting ejected for dancing in an undesignated space throughout a NCAA ladies’s basketball match recreation, and the opposite was equally disciplined after her blood alcohol stage measured 0.157 throughout a males’s basketball recreation towards Cal.

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