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Lady Pioneers Picked Third in MEC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

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Glenville State Lady Pioneers Head Women’s Basketball Coach Charles Marshall at the MEC Basketball Media Day

Bridgeport, W.Va. - The West Liberty Hilltoppers have been picked to win the 2015 Mountain East Conference women’s basketball championship after a vote conducted by the league,s coaches.

WLU was tabbed by the coaches to finish first earning 118 points, including eight first-place selections. The ‘Toppers, who are ranked ninth in the country by Division II Bulletin, return all five starters from last year’s squad that went 20-11 and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, West Liberty returns All-American Hillary Southworth who missed last year due to injury.

The University of Charleston was predicted to finish second with 111 points and three first-place selections. The Golden Eagles went 21-9 last year and return leading scorer Chyress Lockhart. Glenville State, winners of both the MEC regular season and tournament titles a year ago, finished third with 97 points.

Fairmont State received the final first-place vote and finished fourth with 93 points. Wheeling Jesuit was picked to finish fifth with 70 points, followed by West Virginia State (68), Notre Dame (61) and Shepherd (49). Concord was tabbed ninth with 43 points, and Urbana (40), UVa-Wise (27) and West Virginia Wesleyan completed the poll.

The poll was released on Monday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at the Bridgeport Conference Center.

The women’s basketball season begins on Friday, Nov. 15.

Mountain East Conference

Mountain East Conference
Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll
Rk. Team Points
1. West Liberty (8) 118
2. Charleston (3) 111
3. Glenville State 97
4. Fairmont State (1) 93
5. Wheeling Jesuit 70
6. West Virginia State 68
7. Notre Dame 61
8. Shepherd 49
9. Concord 43
10. Urbana 40
11. UVa-Wise 27
12. West Virginia Wesleyan 15
() denotes first-place votes
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Honors Program Continues at GSC


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(l-r) back row: Kolby Abruzzino, Tyler Hammack, Austin Broussard, Evan Merical, Michael Pracht; front row: Hannah Roberts, Charissa Friend, Thaje Houston, Jessica Layne, Amanda Lamb, Kelly Weaver

New students in GSC's Honors Program. (l-r) back row: Kolby Abruzzino, Tyler Hammack, Austin Broussard, Evan Merical, Michael Pracht; front row: Hannah Roberts, Charissa Friend, Thaje Houston, Jessica Layne, Amanda Lamb, Kelly Weaver

GLENVILLE, WV – The Honors Program at Glenville State College, now in its second year, is growing. This year has seen the return of nine continuing students and twelve new participants.

The program, which recruits around 10 new applicants a year, is designed to offer students a space where they can study and explore academics with like-minded peers. The program has three components including a rigorous academic environment, service to the local community, and a social outlet for networking and making friends.

Students in the Honors Program are eager to be more engaged with academics. As such, they are paired with faculty mentors who help them pursue projects in their specific educational field. The students also take part in special honors classes where they get to delve deeper into academic culture. Sophomore honors courses are team taught among GSC faculty and topics covered can include philosophy, rhetoric, educational theory, analysis, art history, the sciences, and psychology. During the students’ junior and senior years, their honors classes are organized as independent study.

“Our goal is to help guide these talented students through college. As part of the program, they get to take part in the work that our excellent faculty and industry professionals are already doing. They get to see first-hand what those people actually do in their careers and disciplines, which is not only invaluable experience, but tremendously educational,” said program advisor and English professor Dr. Jonathan Minton.

Honors Program participants at Fallingwater

Honors Program participants at Fallingwater. (l-r) back row: Tyler Cooper, Morgan Allen, Dr. Jonathan Minton, Charissa Friend, Katie Stover, Tyler Hammack, Allante Watts, Brianna Caison front row: Larisa Gordon, Sarah Gillespie, Emily Walker, Dr. Art Dematteo

In addition to their scholastic endeavors, the students take part in community service projects and social events. The group recently organized a bingo night for residents at Glenville’s Genesis HealthCare rehabilitation center. With Minton and history professor Dr. Art DeMatteo, the students traveled to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Pennsylvania; a trip that also gave the different groups of honors students a chance to interact and become better acquainted.

First-year students in the program say they appreciate the built-in group of friends that they have immediately. “People here care about your progress and it’s easy to make friends. Certainly not like many larger schools,” said Kelly Weaver, a biology major from Weston, West Virginia. Several say that being at GSC is more than just attending college and making friends. “Being here has seemed just like a home away from home,” said Austin Broussard who is studying music education and hails from Elkview, West Virginia.

