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Events Give Campus A Halloween Spirit

By Krista L. Niece
Staff Reporter

Halloween conjures up images of jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and spooky figures. A variety of living groups and student activities will get in on the fun, bringing a festive air on and around campus this weekend.

Perhaps some of the most ghoulish sights around campus thus far have been the coffin and Grim Reaper in Lobby 10 advertising Phi Kappa Sigma's traditional Tunnel of Horrors.

The fraternity's haunted house will be open to the MIT community from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight. The biannual attraction will then be open to the area university community at large on Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The $2 admission fee will benefit the Leukemia Society.

PKS is throwing a party, Skuffle, Saturday, with live music from band Foundry, said Iddo Gilon '98, PKS brother and Interfraternity Council president. "There will be a lot of dancing, a lot of fun."

In accordance with the voluntary IFCban on alcohol, Skuffle will be a dry party this year, he said.

Theta Xi will hold a "blacklight" party, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. "We're going to cover the walls in fluorescent chalk and light the room in blacklight,"said Andrew D. Berkheimer '01. The party will be dry, but "we have a lot of special [nonalcoholic] drinks we're making up for it," he said.

For those who want to stay closer to campus, East Campus is planning a party, complete with candy and a live band. "It's a standard Halloween party with dancing and food," said Samuel R. Madden '98, chairman of EC's social committee.

Pagans, CAC also host events

The Pagan Students' Group is holding a ritual observance of Samhain, the pagan holiday on Halloween. It will be held at 8 p.m. in the MIT chapel. "[Samhain] is the end of the year in the pagan calendar,"said Johanna N. Bobrow'99, a member of the group. According to Bobrow, it is a time to make peace with the old year and look forward to the new - "which is a good thing to do at midterm, anyway."

The Campus Activities Complex Program Board has several events planned, according to Director Rick A. Gresh. Pumpkin painting is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center lobby. Pumpkins and paint will be provided to students free of charge.

The Program Board will also sponsor a gumball machine contest. Students guess the number of gumballs in a machine and the person with the closest guess wins the machine. All proceeds will be donated to the United Way.

Additionally, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight, two MIT bands, Lesion and Third Party, are scheduled to perform in the 24-hour Coffee House in the Student Center.

The Lecture Series Committee is showing a classic double feature of "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "Sherlock, Jr." at 7:30 tonight in 10-250. Live piano accompaniment by Marty Marx will be provided.