You may not be roaming the campus alone.
Ghosts aren't just for Halloween.
The ghost of Ellison Hall
After its construction in 1928, Ellison Hall originally served as the campus infirmary. In 1971, Ellison Hall became the home of student government. In 2000, student government offices were relocated to the Oklahoma Memorial Union and Ellison Hall was completely gutted and renovated to house the College of Arts and Sciences.
In Ellison Hall's infirmary days, students and community members were treated on a daily basis. But according to legend, a lone and tragic death would come to haunt the OU community for years to come.
A couple of versions of the story fill students' whispers across the campus. In one version, a small boy was hit by a car on Elm Avenue and brought to the infirmary. Another story promises that it was a young girl.
Jack Hobson, education abroad adviser, said the story he knows involves a young boy. In his story, the boy was roller skating on the corner of Boyd Street and Elm Avenue when he was struck by a car, and carried in critical condition to the third floor operating rooms of Ellison Hall. But the staff could not save the boy and he died in the building.
"The corner rooms were all operating rooms and it was in one of those that he died," Hobson said. "It is under the cover of darkness that you can hear the sound of children's laughter and roller skates on the top floor of the building."
Whether it was a boy or girl, true or false, the story of a child's ghost in Ellison Hall remains. Even after the building's renovation, Sooners and staff members still claim to experience strange and unexplainable occurrences within the hallways of Ellison Hall.
The Stacks Ghost
Bizzell Memorial Library was built in 1929 and has undergone numerous improvements and expansions since it's original design. The nature of its ongoing development has left certain secluded areas much older than the majority of what is the library today.
The stacks are one of these areas, with its smaller floors and rows and rows of books. The low rise ceilings cause taller students to crouch down to get around, and some parts of the ceiling consist of a white, nearly transparent covering.
Dustin Hutton, library employee and film and video studies senior, said that the legend of a ghost in the stacks is "one of the most widely known myths around campus."
The story that Hutton knows involves a frustrated male student. Overwhelmed by the pressures of college life and a taxing school schedule, the rumor says the student threw himself from one of the plate glass windows on the top floor of the stacks, killing himself instantly.
Hutton said students claim to have seen traces of the angst-ridden student's ghost while visiting the stacks.
"Supposedly, if you go into the stacks late at night and stand under one of these transparent ceiling tiles on the fourth or fifth floor you can see his feet walking over them," Hutton said.
If the rumors hold true, end-of-the-year tests tend to bring back the crazed student to roam the rows in the stacks where he took his life.
"He appears most frequently during mid-terms and finals," Hutton said.
-This story is from Crimson Traditions.
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