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

“Gardening” is back

first_imgPollen covers cars. Bees buzz around new blooms. And that grass needs mowing. It must be springtime in Georgia. Just in time to cure the gardener’s urge to dig and plant, “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” will be back on Georgia Public Broadcasting with the 2007 season premiere April 5 at 7 p.m. The show is hosted by Georgia gardening guru and retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Walter Reeves.In the first show of the 26-week series, viewers will learn about pruning azaleas from Hank Bruno at Callaway Gardens. Gardeners will also learn about growing and cooking with scented geraniums. It wouldn’t be Easter without Easter lilies. Reeves will tell about their history and growing habits. He will show how to irrigate dry lawns, too, without taking a bite out of your budget.“Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by GPB and the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each episode features valuable gardening information specific to Georgia soils, climate and growing conditions. The 2007 series is made possible through an underwriting gift from McCorkle Nurseries, and support from the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association. “Gardening in Georgia” will air on GPB stations each Thursday at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. More on the show can be found at www.gardeningingeorgia.comlast_img read more

USC going for fourth straight victory in Thursday bout

first_imgLooking for their fourth straight victory, the Trojans welcome the Cal Bears to the Coliseum for a Thursday night clash. Both teams are coming into the game with an overall record of 4-3. USC is 3-2 in conference play and Cal is 2-2.Brian Chin | Daily TrojanBear trap · Sophomore defensive back Marvell Tell III (left) and senior linebacker Michael Hutchings (right) are part of a defense tasked with stopping a Cal offense that has the second highest pace in the nation.USC has not lost to Cal since 2003 and has limited them to 15 points per game during that time, but head coach Clay Helton is preparing his team for what he anticipates will be an up-tempo and high-scoring affair.“The other thing we worked on was third-down efficiency,” Helton said. “This is a group that as you watched them at Oregon had a 15-play drive, 14-play drive, 13-play drive … so the biggest thing for us with any quarterback is trying to get him off his spot.”Cal’s senior quarterback Davis Webb has Helton’s attention as one of the elite passers in the conference. Davis has thrown 27 touchdowns this year, the most in the conference and the second-most in the country. Davis also leads the Pac-12 in passing yards per game with 368.7 and total offense per game with 356.4 yards.Davis’ success has partially been due to his connection with redshirt junior wide receiver Chad Hansen, who leads the conference in receiving yards per game with 128.3. Hansen is recovering from a foot injury and his status for Thursday’s game is hopeful said Cal head coach Sonny Dykes.Cal plays at a frenetic pace, averaging 89.6 plays per game, the second most in the nation.“When you’re dealing with an explosive team like that and a quarterback like that, it’s just something you have to be ahead on,” senior linebacker Michael Hutchings said.The Trojans have had plenty of time to prepare though, coming off of a bye week. By contrast, Cal played their last game just six days ago. It is the first time in conference history that a team has had to play a short-week conference game on the road against a team who is coming off of a bye week.“We have had a chance to get up ahead of them mentally and game-plan wise and schematically,” Hutchings said. “So hopefully that pays off — the extra hours we put in the film room and getting a chance to watch them this week.”While Helton emphasizes a bend-but-don’t-break attitude for the defense, he also expects the offense to pick the defense up and score points of their own.“We focused a lot on our red zone game plan and what I think is really going to be the most important aspect of the game,” Helton said. “Any time you deal with a team that scores 43 points, you better be scoring points of your own.”Without senior running back Justin Davis, who Helton said was doubtful for Thursday’s game, the brunt of the run game will fall to sophomore Ronald Jones II. Cal’s defense gives up an average of 270 rushing yards per game, and Jones is looking to take advantage.“We’ll have to pick up the load,” Jones said. “We don’t really look too much into rankings, we’re just going to go out there and do what we do.”Playing without Davis two weeks ago when the Trojans faced Arizona, both Jones and fellow running back sophomore Aca’Cedric Ware heavily influenced the game, with Ware rushing for a career-high 103 yards.“The teams that have struggled against Cal are the ones that have gone three-and-out and three-and-out in a hurry,” Helton said. “When you are playing a team that puts up big drives, you have to sustain your own drives, have ball control and make those third downs.”USC is 26-11-3 all-time in Thursday games, but will face a staunch challenge this week if they hope to keep their unblemished home record this season. Thursday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

LA City Council to vote on Vin Scully Avenue proposal Friday

first_img“There’s no better way to recognize such an iconic Dodger as Hall of Famer Vin Scully than naming a street after him,” Dodgers president Stan Kasten said in a statement. “We appreciate Gil Cedillo and city officials bringing this to the forefront and we look forward to the day when everyone can drive on Vin Scully Avenue when they enter Dodger Stadium.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is scheduled to be in attendance, along with 17 players on the current roster: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes, Jharel Cotton, Carlos Frias, Yimi Garcia, Chris Hatcher, Pedro Baez, Yasmani Grandal, Micah Johnson, Zach Lee, Adam Liberatore, Frankie Montas, Josh Ravin, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson and Ross Stripling.The players and manager were previously scheduled to be at City Hall as part of the team’s annual community caravan tour. The week-long schedule of events culminates with Saturday’s Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium.In 2013, Scully voiced his opposition to an informal proposal by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to name a street after him outside the stadium. This time he isn’t expected to object. The 2016 season will be Scully’s 67th with the team; he’s said it will probably be his last.“I don’t like typing out Elysian Park, or even telling people how to pronounce ‘Elysian Park’,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “I’m all for Vin Scully Avenue.” A popular print of a Los Angeles street map, dating to 1899 and attributed to the George F. Cram Co. of Chicago, distinctly shows an Elysian Park Avenue in the neighborhood of present-day Dodger Stadium. The street has endured to bear the stadium’s official address, displayed on Dodger letterheads since Walter O’Malley was signing the paychecks.By Friday, Elysian Park Avenue might be no more.The Los Angeles City Council will vote on a proposal, submitted Tuesday by councilman Gilbert Cedillo, to rename the street “Vin Scully Avenue.” According to the City Council’s website, it’s the second item that will be considered during its 10:15 a.m. Friday session.Scully, 88, has been calling Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Turner making progressTurner said he was cleared to run on flat ground Thursday for the first time since he had microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. “I felt really good,” he said. “I passed enough tests to go outside and see how that goes. Next step is to see how I feel (Friday).”The effects of the procedure – Turner had loose bodies removed from his left knee too –- might not show up right away. The third baseman said he wasn’t limited on the field at the end of last season, “it just didn’t feel good after the game, or the next day in the morning.”Turner is on track to participate in spring training. Pitchers and catchers report to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility on Feb. 19.Voting ValenzuelaRetired pitcher and current Dodgers broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela joined Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and León Rodríguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on a conference call Thursday to stress the importance of citizenship. Valenzuela is officially a “Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization,” the public face of a nationwide movement to encourage legal permanent residents, especially from Mexico, to apply for U.S. citizenship.“I get to vote in my first presidential election,” said Valenzuela, who was born in Mexican and took his citizenship oath last year. “If anybody has a chance, an opportunity to be a citizen, why not? They can do it. It’s very important.”last_img read more