Earth Day events in Salisbury

By VAL PETSCHE

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Sophomore Jessica Wooster (L) and Junior Tinsley Foster (R) hold their contributions during SGA’s Recycle Madness in Red Square on Thursday.

 

Staff Writer

Downtown Salisbury is planning a wide array of fun events for the upcoming Earth Day weekend. Students of the Salisbury community are invited to participate in the excitement, including this month’s 3rd Friday celebration, Be the Difference Day, and the SBY Bike PartY.

3rd Friday

Students can support members of the Environmental Students Association as they sell handmade bird houses and planter boxes during Salisbury’s monthly 3rd Friday celebration. The event will occur from 5-8 p.m. and is located downtown on Main street.

This free event features handcrafted items and art by local businesses, complete with live music filling the streets by blues musicians Chris and Grayson English. The April month celebrates spring with a Sustainable Salisbury theme to commemorate Earth Day.

Cake Art will be open to host “Create Your Own Cupcake Night,” with new spring cupcake flavors. Acorn Market will be providing sustainable herb plant giveaways with each dinner entree purchased.

The Salisbury Art Space located on the lower level of the Gallery Building will showcase the 2017 Annual Blooming Artists Youth Show, an entire exhibition of local child artists’ work, along with a solo exhibition by last year’s winner, Dominique.

The Look Pretty Play Dirty Mobile Petting Zoo will be present on N Division Street with baby animals for those in attendance to see. Local environmental groups will also be attending, including the Lower Shore Land Trust, the Maryland Bluebird Society and the Nassawango Creek Preserve.

Be the Difference Day

This event will also be on N Division Street, promoting its community-wide day of service on Saturday April 22nd. Students are encouraged to volunteer at an event of their choice, and those interested can learn about 24 different projects being hosted by as many as 17 local organizations.

Be the Difference Day aims to provide opportunities for people of all ability levels and interests to get involved. The goal is to raise the profile of community organizations, volunteerism and service.

More information can be found at 410-548-4757 or visit www.salisburysga.com.

Salisbury Bike PartY

Also on Saturday, April 22 is the SBY Bike PartY, where students can join the Salisbury community to participate in a 6-mile fun ride through town or feel free to watch from the sidelines with live music playing nearby.

The first annual SBY Bike partY will begin in Downtown Salisbury at Lot 1 starting at 11 a.m. All are welcome, as there will be activities for all ages and skill levels, and it is a free event. Prizes will be awarded by EVO for costumes and bike decorations. The bicyclists will ride as a group with a police escort to guide all participants through intersections.

Festival activities also include a 3/4 mile car-free loop on Downtown Salisbury streets for registered riders to enjoy at their own pace along with the Get Ramped pop-up skatepark by Eastern Shore IMBA.

There will be a photo booth, photographers and drone footage by Macey Holyak as well as a bicycle safety course for beginners hosted by Bike-SBY. Many bike related organizations and vendors will be present and students can participate in a bike swap to sell any unwanted bikes and parts.

EVO is hosting the after-party starting at 2 p.m with live bands for everyone to enjoy. Please visit the Salisbury Bike PartY website for further details.

Earth Week on Campus

The SU Student Government Association has been hosting a week’s worth of events to celebrate Earth Day. Most activities were held in Red Square, including a bike-powered blender station for DIY smoothies and s’mores could be cooked in a solar oven.

The SGA presented a screening of the documentary Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Monday evening for interested viewers, describing the alarming implications the meat industry poses on both people and the environment.

Wednesday showcased a cooking contest with locally sourced ingredients during the second annual Iron Sea Gull cooking contest in The Commons. Later that evening, recyclable art creations were displayed at SU’s Plaza Gallery along with photos and descriptions of SU’s Earth Week events.

Students were encouraged to participate in Recycle Madness on Thursday. This is a recycling competition between various student organizations to see who can contribute the most weight in recyclables.

Are you stressed out and in need of advice?