Honors Program students enjoy and create opportunities for deeper intellectual connections within their peer group too. Natural resource management major Michael Pracht organized a Chemistry 101 study session for his fellow honors students. “I think everybody that attended was happy with it, and I think it helped me get a better score on the exam,” said Pracht. “I certainly plan on organizing another session for upcoming exams and maybe for other classes.”

“Students considering becoming a part of the Honors Program shouldn’t have the misconception that there won’t be someone here that they can relate to outside of academics. Student athletes, band members, education majors, ROTC cadets – this group really is all-inclusive,” said Kolby Abruzzino who is a behavioral science major and a member of the Pioneer Baseball team.

Incoming students with ACT composite scores of 24 or higher and high school cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or better are eligible for the GSC Honors Program. Scholarships starting at $750 per semester and special housing accommodations are given to successful applicants.

For more information about the GSC Honors Program, contact Minton at or (304) 462-6322.

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‘Trick or Reading’ Event Held at GSC


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GLENVILLE, WV- Members of Glenville State College’s Early Education Student Group (EESG) recently hosted a Trick or Reading Night for local children in PreK through second grades. Many local families attended the event held on Monday, October 20th and enjoyed the educational evening full of reading, activities, snacks, and costumes for children and parents.

EESG president Erica Perdue reads to local youngsters at the ‘Trick or Reading’ event the group held. Perdue got into the Halloween spirit and dressed as a Del Monte banana.

EESG president Erica Perdue reads to local youngsters at the ‘Trick or Reading’ event the group held. Perdue got into the Halloween spirit and dressed as a Del Monte banana.

“There was a wonderful turn out of children sporting their best Halloween disguises. All of the children, and parents, seemed to really enjoy themselves visiting the various activity stations. This event was organized in hopes of sparking an interest in reading by making it fun,” said GSC junior Erica Perdue. She serves as President of the EESG and is an elementary education (K-6) and early education (PreK-K) major who resides in Burnsville, West Virginia.

Local youngsters at the Trick or Reading activities took part in arts and craft projects, listened to stories, and enjoyed Halloween candy. Additionally, each child who attended received a book to take home with them. All of the events were organized by EESG members.

EESG advisers Assistant Professor of Early Education Connie Stout and Assistant Professor of Education Shelly Ratliff said, “We are proud of the GSC Early Education Student Group’s efforts in promoting engaging and hands on literacy activities for the community’s young children. All of the student members prepared interactive projects for the children to participate in at each learning center.”

In addition to the activities, many children and families who attended also donated items for the upcoming Christmas Outreach Project that the EESG is sponsoring. Items collected will be put into shoeboxes that will be prepared for children in the local community and distributed later this semester.

For more information about the EESG or to donate items for their Christmas Outreach Project, contact Stout at or (304) 462-6209.

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Pioneers Three Game Win Streak Comes to an End at Shepherd


Gary Henderson led the Pioneers defense with nine tackles in the loss at Shepherd

Shepherdstown, W.Va. – The Glenville State Pioneer football teams three game winning streak has come to an end as the team suffered a tough road loss at Shepherd University, 37-14.

The Pioneers would take the opening possession and drive it 87 yards on nine plays as Sean Steele hit tight-end Jake Harper from 19 yards out for the touchdown as Glenville State went up, 7-0.

On Shepherds first possession they would drive it 48 yards on seven plays, but the Pioneers defense would hold them to just a field goal from 33 yards out making it, 7-3.

Shepherd would then take their first lead of the game with just seven seconds left in the first quarter as Jeff Ziemba hit Billy Brown from six yards out as the Rams took a, 10-7 lead.

The Pioneers would then suffer a big loss as quarterback Sean Steele would leave, not to return to the  game due to an ankle injury.

Shepherd would add another score right before halftime as the Rams took a 17-7 lead over the Pioneers at the half.

In the second half, it would be all Shepherd as they would add a touchdown in the third quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the fourth as the Rams held a 37-7 lead. The Pioneers however would add a late score as backup quarterback Dante Roberts hit Ralph Gordon on a 50 yard touchdown pass as the Pioneers would fall, 37-14.

Glenville State racked up 324 yards of total offense on 70 plays while Shepherd ran 53 plays for 345 total yards. The Pioneers won the time of possession as they held it for 32:38 while the Rams time of possession was 27:22.

