Of Mice and Miller: Rodent Infestation Continues in Academic Building

This semester, students and faculty have noticed new residents in the Fulton-Miller academic building: mice. Fulton-Miller is known to many students as the building where the physics, history, and mass communications departments reside.

The front of the building, also known as Fulton-Creed, was built in 1914, and is starting to show its age. Miller, the back portion of the building, was added in 1967 and also lacks the attention that seems to be needed.

Faculty members currently believe that the mice are living in the walls of Miller, coming out of the radiators, and possibly coming in through the entrance door of Fulton, which has been out of use since the end of last semester.

Some classes in Miller Hall have been reportedly interrupted due to the campus’ continuing issues with these critters. This includes one of Matthew Shannon, Ph.D.’s first year courses.

“I’ve only seen one, and it really looked more like a rat. I was in Miller 221 teaching class the second week of the semester and we were in a circle. I noticed some of the students looking out of the door and I heard this collective gasp. That’s when I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” Dr. Shannon said.

The issue is so extensive that Dr. Shannon has set up eight different traps in his office. Other faculty members located in the building have bait boxes set up behind their doors. The majority of classrooms in Miller have bait boxes as well.

Mark Finney, Ph.D., has also had to endure the mice in his office.

“Things in my office have gotten better but there’s still the aroma of dead animals. It does concern me that there are mice and possibly rats in the building. I think it’s a safety issue,” said Finney.

Fulton-Miller would not be the first building on campus to deal with mice or other such creatures. Last year in Wiley Jackson, still known to most as MaWa, a handful of the fourth floor residents encountered a bat, including now-sophomore Regan Booth. This academic year, the problem has continued. Last semester, many students in Sullins encountered mice in their dorm, including senior Delyn Bull.

This continuous issue has many students puzzled and irritated.

“I think it is really disappointing and disgusting that the school seems to not be making an effort to get rid of the mice,” said Emma Grace Thompson, a Mass Communications and History Junior.

“I just don’t understand. I just can’t wrap my head around this one. It seems like anywhere I go something is falling apart in the dorms or any of the older buildings seem so outdated. Add the fact that I saw a mouse a few days ago on top of that and I’m just not sure that I want to stay here any more. Administration needs to stop expanding and start taking care of what is already here,” said a first-year MaWa resident who wished to remain anonymous.

“Mice eat through things and no one wants that. Rats are disgusting. When I hear ‘rats,’ I can’t help but think of the ones in New York’s sewers. Mice, rats, or any type of rodent can be quite nasty! I don’t want one running by my foot in Stats or any other course,” said Achille Wangam, a French and European Studies Junior.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, both rats and mice worldwide can spread more than thirty-five different diseases.

While the health and comfort of faculty and students is now questionable in Miller, some have felt it necessary to go as far as to sending pictures to the President’s office to obtain the attention needed to take care of the issue.

Since pictures have been sent, more traps have been set up and there has been more attention set on the issue–but the mice still remain an ongoing problem.

– Hailey Ellis

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