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Ball State University Cuts Down 'Gum Tree'
Updated May 16, 2017 6:56 AM
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Photo of gum tree courtesy of Seth Slabaugh with The Star Press

(MUNCIE) - A tree at Ball State University that for more than a decade was decorated with used chewing gum has been cut down.

The Indianapolis Star reports students over the weekend discovered a stump on the Muncie campus where the "Gum Tree" once stood.

Ball State spokeswoman Joan Todd says the tree was removed to make way for a new "walking mall" that was approved by the school's board following public discussion. The project is designed to improve pedestrian and bike access through the area.

But over the weekend, the tree was chopped down. Students were distraught to see a stump where the tree once was.

Todd says it "certainly was not intended to upset anyone or be insensitive to anyone's feelings about the ... tree."

The "gum tree" stood as a weird tradition/form of art for more than a decade near Bracken Library on the west side of the Emens Auditorium parking garage. Essentially, it was a place where students could put their chewed up gum.

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