Looks like the university may not have made a $47 million mistake on Wyllys Avenue after all. Apparently last month’s “required maintenance” was fruit fly-mandated fumigation. From today’s Argus:
Fumigation efforts to control the fruit fly population in the Usdan University Center will continue this month. The measures, intended to ensure health and sanitation within Usdan, shut down Late Night dining on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and will take place again on Tuesday, Oct. 21.
“While we do have fruit flies, the rumors of an ‘infestation’ are incorrect,” [BA Resident District Manager Michael] Strumpf wrote in an e-mail to The Argus. “We are simply controlling, with the assistance of the Middletown Department of Health, what all food service providers must deal with when fresh produce is delivered to location from outside vendors.”[Strumpf] added that both the Sept. 30 fumigation and the follow-up fumigation scheduled for Oct. 21 comprise the first two steps of a professional extermination plan.
But wait, there’s more!
In addition to the fruit flies, other maintenance issues have recently occurred in Usdan.
“Prior to air flow adjustment in Usdan’s basement kitchen, the Health Department determined that there was mildew…growing on tiles that were very damp due to humid conditions,” Strumpf wrote.
The conditions leading to this mildew have since been corrected. However, some staff workers have expressed concerns about the health hazards the presence of mildew poses.
It was cold, energy-inefficient, and had an inadequate kitchen, but I don’t seem to remember any fruit fly infestations in Mocon. Yay nostalgia!
Argus: “Usdan Halts“