Both teams racked up several penalties, GSC had 10 penalties for 109 yards while Shepherd had 10 penalties for 104 yards.

GSC’s running back Rahmann Lee led the Pioneers rushing attack as he rushed for 65 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Sean Steele went 9 for 15 for 91 yards a touchdown and an interception before leaving the game due to the ankle injury.

Backup quarterback Dante Roberts went 17 for 27 for 183 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Dante Absher was the teams leading receiver as he caught nine passes for 78 yards while Ralph Gordon caught six balls for 85 yards and a touchdown.

Gary Henderson led the Pioneers defense with nine tackles on the day while James Johnson chipped in with six tackles.

Shepherd was led by quarterback Jeff Ziemba as he went 16 for 24 for 197 yards two touchdowns and an interception.

On defense, James Gupton led the Rams as he finished with eight tackles. Gupton also had an interception that he took 61 yards to the end-zone. De’Ontre Johnson chipped in with seven tackles and he also had an interception that he took 58 yards for the score.

The Pioneers are now 4-5(4-5) on the season, they are on the road again next Saturday as they travel to Walsh University with kickoff set for 11:00 am.

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Game Central: Glenville State vs. Shepherd University – Game Nine


Game Central: Glenville State vs. Shepherd University – Game Nine

Glenville, W.Va. - The Glenville State Pioneer football team racked up 588 yards of total offense as they held on to a thrilling victory, 41-38, over the Notre Dame College Falcons at Morris Stadium.

Between the Pioneers offense and the Falcons offense there was 1,152 total yards of offense in the game.

GSC running back Rahmann Lee rushed for a game high 121 yards and two touchdowns while Tevin Drake rushed for 69 yards on 13 carriers.

Quarterback Sean Steele threw for 392 yards, a career high, as he went 20 for 26 with two touchdowns. Dante Absher was the Pioneers leading receiver as he caught seven passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Rahmann Lee also caught four passes for 100 yards on the day.

On defense the Pioneers were led by Spencer Steele as he had a team high 13 total tackles. Jeff Kidder finished the day with 13 total tackles and an interception while Gary Henderson chipped in with 11 tackles and an interception.

Notre Dame was led by quarterback Ray Russ as he threw for 438 yards as he went 49 for 67 with five touchdowns but had three costly interceptions. Russ’s favorite target was Mitchel Shegos as he had a career day as he caught 23 passes for 160 yards.

The Pioneers improve to 4-4 (4-4) on the season and in conference play. They return to action next Saturday, November 1st when they travel to Shepherd University with kickoff starting at 12pm.

This week the Pioneers travel to Shepherd to take on the Rams. Shepherd comes into the matchup after having a bye last week.

Last Years the Pioneers fell at home to Shepherd 45-19.

Rahmann Lee is ranked 8th in All Purpose Yards in the country and 10th in Rushing Yards.

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GSC Students Clean Section of Little Kanawha River


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GLENVILLE, WV – Students from Dr. Ross Conover’s Ecology and Field Biology class, and other Glenville State College volunteers, spent nine wet hours hauling trash out of the Little Kanawha River recently. Members of the self-proclaimed ‘Little Kanawha Navy’ removed trash and debris from this section of the river last year as well.

“I was leery about cleaning this same stretch of river that we so thoroughly cleaned 12 months ago because I didn’t think we’d find much, but we actually pulled out even more trash than last year!” said Conover who serves as an Assistant Professor of Biology at GSC. Some of the removed items included: 73 tires, bicycles, gas tanks, pool liners, plastic and metal pipes and tubing, various car parts, trash cans, fiberglass items, aluminum cans and plastic bottles, a computer, numerous pieces of rusted metal, a vacuum cleaner, plastic fan, inner tubes, a 55 gallon steel drum, and numerous other items.

While cleaning, the class saw River Otter slides, ate some native Paw Paws and observed Belted Kingfishers, freshwater snails and clams, crayfish, and other wildlife species.

Little Kanawha River cleanup participants: (l-r) Dr. Ross Conover, Steven Miller, Justin Stark, Broc Benner, Chad Ingram, Jonathan Rhodes, Maren Wentzel, Brock McClung, Brandon Collins, Seth Doss, Adam Ramsey

Little Kanawha River cleanup participants: (l-r) Dr. Ross Conover, Steven Miller, Justin Stark, Broc Benner, Chad Ingram, Jonathan Rhodes, Maren Wentzel, Brock McClung, Brandon Collins, Seth Doss, Adam Ramsey

Students who assisted with the effort included: Brock McClung of Point Pleasant, Adam Ramsey of Burnsville, Seth Doss of Marlinton, Maren Wentzel and Justin Stark from Weston, Steven Miller of Tioga, Brandon Collins of Winfield, Jonathan Rhodes of Le Roy, and Chad Ingram of Moundsville.

