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Volume 68, Issue 49, Friday, November 1, 2002


Halloween celebrated at the UC

By Dionne Victor
The Daily Cougar

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls of all ages descended on the University Center Arbor on Thursday to celebrate Halloween.

The UC Halloween Spooktacular, the annual Halloween carnival, was sponsored primarily by the Wellness Center and was the culminating event of the Wellness Center's Alcohol Awareness Month.

Dr. Gail Gillan, the Wellness Center's director, started the festival two years ago.

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Students celebrating Halloween gathered at the University Center on Thursday for a costume contest. The day's festivities were largely sponsored by the Wellness Center, which wrapped up its Alcohol Awareness Month with the events.

"What we do is try to give students healthy alternatives," Gillan said. The program is a way to show students they can have a safe Halloween without drinking and making dangerous decisions," she said.

The festivities started at 10 a.m. with a mini-Halloween carnival for children from the Child Care Center.

Children dressed up as ballerinas, Little Bo Peep and Simba traveled around to different tables sponsored by student organizations.

The Metropolitan Volunteer Program sponsored a pumpkin painting table for the Child Care Center and Best Buddies in which college students pair up with mentally disabled adults as well as UH students. 

In the afternoon, faculty, students and staff trick-or-treated. A costume contest was held at noon. Prizes included free parties at Jillian's Entertainment Center, UH bookstore certificates and tickets to the UC Thanksgiving Feast, Nov. 21.

Donajih Rodriguez, a sophomore psychology major, won first prize for her retro-witch costume.

An addition to this year's festivities was a celebration of Mexican culture.

Members of La Comunidad erected an altar in honor of El Dia de los Muertos, which is Nov. 2. The altar paid homage to Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist, and Pancho Villa, a Mexican revolutionary.

"It is a good way to let people know of the traditions and cultures of Mexico ... and hopefully the kids will be able to learn something new," junior psychology major and La Comunidad member Adelina Longoria said.

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