Spookin': An Interview With the Black Cat

Veronica Brown '17

Associate Editor

Mysterious. Elusive. Furry. Chances are, you’ve seen the black cat spooking around Chapin Lawn, but how well do you know the cat behind those whiskers? We caught up with him to ask a few questions.

How did you end up at Smith?

Train hopping, actually. I had the little bindle — you know, the bag on the stick — and everything. One day I just hopped off in downtown Northampton and tried to find something to eat. As I sat under a lamppost next to Chapin, I knew I had found my new home.

What is your favorite spot on Smith’s campus?

Struggle Hill, which is what I call the hill from the Science Quad to Chapin because you students always seem to be struggling your way up it.

What is your favorite food?

Chipmunks, but I’m not above eating out of the dumpsters if the dining hall leftovers meet my standards.

How do you stay warm in the winter?

I try to stay nice and cozy in Chapin’s basement, under the laundry room. My fur coat also helps.

I heard a rumor that there were actually two black cats, but you guys never   appear at the same time. Is this true?

I can neither confirm nor deny this rumor. All I’m saying is that if you were another cat on this campus, you would be wise to watch your back.

Do you know the skunk that lives under the steps of Chapin?

Oh yeah, he and I go way back. He’s a pretty cool guy, if you can put up with the smell.

Do you ever think of settling down, becoming a house cat and maybe having some kittens?

Sometimes, especially when it’s really cold, moving indoors certainly has its appeals, but I’m still young and just enjoying my time in college.

Why do you run away when students approach you?

It’s just self-protection, really. Once I got close to a student, even let her pet me and give me treats, and then she went and graduated. She never even calls me anymore. I was heartbroken.

How do you feel about people who think black cats are bad luck?

Honestly, I feel like it’s just one big misunderstanding. If you have bad luck after I cross your path, I promise you, it was no fault of mine. Deep down, I love all you students.