Wednesday, March 10, 2004The Tappan Oak, a large oak tree located between Haven Hall and the Graduate Library and traditional location of the annual Michigamua induction ritual has been vandalized, apparently as a protest to that organization's continued presence on campus. According to the Ann Arbor News, some suspects have been interviewed, but no charges have been filed. Until a few years ago, the oak was marked with a plaque with the Michigamua name, not unlike the small "Vulcan" plaque near the engineering arch. The marker was removed after student protest, although a small plaque near the side door of the Union identifies that area and its small fountain as "Michigamua Plaza."
" Tappan Oak Tree on Diag vandalized
University of Michigan police questioned five people early today after they were seen painting the Tappan Oak Tree on the Diag, officials said.
Officers responded to the Diag about 12:30 a.m. and found the base of the tree painted black, said Lt. Robert Neumann. The five people were found nearby and questioned but not arrested. The incident remains under investigation.
Officers determined the vandals used non-water-soluble paint and referred the matter to the U-M Grounds Department for cleanup. No damage estimates were available this morning, Neumann said.
The Tappan Oak tree is a prominent fixture in the Diag located between Tappan and Mason halls.
From News staff reports" (Source)
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