Halloween on a Budget: Creating costumes for less.

Holidays for college students can be a pricey endeavour, and Halloween is no exception. Between decorations, costumes and candy, Halloween can be rather costly for a college student on a budget. 

However, Halloween does not need to be costly, especially for a costume. There are plenty of ways someone can make a great halloween costume without breaking the bank. 

Movie and TV show characters can be a fun and cheap costume for college students looking to save money. Many characters wear outfits that can easily be found at any regular clothing store, or even thrift stores. Popular sitcom characters such as those from The Office or Friends would be rather easy to find outfits for at any cheap clothing store. Many people may even have fitting outfits sitting in their own closets.

Disney bounding costumes can also be a fun and cheap way to stay in the halloween spirit. Disney bounding is when you use everyday clothing to recreate styles of your favorite Disney characters. It is used by fans of Disney when visiting Disney parks to avoid confusion among other guests from mistaking costumed guests for cast members.

 An example of Disney bounding could be as simple as wearing a polka dotted skirt and Disney ears to represent Minnie Mouse. Some Disney bounding costumes are over the top, while others stay casual in their representation of characters. 

To do a Disney bound costume for Halloween does not restrict you to solely Disney characters either; it is just a way to portray a character that does not require a full blown eccentric and intricate costume for your favorite Characters. 

A classic costume that could be easy to recreate would be a new spin on the old trend of wearing superhero logos under everyday clothing. While the original is an easy idea in itself, another form could be done as dressing up as the alter-ego of your favorite superhero. While being Spiderman is fun, a Peter Parker costume could consist of really any sweatshirt and jean combo. Combined with a name tag listing you as an alter ego, you have a simple costume that can be found within your own closet.

Group costumes are also a fun and easy idea that don’t need to break the bank. From sticking with the superhero plainclothes as a group or writing M on a bright colored t-shirt and going as m&ms, the possibilities are endless and don’t need to cause any financial strain.

Overall, Halloween is about expressing what makes you happy, and it shouldn’t ruin your pockets to do so.

If you end up using any of these ideas, please feel free to DM them to the Waltonian Instagram page @EUWaltonian or email them to us at waltonian@eastern.edu, we would love to see what you come up with!

The Masquerade Dance: SAB hosts the 2021 Homecoming event

A night of masks, dancing, and amazing memories, Eastern put on an amazing homecoming dance on saturday. As the theme was Masquerade, you would find people wearing masks, a themed photo booth, and a plethora of different decorations scattered around the tennis courts. 

 As a form of getting the word out, the student activity board hid masquerade masks all around campus to get the word out about homecoming. This brought a whole new twist to the Eastern campus. One of the students from the senior class Courtney Willhite found one of the masks around the tree near the tennis courts. “ I thought it was cute and unique that they chose to advertise homecoming that way this year. It made me more motivated to want to go honestly.“ 

The masks all over campus were a big hit, the actual homecoming was just as big. SAB decided to host the homecoming out on the tennis courts, which gave the students more room to spread out and go maskless.There was anxiety around having the homecoming outside because there was a chance of rain throughout the night. The Student Activity Board had a little trouble setting up homecoming because of how winding it was. Through trial and error, SAB has come through once again and has put together amazing decorations decept the wind and rain.  

Students had a break from having to wear face coverings, some students decided to go one step further into the theme and wear masquerade masks to the dance. Throughout the night, people would show up with all different types of masks. From people that had a mask that looks like a bird with a full beak to a classic black lass mask. 

Before the homecoming dance started, there were high tensions for the student activity board and the students because there was a little bit of rain right before the dance started.The Student Activity board was ready for the rain. They quickly got to work by putting up canopies for both the photo booth operator and the DJ. Luckily, the rain stopped right before the dance started. 

When walking into homecoming, the guests found an array of food from benyas to Chick-fil-a chicken nuggets and everything in between. Guests also had an opportunity to go to the photo booth and take home photo booth strips on pictures with their friends.

