Dale Bacon tells this story in the 2001 video of his talk on "Haunted Lincoln": In July 1987 a Lincoln Cablevision worker was installing cable outlets at Neihardt Raymond Hall on the UNL campus and noticed a movement out of the corner of his eye. When he turned his head, he saw the image of a young girl wearing old-fashioned clothes. She faded from view, and the Cablevision guy threw up his arms and ran out. He refused to go back.
Another story is related on huskeralum.org: "Megan Hoyt of Midwest Paranormal Investigations determined there were indeed spirits living in the historic Neihardt Hall, including the ghost of a young woman that makes scraping noises on the ceiling of the Neihardt lounge. The girl and other ghosts are believed to be there, because Neihardt was used as an infirmary in the 1930s and '40s for polio outbreaks."
More stories passed down from Neihardt Hall residents:
• A freshman on Raymond 3 brought an heirloom China doll to her dorm and proudly displayed it on her dresser. One night, she claims to have woken up to discover the doll scratching its way across the floor, eyes glowing maniacally, before she left the room. The next night, it happened again – and her boyfriend grabbed the doll and threw it down the trash chute. Raymond’s trash chutes are now sealed and have been replaced by trash cans in the trash closet.
• The basement of the Love wing of Neihardt has long been known as the morgue. Several theories have been floated as to why, but the most popular is that a former maintenance employee reported finding a coffin, fully prepared for a funeral, in a maintenance hallway. However, it was empty – and nobody could explain where it had come from. After waiting awhile to see if someone would claim the coffin, no one did, and the employee donated it to a local funeral home.
• The interior courtyard was built when the Love and Heppner wings were built to connect to existing Raymond Hall. The courtyard, however, needed to be filled with dirt from local farms and fields to bring it level with the lobby. (To this day, the basement maintenance hallway connecting Love and Heppner has windows that nobody can explain.) However, a farmer later claimed that a family burial plot had been disturbed in the excavation, with one grave site missing – and the remains presumed to have been moved into the courtyard. Residents have reported seeing a ghost waist-deep in the dirt that is assumed to be that of the person whose grave was accidentally exhumed and moved.
• Over the years, residents of Piper 4 claimed to have heard noises that sounded like furniture movers above them. There is no fifth floor, however – only a roof. Despite several investigations to determine what was causing the noise, nobody has even seen anyone on the roof who could be behind the sounds heard by several residents.
• Residents on Love 3 have long told of unexplained anomalies with their electronics. TVs and radios will randomly turn on and off without anyone touching them. More recently, a student said the closet door opened on its own and smashed into her fridge, knocking a ceramic mug to the ground and shattering it.