The tree came down, then it went back up. Now, a Christmas tree at the center of a Christmas controversy remains on the Springfield campus of Missouri State University along side a menorah.

Missouri State has several Christmas trees on campus, but this particular tree is placed in the building that happens to house the Religious Studies Department. Faculty had requested a meeting on how to honor all religious faiths. The tree went up before the discussion took place and a Jewish member of the faculty complained.

Discussions are on-going about how to create a display that will educate about different holiday traditions throughout the year.