Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Best College Ghost Stories and Other Campus Legends

League loves Halloween, and it seems almost every institution of higher learning has its own ghostly legends. In honor of All Hallow’s Eve, we’d like to share a few with you.

Kutztown University: Mary Snyder, the Ghost of Old Main

In the spring of 1895, Mary Snyder was a 22-year-old student at Kutztown University who was preparing to graduate when she died unexpectedly while living in Old Main, the oldest building on campus. Her death may have been caused by heart failure, but most believe she killed herself by throwing herself down an elevator shaft or hanging herself in her room. Spooky! Since then, students and staff have reported a wide range of paranormal activity—from hearing unexplained sounds to being awakened in the night by an unseen force shaking their beds. The couple behind the paranormal investigations that sparked The Conjuring series and the Amityville Horror films, Ed and Lorraine Warren, even visited Kutztown in 1991 and confirmed not one, but two spirits remain in Old Main. Read more of their findings here!

University of Georgia: Susie Carithers, the ghost of Alpha Gamma Delta

Built in 1896 by local engineer William Winsted Thomas, the Georgia mansion was purchased in 1913 by James Yancey Carithers as a wedding gift to his daughter, Susan. But on the wedding day, the groom left Susie standing alone at the altar. Consumed by grief, she hanged herself in one of the upstairs rooms. In 1939 the building was sold to the University of Georgia, and has since served as home to Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Students have reported an array of odd happenings in the house—faucets running by themselves, lights flickering, and closet doors opening and closing unaided. There have even been sightings of a sad, silent girl said to be the jilted bride. 

Wells College: The Red Door

An deadly influenza epidemic struck Wells College in the winter of 1918. To cope with the great number of ill students, a small medical office was established on the 4th floor of the school’s main building. Many students died during the outbreak, and their bodies were placed in the makeshift morgue on the same floor awaiting burial by family members. The door of the morgue was painted red as a warning to keep out. After the epidemic, the rooms were again used for their original purpose and the red door was repainted. Yet for years afterward, the red paint would bleed through the topcoat and have to be repainted. Creepy!

Washington State University: The Ghost of “Railroad Sam”

The twelfth floor of Orton Hall at Washington State University is home to a resident who doesn’t attend classes or try out for any teams. His favorite pastime seems to be watching the railroad trains that pass through the town of Pullman. Nicknamed “Railroad Sam,” the benign spirit has been sighted on many occasions standing by a window with a clear view of the tracks. Nobody is certain whether Sam actually worked for the railroad or perhaps once lived on the land now occupied by Orton Hall. Keep an eye out when trains pass through town, you might spot him watching.  

Kansas State University: The Ghost of “Nick the Football Player”

Established in 1863, Kansas State University is among the oldest higher education institutions in the state. When you’ve been around  that long, you’re bound to acquire some ghostly legends.  In this case, the ghost is “Nick”—a Wildcat football player who received a fatal injury during a game. Nick is said to haunt the Purple Masque Theater, where disembodied footsteps are often heard after hours. Nick is also known as a bit of mischievous spirit—rearranging furniture, setting off fire extinguishers, and spilling paint.

Utah State University: “Patty,” the Ghost of Kappa Delta Sorority

The young women of Kappa Delta have a spirit watching over them, or so the legend goes. How “Patty,” (as she’s called), died or how she came to haunt the sorority is unknown. But she seems to enjoy keeping the girls in line, and she does not like snarkiness. Gossip, eye-rolling, and rudeness are met with a stern warning from Patty, who is said to cause lights to flicker when she’s displeased. Sorority members frequently report dreaming of a woman dressed in white trying to enter the building, sometimes through a window. Though generally benevolent, Patty’s been known to cause her share of door-slamming and furniture arranging.

Happy Halloween from League!

 

10 Ways To Stay Fit In College

Trying to stay fit in college can be challenging. You’ve got a full class schedule, homework, papers to write, and studying for exams. It can be easy to let working out become less of a priority — particularly if you also want to enjoy the social aspects of being in college. Unless you’re an athlete, staying fit at school requires conscious effort.

Luckily, with a few simple tips, you can make sure you make being fitness a priority too.

Set Realistic Goals

We’d all love to hit the gym every day, but that can be close to impossible with a demanding college schedule. Make sure when you start working on your college fitness plan that you keep your goals reasonable. Trying working out just three times a week to begin, and move on from there!

Schedule Your Workout Like A Class

Put your workouts on your calendar just like you do your classes and exams — it makes a huge difference! By blocking that time in advance, you know what you’re going to do and when, and you’ll have a much better chance of getting the workout in.

Find A Workout Partner

Making a commitment to yourself is one thing, (and all too easy to ignore), but if you and a friend agree to work out together, it’s much harder to skip because you don’t want to let each other down. Find someone who will inspire and challenge you, too.

Find Out What Your College Offers

Chances are your school has a fitness center that you’re aware of, but there might be many other ways to get fit available — such as bike and running clubs, yoga, and more. Many campuses even offer free classes in Pilates, kickboxing, and more. Take some time to research the options.

Gym Time Is Study Time

Double down on the time you spend at the gym and bring your textbooks! If you’re on the treadmill, bike, or elliptical at the gym, you can also read the next few chapters for class. If this doesn’t work for you, you can record lectures and listen to them again while exercising.

“Body Weight” Exercises You Can Do In Your Room

Burpees, lunges, planks — these are all exercises that use your own body weight to provide resistance and build balance, flexibility, and strength. Perfect for days when you’re cramming and don’t want to take the time to go across campus to the gym.

Dorm Room Gym

You’re living in tight space, so fitness equipment options can be pretty limited, but dumbbells/kettlebells, a jump rope, and a yoga mat won’t take up too much room and will provide you with the tools you need to work out in your room if that’s your preference. Combine these with the body weight exercises and you’ve got a full-on workout you can do.

15 Minute Intense Cardio

A short workout is better than no workout, and there’s evidence that doing fifteen minutes of intense cardio can help burn fat and keep you fit in a pinch. It can be anything from a quick workout to simply running full speed across campus to get to class on time.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep regulates how your body processes food. Studies have shown that more sleep means your body more effectively uses your calories and can even help you lose weight. So make sure you get at least seven hours a night!

Perfect workout gear.

Lastly, remember — always walk if you can, and take the stairs, too. These small things add up in the long run. So grab your workout partner and hit the gym!

Let’s Tailgate, League Style

The big game is Saturday, and it’s time to gear up for the tailgate party. Showing your school spirit means different things to different people, but there’s no reason not to show up in style. League style, that is!

You’ll love wearing our classic styles to the big game.

The Kickoff Tee & the Academy Crew

Look game day ready in our Kickoff Tee, or cozy up in the Academy Crew!

Perfect for those cooler days, these two staples can be dressed up or down, and look and feel fantastic — and everyone will know just who you’re rooting for!

The Academy Crew is great for layering during those chilly fall games.

My Favorite Swing Dress

The My Favorite Swing Dress is a great transition piece.

Our Swing Dress is a new favorite, and works great in transitional summer-to-fall weather. Pair it with our leggings and you can wear it year round!

The Spirit Blanket and Pillows

Keep warm in our Spirit Blanket before the big kickoff!

Keeping cozy during freezing cold games is easy with our amazing Spirit Blankets — and the pillows are a great way to make those stadium seats more comfy, (although they work great on your bed, too).

If you’re excited about the big game, it’s time to hit your college bookstore and stock up on these great League tailgate styles. Click here to find League products at your school!