Flashback: Quit Squirreling Around


Another sunny day on the University campus, and students engage in the gift of giving. This time, though, it’s with the campus squirrel community that provides students with lunchtime companionship. | 1970 The Daily Cougar

Squirrels are the unofficial mascot of the University and have been a part of this community for a long time. It is a well-established tradition — no, a rite of passage — to connect with and feed at least one squirrel. Walking to class or lounging on the grass, these furry critters abound; their dark, round eyes are too cute to resist.

They stalk mild-tempered, docile humans and hide in the shadows. When the squirrels see an opening — a moment to exploit unknowing bystanders — they launch their attack, begging to for food, love and attention.

Almost 33 years ago, on Nov. 14, 1980, Cougars were engaging in this tradition. The torch passes down from generation to generation, and human and squirrel continue to engage in peaceful cohabitation.
Feed a squirrel; keep the peace.

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