Freaky Friday: University of Tennessee at Martin

There is a group at the University of Tennessee at Martin that certainly believes in the presence of the paranormal in their midst. They call themselves the Paranormal Research & Investigation Society of Martin, PRISM Paranormal for short, and with a Facebook page boasting over 4,000 fans, it is clear they have made a name for themselves on campus.

This past fall, the group hosted events around the campus of UTM including their 4th Annual UT Martin Haunted Adventure and several ghost hunts around Halloween. The description for one such ghost walk says there are stops at campus buildings including Clement Hall, Pacer Pond & the quad, however there is little information about the ghosts that reside in each on the fan page.

PRISM Paranormal’s influence extends far beyond UT Martin’s border, with their website housing case files from clients all over northwestern Tennessee and the surrounding area. Anyone who believes they have spirits dwelling in their home within their service area can request an investigation or cleansing. The site also provides clear signs to aid potential clients in identifying a true haunting.

Despite all of the research and investigations PRISM Paranormal has conducted, I can’t help but remain a skeptic. So I want to hear from anyone who has taken a tour or participated in one of PRISM Paranormal’s events! Did the group convince you of the existence of the paranormal? Or are you now further convinced that ghosts do not linger among us? Tell me what you know about the ghosts at UT Martin in the comments below!

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Freaky Friday: Saint Louis University

A quick Google search for ghosts at Saint Louis University brings up more than 2 million results…literally. Luckily for me, a dedicated Facebook group created by students of SLU was among the first few links I researched, and here I found all of the information I needed for this week’s Freaky Friday post.

It became clear from browsing the posts that the Saint Louis University Paranormal Investigators were on to something. The group previously hosted ghost-seeking events on campus and shared pictures of the outings as well as details about the mysterious sounds they heard. One picture of a staircase on campus has a caption that claims an elderly woman’s ghost has been seen there before, yet it is unclear if she was out to play the night the picture was taken.

Other activities were documented on the page, including a viewing of the movie The Exorcist, yet their fan page has not been active in about a year. Maybe they stumbled on to something that kept them from continuing their ghost-hunting efforts? Do you attend Saint Louis University? Do you know why the Paranormal Investigators group appears to be no longer active? Share what you know with us, below!

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Freaky Friday: Park University

I often come across stories of dedicated people who choose to remain part of their campus community – even after their death.

This week’s tale from Park University is such a story and is told by KMBC reporter Larry Moore in this video.  

Check out the video and tell us: Have you had an experience with this seemingly harmless ghost? What other ghost stories are there at Park? Share your stories with us below!

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Freaky Friday: William & Mary

As the 4th of July approaches, I went hunting for ghosts on college campuses known to have strong ties to the Revolutionary War. Having had a spooky encounter of my own in nearby Colonial Williamsburg, I was not surprised to find The College of William & Mary’s abundance of ghostly rumors. Keep reading for more about my experience and those of others’.

A Mysterious Melody

I visited The College of William & Mary when I first starting looking at colleges and on our trip, my family took a ghost tour. Though we didn’t come across anything unusual on the tour, when walking through Colonial Williamsburg one night, we heard an organ being played in a church – yet all the lights were off and there was no one around. We immediately thought someone must be practicing, though the late hour made it seem highly unlikely. The longer we listened, the more spooked we became and to this day, our family is convinced that the music we heard was other-wordly.

The Wren Building is home to one of W&M's alleged ghosts

The Wren Building

According to W&M’s website, the Wren Building is “the oldest college building in the United States.” Built in the late 1600s, Wren eventually found itself in the midst of the Revolutionary War, during which time author Daniel Barefoot claims the American & French troops utilized the building as a hospital. With this sort of reputation, it is no wonder students have reported hearing unaccounted for footsteps on the building’s upper floors. Some attribute the pitter-patter to Sir Christopher Wren himself, the English architect for whom the building was named. Others believe they belong to a French soldier that died in the building.

Have you had an encounter with the spirit in the Wren Building? Do you know of other rumored ghosts at William & Mary? Share your stories with us below!

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Freaky Friday: Columbia University

With a nickname like ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, one would expect stories of ghostly spirits to be abundant in New York City. So, I started reasearching scary tales and hauntings of Columbia University, expecting to scare myself silly.  But, surprisingly enough, I couldn’t find any true hauntings.  What I did find was an interesting history of the university’s location as identified by blogger Michael Susi.

In the 1820s, Bloomingdale Asylum for the Insane took up residence on what is now Columbia’s teaching grounds. In its early days, the facility housed New York City’s mentally-ill residents; an estimated 300 people were housed here at the height of operation. In 1839, Blackwell’s Island asylum was opened, replacing Bloomingdale as home to the allegedly insane.

From then on, the Bloomingdale facility was used for patients that were believed to be curable, who were also typically wealthier than the previous inhabitants. At the time, the asylum was in a rural area, providing a peaceful atmosphere for the patients. It is also counted among the first of this type of facility to employ humane treatment methods.

