Matthew Krauss, News Writer • email@example.com
Matt Wingfield; Shaerie Looney
Recently the facilities department at Emory & Henry installed two new stations for disposing dog waste. According to Mark Graham, the reactions of the public on this new infrastructure improvements have been very positive. The stations can be found in front of Byars Hall and the Appalachian Center for Civic Life.
The initiative to add the stations has been around for awhile, and since the campus is already in the midst of making improvements, it was decided that it would be best to install the stations now. Although there are only two stations currently installed, the positive reception has prompted campus to build two more, one in the village and the other near Elm Hall.
Director of Alumni Affairs Monica Hoel is an avid dog walker and can be seen around campus with her dog, Bonny, on most mornings. To her, the stations have little effect because, as she stated, “I already bring a bag to clean up after she goes.” However many do not come as equipped as Hoel does, and the evidence left behind makes this clear. Hoel says the stations are good for “promoting [students getting into] cleanly habits.” Two other community members, John and Esther Lang, walk their dog around the Van Dyke and the King Center and have also realized “other people also walk there dogs there, so it would be a good idea for a station in that vicinity.”
The improvements of the stations not only add to the aesthetics of campus, but also help prevent the groundwater and water sources, such as the duck pond, from being contaminated in the many storms that happen every year. The groundskeepers also will benefit from the station’s addition because there jobs will now be much easier since they do not need to avoid dog feces when working on the lawns.
The campus is very supportive of allowing animals to have their presence, and Mark Graham explains that “various community members often bring their animals onto campus.” Many students homesickness results in missing one’s pets, and Hoel believes that campus’ willingness to allow an animal friendly space helps students feel more at home and allows them to better transition into college life.
Shaerie Looney owns a Texas Heeler which lives in her room and acts as an emotional support animal. This species of dog needs to be frequently exercised because they are medium sized. With the addition of the stations, exercise is encouraged for dogs as Shaerie explains it’s easier because she no longer has to think “about not having to worry about whether or not I have a bag or not” and feels that the campus is further trying to be inclusive in how they treat students.