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September 07, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 141) • Page Image 27

…I COMMENTARY The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - Fall 2005 -5B * Squirrel huggers SAM SINGER SAM 'S CLUB OCTOBER 14, 2004 There's a reason I shy away from the squirrels in the Diag. It…

… and God knows what sorts ┬░of squirrel-on-squirrel debauchery. The room was ravaged. Hidden under a blan- ket of empty shells, the carpet and the once- orderly food corner were barely recognizable. Other…

… traces of foul play - from my com- forter to my keyboard - spread far and wide. Squirrel pellets, the last vestiges of the lavish banquet, had been peppered about the room. How they got in was unclear. The…

… room, equipped with four walls and a ceiling, had always appeared closed off to the outside world. What mattered was that they wouldn't be coming back. No squirrel in the right mind, I was told, would…

…, and the room was rigged with metal cages and rectangular sheets of super glue. It may have looked like a war zone, but it was squirrel- proof, and we slept easy. Cut off, the invaders grew sloppier and…

… insist on coming back? So I sucked it up and did some homework. It wasn't the most interesting research, but I think I found some answers. Did you know squirrels don't hibernate? It's the truth. Much like…

… harsh winters< that make the foraging and hoarding periods,i which typically take place in mid-to-late fall,s so critical. A successful foraging season willt strongly correlate with a squirrel's capacity…

Squirrel Club. Founded in1 2002, the organization boasts a member-i ship of more than 350. It convenes weeklyt (in groups of about 50) during warm monthsi and less often over the winter, to feed on- campus…

squirrel populations.c I know what you're thinking, and you're right: the act of feeding a squirrel, in-and-of itself, isc harmless. The problem comes, however, when the process is streamlined - in this case…

…, whenc fifty kids walk around campus every weeki showering squirrels with food supplements.I Though undoubtedly well intentioned, club gatherings may have profound impacts on the- behavioral patterns of…

March 10, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 94) • Page Image 17

…. This is certainly true. Where else in the world are squirrels show- ered with free gifts like they are on the Diag? This works out not only for the squirrels, who get free food all winter instead of…

… it's cultural show. Things don't always go the free candy way on the Diag for the squir- rels, though. One time when I was walking to Mason Hall, I watched a squirrel pause to open a candy wrap- per…

… black and white fur warns other animals to keep away. But aside from squirrels, the most important lesson I learned by far, -ithough, was that skunks are more likely to unleash their stench if you throw…

… from Alaska - is the 'wol- verine. But because the only wol- verines that are in Ann Arbor are stuffed and in cases, we are stuck .. Xwith the squirrel. The squirrels aren't all that bad - they even have…

… their own group on campus called the Squirrel Club, which was established to educate the community about the plight of x:..: ~the squirrels, and we all know that you haven't officially made it at the…

… .....}.<............. University until a group has been S~. established to educate the commu- nity about your plight. Everyone says that the squirrels that live in Ann Arbor are the most unique squirrels they have ever come across…

… having to stock- pile supplies like normal squirrels, but also for overzealous members of student groups, who finally have someone that can take their candy without the guilt of pretending they will attend…

…, which was just long enough for a hawk to swoop down and plunge his talons into the squirrel's belly full of Snickers. While I was both shocked and impressed to see the food chain at work, the greater…

April 12, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 117) • Page Image 4

… Associated Press. religion f' y RZ }ice. k, F. %' ALEXANDER HONKALA LMMINC [hRADE 01 Squirrel huggers SAM SINGER SAM'S ..B here's a reason I shy away from the squirrels in the Diag. It's not their unusual…

squirrel-on-squirrel debauch- ery. The room was ravaged. Hidden under a blan- ket of empty shells, the carpet and the once-orderly food corner were barely recognizable. Other traces of foul play - from my…

… comforter to my keyboard - spread far and wide. Squirrel pellets, the last ves- tiges of the lavish banquet, had been peppered about the room. How they got in was unclear. The room, equipped with four walls…

… and a ceiling, had always appeared closed off to the outside world. What mattered was that they wouldn't be coming back. No squirrel in the right mind, I was told, would chance a break-in with the space…

… rectangular sheets of super glue. It may have looked like a war zone, but it was squirrel-proof, and we slept easy. Cut off, the invaders grew sloppier and more aggressive by the day. Worse, our presence in the…

… homework. It wasn't the most interesting research, but I think I found some answers. Did you know squirrels don't hibernate? It's the truth. Much like us, they spend their winters rela- tively inactive…

…, which typically take place in mid-to-late fall, so critical. A successful forag- ing season will strongly correlate with a squirrel's capacity to accumulate body fat during the winter. It's a survival…

