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By Sarah Gallo
RALEIGH, NC- It is official: fall is here.
UGG boots and pumpkin spice latte’s have once again dominated college campuses across North Carolina.
Possibly the hottest topic of discussion on college campuses this time of year is how to spend the biggest of all holidays for college students: Halloween.
Many students would argue that Halloween parties are the best parties, because who doesn’t like to dress up in an itchy costume and drink excessive amounts of pumpkin-flavored beer?
Students in the Triangle area and beyond are planning on taking advantage of all their schools have to offer on Halloween night.
Here are some of the cooler things happening in our area:
East Carolina University (ECU) is best known this time of year for raging Halloween parties, along with the unfortunate riot that occurred on Oct. 31, 2014 at the local townhome community Riverwalk, located in close proximity to the university. In that incident over 3,000 rioted at the scene and many stood atop of a campus transit bus.
Halie Clegg, a current junior at ECU majoring is planning on going to the popular college burger joint Sup Dog’s “mug night,” where one can bring any size mug to the restaurant and receive unlimited $1 refills on all beer.
“There are bunch of Halloween themed events in downtown. Clubs will play Halloween-themed music and have lots of drink specials,” Clegg said. “Our party school reputation makes us stand out, because us pirates do know how to party and make Halloween more fun. It is easy to get out of hand, though.”
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is another place students flock to for Halloween. The university boasts a Halloween parade on the street adjacent to campus where students show off costumes and socialize with peers.
Trisha Bonthu, a sophomore at UNC, is one of many Tar Heels planning on spending Halloween dressing up and taking pictures with friends on Franklin St.
“Franklin St. is the one thing we are known for, we get together and take pictures and it’s one giant party,” Bonthu said. “I want to see if there are any new group costume themes this year. I feel like there will be a lot of Donald Trumps and Hillarys.”
Watch: A scene from Franklin St. in 2011 on Halloween night
Students from other universities in the Triangle may have trouble attending the event, though, as it is noted that Tar Hell Halloween festivities tend to be very exclusive due to overcrowding concerns.
“They try to cut back on people coming from other schools,” Bonthu said. “You have to have approved guests if someone’s staying in your dorm, and there’s no parking. They try to take every precaution they can.”
It is important to note that NC State University (NCSU) does not have the same reputation that ECU or UNC has when it comes to Halloween.
Last year students at NCSU enjoyed both the 2015 Homecoming Parade and the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 31. 2015. These events offered students a fun, safe way to spend the holiday.
But this year, NCSU students will have to look towards the other alternatives the Triangle offers its residents to celebrate this year’s Halloween, for those who do not wish to just partake in intoxication and regretted decisions.
Durham’s Museum of Life and Sciences boasts a train ride to a local pumpkin patch, along with creative activities and fun for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased on the museum’s website.
The North Carolina State Fair is occurring in Raleigh N.C. from October 13-23, and is another popular event NC State students attend to celebrate the beginning of fall; It also serves as a way to get students excited about Halloween.
Dina Ibrahim, senior at NC State University, is planning on spending this Halloween partying with close friends dressed as Cat woman.
Ibrahim encourages students from surrounding universities to join NC State’s festivities as the wolfpack welcomes all she says.
“Everybody in Raleigh is really inclusive,” Ibrahim said. “If you go in to Raleigh looking for a fun time, there’s nobody that will turn you away. There’s lots of alcohol, and lots of loud music.”
Students in the Triangle area and beyond have plenty of options on how to spend the beloved holiday, but most college students are more than happy with spending the night drinking, partying, and showing off their homemade, college-budget friendly Halloween costumes.
Let us know know you will be celebrating in the comments below.
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North Miami City Councilman Scott Galvin is known for his unique approach to serving his constituents.
An early adopter of email newsletters and blogging to keep people that live in his city informed, Galvin has recently started producing web videos for the same purpose.
Galvin is not afraid to take a stand on issues that are a bit bigger than North Miami, a diverse northern Miami suburb with nearly 60,000 residents.
So he decided to make fun of Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump to raise money for the AIDS walk.
Galvin dressed as “The Donald” and walked around the event carrying fake money with Trump’s face on it.
“I’ve been wearing silly costumes in the Walk since 2009, when I was a leprechaun,” Galvin said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “I always try to do something unique, as it’s a big point in my fundraising efforts. This year, I truly didn’t have an original idea. And then I saw a recent Republican debate. My costume immediately became clear.”
Galvin has been involved with AIDS walks for years and has been walking in them since 2007.
While most people at the walk understand that Galvin was making fun of Trump and his arrogant manor (he was also saying one-lines as he walked around like “I’m building a wall around YOUR house”), some people didn’t get the joke.
“A few were unsure, however, and wondered if I was supporting Trump,” Galvin said. “A few wouldn’t even take my fake money and just gave me disgusted looks.”
While it was all in good fun, Galvin said that he really does believe that Trump poses a threat to the LGBT community.
“An affront to any minority community is an affront to us all,” Galvin said. “If we sit silently as Trump insults Mexicans and Muslims, who will be around to defend us when it is our turn?”
Galvin’s efforts seemed to have paid off as he was able to raise around $8,000 for the walk.
“Trump’s campaign is as much a hot mess as I was walking in the sun wearing a clown wig and orange make up,” Galvin said. “At least I was able to turn his idiocy into a few laughs for a good cause.”
Cover Photo Credit: Scott Galvin/ Facebook
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You may know her as “Tiara Girl” on campus. Annie Rudd, a senior at the University of Miami, has worn a tiara on her head every day for the past 8 years.
August 25, 2007, was the first day she ever wore a tiara at her 13th birthday, and the last day she left the house without it.
“The tiara was just too good of a look to let go,” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its been 8 years of my life. It sort of just became my thing, and it worked.”
Before even realizing it, wearing a tiara became a daily routine.
Now 21-years-old, Rudd will graduate soon from UM with a major in psychology and a minor in art. She hopes to purse a master’s degree in family and marriage counseling.
In 2012 , Rudd was featured on lifetime’s reality show “Prom Queen,” crowned prom queen at Miami Beach Senior High School. At University of Miami, Rudd has become a sort of local celebrity to students at the campus.
“At UM, I’m known as Tiara Girl,” Rudd said. “We have this Facebook page called UMiami Secrets and they would post about me a lot. There was one that said, ‘OMG I just saw tiara girl for the first time. Now I know how Hogwarts felt when they first saw Harry Potter.’”
She never leaves the house without her tiara, she may forget but it never takes more than a few steps out of the door to remember.
“It’s basically second nature.” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its on when I go out, but people will give me ugly looks sometimes. Some people don’t get the tiara and assume the worst, but once they meet me they understand I’m not stuck up.”
For Rudd, the tiara exemplifies that she enjoys everything life has to offer and lives with no regrets. Her story is a reminder that it’s okay to be who you are without living in fear of what others think of you.
“The tiara is a great conversation starter,” Rudd said. “Meeting and making friends is super important at our age. It’s all about the connections we have later on in life.”
Rudd said that although she enjoys the tiara as a fundamental part of her life, some people don’t take her seriously as a result.
“People definitely think it’s a little immature, but I don’t care. I only have one life,” Rudd said.
The tiara isn’t coming off anytime soon.
“I definitely can’t see myself not wearing it, it’s just a part of my identity now,” Rudd said. “It’s all a learning experience. I like it and that’s all that matters. There’s nothing to regret about it.”Post Views: 590
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