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Curious Canelo

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Nora Brust
Photo of Canelo receiving attention from students outside of school.

Photos depicting a beige cat hanging out with students have been popping up all over Millikan student Instagrams lately. This is not the first time a cat has been spotted on or around campus, so what makes this cat special? 

Stevie Sheridan, a QUEST junior, said, “He’s very social, always goes up to people passing by, looking for pets. He is very loving too, he will just rub against people looking for love.” 

This mysterious cat’s name is Canelo, meaning cinnamon, which fits his dusty fur color and sweet personality. It is his friendly and gentle nature that has made him such an interesting member of the Millikan community. 

According to his foster owner, Canelo moved into the Millikan neighborhood in March of 2023, and not much later he began accompanying his new humans to school. 

“He became a beloved feline celebrity among the high school students, captivating them with his playful character and irresistible charm,” they informed me. 

Photo of Canelo as a kitten, provided by his foster owner.

However, Canelo craves more than just attention from students, he has begun breaking onto campus!

 

Sarah Hopper, a COMPASS junior, said she saw him come onto campus on Monday, Dec. 18. 

“I was walking to my English class in the 200 [building] that morning and I saw him by the library,” she said. 

Security escorted him off of campus, but witnesses have reported him scurrying back on. 

Mika Walsh, a CSA, said, “We had one incident, where that lovely cat found his way here. We did what we could do to shoo him away, but for some reason, he keeps coming back like clockwork.” 

Despite not being allowed on campus, he still patiently waits for students to get out of school to receive an unlimited amount of attention. 

Canelo’s foster owner told me, “It was truly heartwarming to see the positive impact he had on these young individuals. Some students even admitted that Canelo had changed their view on cats, turning their previous dislikes into newfound appreciation and affection.”

 

He is helping the Millikan student body, one interaction at a time. Students have expressed their excitement about being in Canelo’s company. Cats are well-reputed for being aloof and anti-social, so Canelo’s special attention to the student body can have a positive butterfly effect throughout the Millikan Community.

 

He has even been spotted laying on backpacks while students sit in the grass stressing over homework. 

According to an article published by Cornell University, “A recent study that used university students (who are notoriously stressed) as subjects found that petting cats or dogs for 10 minutes decreased the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone) in their saliva. These findings are consistent with the notion that interacting with cats and dogs decreases stress.” 

Canelo has wiggled his way into the heart of the Millikan community, one person at a time. Although his stay near campus may be temporary, it is no secret that his impact will ripple on throughout the hearts he has touched.

If you want to see more photos of Canelo, check out his gallery!

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Payton Miller, Editorial Editor, Photojournalism Editor
My name is Payton Miller (she/her). I am a COMPASS Junior and this is my second year writing for the Millikan Corydon. Some of my favorite things to do are foster kittens, go to concerts, read, take photos, go camping, and sleep. I love animals and would like to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. I am super excited to continue writing and bringing change through this wonderful paper!

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    Elianni RodriguezFeb 29, 2024 at 11:08 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller, wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo” to recognize the curious cat following students in the Millikan community. This article highlights how familiar and comfortable the cat has become with the students and Millikan’s campus as well. There are pictures that show Canelo alongside students walking to school and even one of him entering the school library. I praise the author for including the positive outlooks on the interactions between the students and the cat. I also praise the author for including the benefits between these interactions such as the decrease of stress. I was surprised to know that Canelo has only been part of the neighborhood for a little less than a year considering how quick and comfortable he became with the students and the campus. One thing I’d suggest is including the opinions of the students and Millikan staff on what they think about Canelo and how he has impacted their lives. Overall, this article is very well written and very fun to read.

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    Mario OlivaresFeb 23, 2024 at 9:06 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo.” An article about a Friendly roaming cat that has found his way into the hearts of many Millikan students. I had not heard of this roaming cat before reading this article but after reading the article I would love to meet this furry friend. Personally, I am not a cat person but like many Millikan students, after reading the article I have found an appreciation for cats.
    I think the article did a great job of highlighting how fun and nice the cat is. I think it is cool how he interacts with the students from Millikan. It is unfortunate that he isn’t allowed on campus but I understand that for the students that are allergic, it may be a problem. I like how you related this to a study to show the positive outcomes of this interaction.
    Although I would like more pictures of “Canelo” interacting with Millikan students, the article was very well written and did everything I expected, great job.

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    Mikayla BrumbelowFeb 14, 2024 at 1:03 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. In this article Miller gives us detail on the new campus cat that has been around our school. It is said that the cat waits outside the school, or even comes on the school campus. Through the article, Miller gives us a description of the backstory and how it came to be the “campus cat”, which I believe to be a great part of this article. Also the inclusion of all the different accounts that have had or seen interactions with the cat is another great quality of this article. Though I do question why Canelo can’t stay on campus and why be shooed off if he isn’t causing any harm? The description of Canelo makes him very appealing and makes me really wanna see it. I would really like to hear more about Canelo’s adventures and see more of him in the future.

