The Life of Mr. Bur

Mr. Bur is approximately 45 years old, which makes him a very young man in Oak-years. Oaks typically live to be 200-300 years old, with some reaching 400 years old! Despite his young age, Mr. Bur has been around for some very important events in American history, and he always enjoyed listening to the Dickinson students discussing them on Morgan Field.

Mr. Bur was born in the ’70s, which was a very exciting time in campus. In 1973, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, which generated a lot of excitement and discussion on campus. The campus was delighted when Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first woman Supreme Court justice in 1981, but saddened after the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff in 1983. Everyone on campus had their eyes on the Soviet Union in 1987 when Ronald Reagan called for Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” and open up Eastern Europe to¬† political and economic reform. Mr. Bur was very saddened to hear of the massive oil spill caused by the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, and he really worried for all of the wildlife up in Price Edward Sound.

The 1990s were a very turbulent time for the U.S., and Bur Oak Dickinson’s campus was buzzing with political debates and discussions. In 1992, Desert Storm is launched to drive the Iraqis out of Kuwait, which leads to a lot more problems in the Middle East down the road. The Cold War finally ends in 1992, but this triumph is overshadowed by the L.A. riots following the death of Rodney King later that year. In 1993, (the year Micki was born), the World Trade Center is bombed, causing a lot of anger and sadness among Dickinsonians. Tragedy strikes again in 1995 when news breaks of the Oklahoma city bombing, and in 1999 after the Columbine High School shooting. Mr. Bur and the rest of Dickinson mourn the loss of those bright students.

September 11, 2001 brought shock, disbelief, anger, and sadness to Dickinson at the very beginning of the new school year. Mr. Bur has never seen such sadness on campus. Shortly after the attack, the U.S. and Britain launch air strikes against the Taliban, and the Iraq War begins in 2003. Hurricane Katrina slams into Louisiana in 2005, and is the most costly hurricane on record. In 2007, more than 30 students are murdered in a mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Mr. Bur is very saddened by this event especially because of the love he has for Dickinson, and he cannot imagine what that school is going through. In 2008 and 2009 the U.S. experiences an economic crash, which has a huge global fallout. In that same year,. the U.S. elects its first African American president, Barack Obama.

In 2010, ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ is repealed, and many Dickinson students are very excited by the news. Also in 2010, gay marriage and adoption is legalized, which is celebrated on campus. Hurricane Sandy rocks the Northeast in 2012, which affects many Dickinson students from that area. The heartbreaking Sandy Hook shooting took place in 2012, and more than 20 children ages 6 to 7 were killed. The following year, in 2013, there is a bombing at the Boston Marathon. One bomber is killed, the other is arrested and charged.

Mr. Bur has seen many sad events in his life, but he has also seen such great promise in the students who graduate from Dickinson College. Mr. Bur is very happy to have been planted at Dickinson, and is looking forward to spending the rest of his long life at Dickinson.




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