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Flies In Campus Feline Fight

October 14, 1988

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ A university Academic Senate here spent 90 minutes wrangling over a decision to expel stray cats from the campus.

When some professors groused that the issue was not lofty enough for the senate’s attention, the cat fight began in earnest Thursday at California State University.

″I think this is not frivolous, I think it is paramount,″ bristled English professor Gerald Locklin. ″But not because of the cats. I am not a cat lover. Cats hate me. I add vodka to their water dishes, and they still hate me. I am not an animal rights advocate. I love bullfights.

″In the past few years, we’ve had a new era of collegiality here. The mutual respect has been glorious. But now I begin to hear contempt and this take-it-or-leave-it attitude.″

The expulsion decision by the campus animal welfare board was undemocratic and could result in a rat infestation, said Kathy Billing, a thesis reviewer.

″Our contention is the board made a resolution which it had no right to make,″ she said.

University Vice President John Beljan was unbending, and the stray cats must be gone by Nov. 28.

The board is required by law to set protocol for all animals on campus, including pets, Beljan said.

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