MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Ball State University students and alumni have been preparing for a battle to save their treasured "Gum Tree."
But school officials say there's no truth to rumors that the school intends to chop down the tree.
The "Gum Tree" is a honey locust on the west side of the Emens Auditorium parking garage.
The Star Press (http://tspne.ws/19v0j9o ) says students have been sticking their used gum on the tree to artistic effect for a decade.
The artwork on the bark includes string shapes and a large reddish glob resembling lipstick left by a kiss.
The university cut down a much larger honey locust just 20 or so feet away from the "Gum Tree" after it failed to leaf out and died this past spring.
The rumor apparently started on Twitter.