What has happened to the squirrel population in West Lafayette? As sad as I was to see the summer draw to a close, I had taken solace in understanding that my days would once again be graced by those little balls of fuzz scurrying around the mall. Since my return to Purdue this fall, I have been disappointed with the squirrels of the class of 2008.
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Are squirrels really just those cute little creatures we mistake them to be?
I walk onto campus every day and what do I see? Hundreds of the little vermin with their beady little eyes staring back at me, running around and lounging on the grass in the malls and under the trees. Eating granola and other snacks they have begged from students. I for one am very tired of these things being given free reign all over campus, and I think we should do something about them. I propose controlled hunts, like on game preserves, or maybe the introduction of natural predators into the environment, like wolves and dingoes, to take care of the little buggers.
Friday 3/03/2000 As I sat outside Knoy Hall engrossed in an enlightening article concerning animal rights and enjoying a bag of Chex Mix, I noticed a cute little squirrel at my feet perched on his hind legs, apparently begging for some of my snack. Realizing he was probably sick of dining on discarded peanut shells and cigarette butts, I reached down to give him some of my tasty treat. As soon as I did, the "cute little squirrel" pounced on me, clawing and biting, while his previously unnoticed cohort made off with my entire bag of Chex mix.
Purdue has the best college squirrels in the nation.
A squirrel wonders around snow-free lawn in front of Wiley Hall on Friday afternoon.
In response to the squirrel enthusiast from the Aug. 31 Letter to the Editor, I must say that I have mixed feelings concerning your letter regarding the underfed squirrel population in West Lafayette. I must concur with your assertion that the squirrels this fall seem to be rather small, and it is perhaps due to the recent increase in popularity of the Atkins diet. However, I cannot imagine that you would consider these squirrels to be inferior to the round fur balls of last spring. Different, yes, but not necessarily inferior to those squirrels which you and so many others (myself included) have grown to love. For example, never before have I seen squirrels on campus with as much energy or zest for life as I have this fall. While the fuzzy rodents of last spring were content to munch on nuts and generally "take it all in," these fall squirrels seem to embrace life and are willing to take risks. In the few short weeks that I have been on campus, two of the loveable gray creatures have jumped out in front of my bike causing me to stop abruptly or swerve. These squirrels are living life to the fullest and getting their thrills and adrenaline rushes, as well as trying new things. Even though they are small, they are bold. It seems to me that we, as students, need a mix of both types of squirrels on campus. I applaud and will try to adopt your decision to help the squirrels in anyway I can, but I also encourage you to see the beauty in all types of squirrels, whether they be round and fuzzy or thin and perhaps even scrawny.
I totally disagree with what Anthony Robertson had to say about killing poor innocent squirrels to benefit the environment by eating less meat. I am not sure how eating less meat would solve the vast array of environmental problems but it was a nice try.
To Sophia Voravong: take a joke, girl, loosen up. Kevin (Knight) and Mike (York) were just fooling around. I found their letters about our campus "pests" to be quite hilarious. What I read actually relieved some stress on my ever-hectic schedule. I hope you aren't this uptight all the time, dear just think about the real world; it's much more stressful than this "squirrel infested" campus.
A power outage occurred in West Lafayette today possibly due to a squirrel that crawled into a transformer. The power outage affected 2,463 homes according to Duke Energy's website.
A squirrel might have caused the power outage that affected nearly 2,500 homes.
As riveting as the discussions on controversial speakers and left vs. right wing demagoguery are, I have to interrupt and ask a pressing question: What happened to all the squirrels on campus? We used to be up to our necks in fuzzy woodland creatures. Now I only see at most two on my way to class. I blame the media!
I walked by a girl taking a picture of what looked like a tree on Wednesday. I joked in my head, “She must like trees?” As I turned to study the interesting tree, I noticed something more than my initial sight had clued me: there was a huge hawk standing on a squirrel!
Are there dog leash laws on campus? Recently, I saw an unleashed dog kill a squirrel, and the owner casually walked up to his dog, took the near-dead squirrel and threw it in the trash. He said that was the dog's second squirrel kill on campus that day. We all have opinions on hunting for sport versus hunting for food. Either way, I say if you or your dog kills it, eat it. Last, are there rules against killing campus wildlife?
