by Stephen S. Power
Before I introduce the provost, who will address the rest of your concerns, I just want to say, and with all due respect to the parents, I think you're missing the upside here.
For the past several years, my team has raised fish out of water. As much as I admire my colleagues at McGill who studied the birchir, they managed to do so for only eight months, and their fish lived in special tanks. Our fish, thanks to minimal funding, slosh around a muddy yard. Nonetheless, they mature early, they spawn repeatedly, and through careful husbanding the phase one generations developed increasingly sturdy walking fins. These fish have already added a great deal to our understanding of how the early tetrapods became adapted to land.
Yes, as was made clear last spring, their yard should have been enclosed by walls more flood-proof than those built from chicken wire and two-by-fours. For every fish, however, that was washed away, another dozen walked back to the college, their heads held high, wanting to do their part for science.
These are inspiring creatures. Who could blame us for continuing our work? And who hasn't thanked them for relieving the countryside of so much vermin? We owed it our fish to proceed to phase two.