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    Cody EkbladFeb 14, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article called “Curious Canelo.” One thing that I would say that really got my interest throughout the article was the cute pictures of the cat now and the cat back when it was a kitten. Also how the cat is a part of our Millikan community and brings joy and belonging to the students here. There’s been many sightings and I have even had the opportunity to pet him. Although he is not allowed on campus he is not scared to sneak on to get some affection and we love that. One correction that I would have to make on the article would be to bring in the argument on how we should let the cat on campus as an opportunity of therapy to relieve stress because especially for me, fighting through junior year is definitely full of stress. And to wrap it up, one question that I have would be: Why doesn’t Millikan put money toward service animals to help with the stress of high school?

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    Arianna GarciaFeb 14, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    On January 31, 2024 Payton Miller wrote an article titled, “Curious Canelo.” In this article, Miller talks about the well known cat named Canelo that roams the campus. She very insightfully interviewed Canelos owner and gave us information about when Canelo moved into the neighborhood. Miller did an amazing job including vivid descriptions of the cat, the situation with him sneaking onto campus, and how he was escorted out on various occassions. She also did a splendid job with photos and went out of her way to link a whole portfolio of Canelo. “Curious Canelo,” was intriguing, relevant, and heartwarming. She incorporated a ton of pathos from the loving and friendly description of the cat into the adorable photos that instantly melted the heart of any cat lover. It was a great writing topic for the given audience and I would love to hear a follow up on what Canelo has been up to recently. This article has made me wonder, what are the steps we would need to take to make Canelo a welcome member of the Ram community?

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    Cameron FloydFeb 14, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. This article remarks the interesting situation of Canelo, a cat that is found to roam around campus, finding its way into the hearts of many students. Miller’s article discusses the various interactions between a variety of students and the cat Canelo who leaves a positive impact on every student he meets. While cats are known to be anti-social and aloof, Canelo effectively refutes these generalizations with his kind and friendly nature. The article also talks about a study conducted by Cornell University which states that subjects who petted a dog or cat for over 10 minutes experienced a reduction in cortisol levels, decreasing stress. I believe Canelo is a positive influence on students and his presence on campus allows students to feel more at ease. Canelo can provide an outlet for students who are stressed and need a device to relieve stress. I am extremely fond of cats and this article motivates me to meet Canelo one day.

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    Julianne BermudezFeb 14, 2024 at 11:24 am

    This article is a wonderful report about the appearance of a friendly beige cat named Canelo at Millikan’s school grounds. According to the writer, Canelo has made a significant impact on many Millikan students and teachers. The writer did an amazing job at shedding light on Canelo’s background and how he has repeatedly made his way on campus ever since. The writer continues to explain that there is both scientific reasoning and benefit behind this newfound positivity. She shares a recent study that had been conducted by Cornell University, which demonstrated that petting either a cat or a dog will decline stress levels in individuals. As an animal lover, I found this information very interesting! This information also helps to emphasize the impact of Canelo’s presence on the Millikan community. To add on, the writer did an excellent job of including a picture of Canelo as a kitten in the article. This beautiful picture was then followed by a quote from Canelo’s foster owner, featuring their perspective on Canelo’s impact on the Millikan community. By adding this particular touch to the article, it leaves a very heartwarming impression on the audience, allowing for the audience to stay engaged. Overall, I found this article to be a very fun read! I can’t wait to hear more about this wonderful cat.

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    Eva EsquedaFeb 14, 2024 at 11:04 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo.” This article is very well written, elaborating on how this small cat has grown to be part of Millikan! The cat has been spotted to interact with many students on Millikans campus. Though not everyone is the biggest fan of cats, after Miller spoke to Canelos foster owner, she found out that the perspective of cats on some students has even changed to impact their fondness of them. I love that Miller adds and connects the information she found in an article published by Cornell University. These articles connect to eachother because the studies expressed in the Cornell University article show that your stress levels can actually be decreased by petting animals like cats or dogs. This information really adds to Millers writing, as it doesn’t only state that the cat has found its way on campus, but how it positively impacts everyone around!

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    Louella KingmanFeb 14, 2024 at 11:01 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I really loved this article as well as the addition of a photo gallery attached to it. Canelo is such a cute cat! I’m glad someone wrote about him because a lot of students have seen him but don’t know his name or anything really about him. Thanks to this article, most students now know what to call him and that he is friendly. I can’t help but wonder why he likes Millikan so much and why he is so social in general. I have a cat and he is terrified of new people so it’s interesting to see a cat so comfortable with them. Miller did an excellent job telling Canelo’s story, as well as explaining why it is actually very beneficial for students to have an animal around. I think connecting this story to the psychology concept that animals help people destress was a great point to make. Overall, I really enjoyed this article and learning more about this silly little kitty.

