What the Fight Between a Horse and a Cow Reveals About How Students See Their University

Sahalie Donaldson:

It all started when Mick Hashimoto arrived at the University of California at Davis for freshman orientation and smelled cows.

Hailing from a bustling city just outside of Denver, Hashimoto remembers being immediately struck by the strong stench rolling in from the UC-Davis Dairy, an on-campus animal facility that houses around 300 cows.

But as the year went on, what started as a somewhat undesirable campus quirk shifted to a point of pride for Hashimoto. The connection between the cows and the university’s agricultural roots resonated with him.