I'm sure that the bushes and pavement and tar, will look just so splendid for alumni near and from far.People are also questioning how officials allowed this to happen. Did UVM need the city's permission? Did it consult Burlington's arborist? Why weren't neighbors given a chance to weigh in?
Just think of the money that they will all give, as they stand in the place where the trees used to live.
The thing you forgot is that some alumni like trees,
and believe in their protection and aging with ease.
I hope this response will calm all your fears...,
this alumni won't be contributing this year.