Our Grand Oaks sitting on Toomer's Corner.
The events of last week have left me sad and depressed. As all of you know, a man allegedly put 600 times the lethal dose of Tiburon, a defoliant, on the two Auburn oaks at Toomer’s Corner. Of course the news jumped on the fact that the man professed to be an Alabama fan and that he allegedly admitted on a national radio show to doing this heinous act a week after the Iron Bowl. I have seen accusations flying on the internet – Auburn and Alabama fans quick to point fingers at each other for all kinds of bad things. I say ENOUGH!
Toomer's Drugstore, an Auburn tradition (best lemonade in the world) which sits opposite to the oaks.
I cannot look at my dear friends, Jean and Stephanie, and accuse them of this reprehensible act just because they are Alabama fans. They are wonderful, loving people who do not have one ounce of malice in them, certainly not to harm something! The same goes for all Alabama fans, except for this one troubled man. I have repeatedly said that this act is NOT representative of the Alabama fans that I know. We cannot blame everyone who wears crimson and houndstooth. No acts of retribution will save our trees.
My sadness comes from my memories of these tall oaks. Sitting under them, studying, talking to friends and then watching my son do all the same things. Our trees are a tradition to the Auburn family and this act is like killing two of our family members. They are over 130 years old and have done no harm to anyone. I keep asking how someone could do this. They still stand proud and strong but for how long? Maybe they will be saved but there is little hope. We, as a family, cling to that hope.
My son in his cap and gown under the Toomer's oaks.
Alabama and Auburn have come together to try and provide some way to save our trees. In the spirit of the good people of this state, we must all join together against such despicable acts – we are all the same except for the colors we wear. We must not let one bad person taint our grand rivalry and reduce it to a war. We will not allow this! Auburn has set up a fund at www.ocm.auburn.edu/news/oaks_fund.html. Alabama has also set up a fund at www.facebook.com/TideforToomer’s. If you wish to speak out against such a crime and help us save our oaks, please donate something. We may not be able to save them but we will certainly give it an Auburn try.
I say from the bottom of my heart ROLL TIDE AND WAR EAGLE!!!!!
"Tiger" flying before an Auburn game. One of our traditions.
By Cheryl Crisona, AU Graduate 1980