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By Martin Montoya Staff Reporter Interested in the unexplainable? Former web design student Bryan Higgins said he was a paranormal investigator, who retired after years of encounters with the unknown. After about 50 paranormal encounters throughout his life and all his local investigations, Higgins still shows pictures and videos of what he claims is his scariest encounter, he said. In November 2011, Higgins investigated a supposed haunted house with a few friends along to help, he said. To make the study as thorough as possible, a daytime walkthrough was required to catch anything unusual before night fell, Higgins said. Searching through the house with a video camera, Higgins said he and his team spent a long time in a particular room, where a member of his team spotted a red substance on the floor right before they were going to leave. Higgins told his team that it was probably only candle
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A former student’s glimpse into the other side
wax because of its shiny red appearance, he said. In a video shown to the Chronicle, a member of Higgins’ team can be seen crouching down to touch the liquid, which wicked up onto his finger and caused him to drag his finger across the floor in confusion while he desperately tried to rid himself of what they now believe to be blood. In the video, Higgins pointed out how the team’s footprints were underneath the red liquid, which had not been there previously and seemed to be undisturbed and fresh, he said. “We didn’t spot it, didn’t trample it, step on anything, all of a sudden this red stuff shows up on the floor,” Higgins said. Later that night, traveling back to the house again, the team wandered into the attic of the abandoned house, and Higgins said that he and his team were tearing up floor boards when they came across old newspaper articles. In the articles were stories discussing appearances of blood. Higgins said the
articles called them “blood miracles,” and a church was calling it the “blood of Christ.” Also among their findings were books and other documents containing blood appearances, and the description of the substance in the documents correlated to exactly what they saw, he said. “This place is so damn haunted,” Higgins said. Upon another visit to this house, Higgins said their equipment, infrar e d
cameras, electromagnetic force detector and regular cameras, which had been charged up and ready to go, no longer had sufficient battery life 20 minutes after arriving at the house. The only piece of equipment working was the voice recorder, Higgins said, which allowed him to continue his investigation by going into the blood room alone. Higgins was going into the room to t r y
and record an Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, a technique used by ghost hunters who want to try and communicate with entities not of this world, he said. Higgins said to conduct an EVP session, everyone present must remain as still and quiet as possible while someone asks a question out loud and then falls immediately silent, so as not to contaminate anyone’s recordings, making sure to note any sounds made. This allows investigators to turn up the white noise in the recording around the silent area, where essentially no noise should be in the house, he said. “It’s real as hell. It’s not a joke, I thought it was and found out the hard way,” Higgins said. After his team made their thoughts clear that Higgins is crazy to go in the room by himself at night, he went into the blood room alone, only equipped with his voice recorder, he said. “I have the scariest stuff you will ever hear,” Higgins said.
In the room, Higgins started talking in a not-sofriendly way to whoever may have been listening, and as he spoke a shadow moved across the back window of the room, he said. “Don’t go there, NO! Chill,” he said in the recording. Higgins can be heard in the recording saying the encounter was creepy and leaving the room, afraid and aware that he was not alone. “You should hear this, there is this unearthly voice,” Higgins said. Upon later examination of his EVP session when Higgins turned up the white noise on the recording, a voice can be heard plain as day, he said. “I told you not to come in here, AHHHH!” said a voice heard in the EVP recording. Higgins said his thoughts are that the voice heard is not a person who has passed from our world. “It sounds like a damn demon,” he said. Shortly after his investigations, Higgins said something see
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The house that horror built
High schoolers put trades to work at haunted house By Jonathan Baca Staff Reporter On a Saturday afternoon, a group of high school students were standing outside a North Valley nightclub, wearing all black and covered in blood and gearing up for a night of popping out from behind walls, doing their best to scare the wits out of people.
The House of Freakz and Beatz, a haunted house in Gravity Nightclub that was designed and built by the students of the Academy of Trades and Technology (ATT) charter high school, has a dual purpose, said Gravity owner, Andrew Cordova. The brainchild of Cordova and ATT president Henry Lackey, the haunted house was a way to give the students real world
giving them a real paycheck and creating a safe, all-ages place for young people to party during the Halloween season, Cordova said. “Bringing them in here has been a blessing. They got to design and build it, and it stands for itself. It’s crazy to think that it was done by high school students, and I’m very proud of that,” Cordova said. According to atths. com, ATT is a charter school geared toward students who have struggled with or even dropped out of experiother high schools. Students ence in the graduate with a diploma and trades they have experience in the trades of learned, Construction Technology w h i l e and Graphic Design. After deciding to go ahead with the project, the students had blueprints ready a few days later, and after being paid to build it, nearly two thirds of the students stayed on as volunteer actors in the haunted house, Cordova said. “The ones that have stuck around are the ones that are really, truly into it, and they’ve been great. It is great to see them have fun with the acting, scaring people,” said
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Kenneth Cornell, club promoter and one of the organizers of the event. Cornell said he has had double duty as an actor himself, playing a bloody ax-wielding psycho, a guard in the house’s insane asylum room, and his personal favorite; wielding a real, working chain saw. They had to remove the actual chain for safety, but Cornell said it isn’t any less terrifying.
