BOB '08

Name: Stanford Tree

A tree (with a dude inside) who represents Stanford University who goes to other California College campuses to rile up the students.

Some Davis freshmen ran around with their own home-made Stanford tree to advertise for the Davis vs. Stanford football game on Sept. 17, 2005 — which UC Davis won 20-17.

A Troubled Tree

On February 9, 2006 Erin Lashnits, the Stanford Tree mascot, was found to have a 0.157 blood-alcohol content during a men's basketball game. As the Stanford Marching Band was on alcohol suspension, and the tree is considered a part of the band, she was quickly relieved of her tree-wearing duties to avoid disciplinary action against the whole organization.

Then, on March 20, 2006 the replacement tree was ejected from the game "not leaving the court at halftime in a timely manner," according to this article.


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2005-07-27 00:28:41   Oh man during Picnic Day, I was heading to go play with the Band-uh (I had work that day) and brought a crapload of muffins and bagels to feed the Clarinet section, and the tree thing saw it and tried to jump me for it. My black apron, however, was too much for it. —AndreHarris

2005-08-03 21:06:54   Why does a tree represent Standford? —JimSchwab

2005-08-04 11:24:27   Check out the university logo:

2005-09-22 18:39:42   Oh man - JacobRoche beat that thing up once. Ask him about it sometime —GeoffJohnson

2005-09-22 21:02:23   Arn't they the cardinals? —CarlosOverstreet

2005-09-22 23:45:39   The tree was in my dorm building last May and it weirded a couple people out. I recognized the tree but it took me a while to remember about the game that was months away. Anyway, about the name: their sports teams are named the Cardinal after the red color of their logo. They used to be called the Indians from 1930 until 1972, after receiving insensitivity complaints from Native American students. —TomLangston

2005-09-23 09:29:23   The tree is their band's mascot, but it unofficially represents the whole school (kind of like how we're aggies, but our sports teams are the mustangs). —MonikaLin

2005-12-27 22:59:20   Well ACTUALLY... The tree is El Palo Alto (The Tall Tree), the namesake and symbol of the city of Palo Alto, where Stanford is located. Stanford's mascot USED to be the Indian head, but in the 1970's was changed to the more neutral Cardinal. —SteveDavison

2006-03-21 10:00:52   i thought cardinal was one of the school's colors? i'm pretty sure their mascot has always been that tree. —EmilyTung

2006-05-04 10:32:00   hey everybody! i dont go to stanford but got a presentation on the school so does anyone happen to know what the students there call the tree? —AmandaStone

2006-05-04 12:05:00   Clarification: The teams are the Cardinal (as in the color, not the bird). Their mascot is the tree. Kinda like how our teams are the Aggies, but we are represented by the Mustang. —AllisonEriksen