UMass Lowell Has An Abandoned Campus That No One Talks About

UMass Lowell Has An Abandoned Campus That No One Talks About

We know there's a South, North, and East campus, but did you know there once was a West Campus too? Yes, it really exists.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is known for its three separate campuses: North, South and East. North is known as the science, business, and engineering campus, while South is known for arts and humanities as well as health sciences. Meanwhile, East is just a residence campus. But what many people don't know is that there used to be a fourth campus, and of course, that campus was, you guessed it: West.

That's right, West campus is actually not a myth. Located on Princeton Street in Chelmsford, it's UMass Lowell's least talked about and most forgotten campus.

Gould Hall at UMass Lowell's West Campus

Before UML acquired the campus, the grounds were part of a truancy school for boys of Middlesex county from 1894-1973. Basically, it was kind of like a boarding school/boot camp that misbehaving boys went to and worked on the farm on the property. There are rumors of the boys being treated very poorly and numerous accounts of boys trying to escape only to be hunted down, brought back, and punished. Eventually, the school closed down, and Wang Laboratories purchased the property, planning to build their headquarters there, but for some reason that never happened, so UML acquired the main buildings and sold the farmland to a developer that ended up building condominiums on it.

The main five buildings were used for the Graduate School of Education up until about the mid-1990s. They consisted of Bigelow, Read, Upham, Gould, and Richardson Halls.

Aerial map of UMass Lowell's West Campus today minus Read Hall which was destroyed in a summer fire. (Yes, I covered up the street names, sorry guys.)

These buildings were used until the buildings didn't pass inspection anymore and were deemed unfit and unsafe to hold classes in, and UMass Lowell did not want to spend the money to make the repairs, so as a result, the Graduate School of Education was moved back to South Campus and the buildings were left abandoned-- all except for one. Bigelow Hall is being leased out and used as an office building, supposedly to a facility for troubled girls called the Robert F. Kennedy school.

Read Hall also no longer exists. The building caught fire due to unknown causes during the summer of 2013 and did not survive.

Aside from the used building closest to the entrance of the campus, the rest of the property is known to have an eerie kind of feel to it. Buildings are boarded up and there are 90s computers, record players, and old school supplies just left untouched in the buildings. There are also old books and toys scattered throughout the floors and graffiti on the walls.

Books scattered across the floor of Gould Hall.

Children's toys and VCR tapes scattered by the entrance of Gould Hall.

There are rumors of the grounds being haunted, but there is no known reason aside from maybe the boys' emotions and treatment from the old truancy school days. The campus is featured in a book by Renee Mallet called Haunted Colleges & Universities of Massachusetts along with Leitch Hall.

A hallway in one of the abandoned buildings.

Today, the buildings remain unlisted on the UMass Lowell website and campus maps. After the fire of 2013, there are rumors that the remaining unused buildings are being scheduled for demolition since they are considered a safety and fire hazard. The grounds and constantly subject to trespassing.

A "No Tresspassing" sign on a fence right down the front driveway by Bigelow Hall.

Bigelow Hall on West Campus.

A classroom inside Gould Hall with graffiti on the walls.

A closet inside one of the abandoned buildings.

A vandalized classroom inside of Gould Hall.

Though this campus is rarely talked about and most students and faculty aren't even aware of its existence, it definitely remains an interesting part about UMass Lowell and is something that makes UML unique.

DISCLAIMER: All photos of West Campus were either submitted or found online. Please do not trespass onto this private property without proper permission from the owner. Trespassing is illegal.

Cover Image Credit: Imgur: UML west campus

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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