Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

April 1 officially designated "Squirrel Day" at WU

SquirrelEnough tree squirrels run around campus that administrators have been thinking: Why not recognize them officially?

Over the course of the spring, a task force outlined a new holiday program at Willamette to recognize these furry campus characters. Each April 1, students will have classes canceled and staff will be able to use extra vacation time to relax in the Quad and watch the squirrels do their work. Student groups have long appreciated the natural ambiance the squirrels help to provide around campus, "so this is just a natural extension of that solidarity," said a prominent campus official.

If the first of the month falls on a weekend day, the preceding Friday will count as Squirrel Day.

A subsequent movement gathered support for the ducklings that cruise campus each spring, but no related programming has materialized so far.

We're a few days late for April Fools Day, but we can still play. April Fools.

(You might also wish to read some April Fools coverage from The Collegian. Look for a certain legendary Willamette grad from the 1960's.)