SMC hosts weekend for younger siblings

Over the weekend, Saint Mary’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted Little Siblings Weekend — an opportunity for the younger siblings of Saint Mary’s students to participate in activities and to become more integrated in the Saint Mary’s community.The weekend included an array of Olympics themed events, both on and off campus. Beginning with an Opening Ceremony on Friday, attendees took pictures in a photo booth and participated in Olympics-themed games and crafts. On Saturday, students were able to take their siblings off campus to Strikes & Spares, a local bowling alley that also has facilities for mini golf, bumper cars and arcade games. As other options, attendees could skate at the Compton Ice Arena and throughout the weekend, RHA hosted crafts, games and movies on campus.Bridget McKinnon, who served as a co-chair of the event, said the annual event helps bring students’ families into the College community.“The reason we have Little Sibs Weekend is so that all of our younger siblings or family friends are given the chance to experience what Saint Mary’s is like,” she said. “It’s a great chance to show off our campus and have a great time with our sibs while doing so.”First year Molly O’Neill said she enjoyed spending time with her two younger cousins in kindergarten, Mara and Fiona. “I loved everything they had planned for us, especially the bus that went to the bowling alley and the ice skating rink,” O’Neill said. “It was nice to see how my cousins would get excited over the smallest things, especially staying in the dorm and eating in the cafeteria. They loved every second and repeatedly said how happy they were, and how they couldn’t wait to tell their friends.“Even though they’re young, I hope they can appreciate this beautiful campus and maybe become a part of it when they’re older.”Julia Veome, also a first year, spent time with her younger sister during Little Siblings weekend. “I’m the oldest so my siblings haven’t been around the college scene too much,” Veome said. “My sister stayed with me and she loved it because she got to feel grown up and hang out with some of my friends. Sleeping in the dorms seemed cool to her and was fun for me.”For the past four years, senior Bridget Enright’s younger siblings have participated in Little Siblings Weekend.“It’s always been a lot of fun sharing Saint Mary’s with them and letting them get a glimpse of the college experience,” Enright said. “I have six younger siblings, so it’s always a blast when we’re all together. It’s my favorite weekend of the school year.”Tags: Little Siblings Weekend, Residence Hall Association, saint mary’s, SMC read more

Death toll reaches 20 in Paks toxic sweetmeat case

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Apr 24 (PTI) With six more persons dying today, the toll in the tragic poisonous sweetmeat incident in Pakistans Punjab province reached 20, officials said.The 20 people died of consuming poisonous sweetmeat include three children and eight of a single family.The sweetmeat was brought from a shop by Sajjad Hussain in Layyah district on Thursday, some 325 kilometers from here, to celebrate the birth of a child.It was served to eight members of Sajjads family. Their condition deteriorated soon after eating the sweet. They were rushed to the nearby hospital.”Sajjad along with his six brothers and a sister died while 12 others who consumed the poisonous sweet also breathed their last,” Executive District Officer Ameer Abdullah said.Fourteen people, including three children, had died till Friday, police said.Abdullah said more than 30 people who consumed the same sweet are still under treatment in Nishter Hospital Multan and district headquarters hospital Layyah and condition of some of them is critical.He said the health department has sealed the sweet shop and seized the “remaining poisonous sweetmeat” and sent for laboratory examination.”We have also lodged an FIR the Pure Food Act against the shop owner,” Abdullah said.District Police Officer Layyah Muhammad Ali Zia said that the shop owner Khalid Mahmoud was arrested.”Cheep imported liquid glucose is suspected to be used in manufacturing the sweetmeat at the shop instead of sugar (which costs more),” he said.Meanwhile, Punjab provinces Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has announced ex gratia of Rs 500,000 (USD 4,771) to the next of the kin of those died. PTI MZ CPS AKJ CPSadvertisementlast_img read more