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

4 online shopping safety tips

first_img 83SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Online sales on Black Friday hit a new record this year, according to Adobe Analytics. Shoppers spent $6.22 billion online on Black Friday, up from $5.03 billion last year. More than $2 billion in sales were done on smartphones, double the amount from last year.Unfortunately, the high number of digital consumers presents a huge opportunity for cyberthieves.Here are few tips from the Federal Trade Commission and Identity Theft Resource Center on how to protect your digital profile.Do a digital audit: When was the last time you checked to see what personal information is out there? Go ahead, Google yourself. You may be surprised what old social media profiles, emails or other accounts may pop up.Set up alerts: Put that smartphone and connectivity to good use. Set up text and email alerts so you’ll know immediately about any suspicious transactions or activity ranging from password changes to login attempts. It is also recommended to enable two-factor authentication. While it may feel a time-consuming extra step to get a 6-digit code to access or authorize something, experts say it’s worth the added security you’ll receive in return.Update passwords: The general rule is if it’s easy for you to remember then it’s easy for thieves to figure out as well. Experts say the exception to this rule is using a seven to 10-digit phrase and swapping numbers, capital letters and symbols in for letters. The odds are in your favor that it won’t be as easy to hack. While we are talking updates, you should also take the time to do those software, app and operating system updates. Yes, they can be annoying, but you will be saving the headache of your personal data being more vulnerable to thieves.Know where you are shopping: Experts say it’s never been easier to shop on a secure site. Look for the lock symbol, which indicates a site is secure, and do your best to ensure you are on the actual retail site.last_img read more