4/26/10


The boys and I spent Rutgers Day on College Avenue instead of going over to Ag Field Day, and I highly recommend this if you hate crowds and like shade-- we packed so many free events into four and a half hours that both kids fell asleep in the jogging stroller on the walk home: the highlight was a stage fighting demonstration conducted by some energetic and "angry" Mason Gross students, but they didn't do it on a stage, they did it on the lawn outside of the GSE, so though there was no "objective correlative" to the scene, it looked more realistic because of the setting-- it was ostensibly a clown fight, but then some stooges in the crowd dressed in civilian clothes-- a guy and his girlfriend, which made it even better-- started brawling as well, and a guy died from a knife wound six inches away from Alex, and during the whole fight Alex and Ian kept saying, "Now they're really fighting . . . I think this is real now . . . this isn't fake anymore . . . those clowns are fake, but those two, that is real, TOTALLY real."

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Igor said...

Rutgers Day fun for all - except goats

RUTGERS — A man tried to bring his pet goat to the farm-animal displays of the Rutgers Day celebrations Saturday but officials turned him away because they feared the spread of disease.

The year-old pygmy milking goat was not just any nanny. She was "Cocoa,'' a popular, horned fixture from the streets of Summit, where her owner, reproductive toxicologist Cyrus Fakroddin, takes her on walks around town, delighting the passersby, the neighborhood kids and the merchants.

"Hey, you have got to follow the rules. The man said no livestock,'' Fakroddin said,
shrugging as he walked with Cocoa away from the Cook Campus and the wildly popular displays of horses, sheep and pigs. He said he and Cocoa had been at the fete for 15 to 20 minutes when a man, who he believed was a school official, told him to leave.

"That's just asking for a problem,'' said Dr. Larry Katz, a dean of the department of animal sciences at Rutgers, saying Cocoa could have gotten ill from the Rutgers animals as likely as she could have spread something to the school's herds.

"It's a risk even when you think your own animal is healthy,'' said Katz, who said the legions of dogs at the "Ag Day'' celebration posed no threat.


Manuel and Moria Llinas of Princeton watched as their children, Silvio, 3, and Amadeo, 1, interacted with very pink and very wiggly piglets. "We heard about this from friends. It's fun,'' Moria said outside the Rutgers Swine-Farrowing House.


Students explained a "farrow'' is a litter of pigs, and "farrowing'' is to produce a
litter.

Rutgers Day is a combination of the traditional "Ag Day'' at Cook, then the 37-year-old Rutgers Folk Festival and what the school called "Engineering Day.''

Former New Jersey resident Paul Hassen, with the Washington, D.C., Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, applauded Rutgers for inviting in the general public. "It de-mystifies what a university does,'' said Hassen.

zman said...

Reproductive toxicologist? Is that someone who studies venereal diseases? Or someone who studies people whose delicates are toxic? I am more confused that normal.

Dave said...

i thought i was a reproductive toxicologist simply because i've created some offspring with my obviously toxic genes.

but even i'm smart enough to ask permission before i bring my goat anywhere.

how did you find THAT gem?

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