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Have you ever heard someone laughing, maybe footsteps behind you or whistling when no one else is around on campus?
Students involved in the Paranormal Society of IUP claim they have had numerous encounters with ghosts in buildings on campus.
The vice president of the paranormal society said he actually raced against what he believes was a ghost of a child.
Once Tim Sweriduk (sophomore, biology) started to run down the hall, the K2 electromagnetic field meter flashed to red, indicating that something passed. Before Sweriduk could make it back to the finish line, the meter went red again, according to Sweriduk.
“We listened to the recordings,” Sweriduk said. “And in the background you hear a child saying, ‘Nice long legs,’ and there are no children on our investigations.”
Since starting the Paranormal Society about five years ago, the group has encountered ghosts in seven different locations on campus.
“Keith is the most haunted building,” said Dr. Laurel Black, English professor and the Paranormal Society’s adviser. “The society would debate on Keith and Leonard.”
The club claims it has also experienced paranormal activity in Sutton Hall, Stabley Library, Waller Hall and Wilson Hall.
“The library we almost always get something,” Black said. “We asked a ghost on the third floor to not follow us, and they responded with, ‘I’ll be right here.’”
McElhaney Hall is known as “a whispery place” because all the club can hear on recordings are whispers, Black said.
In Sutton Hall there have been “many, many” reports from janitors that people were running and pounding on the third and fourth floor when the building was empty, according to Black.
“We call the ghost in Sutton the ‘Brown Man,’” Black said. “The man had short brown hair, pale, short sleeves with brown pants, belt and shoes.”
The Brown Man could be a faculty member or administrator, she said.
“We haven’t done extensive work in Waller,” Black said. “There is a legend that a little girl has drowned in the swimming pool that used to be in there.”
Black found no evidence of a little girl drowning; however, Black said she did find that there is a ghost of a little girl in there.
Black and a few others decided to sing “Happy Birthday” for her and have a candle; when they decided to blow it out, they heard a voice of a little girl that yelled, “No.”
“In Leonard, we hear footsteps, whistling on the second floor,” Cooper said. “Sometimes you can see a little shadow walking by when sitting in a room on the first floor of Leonard.”
Since the renovation of Wilson, the paranormal activity has died down, according to Black.
“It’s my sincere hope we can convince the ghost of Leonard and Keith to come to the new building, because there is no way we will be able to investigate a dining hall,” Black said.
Keith Hall will be replaced with the North Dining Commons, according to the Campus Dining Master Plan on the IUP website.
The construction of the new humanities building will be completed in 2014, located between Clark Hall and Sutton Hall along Grant Street, according to the website.