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    Toomers Corner

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ToriAllenPR, a 2008 graduate of Auburn University, drove from Atlanta Saturday to say one last goodbye to the two poisoned oak trees at Toomer's Corner. She was there as fans rolled the trees in toilet paper one last time following the spring football game. Rolling the trees in toilet paper is a post-game celebration tradition. The trees were cut down Tuesday. Read more here.

    'The trees were always constant when I was in school and they definitely symbolized the Auburn family and pride, so I felt I owed it to them. A lot of people I know didn't want to go because they wanted to remember them as they used to be, not the shell they are now. But I didn't want to rob myself of the memory of saying goodbye.

    She said the university had a band that played all throughout the night and blocked off the area 'so it could be one big block party.'

    The oaks weren’t just rolled after football games, she said.

    'Any time someone wanted to celebrate anything, they were rolled. Presidential elections, when classes were cancelled because of a hurricane, graduation, weddings, anything. The trees symbolized a place to celebrate your joy, whether it involved a sport or not ... It's something special to see people of every age -- infants to elderly -- finding glee in tossing toilet paper around, screaming our cheers and singing the fight song.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    On April 20, 2013, the Auburn family was invited to wish the beloved Toomers Oaks a final goodbye before being torn down on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Though it should have been a deeply emotional and heartbreaking event, Auburn University did an incredible job to make the environment jovial and more of a celebration than a funeral. Thank you Toomers Oaks for the memories from my undergrad days and please know you will be missed. War Eagle.

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