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Several ghosts may roam this creaky building, which was built as a medical school and then housed the philosophy department after 1938. Some say bespectacled department founder Horace Williams visits, sauntering along with a caring demeanor. Caldwell’s spooky ambiance comes from talk of footsteps overhead when no one else is in the building and a winding ramshackle staircase called “the Tower.”
In what can be a dark place full of muted noises, Evan the ghost has been seen by many people. Named by student production workers two decades ago, Evan wears 1940s style clothes and a fedora. He’s usually seen from across the auditorium, fixing his icy stare on people as if trying to get their attention. Prior to Evan’s appearances, a “clanking” ghost was heard with some frequency in 1934, according to The Daily Tar Heel.