In TIme For Halloween: WKU’s History Reawakened by Ghost Story Tours


Tamela Smith, a student of the Western Kentucky University in 1981 and currently working as a staff regent of the university, recalls the ghost stories in the campus as she shares her own paranormal experiences during a ghost tour for the student government students October 26, 2016, Wednesday.

Smith used to be a campus police officer during her time as a student in the university. During the tour on a Wednesday night, she would share the ghost stories she has collected over the years when she was still working as a campus cop on graveyard shifts. "When you tell the ghost stories you're also sharing a part of the university's history, its past," said Smith.

Smith began her tour by telling the students that the ghost legends she is sharing are based on historical events, and that the stories she will be revealing are based on her personal experiences. She started with the paranormal experience she had in Potter Hall, where a spirit named "Penny" was haunting the hall. There was also another time when she was training another police officer when she heard banging noises in the same hall, and when she came to open the door, she found nothing inside and the room was only being used for storage.

Potter Hall is just one of the many places around the campus that have haunting stories. In fact, according to, there are more than 10 places in the campus with paranormal stories.

Smith is not the only university official who had a paranormal experience. Howard Bailey, the vice president for Student Affairs and a former assistant hall director in Barnes-Campbell Hall, also told his share of the ghost stories but claimed that he does not believe in ghosts.

Meanwhile, Smith will continue to reveal more of the ghost stories of WKU during a Halloween presentation at the Warren County Public Library Bob Kirby Branch at 6 p.m.

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