Stanford’s mascot is the color Cardinal. They were the Indians for a while, but in the early 1970s they switched back to Cardinal because Native American groups pointed out that the mascot they were using was actually pretty offensive.
The LSJUMB (Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band) decided to take matters into their own hands and came up with a bunch of new mascot ideas (this included things like the Steaming Manhole, the French Fry, and other things of that ilk). One of the options the LSJUMB came up with was the Tree, and it became so popular that the Tree became the school’s unofficial mascot.
Every year the LSJUMB has people audition to be the Tree, and each elected Tree has to make his or her own Tree costume, so each year’s Tree is unique.
Basically, it’s the greatest college mascot story ever.
In order to receive a PhD in Marine Biology, students at Stanford University must compose and perform an original whale song that is convincing enough to receive a response from a local orca pod.
I love you, Stanford.
jed lowrie, on jacoby ellsbury (boston.com)
ONUS. I love your vocabulary, Jedders.