This year marks the 12th birthday of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band’s (LSJUMB) mascot: the Tree. After a week of treehouse building and naked guitar strumming, computer science major Calvin Studebaker ’15 beat out two other competitors to become Stanford’s next Tree, a role he has embraced with gusto since taking the reins from Nicoletta von Heidegger ’13 in February. The Daily sat down with Studebaker to get the scoop on his Tree Week tryouts, as well as what he hopes to bring to the table come football season next fall.
The Daily sat down with Mike Samuels, newly crowned Stanford Tree, at the CoHo for a brief interview. With several bandaged battle wounds, he looked understandably harried from the last week, but seemed content and grateful to have been selected as Tree.
Stanford prides itself on diversity, and maybe that is why we should respect this year’s Tree for “what it is” –it broke away from the mold of the coniferous evergreen redwood Tree of the last four years. But although we have had unique Trees in the past, such as a palm tree, I find this year’s deciduous tree to be more cringe-worthy than some of these past creations.