But before I attempt humor, I wanted to get this good old fashion horror story off of my clipboard:
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is the latest college to face a bedbug problem in some dormitories -- an event that has been treated as a serious annoyance by students elsewhere, but hasn't led to scandals.In follow-up stories, University officials seem to have dug themselves out of a hole by aggressively assessing, removing the bugs, and then regularly updating students and parents.
As The Lincoln Journal Star reported, however, a resident assistant in one housing unit reported that when she found bedbugs, she was discouraged from telling the students, and was told to tell them that her room was being remodeled, not that it was being scrubbed for bedbugs. The university denies a cover-up...
The final tally was 197 rooms with bug issues, and um...well.. lots of "contraband" discovered (wow, 300? I think someone is less than accurate with that total) during surprise room inspections.
Though it is unclear if the university acted inappropriately and tried to cover up the initial creepy crawler problem, one lesson is applicable:
Whatever the problem, just tell the truth and move forward. It is the cover-up that almost always results in the most damage.
As far as the bed bugs, man, I am glad my biggest problem with my undergrad roomie was him hanging his smelly socks off my bed to air out.
Those were the days.