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Clarion University's ghosts have had a revival over the past several years thanks to an annual October program that showcases all things that are unexplained or go bump in the night in the university's various buildings.

Even more could be revealed during the "Clarion University Ghost Experience," scheduled for Oct. 30-31 at 7:30 p.m. in Hart Chapel. The fifth annual program, sponsored by the Clarion University History Club with support from the Clarion Student Association, is free and open to all.

Seating at Hart Chapel is on a first come, first seated basis. Hart Chapel has seating for 400 and once those seats are filled, the doors will be closed and no one else admitted to be in compliance with fire regulations. The 90-minute program typically has turned away crowds.

Dr. Todd Pfannestiel, associate professor of history and advisor to the Clarion University History Club, reports that paranormal investigators will again be a part of the program. Paranormal investigators Stephen Davis and Marietta "Maria" Alfred, who are both Clarion University students, have investigated several "haunted" sites in the area. Not co-incidentally, Davis and Alfred plan to marry on Oct. 31, Halloween, and participate in the "Ghost Experience."

"We are anxious to do another investigation of Hart Chapel before the event," said Pfannestiel about the residence of Clarion University's most prominent ghost. "We also want to investigate one of three buildings, Egbert, Harvey, or Founders, where paranormal activities have been reported. We also want to investigate Peirce Science Center before its demolition."

Last year, there were unexplained activities in Hart Chapel both nights of the "Ghost Experience."

"There were new revelations about campus ghosts during last year's programs," said Pfannestiel. "That may happen again. There will be additional stories, not told before for these programs, and I think people will enjoy the program even if they have seen it in the past."

In addition to telling the story of the Hart Chapel ghost, there will be stories related to Founders Hall's haunting by a Japanese kamikaze pilot and other happenings in Becht Hall, Moore Hall, and Carlson Library.

The story of the Hart Chapel ghost written by Pfannestiel has been accepted for publication in a book, "Weird Hauntings - True Tales of Ghostly Places II," to be published by Sterling Publishing.

The History Club expects to have "Ghost Experience" t-shirts on sale during the event. All proceeds will go to the Clarion University History Club.
For additional information contact Dr. Todd Pfannestiel at 814-393-2761 or by e-mail at

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.



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