Andrews Hall: What’s Behind Door Number One?

(Very) Loosely Based on a True Story

When I chose to undertake reporting the legend of the suspicious hanging door on the third floor of Andrews Hall, I did not choose it because I have a particular affinity for halls named after me or because I like ghost stories (seriously, I get scared way too easily).  I just really like doors and finding out where they go.  On the other hand, this door is a special door.  “It’s just a storage closet,” some say.  Some say that it reads “storage” to cover up the sheer horror that is behind it.  There are many myths and legends surrounding this door, as many have felt their souls being penetrated just by making eye contact.  So what is this door?  I undertook an investigation to figure out what it was that made this door so terrifyingly evil.  Who put it there?  Where does it lead?  To my bad luck, I found out where it goes.  And it was not Narnia.  Or Terabithia for that matter.

Entrepreneurs and political leaders spent their time delving in a growing movement called spiritualism.  Spiritualism was practiced by people such as the Lincolns, the Roosevelts, the Rockefellers, the DuPonts, and yes, the Waltons.  They would spend their wealth and leisure time going to séances and psychics, believing that they could raise their ancestors from the grave and talk to them like “the good old days.”  Many of these people, in order to keep this disturbing pastime to themselves, built secret rooms in which they could partake in these events.  This is where the DOOR comes in.

Charles Walton is the man responsible for building the estate in which the University subsides.  If you have never heard of him, the hall in which you eat the majority of your meals is named after him (no, not the Breezeway to some of you). He opposed the idea of taking his beloved wife and children to his supernatural viewings, but his addiction to bringing back his deceased loved ones was too strong to go out of town to see a professional (mind you that this was 1913, when the Walton’s moved in).  So one night, he hired a psychic named Agatha Martin to set up his own viewing room in the loft above the stables (which is what Andrews Hall once was, the stables), complete with Ouija boards, mirrors, candles and other portals.  However, the first night he attempted to do it on his own went terribly wrong.  In an effort to resurrect his freshly deceased granddaughter Suzanne (aka Susie), the supernatural power he brought out was so strong that it sent the horses below into a complete frenzy.  The thrashing of the horses combined with the escape of Suzanne (who now roams the campus for eternity), knocked Walton off the loft and onto the second floor,  causing him to suffer severe head injuries (which some

suspect led to his untimely death of falling into a coma).

In the early 1950s, when Eastern Baptist College first bought the Walton Estate, Andrews Hall was largely untouched to their surprise.  By clearing out the old stables and making them into class rooms, the hall was soon complete, with only the third floor left to remodel.  Much to the administration’s surprise, the loft was walled in, with only a black door in the middle of the wall, with no floor underneath it.  Out of curiosity, they dug out another entrance into the walled off area, and, lo and behold, they were greeted by six mirrors around an Ouija board, with each mirror containing the visage of Suzanne Walton on her tricycle.  In order to avoid further contact with Susie, they planned to destroy Andrews Hall altogether.

However, they did not.  The administration chose to label the new door and the original hanging door as a storage closet, and painted over the black door with white paint for interior design purposes.  They cleverly made Andrews hall into a science building, because the paranormal supposedly does not exist “according to scientists.” They believed these logical people would not be startled by this illogical entity, thus rendering Susie’s existence invalid.

To this day, both doors are always locked, but occasionally, on certain nights, the original door opens ever so slightly.  To those brave enough to venture into the building on particular nights (usually 2:32 at night on a crescent moon), the door opens all the way, exposing the portal to the ghost world (very similar to the portal in Danny Phantom actually).  If you can make the jump and climb in, it is possible that you can visit the ghost world and learn all those secrets that famous people “took to their graves.”  Other legends suggest that on those nights, you may partake in “Susie’s playtime,” which is an enlightening game of hopscotch that will reveal to you the future: who you will marry, your future job, and to some procrastinating juniors, she reveals your choice of major.

I am sure there are many other strange tales associated with this supposedly haunted door, and it is quite compelling as a door enthusiast like myself.  However, those now thoroughly creeped out by this tale should know the truth of this door.  I too must make a confession as well:  I made this story up completely.  This door really leads to a storage closet in modern times.  But hey, it is fun to imagine right?

A Grave Discovery: What…or Who…Rests Outside Sparrowk Hall?

Of all the haunted mysteries that surround the campus, none reach the level of anonymity achieved by the isolated grave that lies just outside Sparrowk Hall. A headstone shrouded in mystery, the exact identity of its occupant has been lost to time, as the plaque has been eroded by the elements. Further adding to the enigma is that small monument had been erected long before Charles Walton had purchased the mansion known today as Walton Hall, obscuring its year of origin as well. Just what lies under the grave, and where and when did it come from?

Believe it or not, a rather unlikely rumor provides the answer to the resident’s identity: a pet horse. But does it have any merit? Student Development Vice President Bettie Ann Brigham is familiar with some of grave’s history, which dates back to over a century ago. Back before Charles Walton purchased his mansion, a family known as the Harrisons purchased land in the area where the Fowler and Workman halls stand today. “Back when the Harrisons purchased the estate“, she explains, “the grave was actually already there. However, they left the exact site of the grave intact out of respect after learning of its history.” While the exact details of this decision are lost to time, she explains that the Harrisons were supposedly aware that a pet was entombed there, thus giving rise to the rumor.

It’s a case that has even famed Eastern historian Frederick Boelke, who prides himself on knowing every detail of the university’s past, stumped to an absolute answer; however, he believes the headstone hints at a pet of some sort. “While nothing about the site itself hints at a horse, the grave‘s plaque doesn‘t have any sort of epithet and instead has an eroded picture of some kind, so I’d imagine it’d be a pet.” Despite this uncertainty, he does admit a horse would make sense. Presenting a map circa 1875 (before the Harrisons or Walton purchased the other estates), he explains the area of the grave roughly coincides with that of a site formerly known as Hedgewood Farm.

