Get into the Halloween Spirit with these Spooky Writers

quoth_the_raven____nevermore___by_happyperson133-d3fzaqvTomorrow is Halloween! How exciting! Being the horror fanatic that I am, I thought why not pick some great spooky and creepy stories that would prepare me for All Hallows Eve. Some are famous, like Dracula and Edgar Allan Poe, while some are not as well known, like Carmilla! Though there are thousands of stories that are spooky and scary that deal with all things that creep and crawl through the night, I thought I’d pick a handful of stories that would help hype readers up for tomorrow night’s events.

“Green Tea” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

“Mr. Justice Harbottle” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

“Camilla” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

“Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe

“Hop Frog” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Pit and Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” By Samuel Colerdige

“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker

Ben Cooper

Staff Writer

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Celebrating Halloween on Campus

Halloween-Hero-1-HOn Monday, October 27th, students had the opportunity to go to a Paranormal Investigator and Ghost Hunt event, where “Ghost Cop” Stacy Jones talked about her experiences of being a paranormal investigator. She shared stories, audio clips from her investigations that had supernatural elements and pictures that showed “Shadow People.” Stacy talked about certain investigations that she and her group, “Central NY Ghost Hunters,” investigated, specifically in the Rolling Hills Asylum, Eastern State Penitentiary, and a Bed and Breakfast in New York. She also talked about personal encounters, for example, when she and her son were inhabited by the supernatural. After she finished her lecture, she took a group of students out to the cemetery in order to find ghosts, taking pictures of the “Shadow People” and talking to the ghosts through a Frank’s Box. Unfortunately, we did not find anything, but it was still fun!

Then, today, October 29th, SEB, the Student Events Board, sponsored a Zombie Run throughout campus starting at the Cater Walk. Students could either choose to be Zombies or people running from them. However, that not all! The festivities continue on Halloween night with a Pumpkin Carving Contest, an American Horror Story themed haunted house in Middle Hall, and a Halloween party at Phi Delta Theta’s Club Cecil. Finally, the Halloween week will end with a movie marathon, which will show “Hocus Pocus” and “The Exorcist.”

Ben Cooper

Staff Writer

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Halloween: What’s Not to Love?

FavoriteThingsAboutHalloween1.byBrookeHarigHalloween is this weekend and you can feel the campus getting ready! This week is filled with numerous Halloween themed events like pumpkin carving, the zombie run, trick-or-treating, and a vampire themed blood drive! And don’t forget about the haunted house that Middle Hall has every year. Students are franticly trying to come up with last minute Halloween costume ideas and everyone is feeling the Halloween spirit! There are so many things to love about Halloween so I asked a few students what their favorite things were! Ali Panchisin ‘16 said, “My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing all the different costumes people come up with and all the decorations.” Sierra Montuori, Psychology Major, said “My Favorite part about Halloween are the pumpkin shaped Reese’s peanut butter cups and dressing up in costumes!” Maddie Zins ’15 said, “My favorite thing is dressing up in punny costumes and making people laugh!” Everyone seems to really enjoy Halloween and the festivities it offers! So go out and have a fun and safe Halloween weekend!

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer

Learning Outside the Classroom: English Students Visit Harlem

Students learn a lot in the classroom; however, being able to venture outside the classroom for hands-on experience gives students more than knowledge; it gives them memories. This Saturday, October 25th, Professor Knight took her Harlem Renaissance class as well as a number of other English majors to Harlem in New York City. The students visited the Shomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and were shown pieces by Harlem Renaissance artists and afterwards, the students were taken on a tour of Harlem in which they saw the houses of Langston Hughes, Malcolm X, and many other historic landmarks.

Kayla Kyle

Social Media Editor

ZTA’s Big Man on Campus: Bryan Baquer ’16


All of the Contestants Stand on the Stage for the Awards Ceremony

Big Man on campus is an event that ZTA holds every year! The purpose of the event is to raise money for breast cancer research and it’s really entertaining for the audience. A handful of spunky gentlemen strut their stuff on stage in hopes of winning the title of Big Man on Campus. This year’s winner was the very talented Bryan Baquer ‘16. Bryan is a junior on the baseball team and put on a great show! I asked Bryan a few questions about his recent victory and he said, “It’s a great honor to win that sort of recognition. Especially against the competition that I had.”

I also asked Bryan how he prepared for the competition and he said, “ [I] did a lot of work with my sponsor, Emily Zalucki ’16, in order to make sure I had all my essential pieces for the show in order.” If you attended the show, you would have seen Bryan’s amazing dance that included a glow stick outfit! It was really incredible to watch with all of the lights off. Bryan said that he really likes to dance and got the idea for the outfit from his sponsor, Emily. He said, “It was extremely tough to get the sticks on in time for the talent portion of the show!” When asked about his dance moves, Bryan said, ”My mom always tells me she has no idea where I get my dance moves from since she claims that neither she nor my dad have any rhythm. I guess I’ll just have to chalk it up to luck.” So now when you see Bryan playing baseball, dancing, or living up to his new title, don’t forget to give him a wave because he really earned the title of Big Man on Campus!

Brooke Harig

Staff Photograher

National Day on Writing

NationalDayOnWriting3.byBrookeHarigThe National Day on Writing event was held this Monday, October 20th, in Hodson. This event was a fun time for anyone interested in writing or in learning more ways in which one can expand his/her writing skills through campus organizations. There were fun games that allowed students to think outside the box and find out how he or she uses writing. Also, many tables from different organizations were set up to get people involved in writing. Even our very own Elm had a table set up to recruit new writers and encourage others to try new things! Lisa Anderson ‘15, attended the National Day on Writing, both to help with clubs and attend as a student. I asked Lisa what her favorite part of the event was and she said, “My favorite part was the six-word short story run by the Writing Center and the “What’s your favorite word?” poster created by the Collegian.” I also asked her if she learned anything new and she said, “In terms of education, I was reminded that writing can take many different forms and affects all human beings in a variety of ways. We can all benefit from sharing with one another and writing/reading as a community.” When asked if she found the experience helpful, Lisa said, “This was helpful to my creative writing skills because it encouraged me to think outside of the academic pedagogy. I was inspired to try writing poetry, develop a short story, and use other mediums like pictures to apply myself creatively.” Lisa, an English major, has taken a lot away from the National Day on Writing event and is a great example of how campus events can be very helpful. Lastly, I asked Lisa what her favorite book was and her answer has inspired me to look at my own as well as other people’s writing differently. Lisa said, “My favorite book is the children’s story “Miss Rumphis” because it inspired me to make the world more beautiful. I do not know how to do that, but this story taught me that I have my entire life to try.”

Brooke Harig

Staff Photographer