December 3, 2001
In "Austin Peay: The First 50 Years," Charles Waters writes that "it was a sad day on campus" when a tree near the bowl in front of Harned Hall died. Why was the tree's death so deeply mourned, and what was said to have caused its death?
In the '40s, girls weren't allowed to sit in the car with young men bringing them home. And the porch of Harned Hall was well lighted. So it was difficult to manage a goodnight kiss. Couples went behind the tree to say their goodnights out of the view of the dormitory supervisor. The tree's death was said to be the result of the "heat of passion" generated over its roots.