By Monica Rodriguez
Dominican University is quite notorious for being haunted. There are many stories based on events that supposedly took place during the university’s 82 year history in River Forest.
One of the most popular mysteries is the story behind the carved busts above the columns in the Social Hall. Each bust has their face sanded off. Some people say the busts used to spit at people and whisper obscenities whenever someone passed by. Their eyes were rumored to follow you around the room.
Another popular rumor is based on the room that is cemented off on the third floor of Power Hall. There are several stories as to why the room is closed off but the most popular one is that a sister committed suicide in that room. It is said that late at night there are noises and disembodied voices coming from that room.
The Commuter Students Association hosts haunted tours of Dominican every October. CSA member Carina Chiquito said the tours focus on stories that are told and retold, such as those above and a painting changing eye color, locked doors being forced open and strange sightings of shadowy figures.
Sophomore Natalie Rodriguez said: “I think people see what they want to see. If you have it in the back of your mind and you’re paranoid about it, your mind is going to play tricks on you. I’ve been around campus really late at night alone and I’ve never experienced anything. I think it all just depends on the person.”
Like Natalie, some people say that these said occurrences are simply made up stories meant to scare everyone. We’ll leave it up to you to decide whether these tales are true or not.