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

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Dr. Darrell Mullins of the communications Department. Photo by Alexis Gramates.

Staff Writer

Students sit in Academic Commons, powering through the mounds of homework and projects that are due before the semester ends, and they think to themselves, “will I be able to make it?”

Dr. Darrell Mullins has been through the same college process not once, but three times. Some students may know him from the communications department, and some may know him from his appearances in local theatre.

Before becoming a professor, Mullins saw himself being an interpreter for the United Nations. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Master of Arts in speech communication and his PhD in interpersonal/public communication. Aside from earning these three degrees, his biggest achievement has been being married to his best friend for 32 years, raising four amazing children and having one grandson.

What is the best advice you ever received?

“Follow your instincts. I think so often we end up following a plan that seems ‘logical’ rather than a plan for which we feel passion.”

What is the worst advice you ever received?

“When I was a freshman, I really struggled in my bio lab class.  I had always considered myself a good student, so of course I went to the professor seeking advice. He was an older gentleman and I remember him looking at me over his eye glasses and saying ‘Young man, college isn’t for everyone.’

I was devastated. He was, in essence, advising me to forget about going to college.  I wish, instead, he had said, ‘Think about if this is where you need to be right now.’  Even though his advice nearly killed my self-esteem, I ended up working harder and getting a B in the class.  So, I guess the bad advice ended up motivating me in some way.”

What is your biggest fear in higher education?

“Not being able to get through to my students.  I want to motivate and excite them, and sometimes it’s hard.”

What obstacles have you overcome in your life?

“I have struggled with depression and anxiety over the years, and I’m happy to say I’ve survived it.  More recently, I have started the journey of coping with the loss of my wife.

It’s only been a few weeks, so I can’t say for sure that I’ve overcome it—but I am feeling good about being back at work and doing what I love. I will admit, though, it’s a daily struggle to stay focused and be able to concentrate.”

What advice can you give students during college?

“Ask for help—often! I know professors can seem a little intimidating at times, but we really do want to help you be successful, so if you are not doing well, ask us for help.  At the same time, be prepared to hear things you won’t want to hear.

Sometimes I have to tell a student ‘I know you tried hard and I know you’re going through a lot, but that doesn’t mean that you are not held accountable for what you produce.’”

What advice do you have for those who are struggling in making a career decision?

“Stay open to possibilities. I honestly believe, with a few exceptions, that your undergraduate degree and ultimate career may seem to have little to do with one another.  I think employers are looking for people who are critical thinkers who can express themselves orally and in writing.

As such, it’s not surprising to find, as a hypothetical example, that an art history major is a sales manager for a national corporation.  So many degree paths prepare us to think and evaluate—that’s the true value of a college education in my opinion.”

What advice can you give students after graduation?

“Your first job probably won’t be your last.  Be patient—be willing to do the grunt work to prove to an employer that you are worthy of more enjoyable work.  Also, be financially smart—start saving now, you won’t regret it.”

Doing big things at Big Event

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By HALEY DICK

Gull Life Editor

The Salisbury Student Government Association (SGA) hosted their 13th annual Big Event on April 8, in which several recognized student clubs and organizations volunteered to go out into the Salisbury community and make a difference one house at a time.

Volunteers were assigned cleanup locations throughout the neighborhoods in which they helped residents with tasks such as raking leaves and weeding, though activities ranged based on the needs of the individuals.

Salisbury city administrator and SU alumna Julia Glanz spoke on behalf of the gratitude of Mayor Jake Day and the city of Salisbury.

“The city of Salisbury truly appreciates you,” Glanz said. “This really does make an impact in the community. So please, when you’re out there, get to know the folks you’re working with and get to talk to the neighbors. Hear their stories because they’ve got a lot to share.”

One group of volunteers spent the morning raking and bagging pine needles that covered the entire area of the back yard. However, they were not sent to the task alone.

Kenny Jones, Salisbury resident and photography teacher at Parkside, worked alongside the group to help get the job done in one session.

