The Norman Transcript

October 21, 2011

Haunted tour of OU tonight and Saturday

Transcript staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — An adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma plans to lead tours of spooky haunts on the Norman campus, just in time for Halloween.

Freshman Programs instructor Jeff Provine is scheduled to begin leading the tours at 8 tonight and Saturday, starting at the northeast entrance of the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the North Oval.

The 80-minute tours are free and open to the public, though voluntary donations will be collect for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma.

Stops will include Holmberg Hall, now called the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, where a professor’s ghost is said to play organ; Ellison Hall, where the ghost of a boy roller skates through the halls; and the beheaded basement ghost of Cate Center.

The ‘06 Rock, Bizzell statue, Walker Center and the Huston Huffman Center are among the other stops.

Angela Startz, media specialist for the College of Arts and Sciences, issued a news release Thursday with information on Ellison Hall from Chris Borthick, an OU Gaylord College academic counselor and member of Society of the Haunted.

“Ellison Hall originally was named Hygeia Hall, after the Greek goddess of health and wellness, and served as the infirmary for the campus,” Startz wrote in a news release. ”The first floor served as a clinic to OU students, the second floor held patient rooms and the third floor was filled with operating rooms. The same windows where students checked into the clinic now serve as check-in windows for students waiting to be advised in the college. ”

“Legend has it that a boy roller skating on Elm Avenue was struck by a car,” she continued. ”Carried into Hygeia Hall, he died. Since that time, the sounds of his skates are heard along the hallways of the second and third floors. Most members of the dean’s staff have experienced other occurrences that happen in the quiet after-hours: motion-sensitive lights turning on for no reason, noises coming from the empty end of the hall, knocks on the wall of empty and locked offices. Other staff members have reported hearing voices and dishes clinking on the first floor.”