Freaky Friday: Point Park

Freaky Friday: Point Park

This week’s ghostly journey takes us to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania– home to Point Park University. Though it proved difficult to find spooky stories at Point Park, we have more than enough reasons to believe they exist.

On forum College Confidential, one incoming student was curious (like us) about the existence of the ghosts on campus:

“I requested to live in Lawrence Hall for my first year as opposed to the other freshman dorm…In my research on Point Park’s website and on other forums, I have recently heard of a ghost named the ‘Lawrence Hall Shuffler’ that haunts this residence hall.”

In the replies to this post, it seems strange occurrences have happened in the resident hall. One forum member said there were instances of “shuffling outside and light tapping on your doors at night…”

That sounds like the work of the super-natural to me!

If this tale wasn’t enough to convince us, consider this: the Office of Campus Life added a ‘Paranormal Activity’ option to their Living and Learning Communities in 2010. Students interested in learning more about the paranormal world can choose to live in a community that will allow them to investigate Pittsburgh’s ghost stories, including the ‘Lawrence Hall Shuffler and to visit Penn State’s Parapsychology Department to learn how to properly ghost hunt.   

In case you’re not convinced yet, we suggest you head to the website for Haunted Pittsburgh. This company offers area tours that combine history with haunting tales. If you plan to visit Pittsburgh, take time out to learn more about the ghosts around town!

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  5. Laurenna Rae

    I’m currently a student at Point Park University. My roommate and I are fairly confident that our room is haunted, or at least the bathroom. Small things started early first semester with the vents on the ceiling of our room. They would close from time to time and we thought our suite mates were doing it but they insisted that they weren’t. Eventually, the vents stopped closing. However, the bathroom door would lock repetitively. I thought my roommate bumped it since it’s a button to push, but we tested it and there is no way to accidentally lock it. A painting we had taped to the wall falls off every night right around midnight. The painting next to it, hung the same way, remains hanging. One night, right after the painting fell, the shower curtain rustled like someone got in. The next morning, I was awake at 6 a.m. and heard the sound of typing on a laptop. I cannot think of another source which would create that noise and once I was moving around the room, it stopped. The most recent event occurred this morning when I was up at 6:45 a.m. I was in the bathroom with the door shut when I heard creepy lullaby/carousel music playing from the other side of the door. I thought it was my roommate’s alarm by accident but it was not. When I opened the door, my room was still pitch black and everything appeared undisturbed. We still do not have any type of logical explanation for the music.

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  7. Teddy

    First of all, let me say that I am a Cinema student at Point Park and the school is DEFINITELY haunted.

    I live on the 11th floor of Lawrence Hall, which is supposed to be haunted. I can verify that it is haunted, because of the experiences that I have had in the room.

    I have a lot of “energy” and belief in the paranormal, which is why I believe that I get more activity than most other people here at Point Park. Since I have been here, I’ve experienced the things that people have described on the internet about the “Lawrence Hall Shuffler.”

    Some of the experienced activity includes (but is not limited to):

    – Objects moving themselves to random locations around the room, and objects in my desk ending up in drawers that I don’t keep them in.

    – Fans keep turning on and off, mostly when I am out of the room but I had one incident where my roommate and I were present in the room.

    – Bumping and moving around in the closet, I have also heard people talking. When I investigated where the voices were coming from I couldn’t find a source, they seemed to be loudest near the closet. I have also been alone in my room when the closet doors burst open.

    – The bathroom light sometimes likes to turn itself on after I flip the switch to off and step out of the bathroom. Also, objects have fallen in the bathroom when I’ve been sitting in bed on my computer.

    – I’ve walked out of my room and turned the lights off, locking the door behind me. I’ll walk down the hall, talk to a few people and then walk back. When I unlock and open my door the lights will be turned back on.

    – The door sometimes likes to lock itself on me. I’ll unlock the door when I go down the hall, but keep it closed, and I’ll go to open it again and it will be locked.

    These are just a few experiences that I have had in this room. I sometimes get scared by these experiences, even though I’m into the paranormal, but the ghosts are harmless.


    There are a few rumors about this school:

    1. A girl on the 10th floor was smoking in her room and started a fire, she burned to death. This may or may not be true. Most times this legend is told people like to say that the room she was in is fire-damaged and unusable and no matter how many times people have painted over it the charcoal comes back. This is not true. I just took a trip down the the 10th floor not even 30 minutes ago and every room is in use. There is a possibility that a girl has died on this floor, as people die all the time, but there is no fire-damaged room and all the rooms on that floor are currently in use.

    2. A legend goes that Thayer Hall, which is connected to Lawrence through a skybridge, used to be a mental hospital. This IS true. The building is designed like an old-style mental hospital was and the elevator does not go to the 6th floor. This is the floor that the patients were held on.

    Also, a children’s school used to be held on the 3rd and 4th floors of that building. What is strange is that, years after the school doesn’t have children, there are still children’s toys on both of these floors. During an investigation Halloween night, some friends and I went on one of these floors. There are cradles, toys, and other misc. things thrown about down there. Check it out for yourself.

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