“There are a lot of reasons for yard conditions to be the way they are, and for the university to send out volunteers, for me, it was an act of love back to the community,” Jones shared.

The students enjoyed putting in the work just as much as the recipients loved the outcome.

Sophomore Jenna Rusk shared that her biggest takeaway was how happy all the people were when the job was done, and how kind and appreciative they acted towards the volunteers.

Around 550 students sacrificed their Saturday morning to participate in Big Event, some for a few years in a row.

“I like how everyone wakes up early on a Saturday to come together and help the community as a whole,” sophomore Jessica Wooster said. “This is my second year doing Big Event, and I always have a blast.”

SGA worked tirelessly to empty the seemingly endless reusable bags of leaves and sticks to return them quickly to the volunteers to reuse. The cycle did not end until every job site was complete.

Leroy Satchell, former administrative representative and alumnus of Salisbury University class of 2006, expressed tremendous gratitude for the service the volunteers provided him.

“What would I do without Big Event? The ladies were amazing and worked diligently,” Satchell said. “I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish the task without Big Event.”

Kathryn Nuernberger speaks of intimate perspective with nature for “Writers on the Shore” series

By VAL PETSCHE

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Poet Kathryn Nuernberger stands with Salisbury graduate Molly Likovich at the “Writer’s on the Shore” reading Wednesday. Photo by Val Petsche.

Staff Writer

Author Kathryn Nuernberger recited enchanting poems at the “Writers on the Shore” series this past Wednesday, describing nature with the acuity of a scientist and the breadth of a writer.

Nuernberger is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri as well as the director of Pleiades Press. She has lived on an exhausted dairy farm in southeastern Ohio with her husband and daughter in addition to her previous residences around the U.S., including Missouri, Louisiana, Montana and Washington.

Nuernberger presented literature from her two poetry collections, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone, both of which have received prestigious awards, including the Antivenom Prize from Elixir Press for the latter.

“A dozen dark backs undulating wavelessly through the mist. The Queen said poetically: These are the great diving beasts of a deeply held breath,” Nuernberger read from her poem about narwhals.

An appreciation for nature can be seen in her discussion of the organic realm, infusing scientific terminology into a harmonious arrangement of poetic lyricism.

Rag & Bone is Kathryn Nuernberger’s debut poetry collection, confessing a love affair with nature, paramecium-mottled screens and everyday oddities.

Her poem titled “U.S. EPA Reg. No. 524-474,” begins, “Gene-splicing the beetle-resistant Basillus. Thuringiensis with a potato sounds surgical, but it’s just a matter of firing a .22 shell dipped in DNA solution at the stem, straggling out from the russet eye.”

The audience was given the opportunity to ask questions following the poetry reading. One such question centered around Nuernberger’s fascination with fairytales bordering the dark and twisted.

She then recounted a favorite bedtime story which involves the devil vying for a farmer’s daughter, and an act of witchcraft that ends with the reader unsure of whether the devil is really gone. Nuernberger explained of the significance of this storytelling as opposed to the innocent versions with fairies and princesses.

“My critical apparatus justifying this messed-up mothering is that the tales that are scary are actually really satisfying because they don’t take it literally, so they don’t feel like they’re experiencing a deeply violent thing.”

Nuernberger further reasoned, “She finds it really cathartic. The world is scary to them, too. There’s death and there’s loss out there.”

With a final resolution, she explained, “Giving fairytales is a way of acknowledging the full complexity of their emerging humanity, and giving them the tools to learn how to harness all the feelings they have.”

Molly Likovich, a recent Salisbury graduate holding an English degree stated, “I fell in love with her almost prosaic way of looking at poetry. I feel like her work falls into stories and let’s the reader consume enough content for fifty poems with the succinctness of one. ”

Likovich discovered Kathryn’s work over a year ago through John Nieves, following a recommendation for Rag & Bone.