And what sort of animal lives on a farm? Horses!

The do’s and don’ts of social media

Do: Try to be as funny as possible.
“The first time a heard about Lacrosse I asked, what’s that, is that a sport? I thought that was something you found in a Mexican Church.” That hilarious quote courtesy of one of my friends is my most recent tweet, and a perfect example of the type of thing you should be posting. Posting funny things not only keeps you and  your friends entertained, it’s a easy way to gain more followers.

Don’t: Be a ghost follower/friend.
If you follow someone or you are someone’s friend on a social network, show ’em some love every once in a while. Otherwise, what’s the point of following them? They will appreciate it and more than likely return the love.

Do: Be Original.
If your friend posted a funny picture that got a lot of “likes” don’t screen shot that picture, only to repost it. Be original. There are plenty of entertaining pictures in the internet for you to find and post. Plus, there are plenty of apps for you to create your own meme. People appreciate originality because no one likes looking at the same pictures over and over again.

Don’t: Forget who your followers are
If you were one of those people who presses “accept” when their parents decided to join
Facebook, you probably shouldn’t post pictures of that party you’re going to go to over summer break. That’s what Instagram is for. Once you have let certain people into a social network, it is ruined forever. Remember that.

Do: Something unexpected.
Give people a reason to go on your page, or like your photo. There is an abundant amount of pictures and videos on the internet that would catch your friends/followers off guard. Take advantage of them.

Don’t: Talk about people.
If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, don’t say it. This principal rule seems to get lost in social media. Some people think that because they aren’t actually in front of the person, they are free to say whatever they want. This is a quick way to start drama, and it’s just flat out not nice. So be nice, and don’t do it.

Do: Follow the Waltonian on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.
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Do a little, save big

Money is a nice thing to have. Some people like to have big stacks of money, while other people treat it like an annoying bug that keeps climbing on them (something that must be gotten rid of as soon as possible). Ultimately, the important thing is that you have enough of the cold hard cash when circumstances demand that it must be spent. To this end, here are a few ideas on how to keep at least twenty dollars in your pocket.

1. Room with people
who have things.

With housing selection coming up for next fall, this is an important thing to take into consideration. I have done remarkably well the past four years, with roommates supplying my rooms with everything from refrigerators, to couches, to Netflix accounts. You may think that you and your friend need to start looking for appliances for next year. If this is the case, what you really should be doing is looking for a new friend.

2. Beat Eastern’s
malevolent schemes.

WEPA. The Book Store. Words that strike fear into the hearts of EU students. These institutions are doing all that they can to take your hard-earned cash away from you, and it’s up to you to resist. WEPA is fairly easily dispatched by purchasing your own printer (preferably your roommate should purchase the printer). As for the book store, don’t even think about doing anything besides renting used books there. The school supplies and toiletries in the book store are actually quite convenient, but you’re much better served looking for books online ( and are usually good places to start).

3. Don’t go

This one is very simple. You probably never need to go to the King of Prussia Mall. Most essentials can be found at a place like Giant or Wegmans, and more specific stuff can be found online. I know that it’s un-American to argue against shopping, but if you’re trying to save, I can’t see a good reason to ever walk into a store without a very specific shopping list.

4. Don’t be an

This one, though fairly intuitive, is crucial to keep in mind. Being of age is a wonderful thing, and alcohol can add a lot of value to one’s life experience. But speaking in purely financial terms, alcohol consumption opens up an entire avenue of spending that just did not exist before. A couple of nights at Teresa’s or The Landmark can quickly put a dent in your spending money. So, when you go to drink, keep an eye out for deals and specials. Groupon can be quite helpful in this regard. And seriously, don’t be an alcoholic.

5. Be cheap.

This is the overall message that I hope you’ve come away with. A little extra investigation can usually get you a comparable product for a lot less money. And let’s face it – being thrifty has never been more cool. I swore I would only reference Macklemore once in this article. But the guy knows what he’s talking about: “Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant —–, I call that getting swindled and pimped, I call that getting tricked by a business.” I hope I didn’t just ruin Macklemore.

Eastern Freshman Drops Missions and Anthropology Major

Not even one full year into his academic career at Eastern University and freshman Stuart Craig Bannon has already switched his major. Bannon declared his Missions and Anth. major long before making his housing deposit, despite meeting fierce resistance from Eastern’s administration that he consider thinking about his decision for a little while.

“My high school youth group took a short-term missions trip to Camden, NJ. I know what missions are about. The way I see it, adults these days are going to try to do everything they can to make me abandon my calling for a more ‘practical path.'” But when he actually started to take Missions/Anth. classes, they weren’t at all as advertised. “We didn’t talk about the right way to do missions a single time,” explained the freshman who now has absolutely no idea what to major in, “I have some good missions experience if people would just listen to me.”

Bannon said he first noticed things were up when he failed his first ethnographical assignment. “I was like, ‘Ethnography – sounds like an opportunity for a testimony to me,'” laments the ex-Missions and Anth. major. “But the professor attacked me for being ethnocentric. I mean, Jesus was ethnocentric, the world basically revolves around him.”

So if the Anth. department wouldn’t let Stuart imitate Jesus, he was going to find a different major. When asked about Bannon, peers in his Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class remembered him as a kid with the cool TOMS. “I didn’t mind his stories about Camden,” which freshman Anthropology major Steven Martyr explained were a recurring topic in every class, “I mean, they were kind of interesting I guess.”

Bannon’s friends have said that he is indeed signed up for classes next fall and has decided to focus on getting his general education requirements out of the way until he gets a better idea or the Anth department entirely reforms itself.