While there was great food and an amazing photobooth, there was one thing that always stands out from the rest. The thing that brought in most of the students was the DJ and the dancing. There was a lot of dancing happening throughout the night. Since it was also cold outside, the dance floor was packed with tons of people having fun and keeping warm. 

At the end of the night, this year’s homecoming had great food, amazing music, and a cool photo booth. Homecoming all together was a very big success even though there was a little bit of wind, rain, and it was a little cold. It was well worth the October weather.

Ghost and Graves: An archival dive into the legends of our campus in honor of spooky season.

CONTENT WARNING: This article contains mention of suicide, homicide, and animal death. 

Did you know that Eastern has not one, but two ghosts? And a grave? That’s right — these stories have been around for decades, even one for over a century. 

Firstly, there’s the Walton ghost. Named Suzy Walton, she’s somewhat known around campus, and is by far the more popular ghost story of our two. The decades-old rumor, dating back to about 1961, tells the story of seven-year-old Suzy either committing suicide or being murdered in 1929 (accounts vary). Some say she hanged herself off the railing or threw herself out of her window; others say she was strangled or suffocated.  Multiple staff and students have attested to the ghost’s existence after visiting the fourth floor (locked for storage since the early sixties) of the Walton building, where supposedly Suzy had her bedroom. The fourth floor allegedly has a bloody handprint on one of its walls. There is an account of a student being choked by invisible hands with his necklace after visiting, and of students and staff hearing unidentified wailing and footsteps at night. 

Number two: the Doane ghost. Purportedly, this ghost is either a former servant for the Walton family in the 1910’s (Doane was used for servants’ quarters according to our archived sources), or a student resident of the building decades later in Doane B. Whoever the ghost really was, her name was Reba Yoder. There are accounts of strange happenings in Doane A, B, and C, including unidentified footsteps at night, chairs tipping themselves over in an empty bathroom, feet dangling from beneath bathroom stalls, rope appearing out of nowhere in a bathroom, and lights flickering off in the laundry room. The bathroom stories allegedly occurred mostly in Doane B, where Reba was said to reside. Our source did not report how long this story has existed.

Our campus’ grave is shrouded in an even greater mystery of over a century, however, as its otherwise-identifying engravings have been largely worn away by the elements. Notably small, measuring not more than eighteen inches in height at most, no one quite knows who or what was laid to rest there. It reportedly was on the property before Charles Walton, Sr. ever bought it from the previous owners, the Harrisons, in 1910. An 1875 map of the then-farmland presented by Frederick Boelke, who our archives say was highly knowledgeable about the history of the property, has led many to believe that this grave houses the remains of a horse. Hence its common referral among students as the notorious “horse graveyard”. The grave is located across the parking lot in front of Sparrowk Hall. We have no documented accounts of any strange activity surrounding the horse graveyard as of now, but if anyone has heard stories, do send them in for a potential follow-up.

Although medical records say that Suzy Walton died of lupus and our archives report that she did not live in the Walton home, that the alleged bloody handprint is most likely paint, that her ghost story was likely fabricated by an English professor between 1959 and his retirement in 1995, and that archivist and property historian Boelke reported not having heard the legend before 1961; although none of the stories about Reba Yoder are confirmed to be true, and the question of her true identity attests to likely fabricated stories; although no one can quite be sure of what lies beneath the tiny, eroded grave outside Sparrowk or has yet heard strange stories about it — there is no doubt our small campus has any deficiency in satisfyingly old, creepy legends. What you believe is up to you. 

Sources: Brian Cooper (1979), Kristen Gaiser (2003), Chelsea Zimmerman (2007), unknown writer (2009), Stephanie Weaver (2009), Anthony Pelone (2013), Hannah Day (2013), and Parker Desautell (2015), all writing for the Waltonian; Radnor Historical Society Bulletin “A Tale of Two Estates” by John A. Baird, Jr. (1998) 

Thanks to Chelsea Post (systems librarian) for access to the Waltonian archives.