“You hear that chain saw, and you can smell it, it’s right there in front of you and your brain doesn’t stop to think ‘is there a chain on that?’ You just freak out,” Cornell said. The haunted house features ten scenes, including the Lonely Cabin, the Psych Ward, and The Graveyard, and at least a handful of zombies, Cornell said. The sets were inspired by classic horror films like the Exorcist and the Omen,
which Cornell said are some of his favorites. Aside from the handmade sets and some lights and sound effects for atmosphere, the house relies mainly on the makeup, costumes, and skills of the actors for the big scares, said volunteer, Ashley Harris. Harris said for her there is no better feeling than popping out and knowing she really see
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L e t t e r t o t h e E d i t o r i n r e s p o n s e t o V o l u m e 19 I s s u e 2 0 , ‘ P a r t- t i m e r s s e e k m o r e r e s p e c t ’ Dear CNM Chronicle, Thank you for turning the spotlight on the working lives of Part Time Faculty at CNM. Chronicle reporter Daniel Montano did a great job gathering different perspectives on their compensation and working conditions. It's really a pity that CNM representatives are unwilling to comment meaningfully on a story that focuses on the people who teach more than two-thirds of the classes at our campuses. Prior to being hired as a Full Time instructor in SAGE, I spent two years teaching as a part timer and I can remember the uncertainties associated with the position. I taught unfamiliar courses on short notice and waited anxiously to see if I would be fortunate enough to get a schedule for the next semester. And my paycheck was a lot smaller than it is now. It's time that
CNM administration acknowledged the contributions of Part Time faculty. There are more than 750 Part Time Faculty teaching classes at CNM this semester. Information the Union has gained through surveys of these employees indicates that more than a third of this group seeks to make their living solely from employment at CNM. Labeling these employees "Part Time" is a damaging misnomer. It creates an impression that these are transitory employees who 'fill in' for the institution when needed. In fact, many of the faculty have taught at CNM for years and often teach more courses annually than their "Full Time" counterparts. Given the ratio of Part Time to Full Time faculty at CNM a student could quite likely complete a 2 year Liberal Arts at the College and take all of their coursework from Part Time faculty.
Recently CNM President Kathie Winograd has publicly stated that CNM needs to address the competitiveness of Full Time Faculty compensation "to attract and retain great employees". As Union President I couldn't agree more. But why no mention of Part Time Faculty? This is the group of employees that does the heavy lifting of the teaching load at CNM. Shouldn't there be an urgent focus on attracting the best faculty at CNM across the board? As I stated in the article, underpayment of Part Time faculty is part of a national problem. The Governing Board and CNM administration should act locally by seeking to compensate, hire and retain the best faculty period. The students at CNM deserve no less. Andy Tibble
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Making the goods Terrifyingly tasty Halloween recipes By Stacie Armijo Staff Reporter
One of the best parts of Halloween is eating decadent candies, and home-made treats can be tastier than knocking on doors and hoping for something good to eat, Chef and part-time Culinary Instructor Julian Griego said. Griego shared with the Chronicle one of his favorite recipes, full of tricks to make delicious treats for Halloween parties. After Griego graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, NV, he came back to his hometown of Albuquerque, where he worked at some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the city, including Savoy, Seasons and Marcello’s Chophouse, he said.
