Photos of the Week: The Haunting of the Animal Industries Building

By: Brianna Lester Email
By: Brianna Lester Email

First off I would like to say HAPPY HALLOWEEN to everyone, and I hope trick-or-treating is fun and excited for all. In honor of Halloween, I thought I would be fun to do an article on the mysterious haunting of the Animal Industries building, pictured to the right. The architecture already gives the building a spooky feeling. Concrete animal heads, like the sheep above, adorn the entire outer design of the building.

Inside, the theme continues, but in intricate wood designs. The origin of the design goes back to the 1960’s when this building was used to teach animal science classes. The basement houses a particular classroom where students were taught how to butcher, as well as dissect, a variety of animals. Legend says that in 1965, Laboratory Manager Roy Simms was working alone in ‘the meat room’ (sometimes called the kill room) late one night when he slipped while butchering an animal and severed his femur artery. He tried to hurry to the elevator in the basement to find help, but he bled out before the elevator could reach the basement. Rumor has it that Mr. Simms’s ghost still haunts the basement, especially around the elevator. It has not worked right since he died, and attempts to repair it are useless. Due to the malfunctions, the basement is now primarily storage. Students and staff have reported strange occurrences and atmospheric changes whenever they pass close to the area Mr. Simms died.

What do you think? Is this just a legend or is the Animal Industries Building really haunted by the ghost of Roy Simms?

Flip through the slide show for all the pictures and Happy Halloween!

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