Transylvania University students hoping to spend Halloween night in a tomb on campus

Published: Oct. 16, 2018 at 12:51 PM EDT
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Instead of a typical homecoming week students at Transylvania University celebrate 'Raf Week' in honor of Constantine Rafinesque, a professor at Transy back in the early 1800's.

"It's kind of to honor him because he did set a curse on the university when he left," explains senior Aaron Martin. "So, our hope is to appease him and honor him to set back the curse."

Legend has it that the curse hits the campus every seven years. While it may seem far-fetched students say you can't deny some weird things have happened.

"Right after he left the president that he cursed got yellow fever," said Martin. "There's been outbreaks of different diseases on campus but not in the rest of Lexington. It's just been very spooky, weird stuff that you can't really explain otherwise."

Raf week is celebrated the week leading up to Halloween. Students are entered into a drawing based on the number of activities they attend. Two winners are drawn each year, they each get to choose a friend and spend Halloween night in Raf's Tomb. He is buried in the Old Morrison Building on campus.

"It's a really cool thing to be able to do and it's just a fun part of the Transy experience," said Eileen Bunch, the sophomore is one of four girls who won last year.

"It' wasn't necessarily that pleasant in the moment," explained Bunch. "It was really cold last year and you know it's a tomb so it's not necessarily the best place to spend the night, but it's really cool to be able to say that I did it and I spent the whole night there."

Good news for whoever wins this year, it's an off year for the curse.

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