China Builds 5,000-Room Quarantine Center: China’s 5,000-room quarantine center is opened in Guangzhou for oversea arrivals

Many countries have begun opening up for international travelers again, with restrictions depending on nationality and vaccination status. For visitors interested in going to China, they’ll find themselves in Guangzhou’s International Health Station, which opened on Sept. 17 of this year. These rows of grey buildings span an area comparable to forty-three football fields and can hold up to five thousand occupants, but Chinese officials predict they’ll fill up fast. According to a CNN article, the average passenger jet has three hundred passengers, and travelers will be required to quarantine for at least two weeks. For those of you not interested in doing the math, that means that the International Health Station will be very close to capacity once sixteen airplanes’ worth of passengers have arrived.

Once travelers clear customs at the airport, they’ll be transported to the facility by bus. Guests will check in and out through technology, and every measure will be taken to prevent contact with other people, including other guests. The rooms in Guangzhou International Health Station are equipped with a video chat camera and an artificial intelligence thermometer, and robots are sent to deliver meals each day. All these measures are designed to minimize contact with staff members, though all medical personnel have to undergo rigorous quarantining protocols themselves in order to prevent them transmitting any outbreak to the population at large.

This facility was constructed in just three months, a staggering construction feat given the size of the project, and it cost the Chinese government approximately $260 million in U.S. dollars. Guangzhou is the sensible flagship city for the first International Health Station, since the southern city receives up to ninety percent of China’s international travelers. While it’s the first of its kind in China, some sources suggest that other cities are already planning to build their own health stations, since China’s policies around COVID-19 suggest that there will be zero tolerance for the virus and that they plan to continue aggressive measures to prevent the spread of the illness. Sources report that Dongguan, a major manufacturing hub, and Shenzhen, known for its technology development, will be the next sites, though likely they won’t be as large as the ones in Guangzhou.

Before the opening of the Guangzhou International Health Station, visitors were expected to quarantine in specially designated facilities throughout the city, but these procedures had  a much higher chance of contamination than the almost air-tight procedure that new visitors will face on entry. There’s a good chance that these aggressive measures will prevent the spread of COVID-19 from international travelers, but one might wonder how well the travelers will fare cut off from human contact for two weeks. Let’s hope the facilities are designed to foster health in all areas, physical and mental, otherwise China may not be getting much use out of their new health stations.

Sources: CNN, News.com.au, The Caribbean Alert, CNN

Eastern Community Discusses 2022-2027 Strategic Plan: Planning for Eastern University’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan calls for community involvement

With aims of enhancing Eastern University, Eastern leadership members have begun to establish drafts of a strategic plan that echoes faith, reason, and justice. As the construction of Eastern University’s 2022-2027 Strategic Plan has gone underway, the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness hosted virtual focus groups. 

The purpose of the focus groups was to be transparent and attain feedback on the preliminary draft of priorities that will direct the strategic plan. Major focus areas and overarching goals were discussed in order to receive feedback from the larger Eastern community. As this session focused on the preliminary draft of goals for Eastern, the feedback from this session, along with future sessions, will further guide the ensuing drafts of the 2022-2027 strategic plan.

On Oct. 13th and Oct. 15th, graduate and undergraduate students met online to learn about and provide feedback on the first draft of the strategic plan. In addition to students, staff members, faculty, alumni, and deans also attended focus groups throughout the week to evolve the conversation regarding the preliminary draft. 

The Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness brought to the community draft language in these areas: living out identity; excellence and innovation; strategic funding; diversity, equity, and belonging; and valuing employees. Eastern community members shared their unique and similar experiences, asked questions, and provided critiques. 

Utilizing the feedback received from the focus groups, the leadership team plans to continue drafting the strategic plan. According to Dr. Christine Mahan, Vice President for Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, the second draft will be brought to the community in January for further discussion. “The more we communicate about it, the more useful it is,” Dr. Mahan explained.

As community involvement is a prioritized aspect of this procedure, Eastern community members are encouraged to get involved with the planning process. Community members with questions or comments are always welcome to reach out to the members of the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness. “We all look at things through a different lens, we don’t want to put together a plan for the university that is in a vacuum,” Dr. Mahan stated.