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    Elizabeth TorresFeb 14, 2024 at 11:00 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote the article “Curious Canelo.” The article centered on the stories of Canelo, a cat most famously known by students for roaming around the Millikan campus. The most effective part of this piece for me was the range of sources Miller included. Starting with a variety of Millikan students like Stevie Sheridan and Sarah Hopper gives the target audience (the Millikan community) a look into what their peers say about the beige cat. The student body and the staff, like Mika Walsh, create the same effect among the readers. However, the part that created the most compelling sense had to be including Canelo’s foster owner. Most of the articles on The Corydon will quote Millikan’s peers and credible online sources, but finding someone outside the community with a close relation to the story truly made its impact. Miller still made it a point to credit Cornell University as an online source, to end the article on a valid statement.
    Not only is the article well written, but it is also a good change of pace. Most of the articles on The Corydon are very informative topics. This article feels like something not only the author can enjoy writing about but the audience as well can enjoy reading. For some, it may feel very enticing if they’ve had personal experiences with Canelo around campus and would want to know more about him, his foster life, and the Millikan opinion on the friendly companion.

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    Anna TruongFeb 14, 2024 at 10:59 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. Payton Miller writes an article about Millikan’s famous neighborhood cat, Canelo. Miller wonderfully describes the impact that Canelo had imprinted on Millikan students. Canelo lounges around and lives as he does, but doing that he helps destress Millikan students on their homework and tests. She provides evidence from Cornell University to back up her claim that cats like Canelo can destress people. She also interviewed some students on their interactions with Canelo which gives another perspective of students’ views and the effects Canelo has on the Millikan community. From what Miller said, some students changed their stance on cats due to Canelo’s calm and loving nature. Miller also interviewed a staff member of Millikan, Mika Walsh, a CSA, about the time Canelo made his way onto the school campus and wandered around. I like how Payton Miller added that “Canelo is helping the Millikan student body, one interaction at a time”, it shows how important Canelo truly is to Millikan students and staff. Overall, I like how Payton Miller wrote this article, and how she added little details about Canelo that many Millikan students like me would never know otherwise.

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    Adrian RamosFeb 14, 2024 at 10:58 am

    The introduction on the cute cat was enough to get me hooked and the quotes people have given about Canelo made me like the cat without ever seeing it myself. The jokes about campus security “escorting” the harmless cat off campus was funny as well as the statement that the cat was “breaking onto” campus. The pictures of both Canelo when he was a kitten and Canelo on campus were very wholesome and heartwarming and I am one hundred percent sure that everyone who clicked on this article couldn’t help but click on the link to Canelo’s gallery and found themselves sitting and looking at the cat for minutes on end. While it is funny and cute to have a cat on campus, I am glad Canelo is providing more than just love and cuteness to the school by helping students with anxiety calm down, even if it ends up being just by a small amount. This article can also bring the idea of having cute animals on campus to help bring the school’s community closer and help those who find themselves crushed with stress from their classes or outside school activities. The only possible problem to having this cute and furry animal on our campus is that he may pose a health risk to those allergic to cats and with cats leaving behind hair, I imagine students would have a hard time going wherever the cat has been before. Hopefully a solution can be found to this problem as we would all enjoy having more cats like Canelo on our campus.

    Sincerely,

    Adrian Ramos

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    Gabriela GutierrezFeb 14, 2024 at 10:57 am

    On January 31, 2024 Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. This article is written about a neighborhood cat named Canelo. Payton informs the community about how this cat has been welcoming himself onto the Millikan campus in which he finds a nearby student to give him attention and love. This article also gives us an insight of how Canelo has made such a positive impact on the community with his charm and friendliness. I like how Payton includes giving further information on the cat itself. Since she mentioned that he is being fostered, it can also allow him to have a chance to get adopted, maybe even by one of our fellow students. Now people are able to know his story and that they shouldn’t be alarmed if they see him wandering campus or the neighborhood. The inclusion of the small interactions students have had when they encountered Canelo on campus also allow you to see how sweet this cat is. Overall, Payton did a great job describing this sort of new encounter that people are experiencing with Canelo.

