SMC seniors to house pets

first_imgThis fall, Saint Mary’s seniors are not the only residents of Regina Hall South. The hall has opened its doors furry friends as well. Senior Mara Scott, who lives in Regina South, said is thrilled to be able to spend more quality time with her cat, Oonaugh, who is named after an Irish Celtic goddess. “At first I was planning on living in another dorm,” Scott said. “But once I heard Regina South was allowing pets to live in rooms, I was hooked. I knew I wanted to live in Regina South.” Scott adopted Oonaugh from the Humane Society in January when the organization was waiving adoption fees. “I own cats and rabbits at home, so having a pet all on my own was something that I really wanted and really looked forward to,” Scott said. “Oonaugh has really warmed up to me since her adoption, and she will be a great companion while we are away from home at Saint Mary’s.” Senior Regina South resident Jess Gambill adopted a miniature pinscher from Pet Refuge when she moved into the residence hall. “His name is Spencer, and I had been searching all summer for a perfect dog like him,” Gambill said. “He is about 10 years old, and he will be arriving at Saint Mary’s sometime next week.” Gambill said Spencer’s training and good behavior would make him the perfect pet for dorm life in Regina South. “I instantly fell in love with Spencer,” Gambill said. “This will be a great experience for all of us living in the dorms with our own pets. More responsibility is a good thing for seniors to take on.” Five cats and three dogs now reside on several floors of Regina South, resident advisor Autumn Nelson said. “The students were required to register their pets before moving in,” Nelson said. “They also had to register them with the county.” A veterinarian from the Morris Animal Hospital is also working with the residents of Regina South, Nelson said. “At first I was worried about smells and noises coming from the newest residents to Regina, but so far it has been smooth sailing,” Nelson said. “I can definitely tell that the animals will adapt to dorm living pretty quickly.” Scott said she is also pleased with how the transition is going with the pets in the dorm. “By showing the College and the students on campus that living with pets is beneficial to us and our pets, I believe that more students will want to live in Regina South with their pets in the years to come,” Scott said. As Gambill waited for Spencer to move into Regina South as well, she agreed the hall’s new policy has been a good one so far. “Everyone on campus has been so supportive of pets being allowed to live here,” Gambill said. “It’s a truly great feeling knowing you will have someone you can count on to be there when you get back to your dorm everyday.”last_img read more

Guj govt failed to develop dinosaur fossils site: CAG

first_imgAhmedabad, Mar 31 (PTI) The state government has failed develop the proposed dinosaur park at the worlds largest dinosaur egg hatchery site in Gujarat, 33 years after the fossils were discovered, a CAG report said.This was despite investment of Rs 8.58 crore by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TGCL), said report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, tabled in the Assembly today.Geological Survey of India found the 6.5 crore-years-old fossils site at Raiyoli village in Kheda district in 1981-82.Around 100 eggs of dinosaurs, bones and other fossilised remains were found during the excavation. It is known to be the largest egg hatchery site in the world with home to seven species of dinosaurs.The state government had asked the forest and environment department and TGCL to preserve the site and develop Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park for tourism. But 33 years later, little had been done either to preserve the rich fossils or develop it as a tourism attraction, CAG noted.”Fossils at the site may provide vital information to scientists… (they) need to be excavated scientifically and studied….However, there was no research on fossils. Further, some samples were sent to Jaipur laboratory for analysis but report was not available on record (till June 2014),” it said.”Eggs hatcheries site remains unfenced. The Forest and Environment Department was not having inventory for various fossils lying at the site and no photo documentation of fossils was prepared since the discovery,” the report said.No guidelines were framed for protection of fossils, and no steps were taken to have it declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which would have given a boost to tourism and the local economy, CAG said.advertisementWith no development and preservation, only 2,284 people visited the site between 2009-14, it noted. PTI KA PD KRK PVIlast_img read more