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Could Guilford truly be haunted? John Zaffis, the Godfather of Ghost Hunting, thinks so

Dana Auditorium has always lurked on its lonesome on the far side of campus. But after Nov. 8, the building became even more eerie.Some might even say hauntingly so.

The “Godfather of Ghost Hunting,” John Zaffis, came to Guilford to hunt the ghosts that may or may not be haunting our college. The event was sponsored by CAB for a nominal fee of $2,000.

Following a presentation detailing his past experiences, Zaffis invited the crowd of about 30 to go ghost hunting in several buildings across Guilford.

Using a K2 meter, Zaffis is not only able to detect the presence of spirits but also ask them yes-or-no questions.

A K2 meter detects electromagnetic waves in the air. Some believe that spirits and ghosts are made up of this kind of detectable energy.

The first stop was Archdale Hall. According to Zaffis and his K2 meter, Archdale is indeed graced with the presence of a spirit.

The spirit played coy and didn’t answer the yes-or-no questions asked by some eager students. When asked if it wanted the gang of ghost hunters to leave, the K2 meter lit up once, meaning yes.

This prompted shrieks and a mad-dash for the door, almost knocking over a poor member of the faculty unlucky enough to be working late that night.

Zaffis led the tour on to Founders, an alleged hotbed of ghost activity. Zaffis was somewhat impressed by the readings on the meter.

The unique activity was indicative of ghost activity or, as Zaffis stated, a dying battery.

The troupe returned to Dana, where the most famous Guilford ghost allegedly resides. Some Guilford students have claimed to have had an encounter with the spirit.

Following a trip to the Hess last summer, senior Kyle West and Courtney Hutchison, a junior, had a close encounter with the spirit haunting Dana.

“There was a big storm coming in and suddenly a strong wind picked up,” said an excited West, “There was a plastic Teeter bag on the ground that filled with air and started floating.”

“I said, ‘What’s up ghost,’ and the bag started moving and going around towards the Moon Room,” Hutchison said.

Shortly thereafter, the piano in the Moon Room began to play.

“It sounded like a little girl learning how to play the piano,” West said. “When we started walking away, the piano stopped. We looked in and there was no one in there.”

“It was a really intimidating experience,” Hutchison said. And also, according to the witnesses, a sober one.

In Dana, the gang of ghost hunters continued to prod the ghosts for information. Zaffis could feel the energy, and many students claimed to feel the whole-body chill that indicates of a spirit’s presence.

The ghost revealed some information, but was either tired or flustered, and it again told the crowd to leave.

While many students were clearly thrilled with the tour and its findings, others were a bit skeptical.

“It was cool, but I wasn’t totally convinced,” said sophomore Bryan Smith.

Others found the bombardment of questions from a large group of people disheartening.

“I don’t know if I believe in all this, but I’d be more respectful about it,” said senior Brennan Aberle. “And I didn’t have to see “The Sixth Sense” to know that.

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