Res Life hosts haunted tour

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Resident assistants across campus told stories of various locations that have had reported haunting in the past.
Eternity in school is a reality

By Grace Lehrian
News Editor/Spectator

Students at Edinboro University jokingly mention that they feel like they never leave the buildings that they are in most often for class and extracurricular clubs. The countless hours they spend there may seem like an eternity, but for some, an eternity in school is supposedly a reality.

The crisp Halloween air rolls into Edinboro bringing along the old wise tales and ghost stories associated with the university. Paranormal activity, though scary to some, seems to intrigue many of the students on campus. This year, Resident Life took it upon themselves to spread the goose bumps on the official Haunted Edinboro tour.

Students gathered in the first floor lobbies of their resident hall building to meet with the tour guides assigned to that building. Once gathered, the group ventured out into the eery darkness to learn about the haunted heritage of the university.

The first station was in-between Highland 5 and Highland 3, by the fountain. Kaz Himes, a resident assistant of Highland 5, stood pacing on the fountain in a spooky top hat, ready to scare the residents with stories of their own homes. Himes sparked the idea of a haunted tour this year after a few years of interest in the Edinboro Hauntings.

“When I was a freshman, my entire floor went to Towers and our RA had no idea. When I became an RA in Highlands 8, I took my crew on a haunted Edinboro tour, but we couldn’t get into any of the buildings. I wanted to change that and make it bigger,” Himes said, grinning at the thought of his mischief. “Originally, this was just one of Kaz’s crazy ideas, and I got enough people to go with it and I got Res Life to approve it. So now it’s Res Life partnered with RHA, Resident Hall Association, partnered with facilities, as well as partnering with theater group.”

Himes was not the only one who was interested in the life beyond on the campus grounds. He said that some of the stories were from others who also shared in the interest.

“Edinboro has a very rich history, most of which is not known by the public. I just got friendly with a lot of people and exchanged stories. And I gradually learned […] that was only half of the stuff that I know,” Himes said.

Himes explained he is “looking forward to the future” and that he had plans to tweak the tour to be bigger and better.

“I expect it to get much bigger to have more locations, more actors and more tour guides,” Himes said.

There were other stories that are well known by some that were not included in this year’s tour. 

“Margret Compton over in Compton is still there; if anyone makes a noise she’ll appear and start screaming at you. There is also Jessica over in Highlands 2, fourth floor. There is Highlands 3 now that I just learned about, and there [are] many others,” Himes said.

There are students that also have stories beyond what were mentioned in the tour. Jen Murphy, an art history major at Edinboro University, is among those students who get the creeps while studying in the library. Murphy spoke about her experiences at the stop at the library.

“I have had paranormal encounters on the seventh floor of the library. And it was confirmed by others who had similar stories,” Murphy said. Himes also had personal experiences of hearing strange noises in the resident hall.

“I have the personal experience of us hearing strange noises in Highlands 2, fourth floor. And I have the experience of there used to be a like a cross mark on the door… but someone got rid of it,” Himes explained.

The haunted tour gives students a new and unusual look into Edinboro University’s past. Murphy admits that she learned of a few new stories. “The one in the basement of Centennial Hall where they found pentagrams and animal bones,” Murphy said. Murphy enjoyed her time on the tour saying that she “found it to be quite interesting,” but suggested that they try to involve groups such as Greek Life Associations.

“If they got help from sororities then I think they could have a bigger turn out,” Murphy said.

Himes seemed to be pleased with the overall presentation of the tour. Not many spooky instances happened to those on the tour, but those involved in the production may have left being touched by those from beyond.

“Our actors over in Towers felt something creepy in the room. I came to tell them that the tours were over and they were like ‘something is weird’,” Himes said.

Halloween brings about a new kind of school spirit to the university. Stories of ghouls and ghosts entertain the students, while educating them about the past. The tour is expected to change for the next year, bringing about new tales for those who attended this year, but the shadows and suspicious cries filling the highlands haunt Edinboro students year-round.

Grace Lehrian is the news editor for The Spectator. She can be reached by eupnews.spectator@gmail.com