SPEED Cures Halloween Hangover with MORE Halloween

SPEED cures Halloween hangover with more Halloween
By Jenn Tyborski
jennonthetorch@gmail.com
Halloween landed on a Thursday this year, but that didn’t stop Roosevelt students from carrying on the spooky holiday fun.
Last Friday, SPEED held Halloween Hangover as a way to continue the scary spirit through an eight-hour night of activities. Open to all Roosevelt University students, the event was a lock-in with activities like face painting, a Murder Mystery dinner and a hypnotist.
SPEED board member Erika Williams worked behind the scenes to book the hypnotist for the event. However, Williams noted that the event was a group project.
“My role is the same as everyone’s role on SPEED,” Williams said. “We sit as a panel and all throw out ideas. We knew we wanted to do a Halloween thing, but what would go into it? We knew we wanted to do a lock-in, so why not combine them?”
As a marketing major, Williams said she joined SPEED because she wants to plan events in the future. Williams also likes to be behind the scenes, so being a part of SPEED provides her with that opportunity. Out of all the events that night, Williams said she looked forward to the hypnotist show and the haunted house set up on the third floor.
The event began at 10 p.m. Friday evening and ended at 6 a.m. the following morning. To prepare for the long night, Williams consumed a large amount of sugar.
“I ate a lot of candy,” she said. “Let’s hope I don’t crash.”
Freshman Tiffany Owens, an accounting major,stopped by to see what all the excitement was about. Owens had celebrated Halloween the night before but said she wanted to check out the SPEED event, too.
“I live really far away, so I look forward to when the school has stuff,” Owens said. “I’m the type of person who tries to participate. I didn’t participate in high school, and now I regret it.”
Owens had positive remarks on the night of festivities.
“I’ve been having fun all night,” Owens said. “The most fun has been face painting and this foam finger — it’s made me really, really happy.”
Other highlights of the night were a costume contest, a candy bar and a palm reader. As the event reached early morning hours, students played games like Minute to Win It, Family Feud and Guess the Lyrics.
As the night went on, more students trickled into the event. According to Williams, the attendance was lower than Homecoming, but SPEED would like to hear feedback from students and is welcome to suggestions.
“SPEED works hard to bring ideas to the public,” Williams said. “We’re not doing it for ourselves, we’re doing it for [the students], and we highly encourage everyone to come to the events. And if you want to see [something] we haven’t done, by all means inbox our Facebook … Go to our office. If no one is there, leave a message with Cassie in CSI. We take all suggestions.”

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