I have a friend who is currently a sophomore but experienced paranormal activity in his freshman year. He told me he lived in tanner hall. He and his friends went to one of the offline floors in tanner to play this game called Sardines. Sardines is like hide and seek, but only one player hides and all the lights are out in the house. Other players go look for the hiding player. If a hunter finds the player, they hide with the hider. This game goes on until the last hunter found the group of people, Sardines. My friend said there were five of them: four boys and 1 girl. The girl, the hider, had on white converse with red stripes and shoe laces. They started the game on floor 16. My friend said that thirty minutes into the game he heard a sound from the floor. He didn’t want to play anymore, so he opted out. He texted his friend in the chat and said he’s not playing anymore. Before he took the stairs back to his residing floor, he said the elevator opened and on the floor were white converse with red stripes and shoelaces. He took the shoes because he thought the girl took them off just because. He texted in the chat and told the girl he has her shoes. No one knew what he was talking about because the girl had her shoes on. So, my friend is wondering whose shoes these are. He was so creeped out that he bagged and toss the shoes down the trash chute. After this experience he said he will never play games on offline floors because it is haunted.
This story that my friend told me is indeed a corporate story because Western is known to be haunted in a few of its buildings. My friend probably also told some of his friends, so the tradition of the haunted offline floors would live on. This story means the offline floors in Tanner are haunted. This story basically tells me that this university has a lot of history and untold mysteries. People would try to tell this story to basically scare others. Many people would not take it seriously. As a Resident Assistant in Tanner, this kept me from going on the offline floors. I told many of residents as well to keep them away because it is forbidden for them to be on those floors. The culture of WIU will live with ghost stories; I say every University has their own ghost stories and this just so happens to my friend’s story.