I started attending Keystone College in 2004 and immediately started hearing about hauntings in nearly all of the buildings on campus. The first story was told to me by my roommate on the very day I arrived. What she said was that the bathroom in our suite in the dorm was haunted by the ghost of a girl who had killed herself. I was the first of the girls to move in and since my roommate went to stay in her boyfriend’s room for the night, I was the only one in the dorm that night. So I decided that I would take a shower at 3am, and thought that if anything were going to happen, it would be when I was alone in the middle of the night. Nothing did, and since my roommate at the time was a senior I figured she was just trying to scare me. My roommate was switched after about 2 weeks, and then again a couple weeks later after the second girl dropped out. She had only told the bathroom story to me, so the rest of the girls in the suite did not hear about it until later in the semester after a ghost walk event close to Halloween.
The school holds a ghost tour every year led by John Zaffis. He only takes about 20 people on his tours so I have never been able to attend one, but I’ve been told he senses a presence in the art building, which most students claim is a native American woman, one in Moffatt hall, which is the dorm, and 2 other presences in a building called Ward Hall, which currently houses the photo lab and a lot of offices. There is supposedly a nice female presence and an angry powerful male presence in Ward Hall. Early in the fall semester of 2006 I made a friend who claimed that spirits liked to attach themselves to her, and she would describe stories about some of the other buildings on campus. She told of a student and teacher who had both jumped from the roof of Harris Hall, and that sometimes they could be seen on the roof or falling. She also told us that the cleaning ladies had witnessed televisions and lights turning off and on in another building called Capwell. I had been in most all of these buildings at night and had never experienced anything so again I figured it was just stories meant to scare the younger students. She had begun taking other students on unofficial ghost walks for a time. One weekend she went home to work, and a few girls came to ask if she could take them for a ghost walk. Since she was not there, they asked if I would walk around with them and help take pictures. I agreed but told them that I had never had an experience and didn’t believe they would have one either. They wanted to go anyway.
The dorms are across the campus from the Art building, so we figured we would start with that building and work our way back to the dorm. They took random pictures on the walk over and didn’t catch anything, and there was still nothing when we stopped in front of the Art building. The next building we stopped in front of was Harris Hall. There are bright lights on the side of this building that you can see clearly from the walkway, and the bottom floor lights were on at the time, but every picture that was taken of this building was pitch black. The camera even shut off about 3 times. I thought that was kind of neat, and the other girls were getting scared so we moved on to the next building. The girl with the camera took a couple pictures of Capwell and one of them had a ton of “orbs” in it. I tend to think that orbs can’t really be considered evidence because it’s highly likely that it’s just dust in the air or even moisture, but it helped to freak the other girls out some. The last building we stopped at was Ward Hall. Now we’d heard that the spirits in this building were on the top floor and in the photo lab, which is in the basement. Since we couldn’t get pictures of the basement from the outside, we took a picture of the window to the top floor hallway on the side of the building. There is a floodlight right beneath that window so I figured it would be completely washed out, but when we viewed the picture it looked like there was a face looking out the window. That’s when I started to get freaked out. I had her email the picture to me and I put a bunch of filters on it in Photoshop to see if I could get it any clearer than it was. I can’t say for certain if it isn’t just lens flare from the light, but it’s still kind of creepy.
I did take photography in that building later on. I have not had any other experiences on campus.
I did some research this past year trying to find out anything else about the hauntings on campus, but the only thing I found was an article about a terrifying experience that happened near Moore Hall, which used to be between the Art building and Harris Hall but had been torn down in the late 90s. The author mentioned finding a newspaper article about a professor in the late 1800s who had hung himself in the top floor of Moore hall after being caught molesting male students, but I was not able to find this as the librarians claimed the school did not keep record of local newspapers until recently.