“This river cleanup is a little something we can do to help the environment around Glenville. Although it was a ton of hard work and took a whole day, it is something we can look back on and feel good about for a long time,” said Doss.

“I had a lot of fun floating the river and picking up trash even though it ended up being a lot of work. After seeing the amount of trash that we gathered it definitely puts into perspective how much we need to work on preserving the environment. I’ll no longer leave cans in the back of my truck, giving them the chance to blow out,” said Collins.

“All in all it was a fun and rewarding day; getting to be on the river with everyone, seeing all of the wildlife, and cleaning up a pretty area,” said Wentzel.

“It is especially rewarding to know that many nonnative objects have been removed from the river, and that plant, animals, and forms of aquatic life are able to begin utilizing their habitat with less disruption,” said Ramsey.

Their cleanup effort was supported again this year by Mountain State Waste, which donated a dumpster and professional services. The Glenville State College High Adventure Program and Boy Scout Troop 39 of Grantsville, West Virginia donated canoes. Scout Leader Larry Baker, who is also an Associate Professor of Physical Science at GSC, helped facilitate the use of the troop’s canoes.

For more information, contact Conover at or (304) 462-6313.

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Archived Films Being Converted for Online Viewing


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GLENVILLE, WV – Thanks in part to a West Virginia Humanities Council grant, staffers in the Glenville State College Archives have been working to digitize several old 8- and 16-mm films.

Work on the project of converting the films mostly progressed over the summer with workers continuing to add to the varied collection. The materials have included footage from Glenville State College football games from the 1960s through 1980s, mid-century homecoming parades, pre-WV State Folk Festival Gilmer County music festivals, documentaries regarding local culture, and more.

Many of the 16-mm reels already in the Archives’ holdings were collected by former GSC First Ladies Irene Powell and Sandy Freeman. GSC Library Associate and Archivist Jason Gum stated that the majority of the collection features past football games and were actually discovered recently. “These more recent reels were found in the back of a storage trailer that was being torn down for construction of the Waco Center. [GSC's Athletic Director] Janet Bailey is always mindful when she sees such things and called me to look the materials over. These were probably going to end up in a dumpster, but we’ve now been able to add them to our collection while also making them widely accessible,” said Gum.

Gum explains that on average there is anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour of labor dedicated to each film. So far nearly 200 reels of film have been converted – with nearly as many hours devoted to the project.

Several of the newly digital files have been uploaded to the GSC website and are viewable via YouTube. To see the films, click here.

According to Gum, the Glenville State College Archives, which is housed in the Robert F. Kidd Library, is always looking for additional historical audio/visual materials that relate to the institution.

For more information about this project, other items in GSC’s Archives, or to learn more about having relevant items archived, contact Gum at or (304) 462-6163.

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GSC Veterans and Military Ball November 8th


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Glenville, WV – Members of the Glenville State College Student Veterans Association invite everyone to this year’s Veterans and Military Ball on Saturday, November 8th. The ball’s organizers emphasized that attendees do not have to be in the military nor be a veteran to attend. Rather, the ball is an opportunity for community members, students, and faculty to show their support for our veterans while enjoying a fun evening together.

This year’s theme is ‘Remembering Those Who Served in Korea.’ Tickets for the evening are $25 each and include cocktails, dinner, and live music. A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m. in GSC’s Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom. The dance floor will open at 8:00 p.m. Dress is semi-formal. All are encouraged to make their reservation by Monday, November 3rd at (304) 462-6056.

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Rahmann Lee Named MEC Offensive Player of the Week

Rahmann Lee has been named the MEC Offensive Player of the Week

Bridgeport, W.Va. - Rahmann Lee (Glenville State), Jeremiah Johnson (Concord) and Griffin Yocum (West Liberty) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors.

Lee, a junior running back from Capitol Heights, Md., is the Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Pioneers to a win 41-38 over Notre Dame. Lee had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score on a 26-yard run in the fourth quarter. He also had four catches for 100 yards against the Falcons. Lee is eighth in the country in all-purpose yards (188.0 per game) and is 10th in rushing yards (1,048).

