Hampden HalloweenFest 2016


The Hampden neighborhood hosted their HalloweenFest Monday night on W. 36th Street complete with trick-or-treating for little kids and a costume contest later in the evening. The event, which took place from 5pm to 8pm, brought a lot of creative costumes to the streets, creating an event that would be fun for all ages.

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Employees outside various stores, including boutique Cloud9Clothing (pictured above), dressed up to greet the children who trick-or-treated up and down the street.


A young boy dressed in a Scream mask and a little girl dressed as a witch continue on their search for more candy on W. 36th Street.


There were so many creative costumes at the festival.The Hampden HalloweenFest Facebook page even pictured a smiling child dressed as Ariel, proudly displaying her trophy for winning the childrens costume contest.


Kids were not the only ones dressed up for Halloween. Some people even decided to bring their dogs in full costume, attracting trick-or-treaters by the dozen.


After browsing social media, local Facebook users were discussing the festival and posting numerous pictures and comments. Featured above is one of the top posts.


Horror and Humor Around Houndtown

By: Bennett Wisner and Mike Harris

Almost every student around Loyola participated in Halloween activities this “Halloweekend”. Students’ costumes ranged from being unique to hilarious, with some strange, but overall terrific.  Students had several ways of preparing, utilizing a variety of thought processes when deciding what to wear. Common deciding factors amongst students included convenience, price and accessibility. All things considered, all students still did a great job with what they had.

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Jeleel Yussuf (holding Dave), a junior at Loyola, dressed as a gardener, while fellow classmate and friend, Dave McShane (being held by Jeleel), dressed as the Notorious B.I.G (rapper Biggie Smalls). When asked about why chose his costume, Yussuf said, “I wasn’t looking for something too flashy, but something classy. I had the appropriate clothing to make a quick and easy costume, so I just went with what I had.” McShane said, “Biggie has always been my favorite rap artist, plus it was just easier to put together a simple costume rather than go out and buy something that I will only wear once.”

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Like Yussuf and McShane, juniors Nick Rolle (left) and Chris Tiffin (right) also took a simple approach to their costumes. Rolle dressed as Justin Bieber, and Tiffin took on the role of a tennis pro. Rolle said, “I am a big Bieber fan, one might say a ‘Belieber’.” He added, “Getting a hold of some ripped up skinny jeans was difficult, but worth it. Don’t stop ‘beliebing’.” When asked about his costume choice, Tiffin said, “I just like tennis.” However, he did dress up as a patriotic roller-blader on Friday night as displayed on his Instagram below.

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Lastly, the sophomore residents of Campion, Bridget Morrissey, Casey Nolan, Annalee Flaherty (pictured below), dressed as two UFC fighters, and the Cookie Monster. When asked about their costumes, Nolan and Morrissey agreed that the outfits were, “nothing over-the-top, but simple and we thought the idea was cute.” Flaherty’s approach was just as simple, saying, “I love cookies, and I have a Cookie Monster backpack from a few years ago, so I just kind of went with it.”


The costumes donned by students were inspired by Halloween-themed events on campus all over Baltimore. Whether it was a costume party on campus, or a haunted event downtown, Loyola put on a show . This year in particular seemed to be more focused on fun, socializing and good times rather than what it used to be when we were kids, like candy, being scared until we cried and praying to God that that “one guy” didn’t put fruit in our candy bags.

Halloween Rally 2016 Taylor Caldwell Cami Whiteford

Halloweekend was Rally exciting.  Thursday night college students headed to downtown Baltimore, dressed to impress, for the annual Halloween Rally hosted by Power Plant Live.

My roommates and I (above) dressed as several different creepy characters, including the twins from The Shining, pirates, and a zombie.

The DJ at Halloween Rally was a big hit, keeping the crowd entertained and performing a mix of popular songs and songs that fit with the occasion. Miss Shianne tweets her opinions on the DJ below

Annie, a twitter user, makes a joke about Halloween Rally occurring on a school night

Blog Post #2: Reflective Post about Investigatingpower.org: “Priest’s Legacy Admirable to All” By: Maria Casalino

Dana Priest, one of the most noteworthy newspaper reporters of The Washington Post, focuses on national security, military operations, and the United States Intelligence Industry in her career. By doing so, “Priest uncovered secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe and deplorable conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington” (Investigating Power) while also winning the Pulitzer Prize twice and being a “three-time finalist,” as the website states. Yet, Priest would not be where she is today without her lengthy academic career and newsreporting experience.