“I also just think, as a woman and as a poet, I deeply connect to a lot of the ways she sees the world—from animals, to metaphors, to ancient research, to creepy fairytales—and getting to meet her in person was everything I could’ve ever dreamed of,” Likovich added.

Preceding the Q&A, Nuernberger discussed her melancholy over the recent order to loosen hunting regulations on wolves in North America.

“It broke my coping mechanisms,” she stated. To Nuernberger, it became the symbol of everything else, and the wolves presented a single entity which she could use to contain her frustration on everything else going on.

“It seems like it’s rooted in this very old, ancient human impulse to be like, ‘I want to be the mega predator because it makes me feel less afraid,’” she later concluded.

Likovich is currently reading, The End of Pink, Nuernberger’s second book.

“As a rape survivor, her poems, that especially touch on how blame-the-victim culture works today, are especially astonishing to me,” Likovich explained. “She hits the nail on the head of what so many women are feeling.”

Likovich discussed one of the author’s most central works related to the topic.

“The way she uses the ancient myths of mermaids as a metaphor for the urban term of calling a girl a ‘tease’ is brilliant,” she said, referring to the short story titled “P.T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid Exhibition as I Was Not the Girl I think I Was.”

The reading was a demonstration of human creativity bridging the gap between science and literature. It was made possible through the “Writers on the Shore” series, an event showcasing established authors in Delmarva for over thirty years.

Saferide shuts down upcoming weekend operations

By HALEY DICK

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Photo by Jessica Schmitz.

Gull Life Editor

Saferide, SU’s student-run transportation service, has announced that this weekend, Apr. 6—Apr. 8, they will not be operating following multiple accounts of unlawful and disrespectful behavior from their passengers.

The organization has six vans and numerous student employees that provide rides back to campus for students at off-campus locations within a three-mile radius. Their goal is to offer students free, anonymous and secure rides back to campus in hopes of promoting good decision-making.

Throughout the spring semester, violations of Saferide and state law policies have occurred on a progressively regular basis, and a line had to be drawn.

Allen Reynolds, Saferide driver and vice President of personnel, described the reoccurring incidents as a graph of exponential growth. The instances kept accumulating, and there was no other way around the situation than to temporarily shut down the operation.

“I cannot put my staff in a position of being harassed and having to deal with all these issues,” Saferide President Chris Whalen said. “It’s not fair to them.”

The drivers work to provide fast transportation for their classmates in order to insure that they get home safely. Whalen shared that some of the drivers work at Saferide because drunk driving has personally affected them and they want to make a difference for their fellow students.

If the temporary shutdown is not enough to show students the effects of their actions, the executive board will continue to brainstorm different ways on how to end the constant battle between the drivers and the students to ensure a better relationship between the two.

“This is step one in the process, and if we need to take things further, we will,” Whalen said. “If our message does not get across, we will take further action.”

The organization does not solely operate as a sober driving system, and not all the passengers are to blame. As Reynolds said, “Saferide is not a drunk bus. We are so much more than that.”

There is a range between those who use the service out of need, and those who take advantage of it. Saferide gets plenty of service from students who are out late studying and are simply looking for a safer way to get back to their homes other than walking in the dark.

The organization is here for the benefit of the student body, which is why the board expressed so much disappointment and concern, resulting in the halt of the organization’s services.

“It is not just about having thick skin,” Tricia Garvey Smith, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, said. “It is about breaking the law.”

In an email sent out to Salisbury University students by Smith on behalf of Saferide, it clearly stated: “this is in no way an invitation to engage in irresponsible or illegal activities, including but not limited to driving under any influences.” Students are expected to find other safe modes of transportation in the absence of Saferide.

The organization has not indicated when they will be up and operating again for student service.

Update: On Apr. 13, Saferide announced that operations would resume for the weekend of Apr. 13 through 15. The email from the Saferide Executive Board to the Salisbury University student population read as:

“Thank you for you cooperation through last weekend’s  suspension of our service. We must work together as a student body to treat Saferide employees as well as fellow passengers with the utmost respect at all times.”

