Rice University Facilities, Engineering, and Planning department spokesperson Susann Glenn denies there’s been any increase in the number of reported on-campus sightings of rats over the last 2 years. But senior Marina Masciale tells the Rice Thresher rats have “pretty much infiltrated” the new section of Hanszen College. Her evidence: “rat turds all over the floor of my room and even on my bed.”
A sticky rat trap was put up in her room to try and catch the rat, but the trap only caught a cockroach which Masciale believes the rat then proceeded to eat, as it was gone the next day. “Housing and Dining has since then upgraded to heavy-duty rat traps – the ones that snap,” Masciale says.
After some holes were patched, Masciale is sleeping in her own room again. But she tells reporter Brooke Bullock
she can still hear the rats scratching in the A/C unit. The girls across the hall have heard it in their room as well, according to Masciale.
“It’s still alive, and it’s trying to escape,” Masciale said.
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