Mysterious mewing leads
dean to find kitty mascot


The School of Communications wasn't seeking a mascot, but now has one that goes by the name Phoenix the Cat.

Dean Paul Parsons was in his office over the Memorial Day weekend when he kept hearing a cat meowing loudly. He assumed the cat was outside his office window, so the dean simply turned up the volume on the radio. But when the meowing continued for more than an hour, the dean went outside, followed the meows but couldn't see a cat.

Then he peered down into a grate and saw a white kitten about 15 feet below.

University maintenance workers retrieved the kitten the next day, and School of Communications administrative assistant Phyllis Phillips provided milk and food and arranged for a veterinary checkup.

The kitten was malnourished but otherwise fine, and now has both a name and a permanent home. According to Phillips, Phoenix has a good personality and enjoys batting around a plastic bottle cap as if in training to be a hockey player.



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