Today at 1:00 p.m. on the Church of the Holy Spirit lawn, Rev. Helen Svoboda-Barber will be available to bless all the pets of Gambier. It’s Saint Francis of Assisi day, and because Francis is the patron saint of animals, local residents will bring their furry friends by to receive a blessing for the coming year. Even if you don’t have a pet (which you shouldn’t unless it’s of the fish or small terrarium-dwelling types), you can drop by to have your stuffed animals blessed, or even just to watch all the other pets get blessed. Maybe some famous Kenyon Pets will be there!
They’re a Kenyon staple, but how much do you really know about the animals onto which you displace the love of your own pets? Behind the treats and belly rubs on Middle Path lies a dungeon of Darwinian hierarchy and savage morals. The Thrill editors, risking their lives and dignity, travel to the parking lot behind Farr Hall to bring you the scoop. (Get it? Like litter box scoop. It’s funny. Ha.)
Because of the College’s ban on any pets not of the small and scaly variety, students who miss their cats and dogs from home have few options besides attempting to make friends with Gambier’s cohort of occasionally friendly and possibly diseased feral felines. Professors, however, are allowed to have whatever pets they want, just because they live in “private homes” that they “own.” This week, we get to know four professors and their animal companions. Pictures and adorable animal facts behind the jump.