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    Zoe HuynhFeb 14, 2024 at 10:53 am

    The story was about a cat that has been spotted around Millikan. This cat, Canelo, interacts with students and sometimes can be spotted on campus. I enjoyed this article since it describes something that’s not common about school. I think it’s very interesting that Canelo comes to Millikan and hangs out with students sometimes. With this article, more people will know about Canelo and may even try to spot him around school. Some kids may even be looking forward to coming to school and seeing Canelo. While coming to school I have also seen Canelo crossing the street and sitting on the corner of the block. I also like that Miller mentioned a study showing the impact of petting dogs or cats and the relationship between stress. Petting dogs or cats can decrease levels of stress, so Canelo could help lower the stress on students when they come across him. Overall, this article was well written, very attention grabbing, and fun to read.

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    Ella BurlesonFeb 14, 2024 at 10:49 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. Miller does a great job of explaining how the presence of the cat came to be and how it has affected students and adults at Millikan. She opens the article in a very intriguing way that I can relate to, stating, “Photos depicting a beige cat hanging out with students have been popping up all over Millikan students’ Instagram lately” (para. 1). I have, in fact, seen pictures of this cat everywhere on social media, and this article helped me better understand where the cat came from.
    Miller has a great line of reasoning throughout her article as well. She introduces the topic, and then continues by getting multiple different pieces of evidence that explain the topic more thoroughly. Then, towards the end, Miller brings in outside evidence from studies that supports the idea that Canelo could help students get a more positive outlook.

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    Kailyn KhamkhensouvannFeb 14, 2024 at 9:21 am

    I was intrigued to see an article about Canelo the cat, and I am glad I got a chance to read it. The topic is simple yet interesting enough to captivate me throughout the entirety of the article. It has a lighthearted topic that makes for a quick and easy read through a use of varying English conventions, and with an appropriate tone that is both informative and alluring. The sources are diverse and relative to the topic, and I especially like the fact that the foster owner was contacted to learn more about Canelo. According to Miller, Canelo often enjoys coming onto campus despite being shooed away. Although it would be nice to learn more about where Canelo came from or why Canelo enjoys coming to Millikan, I believe that may remain a mystery. Despite this notion, I enjoyed learning about this “feline celebrity” I often see roaming around Millikan.

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    Brandon JanneyFeb 14, 2024 at 9:18 am

    On January 31, 2024, writer Payton Miller wrote an article titled, “Curious Canelo”, which is based on the cat that has been lingering around our Millikan campus. I myself have seen Canelo on my way to school and I’m always surprised by how calm and friendly he is. I always see students taking time to say hello and pet Canelo on the way to school and after school when I’m on my way home. I like how Miller incorporated thoughts of CSOs, and the foster owners themselves on what they think about Canelo and the way he socializes with the students here at Millikan. Many of my friends talk about Canelo and say how nice of a cat he really is. Me myself I’m not a cat person but Canelo has changed my outlook on cats as a whole. I enjoy seeing him everyday and I hope he stays for much longer and becomes a school mascot.

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    Ava ValadezFeb 14, 2024 at 9:18 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I have always loved animals, so this article was a must read for me. As I began reading, I realized that Canelo is the cat that I’ve been seeing on my walk home from school! This made the article an even better read for me, as it allowed me to get to know Canelo a bit more. I enjoyed learning some new things about this friendly cat, such as his name. Plus, after reading this article, I looked through “Canelo’s Gallery” and I thought it was the cutest addition to Miller’s writing. I also liked that Miller took the time to contact Canelo’s owner and talk about his “irresistible charm.” One thing I would have loved to see is more information about the stress relief humans get after petting a cat or dog for just a short amount of time. I find this topic very interesting. Overall, just from reading this article, I can tell that Miller has a deep love for cats because this was a very well written article.

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    Caroline GassFeb 14, 2024 at 9:15 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. This article is about a furry friend that makes special appearances on campus. It is a well described backstory of Canelo (the furry friend) and how he is impacting the kids on campus. It is mentioned that some kids changed their initial views on cats and that overall interacting with Canelo is positive. I’m really glad I got to read this article. If I did not stumble upon this article I would have not known about Canelo. Now I’ll probably keep my eye out to see if I spot him.
    Throughout the article Miller includes interviews from students and faculty, evidence of studies, and even encourages us to view more photos from a gallery. The whole article was written very well and was very engaging. In all, Miller did a good job with this article and hopefully we hear more about Canelo.

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    Raquel EscamillaFeb 14, 2024 at 9:14 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I loved reading this article so much because it has a very heartening vibe. I have seen this cat on campus and always wondered what his name was and where he came from. I love how Miller added pictures and statements from other students to show that Canelo is very friendly. I wonder why this cat seems to have such a liking for Millikan. I think Miller’s article is very helpful because I know that some people don’t like or feel nervous around cats but this article shows how loveable and playful cats can be. As a pet owner I love how so many people love this cat and haven’t had a bad experience with him. Canelo has connected people together just by being on campus. This article gives cats a really good reputation and I would always love to hear more about this cat.