Movie Spotlight: “The Dead Don’t Die”: A look at a quirky zombie film like no other.

In the peaceful town of Centerville, “a real nice place,” the undead cause the unexpected. When the earth is thrown off of its axis because of polar fracking, the world is thrust into the zombie apocalypse.

Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny and Tilda Swinton headline this comedic cast in a Jim Jarmusch zombie flick that depicts the ghouls in a gruesome, graphic way. But subtle (then not-so-subtle) breaks of the fourth wall, hysterically dry lines and downright “what is going on?” moments keep the movie as light as a zombie movie can be.

Driver, Murray and Sevigny portray Centerville police officers that are tasked with keeping the town safe from the undead. Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) is an intelligent, rational and sympathetic officer that has his fair share of emotional outbursts. Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver) is perhaps the most collected protagonist, content in the apocalypse ending badly who also provides deadpan and dry comic relief.

Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloë Sevigny) embodies how any civilian would act in the face of this kind of danger. She’s grossed out, always on the verge of tears and eventually succumbs to emotion when she joins her zombified grandmother to become undead.

Zelda Winston (Tilda Swinton), the new owner of Centerville’s funeral home, is a samurai-wielding warrior that casually fights off the zombies that she needs to but then retreats to her alien spaceship in the end. An alien spaceship is just one of the several “what is going on?” moments in the film.

“The Dead Don’t Die” features one of the freakiest portrayals of the undead. On the surface, they looked as stereotypical zombies usually look. Green skin-toned, lame-limbed and mumble-mouthed, the ghouls looked as zombies are usually pictured. The R rating becomes a factor, though, when the true nature of the undead is shown: the cannibalistic attacks on living humans. This aspect of the film is definitely not for those with a weak stomach; there is no lack of blood and entrails.

Jarmusch, known for casting Adam Driver in his films, made another stellar choice in Driver for his role. Ronnie’s dry one-liners, like “I’m thinkin’ zombies” and “a little Class A (baseball)” could only be pulled off by Adam Driver. But if the audience is willing to appreciate the dry humor in the film, supplemented by Bill Murray, it’ll have some viewers chuckling.

“The Dead Don’t Die” not only breaks the fourth wall, it demolishes it toward the end of the film, but this break is alluded to in the beginning. At the end of the film, Ronnie hits his continuous “this is going to end badly” line. Cliff finally gets frustrated and asks Ronnie how he’s so sure that this is going to end badly. “I know because I’ve read the script,” Ronnie says, “Jim gave me the whole script.” “He only gave me our scenes. I never saw a complete script,” Cliff replies. Cliff expresses frustration with Jim (Jarmusch), which only makes the fourth wall break funnier.

“The Dead Don’t Die” is a horror comedy perfect for anyone who loves dry humor and isn’t afraid of some gruesome zombie depictions. The fourth wall breaks and appropriate casting allow for comedy in a movie that would otherwise only attract a niche audience.

 

Sources: IMDb, “The Dead Don’t Die”

Homecoming Club Fair: Homecoming’s Annual Club Fair featured a variety of fundraisers to support you favorite club!

The atmosphere is filled with excitement and energy as you enter the KG Tent. The club fair is active, and everyone is waiting and ready to spread awareness about their club. With fun interactive activities, food, drinks, and engaging fundraisers, there was something for everyone. 

If you are a kinesiology or health science major, the Kinseology Club is the place for you, an opportunity to make an impact and connections within your field.  “It is a club that gives students the ability to do what they want to do within the exercise science and health majors. We are fundraising for activities such as the American College of Sports Medicine Conference. We go to Children’s Hospital to volunteer. We also volunteer for Special Olympics, “ said Taylor Bynum-Bain, Co-leader of the Kinesiology Club. Their fundraiser included meatball subs, cookies, and Gatorade. Follow their Instagram at @eukinesiology to learn more about the club and their meeting times. 

