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The "Gartland Ghost" comes to haunt Marist students

By Brittany Oxley
On October 16, 2012

 

As Halloween approaches, students all over Marist College are getting themselves in the mood for the hauntingly fun holiday by watching scary movies, going on haunted hayrides, visiting haunted houses, and etc. 
   However, according to various students who reside in Gartland, there are some real-life scares that are occurring at Marist College this year. 
 Multiple people from multiple apartments in Gartland, claim that they have taken witness to what they call, the "Gartland Ghost." 
   Students have claimed that this ghost takes many forms and has haunted them in a variety of ways. Specific forms that the ghost has been seen in are in the form of a middle-aged man and in the form of a young girl who has been seen to be wearing a tattered dress. 
   Sophomore Anthony Graci states that he and his roommates all took notice of the ghost when they would hear strange banging noises, footsteps, and would see doors open all on their own. 
   Later on in the year, he claimed to have actually saw the middle aged man in his closet. 
   Graci claims that he has always held a belief in ghosts, ever since he had first seen a ghost as a child. 
   He states, "I believe that there is definitely an afterworld, but I am not scared of ghosts at all...I also believe that ghosts or spirits can be either friendly or harmful. I wouldn't doubt that they are capable of harming people." 
   Although he claims to not be scared of the spiritual world, he does state that he does not think that ghosts should be "messed with." 
   He goes on to say that he believes that it is not a good idea to participate in séances and/or play with Ouija boards because of the chance that "something bad could become attached" to the person or persons who are participating in the séance or playing with the Ouija board. 
   Like Graci, many other students claim to have seen or heard strange things while residing in Gartland causing stories to spread about dead people from long ago being buried where Gartland is now built. 
   Sophomore Alex McCahill, claims to have seen a ghostlike orb over her roommates bed, and saw an object drop right near by where the orb had been. 
   Rumor has it that a long time ago, an old women and children shelter was built where Gartland now resides. 
   Regardless if the "Gartland Ghost" is real or not, the prospect of something haunting the buildings of Gartland at Marist College is enough to make this year's Halloween just a little bit scarier. 

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