Okay, I know every college student since the beginning of higher education likes to complain about their dormitory, but here’s the thing: Watson dorm is unlike any other dorm experience you can or will have on Kenyon’s campus. I have lived here since August (with the added bonus of moving in early, as a Peer Counselor for training) and I have compiled such a wide and vast collection of experiences in this place that it feels like I’ve lived seven separate lives, all of which have been marked by some absolutely batshit occurrences. Nothing you will read on this or any website will be able to convey to you the full experience, but come with me, won’t you? Come with me on this journey.
There are some things considered “quintessentially Kenyon” that no one actually does; how many people do you know who’ve skinny-dipped in the Kokosing or declared their major? A lot of people? Well I haven’t. So here goes. Never have I ever…
Of Kenyon’s many ghosts, the most notorious is probably the aggressive boyfriend that lives in Caples Residence Hall. He’s known for bothering residents by moving furniture around and wreaking occasional havoc. Campus Safety especially is not a fan of this guy. His bad reputation isn’t entirely underserved, this kid has been documented doing some spooky shit, especially to female residents.
We’ve all heard of him. Some of us (me) are terrified of him, others have learned to live in harmony with him and his antics. He’s a staple on this campus, but true Ghost Aficionados know that there’s actually a second ghost that hangs around Caples, one that will put all of your Timothy Shutt ghost tour induced nightmares at bay. His name is Mr. Caples, and he matters too. Continue reading
My name is Mia Fox. I never believed in ghosts until I came face to face with one. So I set out on a quest to capture what I once saw video. With no big camera crews following us around, I am joined only by fellow investigator Becca Allen and our equipment tech Jenna Bouquot. The three of us will travel to some of the most highly active paranormal locations on campus, where we will spend maybe thirty minutes or so being locked down.
These are our Ghost Adventures.
I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts. I’ve been on a haunted Kenyon ghost tour before, and it covers the Caples ghost, the ghost in the dance studio, and the Old K fire that resulted in several ghosts, along with a few others. But I’ve heard tell of a ghost in Norton, the building I’m a CA in this year, and I couldn’t resist.
In preparation for Halloween, we’ve compiled some of your spooky tales over the last couple of years. Are our classmates pulling our legs or have some had real supernatural encounters? You decide!
Earlier this year, I was walking back one night after a long day at the library. It was just starting to get dark, so I didn’t notice at first this weird creature in the distance in a tree, making a cat-like noise. I squinted at it but it was definitely not a cat – it was too small and its ears were too long. If I’m being totally honest, it looked like a weird squirrel and rabbit hybrid. I didn’t want to get to close to it, so I snapped a picture to show people and fled the scene. Continue reading
We’ve all heard the ghost stories by now. Ghosts at Kenyon are so renowned that they have their own folder in the Archives. Of course there are the classic stories: the aggressive Caples ghost who calls campus safety in the summer, the face looking out of the DKE bullseye window, or the footless victims of the Old Kenyon fire of 1949. In the ghost file, Heather S. Frost writes an in depth essay about these ghosts in almost every building on campus, but nowhere does she mention Bushnell. Located on the South Quad, Bushnell often was considered one of the safe, “ghost-free” buildings on campus. That is, until now. Continue reading