In celebration of Halloween, nearly 160 students turned out to learn more about the paranormal at a presentation by ghost hunter John Zaffis Oct. 23.
Organized by the Office of Student Activities, Zaffis’s lecture and ghost hunt demonstrated his more than 30 years of experience investigating spirits and hauntings. A student of the paranormal and demonology, Zaffis first spoke about his firsthand understanding of poltergeists and exorcisms. Afterward, he led ghost enthusiasts to Ravenhill Mansion where they explored potential paranormal activity, capturing positive spirit energies on cameras (pictured right).
“I absolutely loved the ghost hunt,” said psychology student Leslie Giovinazzo ’08. “I found out that not all ghosts are bad and had a lot of fun learning about the energy in Ravenhill Mansion.”
Built in 1802, the mansion is the former Ravenhill Academy, a prestigious, private, all-girls school run by the Religious of the Assumption nuns, where Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly and her sister, Peggy, were enrolled as children. As with many old historical buildings, an aura of mystery has given rise to speculation about ghost sightings in the Mansion.
“The tour of the Mansion was kind of thrilling,” said Architecture student Lauren Fowble ’09. “The third-floor hallways were said to have the most energy.”