Thursday, December 08, 2005
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UA says "name that tree"

Things are even sillier at the University of Alabama. At least Auburn had the gumption to give its tree a name.

As the sun sets on the Capstone, simple white lights shine from a tree in front of the Rose Administration Building as workers assemble the final branches. But there's a mystery about the tree - it has no name.

Across the nation, debates rage about whether trees on public property should be designated as Christmas trees or as "holiday" trees, incorporating other religious holidays into the meaning of the tree.

The UA tree hasn't been named and won't be, UA spokeswoman Cathy Andreen said.

"If people want to refer to it as a 'Christmas tree' or as a 'holiday tree,' it's up to them," she said.