It's a ghost story that dates back to the 1960s at Nebraska Wesleyan University. And on Halloween, 10/11 went in hopes of catching a glimpse of Clara Mills.
Professor Clara Mills taught music in the early 1900s. She died of a heart attack in 1940 at the school. Strangely enough, that wasn't the last time she was seen in her office.
In 1963 Wesleyan secretary Coleen Butterbaugh claimed she saw Clara. Describing her as being solid, not transparent, but obviously not alive. Marilyn Petro and Rick Cypert are researching why she experienced what she did using data collected about Coleen at the time, in hopes to better understand the human brain.
Could Coleen have seen a real ghost? According to Petro, "I don't think so. I think there's a natural explanation for this."
Others aren't so convinced.
Two years ago, a group of student stayed overnight in Old Main, a building Clara is said to haunt. Kate Kietzmann was one of them and she says she saw something that night.
"It kept getting closer. The shadow kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger but you didn't hear any footsteps or anything."
She also says you can hear Clara playing piano at odd hours of the day. Describing what a friend of her's experienced, "He could hear music being played and he was like 'Why are you here at 12:30 at night?' and nobody was in there."
Whether or not the ghost is real, students will continue to tell their stories of seeing Clara in the windows of Old Main or of hearing her play the piano late at night.