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  • Writer's pictureREBECCA OSOWSKI

Halloween News Briefs

RAK looks to spread cheer, raise funds

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) created and hand delivered “boo bags" to the community on Nov. 1. Small boo bags cost $1 whereas large bags cost $3. All proceeds from the fundraiser were donated to breast cancer awareness.

Fall for fun at the Fall Extravaganza

Residential Life and Student Government Association (SGA) collaborated for the Fall Extravaganza on Oct. 31. The event featured a variety of fall events such as pumpkin carving and painting, crafts, games, and food. Attendees also had the opportunity to pie a Resident Assistant in the face.

Also included in the event was a costume contest ran by SGA. Participants had yet another chance to dress up and win a prize.

A night you won’t forget

On Oct. 27, the Black Student Association held a Halloween costume party, Nightmare on Woodland Road. The event included DJs, food, and contests.

All guests were entered to win a karaoke microphone, while there were also prizes for best costume, a first place $75 Target gift card, a second place $50 DoorDash gift card, and a third place $25 Starbucks gift card.

Horror games highlight Esports lounge

Prior to the start of BSA’s costume party, the Esports club hosted a Halloween gaming event. The event was open lab hours, however games available were focused on horror. Games available to play included “Call of Duty Zombies” and “Dead by Daylight.” Food and drink were also provided for attendees.

HON205 evaluates horror stereotypes

On Oct. 26, the sophomore honors class Black Horror showed “The Blackening,” a comedy-horror film. The film follows a group of friends that reunite to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday to remember the end of slavery. The group embarks on a weekend getaway but find themselves trapped in a cabin with a killer.

Following the film, students in the HON205 class facilitated a discussion with viewers, analyzing how the film uses common horror movie stereotypes.

Donahue Institute uses Halloween for education

On Oct. 25, the Donahue Institute for Equity and Social Justice hosted a virtual event to educate students on cultural appropriation, especially around Halloween and costumes. Cultural appropriation is when someone takes or uses something from a specific culture they do not belong to, especially without showing understanding of the culture.

The event featured a presentation, discussion, and student insights to explain what cultural appropriation is, why it is important to be aware of, and how to make sure students avoid it with costumes this Halloween. The Intercultural and Commuter Cottage also posted on social media explaining the topic and what to avoid, and created a showcase outside the library.

Old man Saunders scares again

A Lasell favorite returned to campus on Oct. 21. Student Government Association (SGA) and Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted the annual haunted house in Saunders House, this time with a murder house theme. Students decorated Saunders House and dressed up to scare their fellow students and tell the tale of Old Man Saunders. SGA and CAB have already said they are excited to haunt Saunders again next year.

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