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Tue., April 1, 2014, 8:41 a.m.

UI Giving Kittens To New Freshmen

This fall, incoming University of Idaho students will get more than their Vandal Cards on their first day. They’ll get kittens. UI is proud to announce the Feline-Undergraduate Relationship for Retention Initiative, or FURRI. This innovative approach – the first of its kind in the nation – seeks to help each first-year student adjust to college life with the help of a furry friend. “We ask our incoming students to care for each other. Adding cats to the mix will simply enhance this sense of community and shared responsibility,” says Felix Gatos, newly hired UI Vice President for Cats and Feline-Related Projects. “Plus, kittens are totally adorable.” New UI President Chuck Staben says he is excited to implement FURRI alongside the existing slate of new-student support programs/University of Idaho Argonaut. More here. (UI Argonaut photo: Sophomore Emily Rasch and her kitten Buster)

DFO: Of course, this is an April Fool's Joke.

Question: Wouldn't puppies be a better gift for incoming UI freshmen?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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