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    Alyssa CFeb 14, 2024 at 9:08 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. The article writes about a neighborhood cat that has become part of the Millikan community. The cat named Canelo has touched the hearts of many students at Millikan with its sweet and curious personality. As someone who has seen Canelo while walking to school, it is nice to know more about him and learn more about how he likes coming around Millikan kids as Miller quotes from Mike Walsh, a CSA, “like clockwork.” At the end of the article Miller quotes a study from CornellUniversity. The study focuses on how animals reduce amounts of cortisol, a stress hormone, in student’s saliva. By adding this piece of information, it ties together the fact that when Canelo is laying around students while they are studying he could be reducing stress. I believe that most people would agree that a less stressed student population is better, meaning Canelo being a part of the Millikan community is good for the school.

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    Chloe StevensFeb 14, 2024 at 9:04 am

    I love this article so much because you can tell that the author is passionate about this cat and her topic in general. I especially appreciate how in-depth the article goes. Because the article is simply about a cat, one may think that there isn’t much to write about, but the author is able to go into great detail about the cat. She explains the cat’s name, the cat’s behavior, and the impact the cat has. One section of the article that was especially fun to read was the section where the author mentioned security escorting the cat off campus only for him to be “scurrying back on.” That paragraph had a nice feeling to it and invoked funny imagery, viewing the cat as a criminal of sorts. Another thing that I really liked in the article was the section at the end that mentions a study relating to animals and decreased stress. It was nice to see Canelo’s impact not only from anecdotal evidence but also being backed by a study. Overall, I enjoyed this article and thought it was a fun read!

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    jack brownFeb 14, 2024 at 9:03 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I liked reading about the cat that I always see on and around campus. In the article I also learned that the cats name is actually Canelo not Garfield. Knowing Canelo has a real home makes me feel better because i was just assuming he was a stray. Canelo is very friendly and sweet and the article accurately depicts that with the large cover image. Payton writes that Canelo is helping the student body one interaction at a time and I couldn’t agree more. My first interaction with Canelo was on my way to football game when I ran into him outside the front gate. I stopped and pet him for a while and i was thinking to myself “man I bet Poly doesn’t have a cat.” The data from Cornell at the end of the article adds to the positive impact Canelo has made on millikan. He has single handedly made school more interesting and less stressful.

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    Camila CortezFeb 14, 2024 at 9:02 am

    On January 31, 2024 wrote, Payton Miller an article titled “Curious Canelo”. Miller’s story captures the personality of the orange cat, Canelo, that hangs around campus. I like how she mentions his background and mentions his owner’s input on him. He has made a great impact on all students, teachers, and neighbors. Miller also mentions the impact petting a dog or, in this case, cat, can do to a person’s well being. Petting a pet can relieve stress. It is very important for Canelo to be around campus as highschool students are always stressing about school work. An amazing detail I like about this story is the link to the photo gallery about Canelo. That gives readers, who have never seen him, an idea on what he looks like and is like. Overall, this is an amazingly written informative piece about the friendly cat that is a part of the Millikan community.

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    Joana TerriquezFeb 13, 2024 at 1:13 pm

    Dear Corydon Editor,

    On January 31, 2024 Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. This article was heavily infused with many details of Canelos everyday activities when students attend school. Paytons inclusion of a picture of Canelo getting attention at the beginning of the article helps support the claim that she puts out about Canelo being a very loving cat and how he loves the attention that hes swarmed with when students interact with him. The usage of many details about Canelos interactions around campus truly helps the reader visualize the impact that he has on the people at Millikan. When including interactions that students have had with Canelo around campus and how they find joy in seeing him, it helps get the readers attention since she included another perspective. Although Canelo is simply a beige cat who roams around the neighborhood and occasionally makes his appearance inside of school, he’s slowly become apart of Millikans students and staffs everyday life.

    Sincerely,

    Joana Terriquez

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    Fiona RoweFeb 13, 2024 at 1:11 pm

    February 13, 2024

    Dear Corydon Editor,

    On November 13, 2024 Payton Miller wrote the article titled “Curious Canelo.” The article talks about the cat who always finds his way on campus, Canelo. Miller gives a compelling backstory as to why the cat has suddenly shown up and how he has affected the Millikan Body with his presence. She gives great testimonials from students around the campus about when and at what time they’ve seen the cat. Later she even interviews his foster mom on how she thinks Canelo has affected the students. Both students and his foster mom say that Canelo has affected students in a positive way. Miller gave heart warming examples of this by saying, “students have changed their view on cats because of him,” and “he has become a beloved feline celebrity among the students.” By using these heartfelt pieces of evidence, Miller hooks the reader by tapping into their emotions. Finally, just the picture at the top of the article is enough to make the reader click on her article.
    Although I do love this article, I do think Miller could address the reasoning as to why we are required to escort Canelo off campus. If he’s helping kids so much with emotions, mental state and isn’t hurting anyone, then why do we have to shoo him away? I think it would clear some questions if Miller interviewed security or the head of school to get behind this question. She could also do research into schools that do have a school support animal and, by that logic, could make an argument as to why we might need one. Overall, Miller has written a calming story that hooks the reader from the beginning and has made me question whether Millikan might need a student support animal.

