Mike The Tiger Should Stay On LSU's Campus

LSU's Mike The Tiger Lives Better Than Most Students At LSU, So Leave Him On Campus

This is all he knows.


Since 1936 Louisiana State University has had a live tiger mascot on its campus. LSU also has a state of the art habitat for our beloved tiger mascot, as well as a nationally praised veterinary medicine school right on campus. That being said, one would think, "wow this tiger really has it made, right?

That is how LSU fans everywhere feel. For us to have a live mascot in a multi-million-dollar habitat, and to be completely praised by students, vets, and fans everywhere — we would never do him harm.

For example, in 2016, Mike VI passed away. How did he die? Not from abuse, neglect, or anything of harm, Mike VI had cancer. Something that is completely natural for both humans and animals. After his diagnosis, Mike VI was thoroughly treated by both LSU veterinary school of medicine, as well as Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center. Yes, you read that correctly, a real-life tiger was treated at a human hospital. If this doesn't scream love, I do not know what will. Mike VI was treated like royalty during his life on campus, his treatment, and after his passing.

We (LSU) now have Mike VII (although he is our eighth tiger) on campus and as I am writing this, it is his 2nd birthday! Mike VII has lived a flourishing life since moving to Baton Rouge and has received nothing but love.

Recently, though, a petition was started by animal rights activists with a 40,000 signature goal in order to remove Mike VII from his home on our campus. While the petition was started over a year ago, it is quickly regaining steam, which is an issue.

Nothing about Mike's living situation on campus is harmful to him. His habitat undergoes maintenance weekly, he is well-fed and has top-tier medical treatment if/when needed.

Of anything listed above, what screams "REMOVE MIKE" to anyone??? The fact that he is a live tiger? Yes, he is, and a spoiled one at that. Mike VII is treated with the importance, love, and care that he deserves. Never in this history of live mascots has a single one needed to be removed or given away due to lack of resources, or poor care.

But say, by some strange chance, Mike VII is removed from our campus. Do these people who chose to sign the petition expect him to go to a zoo where chances are he would be treated horribly compared to how he is treated on campus? Or even worse, releasing him into the wild where he would potentially fail. He has never had to hunt or fend for himself, so what says he would be proficient in that aspect in order to survive in the wild.

Regardless of your viewpoint, the fact of the matter is, Mike I - Mike VII have all been treated like royalty as a member of the Louisiana State University family... why change that now? Mike is home, leave him there.

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50 Things to Do When You're Bored and Completely Alone


For people like me, spring break is a time where you come home and have absolutely nothing to do. You're parents work all day and you're either sibling-less or your siblings have already moved out. Most of your friends are on the semester system, so your breaks don't line up. You're bored and completely alone.

Although while being alone sounds boring, sometimes it's nice to just hang out with yourself. There is a plethora of unique and creative things you can do. Netflix marathon? That's overdone. Doing something productive or worthwhile? You do enough of that in school anyway. Whatever the reason is for you being alone, I have assembled a list of unique things to do to cure your boredom.

SEE ALSO: 50 Things To Do Instead of Finishing Your Homework

  1. Have a solo dance party.
  2. Teach yourself how to do an Australian accent (or any accent for that matter).
  3. Learn how to play harmonica (or any instrument for that matter).
  4. Buy an at home workout DVD.
  5. Bake a cake (and eat the whole thing for yourself).
  6. Take a rollaway chair and ride it down the driveway.
  7. Paint a self-portrait.
  8. Plant some flowers in your backyard.
  9. Become a master at air-guitar.
  10. Perform a concert (just for yourself).
  11. Write a novel.
  12. Become an expert on quantum mechanics.
  13. Give yourself a new hairdo.
  14. Knit a sweater (if you don't know how, learn).
  15. Make a bunch of origami paper cranes and decorate your house with them.
  16. Make homemade popsicles.
  17. Reorganize your entire closet.
  18. Put together a funky new outfit.
  19. Make a short film.
  20. Try to hold a handstand for as long as possible.
  21. Memorize the lyrics to all of your favorite songs.
  22. Create a website.
  23. Go on Club Penguin and troll a bunch of children.
  24. Become your favorite fictional character.
  25. Become your favorite animal.
  26. Practice your autograph for when you become famous.
  27. Create a magical potion.
  28. Learn a few spells.
  29. Learn how to become a Jedi.
  30. Put the TV on mute and overdub it with your own voice.
  31. Make paper hats with old newspapers.
  32. Become a master at jump roping tricks.
  33. Create music playlists based on random things, like colors.
  34. Find a chunk of wood and carve something out of it.
  35. Find something that doesn't have a Wikipedia page and create one for it.
  36. Create a full course meal based on whatever's in your kitchen.
  37. Teach your pet a new trick.
  38. Take a bunch of artsy photographs.
  39. Make a scrapbook.
  40. Learn a bunch of new words and incorporate them into your speech.
  41. Try to draw the most perfect circle without using a compass.
  42. Make your own board game.
  43. Memorize some poetry well enough so you can recite it.
  44. Build a fleet of sailboats and float them in your bathtub/pool.
  45. Write a song.
  46. Practice picking locks.
  47. Make a drum kit out of random household items and play it.
  48. Draw a tattoo on yourself.
  49. Give yourself a new piercing.
  50. Figure out the meaning of life.
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Things I Miss Now That I'm Home From College Again

There are so many reasons to be glad that the school year is over, but if you've done it right... there are a lot of reasons to miss it too.


So, school is over now and I've come home. As expected I was so relieved at first. No more showering with flip-flops, no more listening to screaming girls running up and down the hall, and a space that is mine and mine alone. But after a week or so of being back, there are a few things I've already started to miss.

I know that not every single person has the ideal roommate but I got really lucky with mine. Coming home I was excited to have my own space, but now when I'm doing my midnight scrolling, I'm realizing that I miss being able to talk to her about the funny things I see in that very moment. Tagging, DMing, and texting her doesn't feel the same as a long night of giggles spent together.

Also, while seeing old friends when you get home is amazing, and there is always a lot to catch up on, you do start to miss your other friends too. Being in college means that your friends are going through similar things as you are all the time. You have tests together, clubs together, and sometimes you spend way too much time procrastinating together. The bond you begin to form is one you definitely begin to miss - especially when you guys don't live close off of campus.

Coming home also means you don't have a set schedule or at least not immediately. You may come back to a previous job and that puts something on your calendar, but the free time you still have during the week can be a little too much. I know I've spent way too much time obsessing over the Tati/James drama than I ever would have at school. The routine I had at school kept me busy and entertained, and I'm honestly missing it a lot right now.

There are a lot of other things to miss too - even things you thought you wouldn't. You miss the classes, the teachers, and sometimes the food. I know I miss the environment. It isn't a perfect one, but it's full of people just trying to find their way. We are all working through the roller coaster of life and we are all stuck on one beautiful campus together while we figure it all out. I miss meeting new people at the bus stops or running into old classmates and catching up.

I guess the bonus for me is that I just finished sophomore year which means I have more time to spend at school. Come senior year, I guess I'll have to learn quickly how to deal without the things I miss - and also create a schedule so I can travel to see all of my friends, but those are all problems for future me.

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