“As a reminder, any alcohol, tobacco, or electronic cigarettes are not tolerated in our vans under any circumstances. Additionally, we do not drop off at any restaurants, bars, or any other commercial locations or pick up from campus.”

GOT knocks out cancer

By THERESA TUMMINELLO

Staff Writer

@Theresa_tumm

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Girls on Top of The World, otherwise known as GOT, is a community-service based club at Salisbury University.
Their mission is helping the community, making friends, supporting other groups on campus and empowering other women.

Founded in 2004, this club now consists of over 200 girls who dedicate their time to different events and organizations in the town of Salisbury and the surrounding areas. Events include volunteering at Halo Shelter’s soup kitchen, the Tim Kennard race, Rob’s Run and Habitat for Humanity.

Gina Stratchko, club president of GOT, says, “Community service means volunteering your time and talents to help others. It’s just a bonus to do it with great people who care about helping the community as much as you do. It’s so easy: all you have to do is show up with a positive attitude.”

GOT made headlines last year as they became a nationally ranked team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Out of 50 teams that fundraised for Salisbury University’s event last year, they were the top fundraiser. With this event coming up on April 28, 2017, GOT is doing everything they can to secure the top spot once again.

On Sunday, April 2, GOT hosted their 3rd annual Knockout Basketball Tournament. The event was held in Maggs Gym from 1 p.m.—3 p.m. and all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

The event was centered on the popular basketball game known as knockout. With only two basketballs at a time, players stand behind the free throw line and try to make a basket before the person in front of them does. If they succeed, the person in front is out and the game cycles through all the participants until there is only one left standing.

Stratchko says that “it’s a great way for the campus community to come together for a great cause that means something to so many of us.”

Teams of six people battled for their spot in the Knockout Basketball Tournament this past Sunday. One person at a time from each team faced people from other teams. The winner of each game moved on to the next round.

The winning team of the tournament, Kappa Sigma, received half of the money raised, $262, and could either put it toward their organization’s Relay For Life team or a team of their choosing. The remaining half of the proceeds were put towards GOT’s Relay For Life team.

“This year is only our 3rd annual Knockout and we’re aware that it takes a while to make an event great, so we’re going to keep working each year to make it better than the last,” Stratchko said.

Be sure to stay updated on the fundraising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life this year at Salisbury University to see if GOT can hold their No. 1 spot.

How to bounce back from a great spring break

By ALEXIS GRAMATES

Staff Writer

Sunshine, cold drinks, hanging out with friends and no worries of homework is what spring break is all about—until reality sets in, school starts back up and students find themselves struggling to get back into their routines.

Back on campus, the regular 7 a.m. alarm goes off, you roll out of bed and hope to get to class on time. During the sleepy walk across campus, the memories of the best spring break run through your mind.

The lecture starts and the stress follows right behind when hearing the amount of projects and tests coming right around the corner. You think to yourself, ‘why did I wait this long to prepare myself for this?’

Some tips to take with you before and after spring break are:

  1. Always stay organized

 

It is okay to go away and enjoy your week off of school—this is why there is spring break. But, always remember that spring break is only a week long, so make sure you have things done before you go.

 

Prioritize your school work the week before you leave so that you are not stressing about that paper that is due the Wednesday we get back.

 

  1. Do some work during down time

 

Sometimes there will be a break from the partying! If there is reading that is due why not read it while lounging by the pool, on the beach or even the plane?

 

When you come home, there will be less stress because of the little work you are getting done.

 

  1. Plan the night before

Planning the week out on Sunday is great! But life happens, so when obstacles come about, just adapt.

Go through an agenda for the next day, plan out goals to be made and prioritize time and work. Even something as simple as planning your outfit the night before can majorly relieve stress.

 

  1. Wake up with a purpose

 

Attack every morning as if it were the last one. One of the hardest things to do is not hit snooze.