    Sincerely,

    Fiona Rowe

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    Chiala VillanuevaFeb 13, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    On February 13, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. This well written article sheds light on the recurring appearance of a friendly beige cat, named Canelo. Miller explains the interactions between Canelo and the Millikan community, and even correlates Canelo’s positive impacts on the students with a scientific study.Throughout the article, Miller uses great word choice to construct the overall message that Canelo is a friendly cat that has been making a positive impact on the school environment, just by sneaking on campus to greet students. He provides pictures, as well as direct quotes from students that have actually interacted with the cat to establish credibility. It was greatly appreciated that Miller provided a picture of Canelo as a kitten, followed by a quote stated by the cat’s foster owner. This added detail provides a heartwarming touch to the article. At the end of the article, Miller also mentions a study published by Cornell University, stating that university students who experience high levels of stress have found that petting a dog or cat for ten minutes, decreased the amount of cortisol in their saliva. This detail was a great addition because it helps to emphasize the true positive impact that Canelo has on the Millikan community, relating how students are benefitting from the cat’s reappearance. Overall, Miller does a great job in spotlighting the recurring visitor Canelo, as many students have likely seen him roaming around school. Since the cat is relatively well-known, it may be nice for students to learn more information about the cat from this well-written article.

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    Robert NelsonFeb 13, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. First of all I would like to thank you for covering this cat! I never knew that there was a cat who socializes with the student of millikan. I also love that you covered the fact that this cat has found their way onto campus from time to time, I find that absolutely hilarious! Also, I like how even though non service animals are not allowed on campus, that canelo still waits for people to leave school to get pets and atttention. I find it amazing thata foster animal is so social with people that they are unfamiliar with, when it comes to foster animals most of them take a while to develop and i find it amazing that this cat is able to establish this relationship with the millikan students. Lastly I want to thank you for your wonderful work at the corydon and hope to see more articles like this in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Nelson

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    Lauren CantwellFeb 13, 2024 at 12:57 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. Upon reading the article, it is very clear that Miller wrote with very articulated words that capture the heart of the audience. She includes perspectives on the cat’s arrival and how much of an impact the orange feline has on the students. Miller also does a fantastic job at making her article an interesting read by including some of Canelos adventures around the school.
    One suggestion that would like to be made is the inclusion of more transition words. This will allow the reader to flow through the article. Another suggestion would be to create more fun facts about Canelo. It would provide a baseline for who the cat is if he hasn’t been isn’t seen by some of the students. This essay was a very enjoyable read and was very well-written. Miller did an amazing job with this article and by informing Millikan students of Canelo.

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    Andrew OumFeb 13, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo.” This article was very interesting as I have never seen this cat before and the photos given are very cute. My favorite part of the article was the inclusion of student and owner dialogue and how they feel about Canelo and him wandering around the neighborhood. Stevie Sheridan’s quote wants me to look for this cat and learn about the magic he has. Also, the added photo of Canelo as a kitten is very warming and I thought it allowed for the article to touch upon the emotion of the audience well. I agree with Miller’s approach on how he can be a great and positive addition to the community. If the staff took upon a negative approach towards the cat, I believe it would upset many kids. Also, the citation of the Cornell article was interesting to read and I believe it linked very well to end the article.

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    Sofia MatinFeb 13, 2024 at 10:51 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I enjoyed learning more about Canelo from this article. It was very informative and well-written, with a good amount of statistics and information throughout.
    I liked the quotes taken to support the article, as each was funny and helpful. The contextualization before and after the quotes was very much appreciated, so the information was easier to understand and the article flowed better.
    My only suggestion would have been to move the quote, “He has even been spotted laying on backpacks while students sit in the grass stressing over homework,” to a different place within the text. The two paragraphs around the section connect very well, but the sentence in between creates a semi-awkward break that makes the information in paragraph 17 seem random. The sentence holds a good piece of information, but the placement seems off when reading through. Overall, I greatly appreciated the article and its informative but fun qualities.

