Star Trees lighting hiatus intended to give trees time to recover from stress

by University Communications,

To ensure the continuing health of the Star Trees — especially those on the windward north side — Willamette will take a hiatus from the traditional Star Trees lighting.

According to the Office of the President, the trees are healthy but showing signs of stress. The grounds team has expressed concerns about the cumulative effects of light installation and the use of heavy cabling, which may cause damage to the trees during winter storms. The hiatus is intended to give the trees a respite and time to recover.

An effort is underway to identify alternate locations on campus for an opportunity to gather as a community, together with local alumni and friends, to celebrate the season. Updates will be reported as they become available.

The lighting ceremony will still begin with a holiday dinner in Goudy Commons and end with a free concert in Smith Auditorium on Dec. 6. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

The Interfraternity Council, a group of students representing fraternities on campus, will accept donations of coats and clothing during the lighting ceremony to benefit people in need.