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In 1981, Priest graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Four years later, she continued her education, pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs at Columbia University while simultaneously interning at The Washington Post. Her experience at the newspaper peaks her interest to be an international reporter, however, the Post does not see her fit for a job with them due to her lack of experience. She then goes to work for St. Petersburg Times as a city reporter and eventually makes her way back to The Washington Post where she still continues to work today. She also became a “regular contributor” to CBS Evening News in 2008.

Among her accomplishments, some of the most major ones include: covering the U.S. Invasion in Panama, traveling to Iraq only to expose men held hostage by Saddam Hussein, publishing her first book about her experience in 18 countries entitled, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America’s Military, winning two Pulitzer Prizes, and ultimately, exposing CIA prisons in Eastern Europe.

Dana Priest’s legacy is admirable to all and she continues to flourish through her great efforts as a foreign news reporter at The Washington Post.

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Blog Post #1: The Presidential Debate #3:“Clinton and Trump are both ‘puppets’” By: Maria Casalino

We’ve watched the last two debates in utter disbelief, questioning the direction America is heading based on the two presidential candidates that stand before us: Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. What will our Supreme Court look like under the authority of these people? Will our economy “skyrocket” so to speak or plummet? On October 19, 9 p.m., the candidates stood before us for the third and final time. Robotically scripted as usual, Clinton worked to convince us to vote for her and believe in her campaign. Trump, on the other hand, rambled on with ridiculous comments and insults, making no claims or plans for his campaign. In fact, the more he spoke, the less sense he made. The majority of the debate led to various insult exchanges between the two candidates, namely one that had them both pointing fingers at one another about who was more of a “puppet.” The irony of it all is that they are both “puppets” if we use their term. One candidate loses his mind the minute his wrongdoings are pointed out and the other merely states what she thinks the audience wants to hear, refusing to face her own wrongdoings. Who should we vote for and why? Is there really any hope at this point for America?

clinton-trump-las-vegas-presidential-debate-2016-ap_16294071019531.jpg A simple picture on Google of Trump rambling on while Hillary Clinton fake smiles at him.

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A tweet demonstrating that every presidential debate of 2016 makes Americans want to drink alcohol.

A Halloween Weekend Worth Spending in Howard County By: Maria Casalino

October 28-30

Did your Halloweekend consist of running through haunted houses, peeing your pants on spooky hay rides, or bobbing for apples at monster mash parties? Residents of Howard County, Maryland could say it did. In fact, Halloween is one of the greatest holidays celebrated in Howard County which explains its abundance of holiday-themed activities and events held at various parks, schools, and recreation centers. Contact Reporter, Katie V. Jones of the Howard County Times published in The Baltimore Sun today reveals the laundry-list of activities that took place every day this weekend through her article, A Weekend full of Halloween tricks and treats around Howard County.

Screen Shot 2016-10-30 at 2.05.43 PM.pngOn Oct. 28, Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge held its 25th annual “Haunted Experience.” Through her interview with Anna Hunter, Park Information and Marketing Director for Howard County Department Recreation and Parks, Katie V. Jones quoted Hunter stating, “It is very scary. There have been incidents with people being scared whose pants are a little less dry.” The well-known park is transformed into a frightening foreground on weekends where visitors are taken by hay ride through the dark, skeleton-covered wooded areas, letting out ear-screeching screams. All proceeds go to the Elkridge Athletic Association to provide students with various scholarships.

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“The Haunted Experience” wasn’t the only event that occurred on Oct. 28 in Howard County. The Roger Carter Community Center held its Monster Mash Party, bringing childrScreen Shot 2016-10-30 at 2.30.56 PM.pngen ages 11-16 together in silly and spooky costumes.

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The Belmont Manor also held its own “spooky” by hosting a Ghost Investigation Tour. The manor itself is believed to be haunted and various workers are believed to have seen ghosts themselves. Still, no one is for certain but the event planners worked hard to convince the public of the presence of the friendly or not-so-friendly ghosts on Oct. 28.

Nearby on the same day, “the third annual Ellicott City Haunted House,” hosted at the Fort-Heine House on Fels Road, scared hundreds, but perhaps not as badly as those at the “Haunted Experience.”

Katie V. Jones listed the last few activities that took place this Halloween Weekend through an actual list (pictured below).

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Whatever you did this weekend to celebrate the super freaky, ultra spooky, orange and black holiday that is Halloween, Howard County sure hopes you stopped by at one of its featured events this weekend and if you didn’t, well, there is always next year!

Keep your freak on everyone. Tomorrow is Halloween in Baltimore and that means trick-or-treaters of all ages on the hunt for candy! Don’t be the house that gives out pretzels or apples. Boo!


