If you have lived in a dorm at all during your college career, you probably know both how great and how horrible it can be to live with other students. Â For the residence advisors at the University of Rhode Island, a free room and a stipend meal plan does not come cheap.
Having the responsibility and stress of looking after other college students is a taxing task, and that is just when things are going good. Â When things go wrong, it can be traumatizing for the residences and RAs alike. Â For the mishaps, the mix-ups or even the paranormal, RAs have some interesting stories to share.
- “I had a couple residents my first year being an RA while I was in Adams, and each room had the ceiling where you had this tile that could move. Â In one room the tile was open a little bit, like it was kind of coming down. So one night, a resident was sleeping and a few mice fell out of the ceiling on top of her on top of her head. She probably moved out real quick.” – John Cencracchio, RA Browning Hall
- “I’ve been working in residence life for 14 years, and lots of situations have come up. But one that that sticks out in my mind as one of those “you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me” moments would be when I was in my apartment, and I heard what sounded like someone yelling for help. That’s something you don’t usually encounter, because most times people just knock on a door. Â They were also saying, “get off me,” and “stop it, I’ve had enough,” and I heard a slamming door. Â So now I was starting to get concerned that there’s some kind of fight going on, which ramps up my anxiety level. And it sounded close, so I got out of my apartment and went upstairs to look around, and there’s no one to be found, its completely silent, the screaming has stopped. Â I went back to my apartment, and about 10 minutes later it starts up again, and I realize, maybe it’s not up, its down. Â The basement of the building is normally locked. Â I went down and I peaked around and there was a student sitting in a chair, wearing an orange jumpsuit, looking kind of messed up and someone else standing over him like an interrogation, and another student standing there filming it for a film project.” – Daniel Taylor, Hall Director: Aldrich, Burnside, Coddington, and Gorham
- “I was on call one three-day weekend when everyone went home, and I’m texting my boss to tell her I’m scared, and if she doesn’t hear from me, I’m the new ghost of Adams Hall. Â As I’m walking through these hallways, and I got this chill on the back of my neck while I was on the third floor, and as I approached the third floor north, walking in the midst of it the lights suddenly go out. Â After that, I still had to do the fourth floor and make it back to my room. I literally sprinted up the stairs and went screaming through the hallways. Â I stayed there for the rest of the night.” – Tommy Muth, RA Adams Hall