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How to Buy Tree at Penn State

It was a sad day last month when Penn State was forced to cut down one of the majestic elm trees in front of Old Main. The tree, which had cast a shadow over Old Main for nearly 80 years, was infected by Elm yellows disease — a disease that has claimed nearly a quarter of Penn State’s elms over the last five years.

But the elm is not gone forever! Penn State announced that they will be selling pieces of the elm tree in various forms so that the tree will live on in the homes of (wealthy) Penn Staters. The first piece for sale — an artisan table currently listed on eBay for over $3,200 — will benefit The Reinvention Fund which helps fund sustainability efforts at Penn State.

If you have deep pockets and you really love elm, this one is for you. Otherwise, us regular folk will need to wait for Penn State to sell elm in a smaller, more affordable form.

Everyone knows: There’s nothing worse than overpaying for tree.

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About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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