Johnson, a freshman from Baltimore, Md., is the Defensive Player of the Week for helping keep 19th-ranked Concord’s unbeaten record intact. Johnson had four solo tackles in the game, and also provided an interception on Charleston’s final drive that preserved the win for the Mountain Lions.

Yocum, a senior from Glen Dale, W.Va., is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The punter booted four times for an average of 41.5 yards. He had two punts of over 50 yards in the game, including a long of 56 yards. Yocum leads the MEC averaging 41.7 yards per punt on the season.

Other Top Performances

Offense: Mitchel Shegos (Notre Dame) had a conference record 23 catches against Glenville State … the 23 catches are the most by any player in NCAA Division II this season … T.J. Smith (Concord) had three catches for 96 yards with a pair of scores … Dakota Conwell (West Liberty) threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 81 yards … Cooper Hibbs (Fairmont State) was 23-of-37 for 332 yards and two touchdowns … Cale Burdyshaw (Urbana) threw for 338 yards and three scores.

Defense: Emmanuel Ivey (Fairmont State) had seven tackles and broke up five passes, including two on Urbana’s final drive … Alec Wood (West Liberty) had three stops and a red zone interception … Jeff Kidder (Glenville State) notched 13 tackles and an interception … D’Gary Wallace (Urbana) had a team-high six tackles, three tackles for a loss and one forced fumble … Mike Savage (West Virginia Wesleyan) had 13 tackles … George Berry (Notre Dame) had 13 tackles (eight solo) and one tackle for a loss.

Special Teams: Kyle Kaplan (Notre Dame) connected on all five PATs … Garrett Lee (Concord) placed three punts inside the 20-yard line … Kasper Bernild (West Virginia Wesleyan) drilled a 47-yard field goal and averaged 45.8 yards per punt.

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Glenville State College: A Picturesque Campus with a Haunting Past

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Glenville, WV – A cold case, an unsolved murder, and restless spirits from the past…all of these things sound like they came straight out of a movie and not from Glenville State College. There are countless eyewitness accounts from across the GSC campus. The majority of these ‘experiences’ or ‘sightings’  happened in Clark Hall, Louis Bennett Hall, and the Administration Building.  Many say the ghost in these buildings is ‘Sis Linn.’ There have been stories about her haunting the GSC campus since at least the 1970s not only around Halloween each fall but also all year long.

Original Glenville Democrat newspaper from 1919 with news of Sarah Linn's death

Original Glenville Democrat newspaper from 1919 with news of Sarah Linn's death

Sarah Louisa Linn was born in 1853. There is little known about her life. She was the only graduate of Glenville Normal School in 1877. According to records, she specialized in teacher education. She taught classes in Glenville and Fairmont before marrying I. L. Chrisman in June of 1905 at her home where Clark Hall currently stands. After her short marriage ended, Sarah changed her name back to Linn and ran a boarding house out of her home for female students. In February of 1919, Sarah was found murdered and bludgeoned to death in her home. The assailant or assailants were never apprehended.  Some say she was killed by vandals breaking in for her prized wine that she made herself. Many say ‘Sis Linn’ still roams the campus looking for her killer.

Five years after her murder, officials from Glenville Normal School purchased her property, razed the house, and built Verona Maple Hall – a modern women’s dormitory for the time. Many said the dormitory was also haunted. After Verona Maple Hall was demolished years later, those spending time in the neighboring GSC Clark Hall began to experience paranormal activity.

GSC Assistant Professor of Early Education and Director of Field Experiences Connie Stout- O’Dell had an ‘experience’ in Clark Hall. “It was just before the summer session started, and I was in my office on the top mezzanine,” Stout said. She was grading papers when she heard a horrible noise. “It sounded like metal chairs being thrown around and as if people were moving metal desks,” Stout explained. She said that the noise lasted for ten to twelve minutes. “I thought it was the secretary moving things around downstairs,” Stout said. She stopped grading papers and thought for a moment. “It was weird though because the noise sounded like it was coming from downstairs, upstairs, and the space behind the offices.” So she decided to go downstairs to see what was going on. Before she got to mezzanine two, she thought to herself, “What if this is Sis Linn?” Just as she had that thought, the noises stopped and there was complete silence. She left and found the secretary who had been out of the building for over an hour. Stout had been in the building alone.