In 1892, Columbia purchased the land and construction of the campus began. Visitors to Columbia today can stop by the Macy Villa building, near the Low Library, which is the only remaining structure from the days of Bloomingdale.

So, obviously this was not a ghost story.  Do you know of a hair-raising tale at Columbia that I could not find? Share your story with us in the comments below!

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Freaky Friday: East Tennessee State University

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is no stranger to ghost stories. Newspaper articles, books, and their own school website, which describes more than 15 campus myths, all contribute to the belief that ETSU is not just haunted, but crawling with the super natural. Keep reading if you don’t believe me.

 Gilbreath Hall

Lights turning off unexpectedly, doors slamming and windows closing are just some of the spooky occurrences in Gilbreath Hall. Named for the school’s first president Sidney Gilbreath, many believe it is his spirit that remains in the building. He is said to be lurking behind keeping an eye on his building and enforcing the strict rules he was known for.

 The building also houses the Bud Frank Theatre, where the spookiness continues. As the story goes on ETSU’s website:

“Sudden appearance of light from an unknown source, strange sounds, and operation of theatre equipment are strange occurrences reported in the Bud Frank Theatre in Gilbreath Hall-but no one is there! Could it be Sidney Gilbreath, the building’s namesake, who is sometimes observed in the audience during rehearsals?”

Creepy!!!

 Clement Hall

Clement Hall is a residence hall at ETSU yet not all residents are of this world. The building is allegedly home to two different ghosts, neither of whom means any harm. Marble Boy is believed to be the ghost of a young boy who was playing with his marbles when he fell down the elevator. The young boy apparently never left – or stopped his game – as people in the building still hear the sound of rolling marbles. It is unclear where the legend of Sink Girl began, but reports of faucets being mysteriously turned on have led to this ghost’s name.

ETSU has several other ghost stories on their website and an entire chapter in author Daniel W. Barefoot’s book Haunted Halls of Ivy. Do you have any ghost stories from ETSU? Share your encounters with the campus ghosts in the comments below!

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Freaky Friday: USF Tampa

When I think of Florida, I think of 3 things: sun, sand, and Disney World. In my mind, the only ghosts haunting the Sunshine State are the ones in the Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom. But, the tale we uncovered from the University of South Florida Tampa proves there is more to Florida than you might think.

Read on, if you dare.

In the fall of 1976, an English major known only by the last name Gottlieb was found dead. As a student, Gottlieb worked as an assistant on the 4th floor of the library in the English literature section. Following her death, reports of strange noises and occurrences starting cropping up, including automatic doors opening when no one was near them and book trucks moving on their own.

Known as the “Phantom of the Fourth Floor”, students have reported seeing a young woman wearing a bright green backpack amongst the book shelves. When they turn the corner, however, the figure vanishes. It is said that Gottlieb wore a similar backpack during her time as a student, which has many convinced that her ghost still roams the library.

In an article on USF’s news page, one student says when in the Tampa library, “you always get the eerie feeling you’re being watched and get that paranoid sense of someone behind you walking through the library.”

I have goosebumps just thinking about it!

Have you had an encounter with the “Phantom of the Fourth Floor” or other ghosts at the University of South Florida? Tell us about your experience below.

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Freaky Friday: The University of the South

This week, we travel to Sewanee, Tennessee, home to The University of the South, also known as “Sewanee.” Ghost stories seem abundant in the state of Tennessee, and Sewanee is no exception– There are even Facebook groups dedicated to the hauntings.

One group, created by Annie Armour, shares many hauntings about the campus.  As an employee of the duPont Library, Annie began collecting stories from the group’s members on Facebook for a book about Sewanee ghosts. Here is one spooky tale 

“I was studying on the 3rd floor of Walsh-Ellet one night and heard footsteps in the stairwell, I thought it was a friend coming to visit. I waited as the steps got closer & then nothing appeared in the hallway…I heard the steps pass by and then go down the other stairwell. I flipped & grabbed my stuff and ran home…. Also, have one from when I lived in Courts my junior year.  My suitemate saw a man enter our adjoining suite (my room) in a big 1920s fur coat all dressed up and she went in to confront the guy & he vanished. Our suite was on the 2nd floor in Courts facing the lake. My roommate & I would have our stereos & alarm clock turned off too, when we KNEW they were set properly!” — Victoria L.

Freaky.

Still, the most popular story is that of the ghostly form of a former student that wanders through buildings on campus. Nicknamed “Phantom Gownsman”, for the dark robes he wears, it is widely believed that the ghost was once a member of the campus group the Order of the Gownsman. The spirit is also headless, which is thought to have been the result of a tragic car accident.

Do you have stories about the “Phantom Gownsman” or other ghostly friends of Sewanee? We’d love to hear them – share with us in the comments below!

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