UNO Move-In Day, Bedbugs Not Welcome

By: Ann McIntire, Gary Smollen Email
By: Ann McIntire, Gary Smollen Email

In the past few days, students have returned to the UNO campus. Thousands have moved in, ready for another year or for the first year of their college career.

Channel 6 News was there when one student saw her room for the first time. This was a big day for Jonnisha McCleod, the day she set out on her own. College has always been a part of her future and that future begins now at UNO. "Yeah, I'm excited, are you kidding me? I'm ready."

So is UNO. Volunteers helped incoming students navigate all the paperwork and learn the dos and don'ts of dorm life.

Last year on the UNL campus, there was a bedbug infestation that caused a lot of problems for students and administrators. The director of UNO Housing said the design of the dormitories discourages widespread outbreaks of anything, but bedbugs are especially unwelcome.

Bill Pickett says, "There is no spray that takes care of bedbugs, they have to be professionally treated and typically that is the heat-treated process that is the most effective and knock on wood, we've been pretty lucky with bedbugs."

The luck is actually a product of preparation and precaution and as long as they keep the bedbugs and any other epidemic away, then students like Jonnisha can concentrate on studying.

"I wanted to be more independent and I'm tired of being with my parents all the time. I feel like it is my time to move on so they don't have to take care as much. I need to take care of myself now, I'm grown. I have to grow up sooner or later."

Jonnisha is well on her way to growing up, but like most parents, her's would be happy with a slow, steady pace.

Classes start on Monday. Jonnisha tells us her major is social work.

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