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Oh look, the University of Iowa is in the news again. This story, like the previous two (here and here), also has an element of humor to it, although a bit more lighthearted. We’re checking the Q1 budget now to see if it’s a worthy endeavor to open a satellite office in Iowa City. Really need to stay wired in up there, apparently.
Two real life Elmer Fudds doubling as University of Iowa student athletes “have been suspended from the team after they were arrested for illegally hunting rabbits on campus. Officers found the two in Hillcrest Residence Hall and discovered rabbit skins in Meyer’s dormitory.”
Athletic director Gary Barta said Wednesday that freshmen Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan were arrested Tuesday by campus police. Barta says they used BB guns and air rifles during the hunt. Barta says both were suspended indefinitely and will face disciplinary action through university and athletic department policies.
Meyer and Ryan each admitted to hunting with friends on campus using air rifles, which typically discharge pellets or BBs. Each explained that they went hunting Saturday and again Tuesday because they wanted “to make hats,” according to criminal complaints filed against them.
The two wrestlers killed an undetermined number of rabbits and planned to use the skin to make rabbit hats. Yeah okay, now I get it. When I first skimmed this story I thought they were just being rebels, just kids, probably a drunken excursion one Saturday night to see if they could pop a couple bunnies and evade the campus 5-0. Those hats are a good look, though. Panty-droppers are what we used to call them back in college when I was rockin’ one. Just making stratties squirm with sexual anticipation.
We’re curious to know if the campus’ anti-rabbit hunting regulation adheres to the same “guilty by association” punishment practices as the Greek life. The whole wrastlin’ program could take the fall for this one.