Wilson Hall irritant disturbs move-in process
by Joshua Coombs
According to university officials, Wilson Hall was evacuated during move-in weekend on Aug. 24 due to an irritant of elusive nature.
Multitudes of Wilson Hall residents were scattered in groups, according to their assigned Resident Assistants (RA), after being evacuated as they looked apprehensively upon the residence hall. Through the crowd of incoming freshmen, Flagstaff Fire Department entered the building and breathing apparatuses as they attempted to locate the irritant in question.
Justin Neveu, freshman and resident of Wilson Hall, was on Facebook when the residence staff ordered the evacuation.
“No one really knew what was going on,” Neveu said. “I never smelled anything and had just moved in so I didn’t really know what to do.”
According to junior Chris Pabst, a RA in Wilson Hall, the nature of the irritant was unknown at the time of evacuation. Authorities originally believed it to be a prank. However, following investigation, the origin of the irritant was traced back to a storage room located on the third floor of the residence hall.
“It was really simple,” Pabst said concerning the effect on moving in. “Most of the residents had already moved in. Anyone who was wanting to move in just waited with everyone else until the all clear was given.”
Officials said that the irritant seemed to dispel from Wilson Hall upon the evacuation of its residents. No one suffered an injury related to this incident.