From Easybaked.net Ingredients: The Cupcakes: One box Red Velvet cake mix, any brand Milk (in the same amount of, and instead of, the water called for by mix) Eggs (in the same amount called for, plus one extra egg) Butter (twice the amount of oil required by mix – for example, if the box calls for ½ cup of oil , or use 1 cup of butter instead) Measure and then melt before adding to the mix The Frosting 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened ½ cup of butter (softened) 1 teaspoon vanilla Dash of salt 4 cups powdered sugar 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
Ingredients 1 ½ cups heavy cream ½ cup whole milk 8 oz. fresh pumpkin (Avoid larger jack-O’-lantern varieties, stick to smaller pumpkins such as Baby Pam, Autumn Gold and Ghost Rider) ½ tsp vanilla extract or 1 fresh vanilla bean 1/8 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground ginger 1/8 tsp ground cloves ½ oz. fresh ground Espresso beans 4 egg yolks ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup coarse sugar or raw sugar Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
Candy Glass 1 cup of granulated sugar ½ cup of light corn syrup 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring The Edible Blood 1 (14oz) can of sweeten condensed milk Red gel food coloring Black gel food coloring 1 teaspoon of clear flavoring extracts such as vanilla
Divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins. Bake at 350 degrees according to times on box. Remove cupcakes from oven and cool completely. Candy Glass Mix together granulated sugar and corn syrup in microwave safe bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for three minutes, mix, cover with Directions fresh plastic and microwave Make the decorations for another three minutes. first (the glass and the Watch carefully after two blood) and keep them until minutes to make sure mixture just before your party to does not change color, remove decorate. They will both from microwave. keep for several days so Pour contents onto you can make them ahead cookie sheet covered in of time. wax paper that has been Cupcakes liberally sprayed with Follow the recipe on the cooking spray. box, with the altered ingrediLet sit for two hours until ents provided above completely hardened.
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until completely combined Place in a zip-top bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe frosting on top of cooled cupcakes Decorating Decorate on platter you will serve on, which makes for nice blood splatter.
and pour mixture into 4 ramekins. Arrange in hot water bath and bake in center of the oven for about 30 – 40 minutes. The custard should be mostly firm when you shake the pan; it will firm up more as it cools. Remove from the water bath and cool for 15 minutes. Tightly cover each ramekin with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, preheat broiler to very hot, uncover chilled custards and pour course sugar on top. Place custards on baking sheets and broil until sugar is golden brown. Cool, crack the sugar shell and enjoy!
Place frosted cupcakes on protected surface and press two to three pieces of candy glass into the top of each. Clip the corner on the bag of edible blood and drizzle over the top of the glass and the cupcakes, allowing it to drip down the sides of both.
Albuquerque’s best and safest places to trick-or-treat
Beside which neighbor- Indian School Road to the hoods tend to be the most north, Washington Street to Senior Reporter generous with candy treats, the east, Constitution Avenue For parents, keeping the website’s real-estate data to the south and Carlisle Drive their little monsters from experts calculate which neigh- to the west. running into something truly borhoods top the list by lookThe data said the Oso scary while trick-or-treating ing at home values, how easy Grande neighborhood on means knowing the safest it is to walk the streets, neighborhoods to go to, and population density, and Albuquerque has some of the most importantly crime best neighborhoods in the statistics, according to country for Halloween fun their website. according to Zillow.com According to Zillow’s Zillow annually ranks the most recent data, topping best cities in the United States, the list for Albuquerque is and although Albuquerque just the Altura Park neighbornarrowly missed making the hood, which consists of top 20 this year, our fair city homes surrounding Altura has held that honor in the past, Park on Morningside according to their website. drive and bordered by
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Once dry, break apart and remove from wax paper Edible Blood Mix together sweetened condensed milk, red food coloring and flavoring in small bowl until a bright red color develops. Add a very small amount of black food color to make a blood red color. Store in a zip-top bag in refrigerator. Frosting Beat together cream cheese, butter, vanilla and salt on medium speed. Gradually add powdered sugar, while beating until smooth Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments stirring between, until smooth. Add melted white chocolate to icing and beat on low
For the fresh pumpkin Halve pumpkin and remove seeds by scooping them out with a large spoon. Rub butter on the inside of the pumpkin and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and Roast espresso grounds at 400 degrees until soft, remove, and chill for 10 minutes. Scoop roasted flesh out of pumpkin with a spoon and mash using food processor or large spoon. Heat cream, milk and vanilla over medium heat in a medium sauce pan, stir occasionally. Once it begins to boil, immediately remove from heat, and let it rest for 15 minutes. Whisk in pumpkin puree
the southwest corner of Spain Road NE and Eubank Boulevard NE, is the next best place to go, and Academy Hills on the southwest corner of Academy Road NE and Eubank Boulevard NE came in third.
Fourth and fifth place website. went to Peppertree-Royal oak, Even for trick-or-treatwest of Tramway Boulevard ers who live in another part NE, between Academy and of town, the drive to these Spain roads NE, and Embudo neighborhoods should prove Canyon east of Tramway worth it in pounds of glorious Boulevard at Indian School candy, chocolate and other Road NE, according to the sugary snacks.