If you’re looking for a club fighting for justice, International Justice Ministry is a  great option. “IJM is our club on campus that works to fight human trafficking globally, so we partner with International Justice Mission which is an organization that fights human trafficking on a large scale. Our job as a campus chapter is to educate students on campus about the reality of human trafficking and to support IJM through prayer and financial support,” said Gracie McBride, IJM President. For more information follow them on Instagram @euijm. 

A few of the other clubs featured were Chemistry Club, Student Social Work club, EU Dance club, Habitat for Humanity, Student Chaplains, Unceasing Prayer Ministry, Prison Ministry, Precious Movements, Multicultural Awareness Advisory Committee (MAAC), Blaze Step Team, The Music Guild, Smash Bros Club, Model UN, and Afro Caribbean Union. 

Walking through the KG tent was both an incredible and overwhelming experience with so many clubs hosting fundraisers for various causes. With Blaze Step Team hosting a delicious-looking brunch fundraiser to the candy apple fundraiser at the Precious Movements Table to the beautiful stickers sold at the Prison Ministry table. It was incredible to watch the Chemistry club make apple cider mocktails using dry ice, the clouds of smoke ascending. A crowd formed with their phones ready to catch the magical experience. From afar the bright colors of various handcrafted items, socks, scarves, shoes, and bookbags drew me over to the table hosting the organization, A Breeze of Hope. Next to this table, a huge sign boasted the ETHEL’S pretzel fundraiser. My tickets ran out quickly as I wanted to get a taste of all the amazing options and purchase the unique items. 

The club fair also included local justice organizations including A Breeze of Hope, created by Brisa De Angulo and Parker Palmer, survivors of childhood sexual violence. Their mission is to prevent sexual violence against children, restore the lives of child survivors, and promote healthy childhood development. The organization is currently fundraising to raise money for its annual international service-learning trip to Bolivia.  To find out more about the organization or to donate visit their website abreezeofhope.org.

Overall, the Homecoming club fair was a fun way for families, students, and alumni to get together and support the community here at Eastern! The creativity and effort of all the organizations on campus was truly on display, and hopefully the money that clubs were able to raise will continue to make Eastern a welcoming and vibrant community.

If you’re interested in contacting the clubs mentioned above, check out the clubs and organizations page on Eastern’s website! There are also flyers for many clubs all over campus, so check out those to get involved in the various events taking place. Eastern has many opportunities for people of all interests and talents, so be sure to get engaged with different groups!

Texas Abortion Law Prompts Legal Action: Justice takes legal action against Texas abortion law

The Western District of Texas is expected to issue a ruling after the Department of Justice asked for an injunction to temporarily halt the novel abortion law.

On Oct. 1, before a Federal District Judge, the Department of Justice argued the new abortion law passed by the Texas state legislature presents a threat to the rule of law and poses a clear violation of the Constitution. The oral arguments follow a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in September, which accuses the law of violating Supreme Court precedent, namingly Roe v. Wade, which established the Constitutional right to abortions across the country.

The law, which went into effect Sept. 1, seeks to prohibit abortions after the detection of an unborn child’s heartbeat by allowing private citizens to file civil lawsuits against physicians and medical institutions that engage in abortion practices.

Although the state of Texas argued before Judge Robert Pitman that the Constitution does not prohibit laws such as SB 8 from existing, given the design of the law, the position of the Federal government is that by avoiding judicial review and delegating police powers to private citizens – rather than agencies of the government – Texas violated the constitution. 

The showdown between the state of Texas and the Justice Department comes after the Supreme Court declined to block the abortion law last month by a 5-to-4 vote, with the majority reasoning that the abortion providers did not address “complex and novel antecedent procedural questions,” NPR explained. The court, however, did not rule on the constitutionality of the law, something the Justices will do during their upcoming term. 

According to a press release by the Justice Department last month, the goal of the Attorney General is to obtain a declaratory judgment on the part of the Judicial Branch establishing SB 8 as being invalid under the Supremacy Clause and the Fourteenth Amendment, is preempted by federal law, and violates the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity,” Justice.gov stated.

