Haunted Universities: University of Notre Dame

Haunted Universities: University of Notre Dame

October 23, 2019 15 By Stanley Isaacs


The University of Notre Dame was founded in
November of 1842 by Rev Edward Sorin and is located adjacent to South Bend, Indiana. Sorin envisioned the school as being the greatest
Catholic university in America. Today, Notre Dame is a large Catholic Research
University and is well known for its Catholic heritage, tradition, Fighting Irish sports
teams, and of course its several haunted buildings and numerous ghosts on campus. Rev Sorin passed away on Halloween of 1893,
but that hasn’t stopped him from always keeping an eye on his university. His spirit has been spotted wandering through
the Main Building, South Dining Hall, and campus grounds. An apparition of an elderly priest with a
long beard can be found roaming the corridors and grounds of the Main Building. Many administrators report the feeling of
constantly being watched, despite knowing they are alone. The South Dining hall is easy to identify,
because it is the only red brick building on campus. Workers in the Dining Hall have heard unexplainable
moans, claps, and flashes of light with reports of a floating spirit that has been attributed
to the ghost of Rev Sorin. We believe however, the South Dining Hall
is haunted by a different spirit because it wasn’t built until 1927, 24 years after
Sorin’s death. Columba hall sits between the two lakes on
campus. There have been reports of Patawatomi tribesman
riding horses through the halls. On some nights, the sounds of galloping horses
can be heard around the building. An apparition of a brave and his horse are
frequently spotted going up and down the front steps. It is thought that the Patawatomi are in search
of their burial ground that Columba Hall was built on top of. Saint Liam Hall is the location of the Student
Health Centre, where stories of kind nuns who are seen making their rounds after hours
and disappear without a trace. Mysterious 911 calls come from within the
building, but upon investigation no one can find out who or what made the call. The calls have even occurred during winter
break when no one was in the building or on campus at all. Washington Hall has witnessed the most tragedy
on campus. Originally built for the music and performing
arts department as a musical hall and theater. Today, it is home to several spirits that
make it the most haunted building on campus. In 1886, a steeple jack working on the fly
loft of the hall fell to his death. Since his death, unexplainable footsteps on
the roof can be heard on quiet nights. 1919, student professor Jim Minavis passed
away in the building. His spirit likes to entertain with a single
blast from a French horn or trumpet that can be heard coming from the empty music hall. On a cold night in 1920, the legendary Fighting
Irish football player George “The Gipper” Gip returned to Notre Dame’s campus late after
curfew and found his dorm locked. The Gipper went to Washington Hall, because
he knew the rear door was often left open. However, the door was locked, and The Gipper
was forced to sleep outside on the front steps. By the morning, he had contracted pneumonia
and eventually died from a strep throat infection due to lack of knowledge of antibiotics at
that time. In the hospital, he told his football coach
“When the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys,
ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper. I don’t know where I’ll be then. But I’ll know about it, and I’ll be happy.” After his death, The Gipper’s ghost began
to be spotted in the early predawn mornings sitting on the steps of Washington Hall. He has appeared throughout the theater and
green room. People often report the feeling of a light
encouraging pat that has been attributed The Gipper. It is thought that he returned to where he
spent his last night on campus to watch over the Fighting Irish. In 1946, Brother Canute Lardner died while
watching a movie in Washington Hall. Multiple janitors have seen an elderly Irish
man with balding red hair gazing out a window on the first floor. Some have claimed the Irishman ask them to
open the window but Lardner vanished before they could help. Violent poltergeist activity has been reported
in Washington Hall. Things fly off shelves, doors closing unexplainably,
music coming from the empty music hall, and people are pushed and have marks left on their
bodies by invisible forces. This is all activity that might be caused
by one of the ghosts I mentioned earlier, or it may be a more sinister spirit making
their presence known in the most haunted building on the very haunted campus of the University
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