The Resident Assistant’s office on the fourth floor of Trusler on Oct. 14. The unoccupied floor is where the “microbial growth” is, however the RA workroom is still used by the Towers Complex Council. The growth has been removed as of Oct. 16.

Mystery “microbes” were eradicated on the unoccupied fourth floor of Trusler this week following it’s identification last Friday.

“(Stover’s Restoration) did most of the work yesterday and they’re finishing up today,” said Cass Coughlin, director of Residential Life. “...They may be fully finished at this point. The only part of their work that is not complete yet is their environmentalist is scheduled to come next Monday.”

According to Coughlin, the environmental specialist was hired to identify the kind of microbe and determine a plausible cause to help prevent this from happening again. From what Stover’s Restoration could tell, they confirmed that it was not black nor orange mold.

“I was asking (Stover’s Restoration) you know, ‘What’s the best communication and way to say this?’ (and) they said ‘Microbial growth’ because (from) what they could tell was that it’s some kind of microbe that started growing in colonies,” Coughlin said. “It could be a mold, it could be a fungus.”

The growth was localized to a few rooms on the fourth floor, but the entire floor was scrubbed to help prevent spread.

“There are a few spots on the quarter walls and then maybe six rooms,” Coughlin said. “We haven’t done the full debrief. Stover’s was gonna clean everything, so every room and every quarter wall. They’re gonna do everything just as a preventative measure. But, in terms of where it was visually present, we noticed it in six rooms.”

Residents of Singular and Trusler were notified on Monday of the growth in an email from Coughlin.

“(I thought it was) disgusting,” said Angela Arwine, freshman history and history education major and second floor Singular resident. “It’s just gross…Especially since there’s this growth going on in sick season, to where we’re already prone to diseases and our immune systems already down and then this is added. That adds a little bit of anxiety...While I don’t get sick very easily, my roommate does.”

While some students expressed concern over this development, others were thankful the university handled it so swiftly.

“I’m just glad it had no threat to me, I’m glad they’re taking care of it,” said Brayden Stabb, freshman business administration major and first floor Trusler resident. “Even though it wasn’t bothering anybody, they still notified us.”

Students living in Singular and Trusler Halls are urged to contact Residential Life if they have any concerns for their rooms—like strange smells, moisture, or another possible microbial growth. Students can reach Residential Life at (620) 342-5264, or at

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