by Dorothee Kellinghusen, staff writer
For 190 years the twin oak trees next to Sunderland dormitory stood strong while events and every day life were happening around them.
On October 17 at 4:36 p.m., one of the twins came down. It had to be cut after it had died this summer.
The tree crew worked for days taking branches down and trimming the oak so that the massive tree would not hit or harm anything.
Emma Martin, a senior at Warren Wilson and part of the crew in her fourth year, was chosen to do the final cut.
Many spectators stayed to see the procedure to take the tree down. They guessed and took bets about the age of the oak which was assumed to be between 150 and 200 years old.
Martin and two other students counted the rings and came to an average of 190 years.