Bats are the talk of one Ohio college town after an infestation of the winged vermin drove the university president and his wife out of their on-campus home last month.
Ohio University President Roderick McDavis moved off campus to a posh suburban rental a few weeks ago after his wife had a surprise encounter with a bat that resulted in a fall and a broken ankle.
Now university officials are talking about spending $1.2 million to buy the new house and mothballing the old one.
Many are seeing that as a waste of precious higher-education dollars done without input from the community and the university's 20,000 students. Several hundred students turned out for a rally this week to protest the move.