From today's Chronicle of Higher Education:
"Officials at Stanford University have fired the student who served as the university's bouncy tree mascot for boozing it up inside her costume. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Erin Lashnits, a 23-year-old biology major, was seen to be drinking out of a flask during a men's basketball game last week against the University of California at Berkeley. Tests found she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, and she was cited for public drunkenness. She apologized, saying she hoped the incident didn't hurt the Stanford band, which oversees the tree. A university spokesman later pointed out that 'the tree's movement is usually consistent with that of someone who's had something to drink.'"