The Pumpkin: Traditions and Myths

By DJ Nelson, Staff Writer This time of year, in the United States, people are obsessed with pumpkins. Americans consume pumpkin in lattes (only the spice), ice cream, pie, and soup. About 2 billion pounds of pumpkin was harvested from farmers in the United States in 2017, though not all pumpkins are produced for consumption. […]

Navigating the Fear in Our Lives

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have seen a truly scary film. I don’t really know how to explain my aversion to these movies, but the bottom line is that I see no appeal in startling myself. I have many friends who absolutely love […]

Trapped Under The Glass

Courtesy of Nate Hallinan

By Amanda Cardini, Editor-in-Chief It was a warm day in Arizona, despite the fact that October had already arrived. The dirt road I was winding down was deserted, not a human or animal in sight. It may have seemed ominous if it wasn’t for how brightly the sun shone that day. My destination was out […]

A Harrowing History: Ghost Tour at the Orpheum

By Daisy Jasmine, Staff Writer   Writer’s Note: Disappointingly, most of the photos taken turned out blank or obscured by some strange light. I have included the few that developed at all. Apologies for the low quality, but I promise there is nothing suspicious about these images.   Hidden away on a small side-street, deep […]

Why Many Africans Do Not Celebrate Halloween

By Bethany-Angel Chijindu, Staff Writer Growing up in Nigeria and living in both Zambia and Kenya, Halloween was not a commonly celebrated holiday. This is in contrast with Christmas and Easter (the Christian holidays), Eid Al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha (Muslim Holidays), and other traditional festivals that are widely celebrated by the practitioners of each of […]

Super Spooky Superstitions

By Bryce Bower, Staff Writer I have spilled salt, walked under a ladder, broken a mirror, and had a black cat cross my path. To the best of my knowledge, I did not receive any extra bad luck because of these things. As an American, and having spent nearly 2 years in Europe, I feel […]

Top Halloween Costumes for T-birds

By Mary Grace Richardson, Editor-in-Chief It’s crunch time for deciding on Halloween costumes to wear this weekend. Though all year your conversations have probably been peppered with “Oh, that would make a great Halloween costume!” somehow all memories of those characters, animals, people or objects have drifted away, and now you’re drawing a blank. Since […]

5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween if You Don’t Like Being Scared

By Amanda Cardini, Staff Writer I’ll be the first to admit that I find no joy whatsoever in being scared. I’ve never understood the fascination with the frightening aspects of Halloween. I was always the kid that called her mom to be picked up from a sleepover early because the kids had decided to watch […]

Holiday Economics: The Narratives that Got Us Shopping

By Youfeng (Gloria) Pan, Staff Writer Halloween is coming. All the department stores are decorated Halloween-themed. All the pumpkins are in place. Cookies are colorful and cutely iced. They are ready to serve all the visitors and customers. How did Halloween storytelling, dancing and singing become a shopping festival? Did you know Santa Clause actually […]

Debt and Pumpkins: Two Things to Be Sure of This Fall

By Mary Grace Richardson, Staff Writer The current U.S. debt exceeds $19 trillion. Under present conditions, the country’s federal debt will surpass its entire annual economic output within 25 years. Just in time to spook us before Halloween, MAGAM ’18 students Griffin Gosnell and Cameron Segura hosted the Net Impact-sponsored event Up to Us to […]