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By Patrice Basso
Amber Cox, a William Woods alumna, returned to campus earlier
this month to speak to students about her successful career, and
how she got to where she is today.
Cox was a basketball star here at William Woods. She graduated in
1996 and went on to earn her MBA at WWU in 1998. Since then,
she has held various jobs within the sports industry, currently
surving as chief operating offcer of the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
Cox explained her tips for succeeding today :
1. Build relationships, ask questions and LISTEN to the answers.
Don’t try to act like you know it all. No one expects you to.
2. Networking is key. Find people in management positions in
your area of interest, introduce yourself and offer your assistance.
3. Research the product, team or organization before you go to an
4. Once you’re in a management position, surround yourself with
people who are smarter than you are.
5. Do what you love and love what you do. Find your passion and
work hard.
6. There are no short cuts to the top. Nothing…NOTHING…
replaces a good work ethic.
By Dani Moritz
Footsteps when no one is there, music from a piano with unseen player,
lights fickering on and off, doors shaking. William Woods University is
home to approximately 1,000 students, but not all of them may be living.
Over the years, students, staff and faculty have reported mysterious sight-
ings of things they cannot explain. Some have heard only faint hints of
something not quite human, while others have faced something they can
only describe as a ghost.
Jack Dudley, professor of geography, who has taught on campus for 47
years, has heard many of the stories. Once a skeptic, he is now is a believ-
er. Contrary to Hollywood’s idea of the supernatural, however, he believes
most of the ghosts on campus are friendly.
Dudley has worked with a “contact” who is more able to interact with
paranormal identities than others, and on more than one occasion his
contact has been able to confrm that there are spirits here.
Before the university became co-ed, a watchman turned out all the
lights in the Alumni House each night, but the light in the attic always
turned back on. One of Dudley’s sources informed him the Alumni
House was home to two female ghosts, and they likely did not think it
appropriate for men to be in the house since the school was strictly for
women during their time.
Dudley also claims that at one point a woman staying in the Alumni
House mentioned to the staff that she enjoyed the piano music. The
staff was dumbfounded, as no staff members were in the house that
According to Dudley, the Alumni House is not the only host to the spir-
its. He reports that about fve years ago, two roommates came to him
and said, ‘We think there was a guy sitting in the corner of the room in
a chair.’ I told them to tell the CA,” Dudley recalled, “but they said they
didn’t have a chair in the corner of the room.”
Jones Hall is home to another eerie story, which Joe Potter, assistant
professor of theatre, tells. When a student got out of the shower, the
mirrors were fogged and a hand from the other side of the mirror was
wiping a spot of the mirror clean.
Another one of the ghosts that walks about campus is the infamous
Vera. According to Potter, theater students named her because her
clothing seems to be turn-of-the- century. All who have seen her give
the same description, a short woman with long dark hair, wearing an
old fashioned, high-collar blouse.
Potter says that she began to show up more consistently in the late
1990s when Dulany’s basement was undergoing major remodeling,
and they began storing theatre sets in the old pool. Since then, there
have been numerous sightings and signals that she is there, although
he just recently saw her for the frst time himself.
She has also made reported appearances in Jones, and female students
have told stories of their boyfriends claiming to have seen a woman
scowling at them in the middle of the night, pointing towards the door.
Though Vera may exist in the present, she certainly feels rules of her
past need to be followed.
Another ghost resides in Delta Gamma’s Harmon Hall. “John” was a
Phi Delta Theta dating a Delta Gamma, but when he was rejected from
medical school, she left him. He hung himself at his fraternity’s Christ-
mas party and now watches over the woman of Delta Gamma.
According to Delta Gamma senior Anna Christiansen, when she was
a freshman she had quite the encounter with him. She and her friend,
Angela Arizpe, were watching TV in the basement. Arizpe went to the
bathroom and Christiansen heard the door shaking. She went to check
it out, saw nothing and went back to sit down. The shaking repeated,
but she still couldn’t fnd the source.
When Arizpe returned, she asked Christiansen if she was knocking
on the door. Arizpe said that when she reached for the door, it began
shaking violently and she couldn’t grab the doorknob.
However, not all of John’s tricks seem to be intended to scare the
women. Many are meant to scare off the men. Several women have
found pictures of boyfriends knocked down, while all the other photos
were still in place.
Needless to say, many of the DGs frmly believe in John, and some
even make it a point to say “hello.”
Not everyone on campus is such a willing believer.
Karen Pautz, dressage instructor, says, “There is no scientifc or even
partially scientifc evidence that there are such things as ghosts, and
the TV shows and websites these days that do ghost hunting are using
scientifc equipment with no understanding of what that equipment
actually does.”
Dudley disagrees. “Every campus has them [ghosts]; they’re
every place,” he said. “And I think they’re basically spirits, guardian
angels or whatever you want to call them.”
Jokingly he added, “Assuming that they exist, I’ve been here 47 years—
where do you think I’m going to be afterwards? I’ll be hanging around
here once in a while.”
Amber Cox Gives
Tips For Success
The Ghosts of William Woods