 

Try putting the phone across the room so the only way to turn the alarm off is by getting up. Once you get up and walk around you will wake up, and start getting ready for the day.

 

  1. Music warms the soul

 

Play music when stress kicks in; it is a good release and often times will bring up spring break memories. This is also a great study mechanism because when a student listens to music, it helps them with memorization.

Put in those headphones or turn on your speaker and motivate yourself to push through the last few weeks of school. The end is near!

March on D.C. with ESA for environmental justice

By VAL PETSCHE

Staff Writer

@valeriepetsche

March with members of Salisbury University’s Environmental Student’s Association (ESA) to demand climate justice at the People’s Climate Movement in D.C. Saturday, April 29.

“This is extremely important because it allows us an opportunity to come together and express how we feel about the recent trend in national environmental legislation,” ESA president Terri Gladus, a sophomore environmental studies major, explained.

The People’s Climate Movement has led demonstrations across the nation since 2014, demanding solutions to the climate crisis as well as protection for the rights to clean air, water, land and ultimately, a world at peace.

Additionally, the movement aims to address the attacks on immigrants, colored communities, indigenous people and tribal nations.

“Students should be interested in this event because it allows our voices to be heard and provides a venue for agency where we can have a say in the direction of environmental protection in this country,” Gladus said.

This year, the march occurs on the 100th day of the Trump administration. People will be marching in the streets of D.C. surrounding the White House, Mall and Capital.

Junior Rebecca Lederman, a philosophy major, stated, This is extremely important for morale and spreading awareness to those who don’t take climate threats seriously.”

Gladus said students can participate by going to the march themselves, in which further information about the event can be found online at the People’s Climate Movement website. While the sign-up dates for carpooling have passed, anyone needing tips on organizing their own ride or wishing to caravan with the group may contact ESA.

“I am most looking forward to getting to experience this event with a large group of SU students and to be involved in such an amazing event,” Gladus later stated.

An event of this magnitude hopes to prompt political action by the federal government in the form of funding through investments in a sustainable future. This includes appropriating costs for transitioning to a renewable energy economy and divesting ourselves from our reliance on fossil fuels.

“I would participate, especially with the possibility that the EPA might lose a huge amount of its funding,” Lederman said. “People who don’t support the Environmental Protection Agency don’t seem to understand that the earth is a precious thing, and the activities of humans are destroying it.”

President Trump recently signed an executive order on March 28 to repeal Obama’s Clean Power Plan, derailing any progress that would combat climate change. The pivotal Clean Power Plan may allow the U.S. to uphold their duty in the Paris Climate Agreement in efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The current political narrative of climate change demands action and this movement is an opportunity to advocate for a sustainable future. Demonstrators may peacefully address recent decisions such as this executive order, or other injustices felt by the public.

For further details about the march, students can reach ESA president Terri Gladus at tgladus1@gulls.salisbury.edu.

Top 5 study spots around campus

By AMY WOJTOWICZ

Staff Writer

Having trouble focusing in your normal study location? Looking for a new place to crack open your textbooks and focus? If you answered “yes,” then pop a look at the list below which features five new places you most likely never thought to bring your books and laptop.

 

  1. Above Hungry Minds Café
  • If you walk up the stairs located right next to Hungry Minds, you will find another location that looks just like the seating outside of Hungry Minds but is used for studying and eating. I have noticed that most people up there go to study; the environment is much quieter and you cannot hear the hustle and bustle of downstairs. The best part are the counter tops that overlook campus, perfect for looking up and admiring the view. The lighting is always bright due to the abundance of white and large windows, which is a great environment for getting work done. Lastly, another perk of this location is having easy access to printers, computers, food and coffee.

 

  1. Cool Beans
  • If you like studying with background noise or enjoy studying in a busier environment, Cool Beans is your place. Most people underestimate Cool Beans, only labeling it as a coffee shop, but Cool Beans is more than that. Not only can you support your coffee fix, but you can grab a seat in one of the comfortable chairs and write that paper you have been meaning to do.

