AUBURN -- The student government associations and student leaders of Auburn University and the University of Alabama announced Wednesday at Toomer’s Corner a joint venture billed as an expression of renewed unity after an Alabama fan bragged on a talk radio show last month that he poisoned the corner’s two oaks, where Auburn fans celebrate significant football victories.
SGA presidents Kurt Sasser of Auburn and James Fowler of Alabama described the project planned for both campuses and how they hope it will create a permanent and visible representation of mutual respect for the rivalry between the two schools. Both student governments will plant two sister trees on each campus as a symbol of the shared bond between the two schools.
“Coming generations will remember our respectful rivalry and the common values that bind our two universities,” Sasser said. “Moving forward, I cannot think of a better way to do so than a joint project between our university and Alabama.”
Fowler added, “Although we were terribly disappointed by the vandalism, we’re excited about working with Auburn to underscore the honor of the Iron Bowl. I know this joint venture will be a lasting monument to our rivalry for generations of students, alumni and fans to come.”
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The trees will be planted at locations that will be determined by student leaders and administrators at both campuses.