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‘Ship of the Desert’ Temporarily Docks in ‘Land of the Wildcat’


When April Fool’s Day lands on Hump Day, there’s really only one way to mark the occasion: bring a camel to campus! Orchestrated by the Wildcat Events Board and obtained from Animal Rentals Inc., “Eli” the camel was ridden by 250 people (and photographed by many more) during a four-hour caravan stop outside the Hager Lifelong Education Center. WEB incorporated the attraction into its Wildcat Wednesday series, held to inform the college community about its varied sponsored activities. While not a common sight for the area, especially on the day after an early-spring snowstorm, the event brought smiles to students and employees heading toward a long holiday weekend. The novelty was enough to attract WBRE-TV, which aired a brief report Wednesday evening.

– Most photos by Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographer; others provided

Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics, and his favorite mascot appropriately show that they're good sports.
Scott E. Kennell, director of athletics, and his favorite mascot appropriately show that they’re good sports.

Enjoying an encounter not usually associated with northcentral Pennsylvania, pre-dental hygiene major Alexandra D. Petrizzi, of Langhorne, takes the camel for an apres-snowstorm stroll.
Enjoying an encounter not usually associated with northcentral Pennsylvania, pre-dental hygiene major Alexandra D. Petrizzi, of Langhorne, takes the camel for an apres-snowstorm stroll.

Yup, you guessed it.
Yup, you guessed it.

Student Activities' Allison A. Bressler (right) enjoys the ride, while her co-passenger, Career Services' Dana R. Suter, registers her preference for smoother transport.
Student Activities’ Allison A. Bressler (right) enjoys the ride, while her co-passenger, Career Services’ Dana R. Suter, registers her preference for smoother transport.

An exuberant Wyatt E. Fink, a culinary arts and systems student from Cogan Station, takes a spin.
An exuberant Wyatt E. Fink, a culinary arts and systems student from Cogan Station, takes a spin.

A trek through the LEC grasslands
A trek through the LEC grasslands

Youngsters from the Dunham Children's Learning Center high-five the Wildcat ...
Youngsters from the Dunham Children’s Learning Center high-five the Wildcat …

... then get friendly with an accommodating Eli.
… then get friendly with an accommodating Eli.

A furry photobomber, ready for his closeup
A furry photobomber, ready for his closeup

With the Centennial mosaic as a backdrop, students enjoy blue skies and an imminent respite from classes.
With the Centennial mosaic as a backdrop, students enjoy blue skies and an imminent respite from classes.

Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, join in the fun.
Kimberly R. Cassel, director of student activities, and Elliott Strickland, chief student affairs officer, join in the fun.

A no-hands daredevil
A no-hands daredevil

Lingering rooftop snow is no match for the goodwill of students having fun.
Lingering rooftop snow is no match for the goodwill of students having fun.

Gathering a crowd outside the Keystone Dining Room
Gathering a crowd outside the Keystone Dining Room

Something to tweet home about
Something to tweet home about

Eli continues his rounds, prompting smile after smile.
Eli continues his rounds, prompting smile after smile.

 

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