 

  1. Outdoors
  • To be more specific, the gazebo next to the Guerrieri Student Union is a perfect study location for when the weather is nice. Most people also tend to overlook or not even notice this location because not many people are around this area of campus. Around the gazebo, there are multiple picnic tables, perfect for when you need to meet up with people from class for a group project. On the next nice day, be sure to take a walk to check out this location—it might be your next study spot.

 

  1. Third and Second Floor of the Library
  • The third and second floor of the library are the only two floors that have counter tops that overlook the pit. These are perfect spots for individual work and for your laptop because it has a convenient outlet every couple of seats. It is relatively quiet but not completely, so if you do not mind or prefer background noise, this is your location.

 

  1. Third Floor’s Quiet Section of the Library
  • Looking for a location for complete silence? This area is for you, then; there is no talking permitted, phones must remain on mute and headphones must not be loud enough to hear them. This is the perfect location to take that online test or quiz you are nervous about, due to the area surrounding you forcing you to concentrate.

Walking with wallabies

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Staff Writer

Wild wallabies—the Salisbury Zoo will unveil their newest fluffy addition this June when the small marsupial arrives to headline their new Australian Walk-About exhibit.

The opening of the new exhibits is a part of a larger project called “Renew the Zoo,” a $3 million campaign focused on bettering the infrastructure of the zoo. The new animals and exhibits are hoped to reinvigorate public interest in the small but free zoo.

This summer, the Salisbury Zoo will be unveiling their Australian Walk-About exhibit that is set to feature wallabies, aviaries and a new reptile enclosure.

The zoo is hoping to draw bigger crowds and more public interest than it has in past years, despite claiming a 300,000 annual visitor rate. The main exhibit featuring wallabies is scheduled to be finished in mid-June while the William E. Morgan Conservation Center is not set to be finished until later this July.

Dave Williamson, the lead zoo keeper, says the exhibits will feature four wallabies, two aviaries as well as a new conservation center set to house a reptile center near the zoo’s entrance. Williamson said that he believes the wallaby exhibit will be the most popular of the new animals and will attract the most attention.

“It’s going to bring people out that don’t normally visit because it’s been a while since we’ve had new exhibits,” Williamson said.

Head of Marketing and Development at Salisbury Zoo Mary Seaman said the William E. Morgan Conservation Center may take until late July to complete.

As for why the Conservation Center will take longer than the other exhibit to be completed, Seaman noted several details that may lead to a longer construction period.

“There are going to be some water features and other details for the exhibit,” Seaman said.

Summer Manning, a junior at Salisbury University, said that she had previously visited the zoo twice and enjoyed the setting and seeing the animals there. Manning said that she had heard about the upcoming exhibits from a roommate who frequently visits the zoo with a girl she nannies.

“I got to see the zoo keeper feeding the Jaguar when I went,” Manning said. “I like that [the zoo keepers] are personable and care about the animals, especially because it’s a non-profit.”

A senior at Wor-Wic Community College, Caitie Cain, was excited to hear about the new animals coming to the Salisbury Zoo. While Cain lives in Salisbury, when asked about attending the zoo, she said that she had never been there.

“No—to be honest I thought you had to pay to go there,” Cain said. “They’re probably going to be really popular with cute animals like wallabies.”

Zoogoers had mixed opinions on the new developments at the zoo, some not knowing what was even being done. Lindsey Van Niekerk, who was attending the zoo with her daughter, said she visits the zoo a lot but did not know what was being changed at the zoo.

“I didn’t even know what was happening, but that’s what I was just trying to figure out,” Van Niekerk said.

A couple, Amanda and Kyle Willink, who were attending the zoo with their son said that they visit the zoo weekly during the summertime and are expecting the wallabies to be very popular. The couple said that they enjoy the zoo as somewhere to get out and walk around while learning about animals.

“When he was really little, our son liked the ducks best, but I think he’s going to like the new birds in the aviaries,” Mrs. Willink said.