Halloween hauntings creep into campus-wide events
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 02:10
By Ryan Hebein For the Miami Student
Halloween, the spookiest time of year, is also a very eventful time for Miami University. On campus, there is everything from Zumba and Rock Climbing in the Recreational Sports Center (REC) to an organized haunted trail on Western Campus.
On Monday, Oct. 28, there will be a free Zumba event for all students and community members that can join in on a zombie costume theme.
The Zombie Zumba dance will be held at the REC in Room B from 9 to 9:45 p.m. The REC’s staff is decorating the room with a zombie theme while the six Zumba instructors are collaborating on the choreography and music. According to Mindy Stephen, associate director of Fitness and Marketing for the REC, the main focus of the day is to have fun and coordinate the event with a Halloween theme.
“It is our third year coordinating the event. The main focus is to have fun and fit the event in with the season,” Stephens said. “We like to offer different themed events and this year we chose to work with a Halloween theme. All that dress in a zombie costume is welcome to join in on the fun for free!”
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the REC’s Outdoor Pursuit Center (OPC) will be coordinating a free Halloween-themed rock climbing competition in which costumes are mandatory. The competition is divided by gender and by difficulty, according to sophomore Joe Maglich, an OPC student manager. Within each gender division, there is a choice to climb in the beginner, intermediate or advanced division. The number of times to complete the route will impact the score. The wall will have a new assortment of routes giving no participant an unfair advantage above the rest.
“The event is a climbing competition divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced divisions along with male and female divisions,” Maglich said. “There will be all new routes. The different routes will result in different amounts of points, if you complete the route on your first try you will get more points than if you succeed on the second and third try.”
Maglich added at the end of the night the winners of the competition will receive rock climbing themed prizes, but all participants will be involved in a raffle when they sign up for the competition.
“Different routes are worth a different amount of points, and if you complete it on your first try you get the more points then if it were completed on the second or third try but either way you receive points,” Maglich said. “Everyone that signs up in placed into a free raffle where you can receive prizes from stickers to DVDs.”
On Western Campus, Thompson Hall will be keeping up a 30-year tradition. Traditionally, on Oct. 31, Thompson Hall staff members and students collectively coordinate a haunted trail intended to thrill and chill any student that dares venture upon the spooky themed creation, according to Colin Brand, a senior Residential Adivser (RA) of Thompson Hall.
The spooky trail is setup near Thompson Hall on Western Campus and the only request from the Thompson committee coordinating the event is that each guest must pay a $3 admission fee. Brand, along with other members of the Thompson committee, decided that all the money raised would be donated directly to St. Jude Children Research Hospital for cancer research
“The haunted trail is spooky fun for students and it’s a great way to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital,” Brand said.
According to Brand, the students living in Thompson Hall handle the entire planning process. The actors and ghouls of the trail have no professional help at all. The decorations and spooky tools for the trail are either provided by the students or recycled from the previous year’s collection.
Overall, the trail will be filled with a wide variety of spooky props. Anything from Halloween-themed decorations, lighting, sound effects and actors will be spread throughout 15 to 20 minute trail.
“The 15 to 20 minute haunted trail is going to be haunted with decorations, lighting, sound effects and actors,” Brand said. “Plus your mind makes walking around a forest at night scarier than its really is.”
BY Alli Schulman For the Miami Student
For 11 weeks of her summer, junior Samantha Rothney taught English to children in buildings composed of recycled plastic bottles in the small town of Little Corn Island, Nicaragua.
Growth International Volunteer Excursions (GIVE), the organization that facilated her trip, is a volunteer-based program. Rothney first heard of it during a class announcement her sophomore year. The program’s unique methods and determination to change the lives of children in underdeveloped towns in Nicaragua and Tanzania motivated her to get involved.
Rothney said she liked GIVE’s approach to making every change as sustainable as possible.
GIVE begins each project by constructing schools out of plastic bottles recycled by the local community.
“Before GIVE, these bottles were thrown away or sitting in piles of waste, but now they have turned it into a solution, killing two birds with one stone,” Rothney said. “They urged the community to be proactive, implementing recycling routines and producing a school building.”
The organization then provides the schools with teachers, materials and support.
“GIVE gives the community ownership of the project by allowing them to be in control of the valuable outcomes,” Rothney said. “The people of Little Corn Island take part in the recycling, helping to build the school and running the school that their families will directly benefit from.”
While Samantha did not take part in the construction process, she was selected as the education coordinator for the entire project located on Little Corn Island. She assisted the Nicaraguan teachers, disciplined students and led her own after-school program, The Reading Room, teaching English to children between four and 13-years-old. All of the kids who attended The Reading Room came voluntarily, driven by their desire to learn what they called “the language of prosperity,” according to Rothney.