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    Jonathan Gonzales-HeyerFeb 13, 2024 at 10:44 am

    I loved reading about this topic, as I have had a few encounters with the cat on my way to school as well, and wanted to know his or her name. I actually just saw Canelo this morning, and he is very loving and affectionate. I also enjoyed how you reached out to the owners to create a gallery for Canelo, as I believe that he has become a symbol at our school, and seeing other pictures of him has only deepened our love for him. I have seen him both on and around campus, as well as with many students, who all seem to love his presence and the belly rubs that he asks for. I have always loved cats, and this further cements that feeling. There is no better start to my day than getting off my bike in the morning and stopping to pet a lovable fur ball at the edge of campus. Thank you for doing this article on Canelo, it was neat to see how others felt about him as well.

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    Chloe NeprudFeb 13, 2024 at 9:38 am

    On January 31, 2024, Payton Miller wrote an article titled “Curious Canelo”. I’ve seen Canelo a couple of times when I’m walking to school in the morning, and I think it’s cute that he likes to watch and interact with students as they walk to and from school, like a routine. I didn’t know much about him, but from what I’ve read now, I can agree that he seems like a curious cat. I also didn’t know that he has actually broken into Millikan a few times, but it’s cute how he is so curious and eager to find out where the students go during the day. I definitely agree with the fact that he has had a positive impact on Millikan’s students and the Millikan community. I also agree that he has changed some of the students’ views on cats and has the ability to relieve their stress as they work on homework.

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    Tien WoodwardFeb 13, 2024 at 9:16 am

    On January 31st, Payton Miller wrote an article on Millikan’s favorite furry friend, a cat named Canelo. Payton says that the cat has been spotted snuggling up to students here on campus. Many aren’t the biggest fans of cats but Canelo’s fun and friendly personality can easily win the heart of any student lucky enough to meet him. According to Payton and various students, Canelo has been spotted walking many kids to school as he lives in one of Millikan’s surrounding neighborhoods. Canelo has developed such a connection with Millikan’s students that he will sometimes wait for them after school. In this article, Payton states that studies show that when students pet cats or dogs it can release stress. Not only is Canelo just a fun friend to hang around with but he is also a stress relief to many students here on campus. Canelo truly has become a beneficial addition to the Millikan community. Although I have not had the honor of meeting this special cat yet, I can clearly see why he has become such a Millikan celebrity! I enjoyed reading this well written article as well as looking at the photo category of Canelo and I hope to catch a glimpse of our celebrity soon.

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    Alex CoakleyFeb 13, 2024 at 9:15 am

    On January 31, 2024 Payton Miller published an article on a loving cat named Canelo that has been seen roaming outside and breaking into our school! This article was a very good read for 3 main reasons. For 1, I absolutely adore this cat as I met him just the other week, petting him for a few minutes on my way into school and him chasing after me for more attention. 2, I love how descriptive it was, going into detail about how the name means cinnamon, which coincidentally, “…fits his dusty fur color and sweet personality” as Payton puts it. Lastly 3, I don’t particularly like reading as it is but this article fit my interests but, I also found myself getting through it very swiftly as it flowed through my internal monologue so effortlessly. I would also like to note how interesting I thought the included note about the relation between decreased stress levels and animals was. Maybe we could move toward an environment where we have some stress relief animals on campus, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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    Justin MarcheseFeb 13, 2024 at 9:13 am

    Miller’s article about this mysterious yet lovable cat named Canelo is a very heartwarming read. Miller’s article does a great job with word choice, which makes the article even more interesting. The word choice keeps me tuned in and makes me want to read more about this rather sociable cat. This article provides happiness and joy for me personally and I feel as if many of the other students reading this article feel the same. Miller’s writing fabricates an inclination for us students to go and find this cat for a free serotonin boost. I really enjoy the overall mood in the article that just oozes charm and glee; it most certainly is helping people who aren’t feeling the greatest. I would have to say that my favorite part about this article is the end where it provides a fact for how petting an animal for 10 minutes can reduce stress in students. It calls out to Millikan that this mystifying cat should be let on campus and should be considered a schoolwide treasure.

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    Samantha A.Feb 13, 2024 at 9:13 am

    This article discusses the cat around Millikan campus, Canelo. Many students have seen him stroll around, whether it be outside school nearby the street he lives on, or sneaking into campus. The article gives information about Canelo that I had previously not known, such as how his name means cinnamon, as well as how he moved into the Millikan neighborhood in March of 2023.
    It’s heart-warming to see how widely loved Canelo is. Animals bring joy to many people and it’s both quite amazing and lucky that Millikan is the campus where Canelo just so happened to live near. Canelo always manages to bring a smile to the faces of anyone who sees him. I’m sure many fans of Canelo, such as myself, were more than excited to see an article about him. Thank you for writing about him!

