Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
by Emily Orischak, Opinions Editor
On Saturday, Nov. 17 sophomore English major Jessica Witkowski was relaxing in the Falcon’s Nest with Anastasia von Thaden, a forensic chemistry major, and Kerilyn Mamrosh, a Spanish and history major, when something caught her eye.
A mouse darted to the doors leading to South Annex, alerting Witkowski.
“They didn’t believe I saw it,” said Witkowski. “It scurried under the door and never came out.”
It wasn’t until von Thaden caught sight of it herself that the others knew it was indeed a mouse.
“At first I didn’t spot it,” explained von Thaden. “It was hiding under an open door and stayed there. You only saw [the mouse] when it shifted under the door.”
A few weeks earlier on Sunday, Nov. 4 Witkowski was in the Falcon’s Nest with Melissa Keen, a senior secondary education major, when another mouse made an appearance, emerging from a hole in South Annex.
“Melissa and I sat near the hole and watched [the mouse] come in and out,” said Witkowski. “It ran from the hole behind the piano to the Falcon’s Nest, then back.”
Keen even managed to snap a picture of the scurrying rodent as it slipped in and out of its hiding place in the wall.
It has been over a month since the first few sightings of mice were reported in the Tompkins College Center (TCC), and people are still sighting the furry creatures darting to and from their concealed holes.
“I’ve seen a mouse three times,” explained Witkowski.
Other students have spotted mice all around the TCC, including sophomore English major Angela Blum.
“I was eating with my friends when it scampered by,” stated Blum, who first saw them during the initial weeks of this school year. “It ran from the Falcon’s Nest, out the double doors, and into the stairwell by South Annex.”
Since then, Blum has seen other mice running around the TCC on several different occasions. Many of the student sightings are centered around the doors leading from the Falcon’s Nest to South Annex.
Michael Moore, the communications coordinator of the Allentown Health Bureau, explained that nothing was found during the last inspection that required someone to return for a follow-up inspection.
“This is the first time we have heard anything about it,” said Moore. “[The school] does not have a requirement to report the mice incidents to the Health Bureau. They do have an obligation to correct the problem.”
Maintenance did call in Viking pest control to lay traps for the mice, so they did attempt to control the problem.
In a previous article regarding mice in the TCC, the temporary head of the maintenance department, Dave DeBlass, said that maintenance and Viking are successfully catching mice and that the problem “is getting better.”
Though some are getting caught in the traps, the problem has not disappeared, as the furry creatures are still seen running around the TCC.
Over the course of two months, the number of sightings has increased and shows no sign of letting up. As the temperature continues to fall, it is possible that more mice will find their way into buildings and make homes for the remainder of winter.