107-year-old tree cut down on academic quad

Julia Gianoulis, Contributing Reporter

A 107-year-old ginkgo tree was recently cut down on the Academic Quad, outside of Gibson Hall.

Michael Strecker, the executive director of public relations said the ginkgo was diseased, rotten and a safety hazard that had to be cut down, even after many efforts were made to save it.

Ginkgo trees are part of the Ginkgophyta phylum, a phylum of seed plants represented by one living species, Ginkgo biloba. This species is planted solely for an ornamental purpose. It can survive in an environment with polluted air and is usually found in cities.