A ruling by the Western District of Texas is expected to be issued soon, which will most likely be appealed to the 5th Circuit if Pitman grants an injunction. 

Sources: Dallas Morning News, NPR, Legiscan, Justice.gov, NPR

New Gym Hours: A look at some student’s takes on the updates in the fitness center.

The new gym hours at Eastern University have sparked some frustration among the student body. The gym is open to athletes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekends and open to all non-athlete students from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends.

“It disappoints me that the gym isn’t open anymore in the morning. It is the perfect way to start a productive day,” EU student, Myles Allen says. Myles is not alone in this sentiment; many other students also feel this way. To many students who are not a part of sports teams, this is seen as an inconvenience; not being able to work out until later in the afternoon disrupts the day’s agenda for many students. While not one that sparks any intense emotion, the reasonable point of the expense of tuition for the average student usually is mentioned during these conversations, with many claiming that Eastern charges too much to not allow the gym to be used by the rest of the student body during the early hours of the day.

However, many students still feel as though these hours are better compared to the gym situation last year had to offer. In order to go to the gym, a student first had to reserve a time for his or herself to go, and even then, a student could only stay for 50 minutes at a time. Due to this change, students felt disincentivized to go to the gym, feeling that there were too many constraints put on gym attendance. Despite the inconveniences of last semester and the odd gym hours that this semester has to offer, the gym hours still are able to give more of an incentive to go than last semester.

Despite the inconvenience of not being able to go in the earlier hours in the day, students are still more happy with the odd hours that the gym has to offer this semester than the reservation of the last. The gym is a place that many students feel as though should not be restricted due to athlete’s routine workouts, although many sympathize with the sentiment of allowing the athletes to have full access to the gym at specific times during the day. In either case, students are ultimately disappointed with their lack of opportunity to work out at the gym during the earlier hours of the day but are happy to finally not have to reserve a time slot to be able to go to the gym.

The People’s Champion: Nearly half a century after his untimely death, we owe Roberto Clemente Walker an eternal debt of gratitude for being a towering inspiration to us all.

The evening of Dec. 31, 1972 not only changed the world of Major League Baseball, it would also be the source of inspiration and heartache for generations of baseball players, particularly those born in Latin-American countries. That fateful evening, Roberto Clemente, right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, would lose his life after a plane stocked with medicine and aid packages chartered for Nicaragua crashed off the coast of San Juan.

Clemente, undoubtedly among the greatest to ever play the game of baseball, is fondly remembered for his powerful defensive presence on the field, as well as his activism in favor of Civil Rights and his charity work apart from the game. Most importantly, however, he was – and remains – the pride of Puerto Rico.

First signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, Clemente was sent to the Montreal Royals (Triple A affiliate at the time), where he was mostly shelved despite his defensive and batting prowess, in an effort to keep him from being drafted. After moving to Pittsburgh, he was subject to ridicule by peers and the American press, with his accent being the butt of endless jokes. He was often called lazy for complaining about his chronic back pain and criticized when he took credit for leading his team to victory. Throughout an 18-year career, Clemente was under-appreciated by writers, owing to his race and ethnicity. In the end, as in all tragic plays, the world saw greatness before its eyes and did not realize it until the hero was no more.

Clemente’s life remains, to this day, the representation of what it means to be Hispanic in America. The values we bring to this great nation – hard work and personal responsibility – values America claims to embrace, are oftentimes met with dismissiveness. Our desire to integrate into society is met with jokes aimed at our accent and pattern of speech. The significance our collective culture has in our lives and communities is met with indifference.

Today, Major League Baseball celebrates Roberto Clemente’s life and contributions with a humanitarian award and a league-wide celebration in the month of September. Hundreds of schools across the country are named after the Puerto Rican legend. Nearly half a century after his untimely death, we owe Roberto Clemente Walker an eternal debt of gratitude, if anything else, for his choice to endure so much discrimination. Because of this, in due time, a child from even the poorest community could have the chance to walk the ground he broke. We owe Clemente a debt of gratitude for being a towering inspiration to us all.