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vol. 101 issue 1
january 30, 2013
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Champs return to field Defending regional champs are ranked first in preseason conference poll.
Sara E. Flores STAFF WRITER
Residence Life works to obliterate insects as Treadaway Hall residents dismay.
shower,” Guevara said. “Then I talked to a hall director who told me to stay out of my room and try to take as few things as possible with me.” Alex Eakins According to Guevara, at first the hall director she NEWS EDITOR spoke to was reluctant to temporarily relocate her to another room until, after further protests, the hall Treadaway Hall residents panicked upon news of director moved Guevara. She could not recall the name an infestation of bedbugs that had burrowed their way of the director she spoke to, only that the director was into the walls of the fourth floor of the residence hall not the Treadaway Hall director. requiring emergency pest control treatments. “(She) told me just to stay in my room, but I told Increasingly more common in residence halls in (her) I didn’t want to,” Guevara said. all universities, a single instance of bedbugs presented Residence Life subsequently resumed its treatment itself in Treadaway in late November, procedures. according to Director of Residence Life The primary tactic for obliterating (She) told me just James Villarreal. However, treatment of bedbugs used to be a chemical the room did not prove effective enough to stay in my room, treatment, but the University moved and a couple other rooms came to harbor but I told (her) I didn’t to a heat treatment after the first tactic bedbugs. proved ineffective. The company in want to,” On Jan. 13, junior accounting major charge of the treatments, ABC Pest Sandy Guevara moved her belongings Control, first applies a heat treatment Sandy Guevara into her room only to find bedbugs Junior, Accounting to heat the student’s room up to 140 visibly crawling about her mattress and degrees Fahrenheit for three or four soundboard. hours, killing any trace of bedbugs, “As I walked into my dorm, I noticed some strange according to Associate Director of Residence Life Ann bugs on my wall and my bed. They were coming from Karam. After heat treatments, the pest control company the wall and crawling on my bed,” Guevara said. uses a chemical treatment to cap the process. According to Guevara, she was the first student to Normally, this treatment would have been sufficiently alert the residence life office of the persistent bedbug effective, except bedbugs unexpectedly burrowed into problems despite initial treatments before and during the crevices of soundboards in Treadaway Hall, winter break. “I first told the RA (residence assistant) on duty, and she came to my dorm and nicely asked me to take a hot see BEDBUGS page 2
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The baseball team will be counting on experience and a strong pitching line up entering this semester’s regular season. After a regional championship and a fifth place finish in the College World Series last season, the team seems to be in agreement that, if they can buy into the same concept of winning, it will be an exceptionally successful season. “Our expectations are always to get back to the World Series,” Head Baseball Coach Charlie Migl said. “Last year we were there and it was great; we won a game and lost a couple. Our goal is to get back there and hopefully win a national championship.” With their first conference game right around the corner, the team is beginning to review its goals for the season.
“(Our goals) are to be the best defensive team. We’d love to lead the nation in fielding percentage, have the best pitching staff ERA and lead the nation in that,” Assistant Coach Chris Ermis said. “Last year we did both. We weren’t number one but we were top five. From an offensive stand point, we want to score a run every inning.” Short stop Derek Williams, a junior exercise and sport major transfer from Rice University, hopes St. Mary’s can bring him confidence and restore the love he once had for the game. Williams finished his sophomore season at Rice with a batting average of .151 and a fielding percentage of .943. “I plan on having a good time winning with the guys and seeing our work and commitment pay off while we try to earn another bid to the World Series,” Williams said. Pitching and catching are the battery of baseball and the coaching staff could not see BASEBALL page 16
Senior Scott Slusher (left) and freshman Al Gonzalez particpate in batting practice. Photo by Sara E. Flores
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Police Blotter 1.18.13
Stop sign stolen from Rattler/Marianist drive crossroads. Physical Plant contacted for replacement and repair.
Two computer monitors stolen from Blume Library. University Police Department investigation is pending.
Visitor in Greehey Arena took a miss-placed step attempting to avoid garbage on stairs; visitor fell, struck face on stairs, knocked out teeth and cut lip. EMS contacted; refused transport, but treated.
Resident Assistant reported intoxicated minor; student found passed out in Lourdes Hall shower. Citation issued; referred to Judicial Affairs.
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Continuing the Heritage volunteers clean up at District Five David Medina Project. Photo by Lauren Lundy
BEDBUGS which shielded them from the treatments. This caused previously treated rooms to continue carrying bedbugs, which aggravated the problem. Consequently, Residence Life had to remove the soundboards before treating the rooms, prolonging treatment. In all, three rooms were heated to eliminate pests and the adjacent rooms were treated with chemicals preventively. Resident panic over the bedbug surge occurred due to the stress of relocating, sightings of bedbugs and the inability to access personal belongings, which need to be treated as well. “It really sucked that I couldn’t stay in my dorm as soon as I had gotten back and the fact that, after days of treating my room, I had to go back and clean up all the mess they left,” Guevara said. Besides a messy room, another consequence a number of residents experienced was the damage of personal property. One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, cried out after discovering the mangled remains of prized vinyl records, which had been melted by the heat, while Guevara indicated that her printer had been damaged. Villarreal was not aware that property had been damaged, but indicated that
Residence Life would be willing to consider compensating students who came forward with reports of damages. Despite Villarreal’s openness to students, one turned to local news station News 4 WOAI, rather than Residence Life, to share her concerns. According to Villarreal, some of the information presented by the student in the local news was inaccurate or misrepresentative of the problem. “If (the student) would have just come forward and said, ‘Look, I’m really frustrated; I’m going go to the press with this,’ we would have said: ‘What are you frustrated about? What are we not doing that you would like to see here,’” Villarreal said. “I guarantee you my job isn’t to come here everyday and say, ‘How am I going to frustrate students today?’ It’s the contrary.” Villarreal said Residence Life is always open to student opinions and concerns. Another resident of Treadaway Hall, who also wishes to remain anonymous, submitted an email to The Rattler Jan. 16, concerning fears for her health. “Recently, I have been very concerned for my health and well being,” she wrote. “I was informed last semester that the University has experienced several outbreaks of bedbugs during the past few years. Several students have had to dispose of personal property, and not
Bedbug scurries along Sandy Guevara’s Treadaway soundboard. Photo by Alex Eakins
been compensated by the University. I have noticed that the bedbugs always reappear in rooms that have been previously ‘treated’ by the school.” Villarreal reiterated claims that the number of students who actually encountered bedbugs remained at four during this calendar year. He also affirmed that bedbugs do not spread diseases to mitigate concerns about health. Finally, Villarreal emphasized that Residence Life does not want to run away from these issues. When issues such as this one happen, Residence Life wants to address them, he said. “We followed our procedure; it didn’t work this time because there was another variable that we didn’t encounter and we didn’t anticipate,” Villarreal said. Bailey Ferguson contributed to this report.