All posts by Catherine Hoey

Ghost Hunter Chris Fleming: Take 2

BY CATHERINE HOEY

In the spirit of Halloween, Nichols College students were treated to a few tricks (or WERE they?) by ghost hunter and medium Chris Fleming. Nichols’ Campus Activities Board brought Chris to campus on Oct. 16. This was his second year on the Hill. During last year’s on-campus ghost hunt, students joined him at Academy Hall to see if they could spot any spirits; this year, they checked out the Guest House.

First off, here is some background on Chris. He started to see ghosts at the young age of five; he described them as little creatures that would come out of his walls. He would try to tell his parents about what he saw, but they told him he was just having nightmares and to simply ignore them. Once these creatures began transforming into larger ones—and actual human manifestations—Chris could no longer bare it. His parents started to believe him when he grew older; his mother was actually interested in ghosts and paranormal things. One day his mom decided to buy a Ouija board to determine what sort of paranormal activity her son was witnessing. This turned out to be a mistake, however, as Chris almost became possessed.

You’re probably wondering how someone can almost become possessed. Well, when he and his mother were using the Ouija board he started to levitate off his chair. His mother panicked and started to yell prayers at him until he returned to a normal state.

Our ghost-hunting adventure on Oct. 16 involved the Nichols College Guest House, which is known to be haunted. Before we even walked into the circa-1700s brick house, Chris said he could sense the ghost of a woman standing at the second-floor window. When he used the ETP (a device used to communicate with ghosts) we could hear her saying “Oh no, they are coming in.”

The house has two levels. On the first floor, right when you walk in,there is a small hallway and then a living room. The room over is the dining room. Then next to that room is a little sitting area and the kitchen. The house has two staircases; upstairs there is a master bedroom and another bigger bedroom. Between the two rooms there is a bathroom. Down the hall, there are two more rooms.

When we proceeded into the house and sat in the living room Chris asked how many ghosts there were in the room with us and we all heard seven through the ETP. At first they were angry that we were there, but once he explained that we weren’t bad people and why we were there, they were much nicer. The ghosts actually started to joke around. We were able to hear all of the ghosts through the spirit box (another device used to communicate with ghosts).

There was a horse figurine on one of the coffee tables, and some of the students asked the ghosts to move it. In return, the ghosts told Chris to stand. When he stood, the horse moved. We were shocked by what we had just witnessed.

As the event neared its end, Chris allowed us to ask questions and see if any of our loved ones were present in the house. One of the student’s brothers came through the spirit box; he died five years ago in a car crash. It was so sad and moving that more than half the room started to cry. The student asked him a few questions and one was about their new niece that their sister just had. She asked him to be sure to look over her.

Last year, I wrote in the Bison Chronicles that I would never again partake in ghost hunting, but I am glad I changed my mind. I did not find that this year was as scary as last year, but it was still amazing to witness what had happened in the Guest House. Only fifteen people are allowed to go on the ghost hunt. This is my second year participating in the hunt and I have two more to go; fingers crossed I am picked again!

Catherine Hoey is a Nichols College sophomore undeclared and works for Nichols’ Office of Marketing and Communications.

Freshman Year

My freshman year has been one to remember, and I am so sad to see it end. I am not ready to leave Shamie 229 as a mere memory because I had the two best roommates, and we had one of the biggest rooms. Also, my hallway friends have grown close to one another and I will miss them a lot. I have created many friendships that will carry on to next year and hopefully all the years that follow.

However, being a freshman comes with being picked last for just about everything. As much fun as having a mental breakdown every time I have to sign up for classes is, I would rather not. Having 8 a.m., 2:15, and a 6 p.m. classes really has taught me to appreciate my 10:50 and 12:15 classes more. Next semester I will still have some 8am classes, but luckily no 2:15 or 6 pm classes. I suggest you try your hardest to get away from those, unless you like your days ending at 8:30 p.m.

Along with interesting classes, I have had so many remarkable professors. I was lucky enough to create some strong bonds with many of them, and I plan on keeping them throughout my time here and beyond. Making connections with professors is probably the best tip for any first-year student. They will help you succeed once you take the initiative to try and do your best. Nichols professors want to see each one of their students do their best and leave Nichols College with the ability to become successful.

In the fall, I am going to be living in Budleigh. I am really excited to live there because all of my friends will be in the same hallway again. I feel bad for people who don’t know us well because they are going to have a rude awakening (I have a very loud laugh). Although Budleigh was our “plan C,” I still don’t mind. Everyone thought we were crazy to go to Budleigh, but it turns out that as soon as we got it, everyone else started choosing it too.

I ended my freshman year with a really exciting accomplishment and something I have always wanted to do. I became the secretary of my class! I have never been a part of student government before, even in high school, so it’s all still new to me. I was inducted into SGA in April and have already started planning events for next year. I cannot wait to begin next year and am ready to take on whatever is thrown my way.

I am also sad to see the seniors go; I really enjoyed their class. They were helpful and welcomed the freshman class with open arms. Most of all, I am sad to see my oldest brother Patrick leave. He really has done some fabulous work at Nichols and has definitely made his mark. He is one of the greatest leaders I have ever met and I am not just saying this because he is my brother. I cannot wait to see what he will accomplish in the future! Congrats to all of the graduating seniors. You did it!

Spring Trips Abroad

This past spring break, Nichols students took several trips abroad including trips to Barcelona and London. The Barcelona trip was for criminal justice students who were required to take two specific courses. For the London trip, students had to take the Lead 101 course in the spring semester. Each trip consisted of different activities but it is amazing to see what opportunities Nichols students have available to them.

On April 23, the ten Criminal Justice students who went on the Barcelona trip each gave a presentation on a specific topic about the trip. Along with their advisors, Professor Charbonneau and Professor Brown, the students who went on this trip were Kim Whalen, Taylor Pons, Paige Moroz, Anthony Lovetere, Jon Demers, Mario Turner, Jake Gallagher, Ian Sullivan, David Barnard, and Mike Cutrer.

In order to be eligible for the trip, the students had to complete two courses, one of which was Crime, Justice, and Society and write an essay about why they should be selected for the trip.  Based on the applications, Professors Charbonneau and Brown chose ten deserving students to take the trip.

During their presentations, the students talked about the different law enforcement strategies and the culture of Barcelona. I really enjoyed this event and wish I was a criminal justice major because of all the places they visited while in Barcelona. Anyone who is in the Criminal Justice program should really consider going on this trip in the future!