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R.I.P. to “bathroom tree”

Students spontaneously decorated a tree bringing joy to an otherwise stressful pre-exam week.

On, Monday December 11th a mysterious Christmas tree was placed in the downstairs main hallway bathroom. With no clue how it got there, Mount students started to cherish this small tree. In no time, the tree became adorned with fun little decorations, each representing a piece of Mount life. Students were quite taken with the tree on that magical morning, and when it was taken away, they had a lot to say.

Annie Gleba ‘24 says “I don’t know why they took it away because it was actually so cute and funny … it wasn’t harming anyone.”

Items on the tree included: a bottle of Midol, icebreaker mints, printed memes, tampons, and an inhaler.

During a rough week at school leading up to final exams, the tree was Mount’s Northern Star, guiding us through stressful times and eventually leading us to Christmas. Just as the Who’s in Whoville came together after their presents were stolen, the Mount banded together in support of their shining tree.

Gianna Scotto ‘24 said, “It brought us together. It was a sense of unity.” Many students agreed stating that the tree brought a sense of sisterhood to the week.

Our Grinch, Dean of Student Life, Ms. Beren, justified her actions asserting that a few ornaments were not in line with the Mount mission. However, she is open to the idea of the tree returning as long as it follows a few guidelines.

“I saw girls that otherwise might not talk to each other come together over decorating the tiny tree” Lee Quinn ’24 said.


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Carly Oniskey, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Carly Oniskey’ 24 is a senior at Mount Saint Jospeh Academy. She loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog! She is super excited to continue her career at The Campanile and can not wait to see what this year has in store!
Gianna Scotto, Staff Member
Gianna Scotto is a senior at Mount Saint Joseph Academy and is a returning member of the MSJA Campanile. She is also a part of the Firebirds Robotic Team, Book Club, ASL Club, and many other mount organizations. She also enjoys reading and art.
Lee Quinn, Editorial Cartoonist
Lee Quinn is a Senior at Mount and will be heading to Uarts soon. This is Lee's second year as a staff member. Lee is an avid music enthusiast and has eclectic taste when it comes to the arts. When Lee isn't Listening to music Lee is always trying to stay fresh on what’s happening around the campus to turn it into a comic or article. Lee likes playing video games and guitar and is a member of ASL, Robotics, and A4A.
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    adviserDec 13, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    To be fair, The Grinch was more anti-commercialism than anti-Christmas, and, among the colleagues, Ms. Beren is known to be quite jolly 😉

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the fun of writing this cheerful but cheeky article at our club meeting today—-watching you put it together made my day!