2014 Blair Hall ‘Health Scare’ - Looking back to move forward

November 6, 2015

Photo by Jacob Reinsmith


It’s been a year since the Blair Hall health scare, initially thought to be a carbon monoxide incident, sent 55 students to the hospital and left Olivet College’s campus crawling with six news stations, while staff scrambled to find a solution. Looking back is a good way to move forward, which is exactly what Olivet is doing.  

According to the Echo’s Sept. 19, 2014 edition, Blair Hall was evacuated and closed for a day and a half while the residents were left to sleep on cots at The Cutler Event Center. 

Junior C.J. Miller was living in Blair Hall during the evacuation. “I was sleeping when they started banging on doors, asking if people were feeling dizzy or drowsy. We were all so confused, but they were just trying to make sure everyone was okay,” Miller said. 

Reflecting on this event helps the staff to now be better prepared and proactive toward preventing any epidemic that may be brought on campus. 

When asked, Provost and Dean Maria Davis had a lot to say about the progress being made by the college. “When available, vaccination is the surest protection against getting sick. The college follows Barry Eaton District Health Department recommendations and encourages students and em