Are Bats in the President's House a $1.2M Problem?

March 30, 2015

Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and his wife, Deborah, have moved out of the presidential home after she fell and broke a foot while dodging a bat. While removal of bats from the home is not controversial, many students and faculty members are angry that the university's foundation is now talking about spending $1.2 million to buy a new home for the president, rather than simply getting the bats removed from the current home, The Athens News reported. Foundation officials said that purchasing a new home would help not only the current president, but future presidents. But critics say that there are so many unmet needs on campus that affect students and professors that spending $1.2 million in this way is inappropriate. A "bat rally" is planned for tomorrow, and is being promoted on Facebook with the image at right.


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