Sugar Skulls, Falcons, and Domestic Violence Awareness (Oh, my)

Caitlyn Carson—So, a lot of stuff happens around campus around Halloween. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten as much candy trick-or-treating as I did just being on campus these last few weeks. Besides wallowing in a pool of banana laffy taffy and crunch bars for three days this weekend, I participated in several events around campus. I won’t talk about them all in this post (I don’t think I attended even half of what was going on this week, actually), but I’ll give you my personal highlight reel.

On Tuesday, I went to the Foreign Language Club’s Dia de los Muertos celebration in Tower. There was a lot of food and crafts and coloring.

My first cookie, which is not as cool as my second cookie.

My first cookie, which is not as cool as my second cookie.

My friend Nicole was proud of her cookie, which she named Alfonso and promptly bit the head off of.

My friend Nicole was proud of her cookie, which she named Alfonso and promptly bit the head off of.

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Made this cookie! And also a paper carnation, which came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.

Made this cookie! And also a paper carnation, which came out beautifully, if I do say so myself.

I was really proud

I was really proud

Not my cookies, but still cool.

Not my cookies, but still cool.

I had a lot of fun. They also had an altar for the dead, which is pretty neat, and you could make your own out of a shoebox if you wanted to. I’ve linked you to an example because I don’t have a photo of the one from the event, but they are generally really cool looking.

Wednesday, there was a Take Back the Night event on campus, which is not really Halloween related, but it did happen this week, and it is about night-time safety, so I’ve included it anyways. They’ve been hosting a rally every year for like 25 years now, and it’s about women feeling safe when they go out at night. Take Back the Night wants to create a culture where women don’t have to be afraid of the world.

Some rally partcipants

Some rally partcipants

Candle lighting in remembrance of Alex Kogut.

Candle lighting in remembrance of Alex Kogut.

So they do some speeches and story sharing, then the whole group marches across campus and through town chanting and feeling generally empowered. Pretty neat, and important, event, which I attended last year as well.

Finally, BSG hosted Brocktoberfest. I probably wouldn’t be writing about this, because it was a pretty low-key event, EXCEPT, there were LIVE FALCONS. One FLEW AROUND THE BALLROOM. Which was pretty sweet. I also got a free t-shirt, which is a garish orange (I was told I looked hunting season ready, oh boy), and apple cider.

LIVE BIRDS!!!

LIVE BIRDS!!!

Overall, it was a pretty good week. There are other events I wasn’t able to make it to (the Townhomes hosted trick-or-treating this week, and the Service Council hosted a “Deathday Party,” which I helped set up for, but didn’t actually attend, and some other stuff hosted by the Union. I could go on), but it was a pretty good Halloween.

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