By Raina Panarese
Back in the late ’90s, there was a student named Stinky Pete. When Pete moved here from Vermont, he was ordinary, but his mind and personal hygiene were forever altered after he unintentionally poisoned himself with amanita muscariamushrooms. He caught a beaver up in Trapper Creek and brought it back to the city to keep as a pet. Pete hosted wild parties off campus to show it off, and I remember seeing Pete’s beaver scurry behind the couch where I was sitting. After Pete released the beaver unharmed, beavers became permanent residents of University Lake.