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    Lainey ChanFeb 13, 2024 at 9:08 am

    This piece is very well written and elaborates about Canelo in great detail. Personally, I’ve always wondered where this ginger cat came from and I feel like this article does an excellent job at answering all my questions. I believe that it’s adorable that this cat keeps making its way back to Millikan. I always see students petting him and Canelo loving it. He even comes onto campus but it is sad that he has to be escorted off.
    The piece at the end also introduced the study that students who pet cats or dogs for 10 minutes decreased the amount of cortisol. This clearly shows how the students have tremendously benefited from the presence of Canelo. Of course, Canelo benefits from the amount of love and attention he receives.
    Overall, this article does a great job at informing students and people about “Curious Canelo.”

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    Danyela BrilliantFeb 13, 2024 at 9:06 am

    Canelo is an orange cinnamon colored cat that has been seen wandering around our school since December time. According to Miller, Canelo is a very friendly and social cat that loves getting pet and coming up to all the students. Miller also mentions how security has attempted to escort Canelo off of campus but he insists on coming back. Many students have seen if not pet and played with Canelo all around campus and each student individually adores him. He has warmed the hearts of many students and his foster owner even loves that he brings joy to all of the students. I personally haven’t seen him around school yet, but I sure hope I can soon. Miller mentions, “Despite not being allowed on campus, he still patiently waits for students to get out of school to receive an unlimited amount of attention.” Canelo is a very sweet cat and is adored by everyone who gets to meet him.

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    Noah PerezFeb 13, 2024 at 9:04 am

    The article is heart warming and full of cuteness. As an animal lover, I love seeing cats pop up throughout my neighborhood. They have such a fun and loving energy, and as someone who has met Canelo, I appreciate his appearances every time I get them. The article is well written and full of information on the history of Canelo and his encounters with Millikan and its students. The article helps spread his name and reputation in a light that will hopefully be an overall positive. I think these encounters with animals can help anyone with previously ill held views on them change. I think that Canelo is doing a good service by doing what he does best, spreading love to the student body.
    The explanation on stress relief that animals can bring is something that I can relate to. The pent up emotions can be relieved when I have an outlet of love I can give to. Through my interactions with animals I have realized that I feel much more at ease when with animals. There is a special connection anyone can find when with the right beings and I think Canelo can help provide a little taste of that for those who may not have pets.

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    Kate GoldsworthyFeb 13, 2024 at 9:04 am

    I was really intrigued when the article began with a photo of a cute cat that I’m sure many Millikan students have seen before. Also, I appreciate that the author informed readers of the cat’s name and the meaning behind it and I agree that the name, Canelo, suits the cat perfectly. It would be interesting to learn about what Canelo’s foster parents think about him sneaking onto campus. If that was my cat I know I’d be worried about him prowling around in a school. I also appreciate how the author included a photo of Canelo as a kitten, so readers can truly understand his evolution. I also found it interesting that the author included a piece of information from Cornell University about how animals can decrease stress. This makes me wonder why Canelo isn’t allowed on campus. I would have appreciated it if the author dived a little further into how animals can reduce stress. If this is true, then Canelo should never be chased off school grounds, in fact he should always be welcome here! Canelo has truly captured the hearts of every student at Millikan, so I appreciate him finally getting this article that he deserves!

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    Hayley SkibinskiFeb 13, 2024 at 9:02 am

    I absolutely love this article and its appraisal of this little cat. I didn’t know his name actually meant cinnamon–and I find it so adorable that he also has his own gallery on the Corydon. Hearing of his little antics throughout the school gave me a very good sense of hope in our school, knowing that people won’t do anything to hurt the cat. Many people that were in the article spoke about how his presence boosted the school’s morale, and I absolutely agree! In October, me and two of my friends were walking out of campus as I saw the cat follow us around for a while. He laid down, letting us pet him, which made me feel very excited because I love cats so much. He eventually skittered off into campus in between the 700 and 200 buildings. I saw him again last month in front of his house, as he laid on the ground, begging for pets. His presence in the school–even if I don’t get to see him–makes me feel a sense of comfort and happiness that the school has a universal love for Canelo.

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    SuzannaFeb 13, 2024 at 9:00 am

    I really enjoyed reading this article since I’ve also had a few encounters with Canelo. I was on my way to my bus stop and saw him underneath a car tire, it was concerning but he was safe. Then another time I was able to pet him since he was just walking on the sidewalk, he’s so soft and fluffy. I’m really happy someone has written an article about him for our school, since many kids know of his existence, but like me, didn’t know his name.
    I think it’s really amazing how a community can come together over one cat, but he’s a very important presence for some of the students here. I think Canelo is part of the Millikan family even if he already has his own family, we all love and appreciate him. I hope Canelo gets the love and attention he deserves from the students on our campus, and understands how much he is appreciated.

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