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LIFELESS LEVITATE LONGER Extending their stay in Manhattan, spirits reportedly roam the East Stadium and several fraternity houses. BY MARY SKINNER Rumors of ghosts circulated year-round at K-State. The most popular ghost story was about a 1950s K-State football player Nick. In this era the part of Memorial Stadium housing the Purple Masque theater was a cafeteria. According to one story, Nick was injured during a game, taken to a table in the cafeteria to rest, then suddenly died. His parents were coming to watch him play and died in a car accident on the way to the game, while Nick died in the cafeteria. He haunted the stadium because he was still waiting for his parents. People reportedly heard Nick stomp through the Purple Masque ' s hallways and up and down stairs, talk on tape recorders and move chairs to get attention. " He is a very friendly ghost who keeps an eye on the place, " said Yael Carmi, graduate in speech. According to " The Haunted Heartland, " a medium contacted Nick ' s spirit. He said to run a Dalmation in the theater at midnight to rest his soul. Not everyone on campus believed in Nick. Harold Nichols, professor of speech, said the building created the stories, not Nick. " The building is shaky even when the wind blows, " he said. " Nick does provide a sense of fun, " he said. The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity ghost also provided fun. The Delta Sigma Phi house was once St. Mary ' s Hospital. As elderly patients were moved from the old hospital to the new, patient George Segal, fell between his bed and the wall. People assumed he had been moved, instead he was left to die. " Every now and then he ' ll be bowling up in the third floor hallway, and sometimes while guys are in the laundry room, they ' ll feel someone tap them on their shoulder but no one will be there, " said Craig Uhrich, senior in nuclear engineering. K-State ghost lore also included a ghost named Polly Pi Phi in what is now the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house. Polly supposedly committed suicide. " There was a guy who stayed up here during vacation. His room was on the third floor and he saw a girl walk down the hall and into another room, " said Lambda Chi Swords, senior in mechanical engineering. " He yelled, ' Hey, where are you going? ' When he checked the room, no one was there. " A Theta Xi pledge died from an accident when he was either struck in the head with a paddle, had a heart attack when placed in a coffin, or fell down stairs in today ' s Phi Gamma Delta house, according to the book. In 1965 the Fijis bought the house and paneled the wall where Theta Xi paddles had hung because the paddles ' images kept reappearing through fresh paint. GHOSTS 59
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PURPLE MASQUE THEATRE Nick was a football player in the 1950s who died in Memorial Stadium during a game. He was rumored to haunt the Purple Masque Theatre, still waiting for his parents to arrive at the game. (Photo Illustration by Mayes) 58 GHOSTS
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Shepherd reaches for the white clown face makeup on his crowded bathroom counter. He said baby wipes did the best job of removing the makeup. (Photo by Brian W.Kratzer) Troy Shepherd, senior in music education, outlines the white his eyes with black pencil an hour and a half before the rodeo. He rarely used the first face he created; this one was erased in favor of his second design. (Pho to by Brian W. Kratzer) 60 RODEO CLOWN
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