Are Hawkes and Ross Hall Haunted?

Is Hawkes and or Ross Hall haunted? Some say it is, but most skeptics would disagree.

When Cassandra Repinski lived in Ross, she had a lot of odd experiences. “Towards the end of first semester, my roommate moved out so for a while I had a single room,” said said. “I have a tendency to wake up in the middle of the night and when I did once, I heard the bed above me shift (the beds were bunked and I slept on the bottom bunk) and sheets moving. I didn’t think anything of it until I remembered that there shouldn’t be anyone sleeping there.”

The dictionary definition of a ghost is “an apparition of a dead person that is believed to appear or become manifest to the living, typically as a nebulous image.” If you believe in ghosts, you are not alone. In 2005 researchers found that about one-third of Americans believe in ghosts. Also, the US is number 1 in the world for the amount of citizens believing in Angles. The idea of “ghosts” has been around for centuries, creating their own literary genre, “Ghost stories.”

The idea that loved ones are still with us is comforting, but the idea that someone is there when we are alone is scary. Most believers in ghosts speak from experience. Maybe they lived in a “haunted” house, or they’re parents told them about their own experiences. No matter how many stories scientists hear, they all still say “no” about their existence. This is because there are not many universally excepted ideas of what a ghost is. For example, are they intangible and fly through walls or are they tangible and pick up your shoes and hide them?

“Sometimes the blinds will shake as if the window is open and a breeze is coming in, except the window is closed and so is my door,” said Hawkes Hall resident Paul Van Keulen.

“My roommate was quite freaked out and put a St. Benedict medallion on the wall. It put him at ease,” said Hawkes Hall resident Matt Munkelwitz. “He is just superstitious.”

It is generally accepted that a ghost only exists if someone has died, and Hawkes Hall is no exception. In 2011 when the building was used by The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) a female passes away in the building.

Repinski also told of a time she and her friend were talking and all the sudden a cup was pushed off her desk

“I say pushed because it was in the middle of the desk so it couldn’t have just fallen over,” she added.

The idea of a person who has passed away still living on with cognitive thought and emotions is a hard one for most people to rationally find true, but one many of us . I don’t think this story should deter anyone from living in Hawkes Hall. For one, people tend to feel a ghostly presence when they are alone, but you’re never really alone in the building with people always in the hallways, lounges, or their own rooms. Also, Hakwes hall is the most modern and advanced building on campus, tying with Ross for that title what with them being newly renovated. With free laundry, kitchens and lounges on every floor Hawkes is still a great building to live in even if it potentially has a ghostly resident.

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