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LLamapalooza Brought to MU

Lizzie Schmidt
One of the Llamas from Hamilton County Llamas

Several llamas from Hamilton County Llamas, or HCL, were brought to Marian’s campus for “Llamapalooza,” on Friday Sept. 9. The event was hosted on the Evan’s Center lawn and was free of charge to participants. 

The event was hosted by the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, or SOMA. Chris Bishop, a medical librarian for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, brought this idea to life. According to his wife, Kitty Bishop, a board member of HCL, Chris wanted the llamas to come to give students a mental health break. 

Students were invited to participate in various activities such as llama yoga, photo opportunities, and feeding or petting the llamas. According to, HCL frequently does similar outreach partnerships. 

“We do outreaches like this,” Kitty Bishop said. “It’s just to get our name out and get kids in our program.”

HCL is a co-op organization, meaning that participants and staff work together to take care of the llamas and the farm. According to it’s website, each youth is expected to do chores at the farm at least twice a month, and participate in “herd checks,” and, “farm days.” In exchange, each youth is able to rent a llama for the 4-H show season. 

HCL’s next event is on Dec. 2 with Westfield in Lights.

Students participating in Llama Yoga outside of the Evan’s Center (Lizzie Schmidt)


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Lizzie Schmidt, Editor-in-Chief, Social Media Manager
Lizzie Schmidt is the Editor-In-Chief of the Marian Phoenix for the second semester. She enjoys classes on news and digital journalism. Her area of expertise is news editing and magazine writing. She will be with us for another year, and she is excited to see how the Phoenix continues to grow!

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