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Local haunts What to do around town this Halloween season By Nick Stern Staff Reporter Halloween is right at Albuquerque’s doorstep and that means kids and families in costumes, hoping for “something good to eat,” will be as well. Instead of spending the fall holidays at home it could be nice to get out and experience some of the many events this city and the surrounding areas have to offer. Dragons House of Horror is a very spooky haunted house in Rio Rancho and is occupied by horror legends such as Michael, and Jason who make scaring their guests a personal affair, according to the dragonshouseofhorror.com website. “If you’re looking for high quality and personal service in scaring you, you’ve come to the right place. At Dragons House of Horror we’ll give you the attention and personal service you’ll come to expect and enjoy and fear,” the site said. The Haunted Scarecrow is another place for a good scare and is in downtown Albuquerque at Warehouse 508, according to the hauntedscarecrow.wix.com website. The Tours of Old Town has exciting ghost tours to
offer anyone looking for a scary outdoor experience and even offers moonlight ghost tours that are held at 10 p.m. The nightly tours involve a 90 minute walk with ghost stories, history, and investigations of the paranormal within the haunted locations of Old Town, according to toursofoldtown.com. “Legends, folklore, ghost stories, and history come to life as you depart on an intriguing excursion through 306 years of haunted history… founded in 1706, and for over three centuries people have lived and died around the Old Town Plaza,” the site said. The tour is led by a professional tour guide and is lit by lanterns while guests search for lost souls who have made Old Town their eternal home, according to the website. The site said that tourists, residents, and employees have all experienced unexpected phenomena from sightings of vanishing apparitions to voices without bodies within one of the most actively haunted locations in North America. Many people who have taken the tour have had good experiences and have taken a lot from it, according to customer feedback on the website.
“I’ve lived in Albuquerque for 20 years and learned more about Old Town during this tour than all my years in the city,” said Mark and Taylor M. of Albuquerque. If students are looking to enjoy a show in the spirit of the season, the Albuquerque Little Theatre is performing Mel Brooks’ classic, Young Frankenstein, according to albuquerquelittletheatre.org. Tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office and is being performed until the third of November, according to the events schedule. The production features classics like “the Transylvania Mania” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and is guaranteed to be a great time, the site said. “Young Frankenstein is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made!” the site said. Dia de los Muertos will also be celebrated in many ways this season, and Old Town will be hosting Dia Del Dulce on Halloween this year, according to the Albuquerque Old Town website.
The page encourages guests to dress in costumes and to bring family members for trick or treating, a pet parade and animal costume 3 03 contest, Halloween perforD RAGONS H OUSE Romero street mance, as well as a people’s O F H ORROR NW Plaza Don costume contest. Adults $15, Under 12 $10 with Luis-space # N-120 The National Hispanic YOUNG Cultural Center (NHCC) adult ticket Open every day from 7p.m. F RANKENSTEIN also has an annual community Albuquerque Little Theatre gathering called the Dia de los Sunday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday 7 October 11-November 3 Muertos Despedida that celAdults $24 ebrates with music, traditional pm to 10 pm food, poetry, and chocolate, Friday and Saturday 7 pm to Ages 65 and up $21 Students 13-university $18 according to the nationalhis- midnight 801 Loma Colorado Drive NE Fridays/Saturdays 7:30 p.m. paniccenter.org webpage. Sundays at 2 p.m. “Music, poetry, Mexican Rio Rancho Albuquerque Little Theatre chocolate, and pan de muerto. G HOST T OURS 224 San Pasquale Ave. SW This is a great event for all Every night at 8 pm Dia de los Muertos Despedida ages,” the site said. The 2013 Marigold Call 246-TOUR (8687) for National Hispanic Cultural Center 1701 Fourth St. SW Parade is also happening this reservations Adults $20, Ages 55 and up, year on November 3, from MARIGOLD PARADE 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., according military or college students to the muertosymarigolds. $18, and Ages five and under Substation located on Centro Familiar and Isleta org website. The site said the are FREE Guests are encouraged to Westside Community Center parade begins at the Bernalillo bring digital cameras to cap1250 Isleta Blvd SW Sheriff’s substation at Centro The Haunted Scarecrow Familiar and Isleta, and ends ture unexplained phenomena $15 per person at the Westside Community M oonlight G host T our $1 off per group of five Center at 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW, Starts at 10 pm $2 off per group of ten or more where there will be music, Sunday, November 17 FULL Open Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 altars, food, and art vendors. November 1-2 There are many events MOON Friday, December 13 Starts at dark each night in Albuquerque to choose Tuesday, December 17 FULL 508 First Street from and the Chronicle hopes Albuquerque, NM 87102 everyone will be safe and find MOON something awesome to do for Same prices except not suggested for ages under 13 this year’s Halloween holiday.
