Roosevelt University Ghosts Move Out of Auditorium Building

By Reyna Estrada
Staff Reporter

Roosevelt University Auditorium Building Where dozens of ghosts roamed the halls.
Photo by Eric Allix Rogers, Chicago Architecture Center

As many students know, Roosevelt University is recognized as one of the most haunted buildings in Chicago, partly due to its disturbing past. Many individuals may find themselves intrigued by such stories, the prospect of something supernatural is often simultaneously exciting and terrifying. For Roosevelt University students and staff, these stories are not merely stories, with many individuals having their own experiences with the ghosts at Roosevelt University.

However, many students have noticed that the 2018-2019 school year has been eerily quiet, with the number of ghost sightings decreasing significantly. Many new students have expressed disappointment at the lack of interactment with the famous ghosts of RU.

Sandra Woods, junior, sustainability major said, “Last year, I saw ghosts all the time. Elevators would talk to me, I would hear footsteps at night and of course I saw the classic violin playing ghost on the ninth floor. But this year, nothing at all. It’s been so boring without the ghosts–its the only real entertainment we have.”

John Johnson, sophomore, marketing major has a class in the famous Auditorium 720, where actress Sarah Bernhardt has been said to have passed away while sleeping in a coffin.

“Every day when I walk into class, I would get a cold, shaky feeling. Then, one day, there was  absolutely nothing. It’s terrible, being utterly terrified was the only thing that kept me awake during that class. Now I’m flunking out,” Johnson said.  

RU students have inquired as to the reasoning for this newfound quietness on campus, and are eager to bring ghost sightings back to Roosevelt University. The ghosts of RU have finally decided to speak out and set the record straight.

Lydia Umbra, the violin playing ghost who often inhabited the ninth floor of the Auditorium Building made the announcement. “We are so excited to announce that we are officially moving out of Roosevelt University. After staying in this stupid building for a hundred years, we are finally free.”

Gertrude Williams, a ghost who is usually in the Auditorium Theatre at night said, “Often times, people think that we haunt Roosevelt University. But the truth is, Roosevelt University haunts us. It’s torture. As the years go on, the students become even more intolerable, and we’ve decided that we just can’t take it anymore.”

“I’m a simple person, all I need is a quiet area to play violin every once in a while. In the past, I would leave the students alone, and they would leave me alone. But lately, everything has changed,” Umbra said. “Apparently, these students don’t understand the definition of quiet, they never shut up! Sometimes, the students even try and talk to me. At first, I didn’t mind it, but now they won’t go away. The CCPA students have started calling me, ‘sis,’ and inviting me to their performances. We are not friends.”

Theodore Jackson, a ghost who haunts the elevators in the Auditorium Building said, “The singing was the last straw. Every single day, I hear the entire “Hamilton” soundtrack at least once all the way through.  Don’t even get me started on “Les Miserables.” When I try and scare them, most of the time they don’t even hear me. Its nonstop. I never want to step foot in another elevator again.”

While the ghosts of RU are buzzing with excitement and making moving plans, many students, particularly CCPA students, have been disappointed to hear the news.

Jessica Salander, junior musical theatre major , said most of her friends are ghosts. “I really feel like I’m losing so many friends. I know that I’m definitely going to visit them. Who else is going to watch me rehearse for hours on end?”

When asked about students potentially visiting, Umbra said, “After considering many options, I’ve decided that the best decision for me is moving states.” She smiled smugly, “So, I don’t think that is going to be a problem.”



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