… strategy, and in an urban ecosystem like Ann Arbor's where provisions are scarce, it's one that requires total optimization. Enter the Squirrel Club. Founded in 2002, the organization boasts a membership of…

… more than 350. It convenes weekly (in groups of about 50) during warm months and less often over the win- ter, to feed on-campus squirrel populations. I know what you're thinking, and you're right: the…

… act of feeding a squirrel, in-and-of itself, is harmless. The problem comes, however, when the process is streamlined - in this case, when fifty kids walk around campus every week showering squirrels

April 14, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 119) • Page Image 4

… answer to all of the world's problems isn't a rally on the Diag or a march on City Hall, nor is it complaining or-writing a newspaper column or anything else so superficial for that matter. And since that…

…'m just being an asshole, you haven't been paying enough atten- tion. Not that I'd blame you. Hoard can be reached at j.ho@umich.edu. LETTER TO THE EDITOR iO Cdlunm st misunertad role, ben of Squirrel

… Club To THE DAILY: Sam Singer's article about the Squirrel Club (Squirrel Huggers, 04/12/05) is thoroughly inac- curate. The first problem with his article is its numbers: He says that our meetings…

… average 50 attendants, which they do perhaps twice a year, but more normallyabout 10-15 people attend (and perhaps five in cold weather). This is noth- ing near the roving band of 50 squirrel

…-feeding students Singer portrays. Numbers aside, the article misunderstands the University ecosystem and our club's purposes. All animals adapt to their surroundings when finding food. The squirrels on campus are…

… depen- dent on student garbage for food - who hasn't seen a squirrel rooting around a dumpster or trash can? Singer's point that squirrels fed by humans are in danger of lacking food during the winter is…

… unfounded, as trash is never absent from campus. However, the Squirrel Club does not like to see squirrels eating trash, and we instead supply the squirrels with a healthier alternative - unsalted peanuts and…

… sunflower seeds. Our efforts do not impact the squirrels' ability to survive: their well- nourished nature is shown by the much larger- than-average size of squirrels on campus. In a further effort for…

squirrel welfare, we deal with a significant number of injured squirrels every year, forwarding them;on to the properly trained animal-rescue staff. Addi- tionally, club members are currently involved in an…

… effort to combat the epidemic of squir- rel mange on campus, which is a skin disease treatable with antibiotics. Singer asks the club to "think of the squirrels." We do so now and will continue to. Jason…

September 29, 2005 (vol. 116, iss. 1) • Page Image 16

… animals in my neigh- borhood. TMD: Oh yeah? What kind of animals do you feed? R: Uh, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, muskrats ..., TMD: Wow, you've seen musk- rats? R: Yeah, you know, just anything along the…

… the fear back in Michigan squir- rels? R: "Students for putting the fear back in Michigan squirrels?" TMD: Yeah, I think they're too intimidated by the squirrels because they grow so huge. R: Students…

… to live in a place called Squirrel Hills, so I'm used to squir- rels of all sizes. TMD: Wow. R: I'm serious. I really did live in a place called Squirrel Hills. TMD: That's excellent. Did you ever…

…'re familiar with all squirrels, right? R: Well, I don't know that many squirrels. I know the ones in my backyard and the ones in- Squirrel Hill ... I used to know a few squir- rels in Arizona, too, in the Grand…

… Tetons, so I guess I know all the squirrels, too. TMD: That's impressive. All right, well look for this on Thurs- day. R: OK, bye. By Austin Dingwall t nowhere else but a college campus can you find…

… such a lash of architectural style trying to meld into a collective whole. When planned, these dis- tirctive buildings can act wonder- fully together. Anyone sitting on a shady spot on the Diag lawn can…

December 01, 2005 (vol. 116, iss. 40) • Page Image 3

… to be held for those affected by HIV A candlelight vigil will be held tonight on the Diag from 8 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the World AIDS week events to honor those people who are affected by HIV. CRIME…

… her car, DPS reported. THIS DAY In Daily History Man foregoes nap, decides to shoot squirrel instead Dec. 1, 1935 -Instead of napping after Thanksgiving dinner, Frank Shinledecker went squirrel hunting…

… took his gun along for his stroll through Pittsfield township. Reports are unclear whether the squirrel was the instigator in the incident, but when Charities benefit from fraternities' fun amng efforts…

April 19, 2005 (vol. 115, iss. 122) • Page Image 1

… air from drafting through the poorly insulated windows. The screens on the windows had gotten so bad that a squirrel managed to enter Fraumann's room, scratched him and woke mm up from a nap. "It was…

… Daily Staff Reporter For the 3 to 7 percent of students diag- nosed with Attention Deficit Hyperac- tivity Disorder, stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall may mean the difference between success and…

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