I would like to offer a slightly different view on the squirrel condition here at Purdue. I am a hunter and I absolutely love squirrels. I couldn't think of a cuter animal to shoot. Their bushy tails and beady little eyes just melt my heart, but the benefits of eating that cute little fur-ball outweigh the benefits of merely looking at it. I came to Purdue freshman year planning to eradicate all of fuzzy-squirreldom and save hundreds of dollars on food, only to learn that it is unacceptable to carry firearms on campus. A baseball bat was my obvious second choice but that also proved inappropriate. With no weapons at my disposal, I've been forced to give up on my plan all together. Until now. A round squirrel is a healthy squirrel; a skinny squirrel isn't getting enough to eat. I, too, have noticed the abundance of skinny squirrels on campus this year. My solution: Open season.
I am flabbergasted at the Exponent's poor decision to print Andrew Lowe's incendiary and hateful squirrel slander (Letters, Tuesday). If possible, I'm sure squirrels would pursue all manners of libel and defamation litigation against Andrew "the pseudo-ninja vigilante and woman stalker" Lowe, but that is not an option. Squirrels are not granted the unalienable rights and fair trials that we take for granted in this love-it or leave-it country of ours. In fact, they are forced to exist as a second-class-species their entire lives. They scrape by on a living wage scavenging for nuts on our nut-bereft campus, endure prejudiced assaults on their good names and flee from the occasional drunken and overzealous student on the lam from Breakfast Club that just wants to pet him.
I am writing in response to a letter in the Wednesday edition of the Exponent. The writer made the preposterous claim that the opinions page of the Exponent has become too serious, and that it should focus more on so-called fluff issues. This is just silly. Fluff issues are not what really matter in today's society. I feel just the opposite. The Exponent is ignoring too many serious issues, and something I saw on the way to class today only enforces my point.
As it seems clear to me that neither the Exponent nor the Purdue administration intends to address the urgent issue of killer mutant squirrels on campus, it becomes incumbent upon us, the students, to educate ourselves about these fascinating yet deadly creatures. To that end, I propose the following precautions against killer mutant squirrel attack:
In response to Anthony Robertson's previous letter Oct. 1, "Squirrel meat solves problem of bovine beef," and on behalf of all the squirrels on campus, we would like to offer a few profound reasons why squirrels should never be considered a viable food source. Furthermore, we believe that squirrels should in fact become a more integral part of this campus community.
Apparently the opinions columnists at The Exponent have grown tired of Greek vs. non-Greek letters and are now asking for something new. Well, here is one student's opinion on one of Purdue's most serious and dangerous problems. Since the foundation of Purdue one thing has gone hand in hand with this University. That thing is a plague known as sciurus carolinensis, or the gray tree squirrel. For too long now this tree-living denizen has terrorized the students at Purdue University. From dive bombing them with nuts from the trees above to causing car accidents in the streets, these buck-toothed demons of the forest must be stopped. They have invaded our campus and are here to stay unless someone takes immediate action to end their reign of terror.
My name is Dustin Ballard and I am president of the Albino Squirrel Preservation Society at the University of Texas. Our goal is to promote squirrel equality worldwide, and we currently have 3 chapters: UT Austin, North Texas, and the University of Pennsylvania. The reason I’m writing is because our club would love to start a chapter at Purdue and further strengthen our fight to protect these rare and beautiful creatures. I would like to encourage any students interested in registering such a club to visit our website at http://www.geocities.com/albino12345 or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!
First I would like to say that I agree with Chase Jones view that the environment will benefit if we eat less meat (Letters, Sept. 24). However, I know many people will not give up their carnivorous diet. Therefore I suggest that we utilize an untapped valuable supply of meat. Yes, squirrels. They are abundant on campus and by using a trail of nuts I am sure we can capture them by the hordes and fatten them up. Sure, they are a bit small and their meat might be a little tough but think of the benefits. Producing one pound of bona fide squirrel meat requires a few nuts, zero gallons of water and zero gallons of gasoline. Since nature supplies these little guys for free, I say we start rounding them up and supplementing the dormitory and union cafeterias. If by chance the squirrel revolution does take hold, we can always rely on their smaller counter parts, chipmunks, when the squirrel hunting years are tough. Please, I implore you to do your part for the environment. Behold the power of squirrel.
Shirley Moore, spokesperson for Duke Energy, said the power is back for all customers who lost it this morning.
The Purdue Research Park, including the Herman and Heddy Kurz Purdue Technology Center above, was out of power for part of Tuesday when a squirrel got into a substation.