Humanities Gets Spooky-er

BY Jamie Archibong

Was your Halloween weekend spook-tacular? The students who came to “Haunted Games in Humanities” would certainly say so. The man-hunt style game used the notoriously haunted Humanities building as its course for dozens of students to run through late Friday night.


The lights were dimmed and darkened with the marked path decorated in grey cobweb and caution tape. I was there as students dashed through the winding corridors of the mansion, giving the spooky building a new kind of life. As game-players hid and scurried through the maze that is Humanities, one student who volunteered to be “it” set off into the dark with nothing but a glow stick to seek them out. At the end of the game awaited tons of candy and good treats for everyone to enjoy.



This late night event was organized by a collaborative group of RHA members and RA’s who came early to Humanities to begin setting up for the night. Sophomore Hannah Flury, a member of RHA and vice-president of Charleston housing was optimistic about the expected turn out. “The people who don’t want to go out tend come to our events and its awesome because they’re really excited,” shared Flury. The members of these groups do a lot of brain storming on what to do next for the students at Loyola, “We have to find events that are more engaging to people…I know personally I’m always like well let’s think about something that’s more cool, something different, something that makes people say wow, that sounds like a lot of fun, maybe I’ll go.” The haunted theme of the game not only tied in with the season but as well with the history of the Humanities building which attracted a good crowed of participants for the man-hunt.


Jordan Zolliecoffer, a Charleston RA, was glad to team up with the RHA’s to bring this man-hunt to Loyola for the first time, “I’m definitely The creative type so I love just coming up with ideas and engaging activities that people want to go to rather than someone talking at them. It’s about building that community.” In recent years Loyola has worked to bring more late night events to campus for those who aren’t looking for a night out on the town.

“I’m seeing people get more encouraged and more excited about these events,” said Zolliecoffer. There were a few students I spoke to who came to be a part of the game and support their friends in RHA. “We did mug decorating, we just went to henna night, and this is my third late night,” said one sophomore student as she waited for the game to kick-off, “I hope a lot of first year student’s come if they are confused or conflicted where to go to spend their Halloween weekend. Some of them who may not have plans or aren’t sure what’s on campus, I hope they come to this because it’s a good alternative to a lot of things that could be happening.” She went on to say that, “late night events are a great alternative to have on a college campus. I hear people say there’s nothing to do on campus because there’s no Greek life, I personally don’t look for that in a college. I think with Late Night if more people take advantage of it, it becomes better. If a lot of people come to this event they make it happen, they make it fun.” The man-hunt started at 10 p.m. in The Hug Lounge with roughly 35 students in attendance. The Hug Lounge and Refectory where open for hiding space as well as the upper level hallways towards the front of the building. Paths were marked off with students waiting to aid or guide anyone from getting too lost. Before the chosen seeker set off on her man-hunt players had just three minutes to run and hide.

OAE Goes Spooky Caving

BY Cassidy Rafsol

This weekend, seven Loyola students embarked on a trip with the Outdoor Adventure Experience and it was a creepy, Halloween themed caving adventure that included  squeezing between rocks, climbing through tiny passages, and exploring the dark and deep Whitings Neck Cave in West Virginia.


The trip was led by Loyola students and OAE leaders, Hallie Stacho, Jillian Skerchak, and Mike Schweizer. They began the trip by demonstrating how to use gear, talking in detail about safety, and teaching about cave formations and structures within the cave.


Participants Caitlyn Murphy, Cassidy Rafsol, Meghan DeGeorge, and Mack pose for a photo before entering the cave.

Once inside, the leaders showed the participants around the cave, bringing them to the coolest features while helping them explore the cave safely.


Participants Caitlyn Murphy and Meghan DeGeorge sit in a hidden part of the cave with OAE Leader, Jillian.

After getting a good feel for the cave, the participants were led on a Halloween scavenger hunt.


Caitlyn Murphy and Meghan DeGeorge climbing for clues.

Upon finding the final clue, the group was able to exit the cave, and enjoyed lunch and the car ride back to campus.


The participants and their final clue. 

After the trip ended, the group reflected. Participant Meghan DeGeorge said, “My favorite part was at the end exiting the cave because I realized I had conquered a challenge, and I’d like to send a snapshot of that to my future self so I can always remember this time I accomplished something challenging.” When asked about what she took away from the trip, Leader Hallie said, “Today is what OAE is all about, enjoying nature with good company.”

For more information on Loyola’s OAE, visit their Facebook page, or check out this video to see what OAE is all about: