Jasper’s BSCC held its inaugural Halloween Challenge on All Hallows’ Eve. Students and members of the faculty and staff competed in the challenge and dressed appropriately for each building’s theme. The ones that took part in the competition were Bevill Hall, Walker Hall, Rowland Hall, McCutcheon Hall, Irma Dilg Nicholson Library, Wade Hall and Davis Hall.
Kicking things off Thursday morning were the “Walking Dead” zombified nurses of Bevill Hall. Similar to a spook house, nursing students and instructors were so convincing that some even spooked the three judges — who were Mimi Hudson and Paul Kennedy of the Walker Area Community Foundation and Linda Lewis from the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County.
In Davis Hall the judges were welcomed into a world of ghosts and goblins while a LUAU (Learn it, Understand it And Use it) was being held over in Wade Hall. Judges laughed as they joked about possibly being “won over” by all the free and decorative food that was offered at some of the buildings.
Next on the list was Mad Hatter Hall, otherwise known as McCutcheon Hall. The Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, Alice and other characters invited the judges to dine at their tea party. Protesters for peace, love and understanding met the judges outside of Rowland Hall before they took a trip back to the 60s. Flower power and tie dye were in full force at the “Love” building.
Ending the tour were Walker Hall, complete with the tombstones of famous poets such as Emily Dickinson and Anne Dudley Bradstreet, and the Irma Dilg Nicholson Library where one could easily have gotten caught up in a web of good reading.
The buildings were awarded the bragging rights of first, second and third place based on creativity, costumes and decorations. Hudson, Kennedy and Lewis agreed that it was not an easy choice in making a decision on a winner, but that it was an “all-out effort” on behalf of the faculty and students at Bevill State and that they “showed incredible creativity and really got into the spirit of Halloween.”
But, the frightening fun didn’t stop there for the guys and ghouls of the college. At 12:30, Rebecca Whitten, the librarian of the Jasper campus, shared ghost stories with a crowd of approximately 50 in room 105 of Davis Hall.
“Seventy-five years ago this fall, Walker College was established. Seventy-two years ago to this day this building was built. The man behind all of that was Dr. Jesse [Dr. Carl Jesse]. He was the first president and founder of Walker College,” Whitten said. “... His body laid in state in this building — at this time on the second floor, it was the auditorium. Now, conflicting reports, I cannot give an exact number of days, but I have been told that he laid in state much longer than was typical for this time period ... In the basement, things just don’t feel quite right, a little chill, a little breeze.
Foot steps have been heard in the hallway, and this is as current as this past semester. Doors open and close,” Whitten continued. “... But, Dr. Jesse is not our only ghost guys.”
She went on to talk about more notable spirits in other areas on campus and within different communities and even opened the floor for students to share their ghostly encounters at the college.