From Charles Milhauser's upcoming book "Cornell College: 150
Years from A-Z":
As Francis Macmillen began his 1915 May Music Festival recital,
Buddy, a large collie, bounded on stage and enthusiastically expressed
canine affection for the violinist. Macmillen had made friends with
the dog while rehearsing in the home of Buddy's owners. The stagehands
tried frantically to entice Buddy away. Finally his mortified mistress,
herself a violinist, succeeded. At the 1949 Festival, Metropolitan
Opera baritone Mack Harrell was singing "Trottin' to the Fair"
when a brown mastiff trotted onto the stage. The terrified accompanist
kept his foot on the pedal, his hands on the keyboard, but lifted
his body off the piano bench in awkward readiness to flee. After
a few minutes, the dog, apparently not liking the song, disdainfully
President Updegraff had a German shepherd named Thor, who daily
accompanied him to his office in College Hall. Before going home,
Updegraff would roll up his personal mail in a newspaper, tie the
bundle, and give it to Thor, who would proudly trot home with it.
The students routinely tried to snatch the bundle from Thor but
never could catch him.
English Professor Clyde "Toppy" Tull's dog, Gaberlunzi,
a name Tull said meant "beggar," amazed visitors to the
Tull home between 1928 and 1941 because, whenever asked, he would
remove a particular book--Mike Flannery on duty and off by Ellis
Parker Butler--from the shelf. If the book was not in its usual
place, Gaber would search until he found it. Perhaps the dog favored
this book because it contained the stories "Just Like A Cat"
and "Fleas Will Be Fleas."
Education Professor Dorothy June "DJ" Newbury doted
on her dachshund named Sagebrush Jane, part of whose tail was missing.
On one of their walks across campus in the 1960s, Sagebrush was
proudly sporting a new knitted red sweater that seemed to DJ the
epitome of canine haute couture. Along came French Professor Eugene
Elkins with his miniature poodle, Babette, tarted up in a mink coat
and rhinestone collar. DJ got her revenge by issuing invitations
in French to Mlle Sagebrush Jane's next birthday party and not including