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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: Hustler Pets 2023

It’s the furriest photo story of the year, and probably the cutest. Read on to meet The Hustler pets.
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Rachael Perrotta
Phoebe and Max cuddling, as photographed on Nov. 20, 2021. (Hustler Staff/Rachael Perrotta)

As The Hustler editors study for exams and pack their dorms, their favorite furry friends anxiously await their arrival home for the summer. From rabbits to horses and so many dogs and cats, The Hustler is only a few animals short of our very own zoo. Read on to see our tribute to the friends that stick by our sides through late night editing and beyond. 

Hustler: Rachael Perrotta, Editor-in-Chief

Name of Pets: Phoebe and Max

Favorite Activity: Watching and talking to birds through windows

Fun Fact: Max has to be put to bed each night at 9 p.m. or he gets upset (routine includes belly rub on his blanket, fresh water and food and the door closed). Also, Phoebe likes sleeping on pillows.

One-liner; Max: “Please don’t pet me!” Phoebe: “Please pet me!”

Hustler: Aaditi Lele, News Editor 

Name of Pet: Gabru “Gubby”

Favorite Activity: Sleeping 

Fun Fact: His name means “dude.”

One-liner: “I challenge you to find someone who can sleep more than me.”

Hustler: Jorie Fawcett, Life Editor 

Name of Pets: Reese and Ramona 

Favorite Activity; Reese: Managing the house Ramona: Napping 

Fun Fact: Reese turns 14 this year, and Ramona is named after Ramona Quimby 

One-liner; Reese: “Can I speak to the manager?” Ramona: “Let me outside please”

Hustler: Barrie Barto, Photography Director 

Name of Pets: Camelot and Arlo 

Favorite Activity; Camelot: Wearing a “Hannibal-Lecter” mask so he doesn’t bite people. Arlo: Walking gradually slower the more you want to speed up and walking the slowest of any horse ever.

Fun Fact; Camelot: Is allergic to hay. Arlo: Loves eating Sour Patch Kids! 

One-liner; Camelot: “I am having an identity crisis: am I a great white shark or unicorn?” Arlo: “The 1,500lb dog you never knew you needed.”

Hustler: Parker Smith, Data Director 

Name of Pet: Julep

Favorite Activity: Fetch 

Fun Fact: Scared of cats

One-liner: “Cucumbers over kibble”

Hustler: Isabella Bautista, Deputy Life Editor 

Name of Pets: Luna, Leo, Sunny and Moe 

Favorite Activity: Climbing all over the couches in the living room like cats or playing tag with each other. 

Fun Fact: Leo snores as loud as a person when he sleeps. 

One-liner; Leo, Sunny and Moe: “Wait, why did you stop petting me?”

Luna: “Go away, and leave me alone.”

Hustler: Duaa Faquih, Deputy News Editor 

Name of Pet: Luna 

Favorite Activity: Waking the humans up at 3 a.m. 

Fun Fact: I once traveled with my mom on an 18-hour flight! 

One-liner: “Don’t touch me.”

Hustler: Sara West, Deputy Photography Director 

Name of Pet: Milo 

Favorite Activity: Finding any rubber band that exists and tearing it apart.

Fun Fact: We changed his name three times when we first adopted him.

One-liner: Please be quiet, I am working.

Hustler: Claire Gatlin, Music Correspondent

Name of Pets: Bear and Chewie 

Favorite Activity; Bear: sleeping; Chewie: fetching 

Fun Fact: Bear is slightly older than Chewie, so when Chewie was a puppy, he learned from Bear. He sometimes still jumps like a cat. 

One-liner; Chewie: “Where is mom?” Bear: (No words)

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About the Contributors
Jorie Fawcett
Jorie Fawcett, Senior Advisor
Jorie Fawcett ('25) is from Tiffin, Ohio, and studies secondary education and sociology in Peabody College. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and Life Editor. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her teaching, reading or pretending to study at Local Java or Suzie's. You can reach her at [email protected].
Rachael Perrotta
Rachael Perrotta, Former Editor-in-Chief
Rachael Perrotta ('24) is from Cranston, R.I., and is majoring in cognitive studies, communication of science and technology and political science in Peabody College. She was previously Senior Advisor and News Editor. If she's not pressing you for a comment, she's probably trying to convince you that she's over 5 feet tall, cheering on the Red Sox or wishing Nashville had a beach. She can be reached at [email protected].
Aaditi Lele
Aaditi Lele, Former Editorial Director
Aaditi Lele ('24) is majoring in political science and climate science with a minor in South Asian Language and Culture in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as News Editor. Outside of The Hustler, you can find her crocheting, practicing calligraphy or counting down the days until she can see her dog. She can be reached at [email protected].    
Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Parker Smith
Parker Smith, Former Deputy News Editor
Parker Smith ('24) is majoring in computer science and political science in the School of Engineering. He enjoys playing guitar in his spare time and is a former Starbucks barista and self-proclaimed coffee expert. He can be reached at [email protected].
Isabella Bautista
Isabella Bautista, Life Copy Editor
Isabella Bautista (‘26) is double majoring in mathematics and psychology and minoring in biological sciences on the pre-medical track in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Easton, Pa. When not writing for The Hustler, she can be found spending hours alone in a piano practice room, photographing Vanderbilt squirrels with her Canon camera or poring over research papers in the lab she works in. She can be reached at [email protected]  
Duaa Faquih
Duaa Faquih, Former Staff Writer
Duaa Faquih ('24) is majoring in political science and minoring in communication studies in the College of Arts and Science. Apart from forcing her friends to watch videos of her cat, Duaa loves reading fantasy novels, painting and trying new restaurants. She can be reached at [email protected].
Sara West
Sara West, Deputy Photography Editor
Sara West ('25) is majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Science and human and organizational development in Peabody College. Sara loves going to concerts, thrifting and exploring new places. She was previously Deputy Photography Director and hopes to enter the music industry after graduating.  She can be reached at [email protected].
Claire Gatlin
Claire Gatlin, Former Life Editor
Claire Gatlin ('24) is a student in Peabody College studying human and organizational development and political science. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, reading and rollerblading. You can reach her at [email protected].
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