The Ferris State David L. Eisler Center now has a fall sent wafting from its air vents, all thanks to company Pumpkin Spice the World. That smell of pumpkin spice wafting around the building isn’t coming from the Starbucks but from the air vents themselves.
After much consternation by the administration at Ferris, the DEC now has a fragrance coming through the ventilation system. All of this was done though the company of PSW who specialize in adding fragrances in ventilation systems. At this time, they only do so with one fragrance, that being pumpkin spice.
According to technician Matt Mark, the installation is much similar to how plug in wall fragrances are used, only on a much bigger scale.
“Honestly, I can’t smell it, so I can’t tell if it works or not,” Mark said. “This is my first install, so students may start smelling pumpkin spice or nothing. Or, the air system will stop working.
With the DEC being the companies first install as well as the first place to have a four year long contract with PSW, the scent of pumpkin spice will be ever present in the DEC for the following four years.
PSW founder Clare Pumpkin was on campus doing her own interviews of students and staff as the smell of pumpkin spice began wafting through the air.
“Who doesn’t like pumpkin spice? Why not have it all year round?” Pumpkin said. “Why would we need to have more scents? We do just one, you only need the one.”
Engineering sophomore Mason Matt had little to say about the new smell.
“Huh, I thought that was just the Starbucks,” said Matt.
Though, when questioned why, when told it was not Starbucks, Pumpkin then began to argue with him over the logistics of the system as well as where she received a patented for it.
Nursing senior Jane Doe openly complained about the smell and how it gives her a migraine.
“Well, I guess I’m never going to the UC ever again, at least without a gas mask,” said Doe. “Don’t get me wrong, I like a good seasonal latte, but fragrances give me a headache.”
While with a head cold it’s hard to tell either way if the smell is good or bad. It was never thought that perhaps the reporter with a head cold, and the installation technician who doesn’t have a sense of smell should not be the people involved with something that requires a sense of smell.