GSC Associate Professor of Education and Dean of Teacher Education Dr. Kevin Cain was working late one evening alone in Clark Hall. He was in his office on the second floor when something peculiar happened. “I heard metal chains dragging on the floor and then a door closed; the door sounded like a prison door closing,” Cain said. He then took his work home with him and left the building for the evening. “After that, I started taking my work home all the time!” Cain exclaimed.

GSC Director of Residence Life Jerry Burkhammer said that on Halloween night one year, he was standing outside of the former dorms at Louis Bennett Hall with a security officer and saw a couple of students playing with a Ouija board when one of them started yelling. He asked what was going on, and they said they asked the board to whom it was talking. They said the board spelled out ‘Sis Linn,’ and she said that she was in Clark Hall at 12:00. “It was four minutes until midnight,” Burkhammer said, “so we decided to walk up to Clark Hall to see if anything was happening.  At the stroke of twelve, a light came on in Clark Hall on the second level. We saw a woman hanging by a noose in the window. The officer and I ran upstairs, and when we got to the door, the light went out. We opened the door, nothing was there, and everything was in order,” Burkhammer said, “It is strange and unexplainable; the clock tower chimes thirteen times on Halloween night at midnight. It does this every year.”

Burkhammer said that when LBH was the men’s dormitory, there were strange occurrences five years in a row. These occurrences happened in room 225 on the first night freshmen stayed in the dorms. A former student said he was awakened during his first night in the room and saw a lady in white at the foot of the bed who spoke to him. Louis Bennett Hall rooms are now used as offices and faculty and staff still report unexplained noises and sightings.  Many employees say they often hear someone running back and forth on the fourth floor.

Next door to Louis Bennett Hall is the Harry B. Heflin Administration Building, the building with GSC’s historic clock tower. GSC Campus Service Worker Ellen Minney has had many unexplainable encounters through her years working in the building. “I get anxious every time I am in the basement of AB. I constantly look over my shoulder and work quickly to get out,” said Minney. While emptying trash cans throughout the building, she has heard her keys in the door begin to jingle, but they stopped moving before she got back to them. Lights will also go on and off on occasion. She is always the first and only one in the building during these incidents. Once, she was working and heard a voice whisper, ‘What are you doing here?’ in her ear. She replied, “You know I am here every morning!” A co-worker of Minney’s also reports being pinched by the ghost of Sis Linn.

Minney has also had an encounter with a spirit in Clark Hall. “I was working with my supervisor and another worker waxing floors. When we left the empty building, all of the lights had been turned off and the doors were locked. After we got outside, we turned around to the same building with every light on,” said Minney. Her daughter, Sonya Hartshorn, a 2010 GSC graduate, has had a Clark Hall encounter also.  “I was a student worker in the GSC Business Department and had to deliver an assignment to a class when a professor was absent. While waiting on the students in the empty classroom, I saw the blinds start to sway. I assumed it was from the air conditioning. Then, an eerie feeling came over me, and the vertical blinds began to open and close and then move as if someone was running their fingers through them. I recalled my mother’s stories of Sis Linn, and I ran out of the room. I gave the students their assignment in the hall and never went into Clark Hall alone again,” said Hartshorn.

Sis Linn isn’t the only spirit that is known to roam GSC.  Pickens Hall has its share of stories as well. Reports claim that in several rooms of Scott Wing in the former student residence hall, you can hear someone playing with marbles and marbles rolling across the ceiling. You can also hear people moving furniture on the floor above, even the top floor. Marlon Henry, GSC Special Assistant to the President, has had a few encounters with the spirit known as ‘Marble Boy.’

One night while on a ghost tour of campus with Hidden Promise Scholars, the group thought they would try and communicate with any spirits via the infamous ‘flashlight test.’ Henry asked if there were spirits present and there was a response of yes. They then proceeded to ask if it was Sis Linn and received no response. The group then asked if it was Marble Boy and got an immediate answer of yes. Henry recalls his first encounter with the ghost child during his time as a GSC student. According to Henry, he was asleep in his room when the TV suddenly turned on to a loud snowy screen. In an attempt to find his TV remote he turned on the bedside lamp and there, in front of his door, stood a small boy. After a few seconds, the figure backed through the door. Henry followed to look in the hallway for the boy, but he was nowhere to be found.

Glenville State College is a beautiful campus with a possible past lurking in the shadows. Even after numerous experiences over the years, most people are not afraid.  “Whatever or whomever it is, it is not something that wants to hurt you,” said now retired Instructor of Developmental Mathematics Bill Bonnett, “It’s just something or someone or some people wanting to let their presence be known.”

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