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The Blue & Gray Press | February 25, 2018

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Urination in Mason Hall Oven Causes Stir

By COLLEEN HUBER

The housekeeping staff was greeted with a surprise in the Mason Hall oven on Monday morning after someone urinated in an oven.

After noticing something wet at the bottom of the oven, housekeeping notified facility services, who then informed Kari Gent, assistant director of residence life, that someone had urinated in the oven.

The incident occurred sometime over the weekend before Oct. 1.

According to Gent, it could have happened anytime that weekend after the resident assistants on duty had finished their last rounds.

Residents were notified via email and Facebook that the kitchen would be locked while housekeeping sanitized the oven and from that point onward after the RAs completed their final rounds, according to Gent.

“Mason residents, by-and-large, at that point, were not really using the kitchen that we could tell,” said Gent.

For about a week following the incident, Gent had the RAs lock the kitchen after their last round at night and unlock it in the morning. Once fall break came, the kitchen was once again, open at all times to residents.

“The entire situation was really an anomaly,” said Gent. “We hadn’t been having any issues of that nature and we haven’t had any issues since.”

None of the Mason residents brought any concerns or complaints about the issue about the occurrence to Gent, and the Mason Hall Council chose to allow the staff to manage how to address the students on the issue. The staff made the decision to lock the kitchen for the following week.

The person responsible for urinating in the oven has not been identified, and no charges have been assessed, according to Gent.

Gent said the issue was handled as well as it could have been, and, as with a lot of situations in community areas, no one has been found responsible.

“I wish we had a better sense of who did it so we could hold that person accountable,” said Gent.

The incident is similar to one that occurred in 2008, when a series of defecations were repeatedly found in the parking garage, according to the Feb. 7, 2008 edition of the Bullet.

Comments

  1. “The housekeeping staff was greeted with a surprise in the Mason Hall oven on Monday morning after someone urinated in an oven. […] The incident occurred sometime over the weekend before Oct. 1.”

    Wait, did someone piss in the oven in September and nobody found it until now?

    Mason still being Mason. Warms my heart. My freshman year, there was a dead pigeon making its way into the RA’s shower, then into the microwave.

  2. Anne

    I thought it was the microwave first? Poor bird.

  3. Thomas

    You know, it’s hard to keep it all straight at this point. I just remember that it all came to a head when [SOMEBODY] pissed into a carton full of long-expired eggs and put it in [SOMEBODY ELSE]’s heater and made the room literally uninhabitable for days.

  4. Anne

    Logically, I think shower-microwave makes more sense. At least that was Mason 5th floor pre-renovation…we could’ve done anything and it wouldn’t have mattered (but undoubtedly we’d still get charged).

  5. Stu

    Mason Hall is simply cursed, it was never meant to be renovated. The Mason Hall ghost is not happy.

  6. Sophomore Student

    No, the event occurred the weekend before Oct. 1 and was cleaned up that Monday, although this article does make it sound like urine was just discovered. The urination was discussed among residents of the hall and no incidences have happened since then. Many Mason residents are confused why the Bullet has chosen to report on an event that occurred over a month ago, and is no longer newsworthy.