Dahkota Brown ’20, a candidate for the Stanford Tree of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB), has been camping in a tent outside the Cecil H. Green Library as “Donald J. Stump” for the past week in hopes of becoming the Band’s first Native American mascot.
Camping out in front of Green Library for two weeks in a tent nicknamed “Mars-a-Lagunita”? Submerging at least one body part in water, again for two weeks? Spending the night in a tree in White Plaza? Willingly eating ghost peppers and mealworms?
Last Thursday evening, Senator Gabe Rosen ’18 and Emperor Palpatine met under the shadow of Memorial Church to settle their argument over the final ASSU Undergraduate Senate seat once and for all. In front of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band and a crowd of roughly one hundred onlookers, the two engaged in a fierce lightsaber duel over Rosen’s seat on the ASSU Undergraduate Senate.
This past February, Sarah Young ’17 found herself wearing high heels, rhinestones and leotards to class for two weeks (a homage to Beyonce), organizing a Nerf gun fight in the Main Quad, being carried around on a surfboard, and being approached by people wondering why she was sleeping outdoors every night in a see-through tent. It wasn’t the best strategy for blending in. But when Young decided she wanted to try out for Tree, the wild Stanford mascot that appears at sporting events and other events with the band, she knew she would have to get crazy.
The Band’s Tree, a relatively recent invention, is famous for its appearance, irreverence and status as Stanford’s unofficial mascot and as an icon of Stanford culture. However, the source of this mascot goes back to the 18th century and a 110-foot redwood named El Palo Alto.