Lucia Strojnik is a 21-year-old senior in communications.
As a nature enthusiast and environmental activist, I disagree with the author’s claims that these trees need to be removed.
Trees are considered to be one of the foundations of life. Not only do they intake carbon dioxide and chemically process it to create oxygen, but they offer shade to students who want to experience their beauty. Whether it be studying outside or relaxing under some shade, this is the reason why trees were placed on the campus to begin with.
Initially, the Bradford pear trees were planted for their ornamental beauty seen in annual blossoms, lasting no more than a few weeks.
The idea that the lack of social activities is largely due to the presence of these ‘smelly’ trees is an unsound argument in reasoning.
With CSUN’s sprawling campus, there are many locations in which student events may take place.
With CSUN having one of the most diverse numbers of trees on its campus compared to other universities, it would be a mistake to eliminate an aspect that has made the school standout against its competitors.
And those who are fighting for the removal seem to forget the current financial woes impacting all educational institutions.
It is hard to predict what funds could be used to unnecessarily eradicate them.
Although there has been some controversy surrounding the placement of these trees, there should be no action taken towards plants whose peculiar smell welcomes us at the beginning of every spring semester.
After decades of their presence, why do we want to destroy the beauty that brings life to our campus?