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“Things don’t make sense, but there is some kind of supernatural explastarted following him, and nation as well,” he said. messing with him. After having these Higgins said noises encounters persistently were coming from all cor- occur over time, Higgins ners of his home, the door said he decided to have a was being knocked on and medium accompany him and the doorbell rang with no his team to the investigation one around and no lights site to perform a cleansing. on outside triggered by the Higgins said the motion sensor. medium did her own walk Higgins said a streak of around through the house, blood came out of his wall, when she came to the filthy which he has left there for basement, she entered alone. the chance to be able to Upon ascending back test it. into the house, Higgins
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Cash prizes will be given out to the scariest, funniest, and sexiest cosmade someone jump. tumes, Cordova said. “It just gives you the jollies On Friday and Saturday inside,” she said. night after Halloween, there On Halloween night, will be 16 and over dance in addition to the haunted party events, and on Nov. 1 house there will be a dance Brazilian DJs Darth and Vader party and costume contest, will be spinning house music with DJs, and go-go danc- at a Star Wars themed party, ers, Cordova said. he said.
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said the medium was crying uncontrollably, because she had sensed bodies buried down in the basement. As the team and the medium continued through the house to go on with the cleansing, she began to communicate with something in the house. Higgins said that she told him, “It’s here. It’s right behind me.” Higgins said he has video and photo evidence of the medium becoming inhabited by something not of this world, and said he
had to perform an exorcism on the medium, who was there to cleanse the house and yet needed to be cleansed herself. “I didn’t think I was going to have to participate in the actual exorcism,” Higgins said. Using oils and holy water the medium brought with her, Higgins said he and his team started saying prayers and burning sage while sprinkling the inhabited medium to rid her of whatever invisible evil was making her jerk violently and make wretched faces.
“She was a nice lady until she became possessed,” Higgins said. After exorcising the medium, Higgins said they then consecrated the house so no evil spirits could escape. “It scared me. I was pretending I wasn’t scared, but I was deathly afraid,” Higgins said. Higgins said he can’t explain what happened at the investigation site that night, but he thinks it was a demonic entity. “Everybody has their demons, I just think it’s part of
our own experiences we have to deal with,” he said. Having had encounters with the unexplainable at a young age, Higgins said he first came across a ghost at the age of five. Higgins said he used to live in a house that was itself haunted, and living there definitely affected his outlook on life. “All those experiences really affected me as a kid and it kind of left stains in my mind,” he said.
For Cordova, hosting events for the under 21 crowd is important, because when kids have nowhere to go, they will create their own events, where drugs and alcohol flow freely and people get hurt, he said. “I believe that the kids should have a safe environment to come and party, with the right security policy and
safe atmosphere. Instead of doing things out in the middle of a field in the West Mesa and overdosing, they’re in a controlled environment with supervision,” Cordova said. Every night since the haunted house opened, ATT has had a booth outside, giving kids information about the school and letting them know that
it is never too late to go back and get a diploma, Cordova said. After running out of funds in the middle of renovations to the nightclub, Cordova said he spent $30,000 on the haunted house, hoping to raise some money to finish his club, and hopefully help some kids in the process.
“We’re really crossing our fingers that, one, we’ll get students to ‘drop back in’ to high school, and two, that we’ll at least get back some of our capital investment,” Cordova said. For more information, check out houseoffreakzandbeatz.com, and for more information on the Academy of Trades and Technology, visit atths.com.
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Special spooky suncat chit chat By Stacie Armijo Staff Reporter
Questions asked: What do you love about Halloween? What are you going to be? What are your plans for Halloween? Michaella Maddry
Liberal Arts major “I love Halloween because of the costumes and the fake blood. I am dressing as Ash Housewares from the video game Evil Dead. For Halloween I am going downtown to see a punk rock bank at the Launchpad.”
Business major “I am planning on being a Roman Goddess for Halloween. I love it because I get to spend time with my kids and go trick or treating!”
Computer and Information Systems major “I haven’t decided what I am going to be for Halloween. I am going to attend a party!”
Physical Therapy major “I love Halloween because of the costumes and candy. I am going to a Halloween party. I am going to be something scary. I can’t share exactly what because I want my friends to be surprised.”
Business Administration major “I don’t dress up for Halloween. I love to give out candy and see the kid’s costumes.”
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