Friendly, fluffy faces got here out to welcome new and returning college students Tuesday, and no, it wasn’t Rufus. Rather, South Beach welcomed college students to a free petting zoo that includes alpacas, goats, geese, rabbits and extra.
The petting zoo, which occurred from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m. on Tuesday, featured a number of dozen animals of various breeds. This occasion was simply certainly one of a number of deliberate by the University Programming Council, or UPC, for Welcome Week. The council can be internet hosting a comedy present that includes Luke Null Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Baker Theater and a drag present starring Silky Nutmeg Ganache Friday at 7 p.m. in Baker Ballroom.
Bozeman Koonce, a junior finding out geography and the vice chair of artistic occasions for UPC, mentioned the petting zoo returned this 12 months after a profitable debut throughout final fall’s Welcome Week.
“I really liked the fact that it’s kind of a low-key event,” Koonce mentioned. “It’s not an event that you have to sit and focus on. Maybe you’re coming off a class, maybe you’ve just been overwhelmed by your Tuesday syllabus week, and you just need some time to think to yourself and be like, ‘It’s gonna be alright, I’m going to go down and pet an alpaca or a duck.’”
Koonce’s favourite animal at the petting zoo was an alpaca — a fan favourite. Constantine Nonno, a freshman finding out biochem pre-med, additionally loved the South American mammals.
“I love the alpacas,” Nanno mentioned. “They’re my favorite, they’re super fluffy. I think (the petting zoo) is just cool. I like seeing everybody come out and all the animals are really fun.”
Bailey Smith, a freshman finding out organic sciences, loved the petting zoo with a number of different college students and mentioned she significantly preferred the animals she hadn’t seen earlier than.
“I like the donkey and the fluffy chickens,” Smith mentioned. “I’ve never seen fluffy chickens before. There’s goats, it’s something interesting, especially the fluffy chickens. Like, it (the chicken) is so off-putting but in a good way. It’s nice, I like it.”
Smith has attended different Welcome Week occasions to get entangled on campus, together with an occasion selling Greek life. She mentioned she is getting accustomed to life at Ohio University, though she mentioned a few of the walks between lessons had been lengthy.
“The campus is nice, I like it,” Smith mentioned, “It’s just long walks and if you’re allergic to pollen, take an allergy pill.”
Nanno mentioned he has additionally attended a number of different Welcome Week actions thus far, together with the Party at Ping final Saturday at 6 p.m., which he mentioned have helped him assimilate to campus life.
“I like campus a lot,” Nanno mentioned. “I always thought it was beautiful. And I just like the whole community aspect of it, everybody’s always doing something together. I think it’s really nice.”
For college students trying to take part in Welcome Week, Koonce really helpful attending an upcoming UPC occasion.
“I, myself, have never been to a drag show,” Koonce mentioned. “And a lot of people in UPC have said that it is a very fun and interesting experience. And since, I’ve never been to one I’m like, ‘Why not just take the time since I’m in the club to go to the event that I’m supposed to be at in the first place.’ So I’m excited to see how that goes.”
Koonce mentioned UPC has free occasions for college kids all year long and encourages those that have an interest to maintain up with their schedule by way of UPC’s Instagram. The alpacas and goats seconded Koonce’s recommendation, though the fluffy chickens declined to remark.