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HALLOWEEN EDITION FEATURE: Twenty questions for Eva and the dead.
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Will you scream ‘mercy’ at the 17th Door? A look inside Tustin’s haunted house.
Current epidemic: Watch your back, a clown may be lurking around to put you in a panic.
Get your school spirit on with a sports recap on all your fellow Gaucho teams.
Shinning light on Satanism. The misconceptions people have about this religious faith.
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Clowns spotted around the nation A childhood fear becomes a terrifying reality nationwide NATALIA POURAZAR OPINION EDITOR
Halloween is just around the corner and people are getting ready for scary festivities, though some individuals have been taking things just a little too far. People dressed up in frightening clown costumes have been terrorizing many communities all over the United States. leaving the safety of many threatened. The clowns are now everywhere, becoming a full-on epidemic. Reports from different states say that they are scaring, chasing and even attacking people. The first clown sighting was in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville deputies were the first to respond to calls stating that clowns were attempting to lure kids into the woods, and that they had been seen in woody areas. On August 21 dispatchers confirmed police responded to a call saying that a suspicious character in a clown outfit was terrorizing kids in the neighborhood calling them into the woods, according to Fox Carolina. Fox Carolina became involved when a letter was released by Fleetwood Manor Apartments in Greenville. The letter was given to residents of Fleetwood Manor in regard to the clown sighting: “To The Residents of Fleetwood Manor There has [sic] been several conversation [sic] and a lot of complaints to the office regarding a clown or a person dressed in clown clothing taking children or trying to lure children
NO LAUGHING MATTER: Increasing clown sightings send Americans into stages of panic. in the woods. First and foremost at Fleetwood Manor Apartments childrens [sic] safety is a top priority. At no time should a child be alone at night, or walking in the roads or wooded areas at night. Also if a person or persons are seen you are to immediately call the police. Greenville County Police Department is aware of the situation and have been riding [sic] the property daily. Remember there is a 10 p.m. curfew for the property so to ensure your childrens [sic] safety please keep them in the house during night hours and make sure at ALL times children are supervised. Anymore information that becomes regarding this issue will be sent out to all residents. Thank you, Property Manager” This was the start of many more clown sighting throughout the U.S. Different sightings were reported throughout the Midwest, East, South and now the West Coast. San Diego had their first eyewitness. Dylan Weese said his father saw three males dressed
up as clowns hanging out near the Hamburger Factory in Poway on October 5. 10news reported Weese’s father had to swerve out the way in order to not hit one of them and was really freaked out by what had happened. “He’s not like a big social media guy, so he was like kinda freaking out, he didn’t know the whole spiel on Twitter so he was like, ‘what the heck,’ he had no idea,” Weese said, according to KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego. Later that evening, two teenage boys were caught by deputies messing around wearing clown masks, however no evidence traced that they were responsible for what happened earlier that day. Deputies let them off easy for the night. In Northern California, a woman said she had to fight off a man in a clown costume to keep him from from kidnapping her child in Concord on October 7, according to ABC7/Los Angeles. She said the man dressed as clown with no makeup or mask on his face, but wore a curly,
blue wig. Corp. Chris Blakely was on the scene shortly after the incident and reported what happened to ABC 7 news. “The male suspect tries to grab, actually grabs the arm of the 1-year-old child and tugs and pulls on it,” said Blakely. “So, the mom thought that maybe he was trying to pull her daughter away and she reacted by kicking the suspect in the shin two times.” ABC 7 said that detectives were looking for witnesses, or any video footage that might be helpful to the case. Many of these clown goofs are said to be pranksters trying to be funny for Halloween fun. However, the majority do not find the sighting of these clowns humorous. Many people actually feel their lives, and children’s safety is at risk. Multiple social medias have videos that have gone viral involving multiple encounters with clowns. Even some leading to physical abuse. Clown Sighting tweeted a video of a group of guys who noticed a clown walking down the street in Burbank. The guys reacted aggressively and started to shout at the clown, eventually getting out of the car and beating the clown to the ground. Violence is starting to be results of many individuals encounters with the clowns. The image of serial killing clown has been embedded into the public’s mind after John Wayne Gacy, the infamous serial killer, turned the clown charm into a true terror. Gacy quoted that “You know...clowns can get away with murder” according to Clifford Linedecker, a reporter for the Dixon Patch. Police departments have advised pranksters to not copycat any clown crimes. They have also advised teenagers to avoid dressing as a clown for this Halloween according to CNN.
vol. 49, no. 3
Blood drive proves everyone has a type MACKENZIE QUINN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
The American Red Cross strives to help people in need through the power of donors and volunteers. From Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Thursday, Sept. 29, Saddleback College partnered with the American Red Cross to provide students with a convenient location to donate their time and blood. Karla Avila, 19, psychology major, dedicates her time to organizing volunteers for school events. “We wanted to have people comfortable on campus,” said Avila. “The timing was just perfect, between finals and students settling in.” Between students and faculty, Saddleback College managed to get 143 pints of blood. After the donation, pints of blood are then sent to a facility to be tested and categorized. The blood is then deemed safe to be sent out for transfusions. Each pint of blood is donated to three different people. This means that overall, Saddleback College raised enough blood to support 429 blood transfusions. While this may seem like
a large amount, Avila said she was hoping to target more students and that last spring they managed to get over 129 pints in only two days. Every blood drive has its ups and downs. In fact Cole Peloquin, 19, nursing major, stated that nothing ever goes perfectly and that many times you just have to roll with the punches. However, he won’t let a few hiccups stop him from giving back. “I just have a passion for health science”, said Peloquin. “Donating can make a world of difference” for those in need. American Red Cross has an app for frequent donors called “Blood Donor.” Donors can download and track their blood through the process. The app also tells you your blood type and allows you to schedule an appointment as well as keep track of your donor history. Associate Student Government strives to provide students with different opportunities in the community and outside of it as well. Both Avila and Peloquin stress how important it is to get out and help make a difference. “You don’t have to wear a cape to be a hero,” said Avila.
DONATE NOW: Volunteers donate their time and blood to help out those who are less fortunate than themselves.
“Many students try to go out and donate only to find out that they are unable to” said Peloquin, people should not let this stop them; instead these people should try and promote to those who are eligible to donate and petition for things that they think will help those in need. “You don’t have to donate blood to make a difference,” said Peloquin. “Find your passion and work towards making changes you want to see.” Both Avila and Peloquin ded-
icate their time to seeing Saddleback College and it’s students thrive. Avila works on finding and organizing volunteers for events, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peloquin works on directing and setting up events and can be reached at cole.peloquin@ gmail.com. ASG is here to serve, said Avila, if students want to see something done we urge them to contact us.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Channel your inner Magic Mike
FRISKY OFFICER: No more boot camp and police training for these frisky cops. All you need is a tiny leather speedo, some plastic handcuffs, guns that will definitely make the ladies scream, and a hat to tie it all together. Who knew being a cop would be so easy!
Halloween is the time when it is socially acceptable to be provocative and dress a little naughty WWW.WALMART.COM
HUNKY FIREFIGHTER: Is your ‘Kitten’ stuck in a tree? Don’t worry, this public servant has it covered. With a ‘perrrfect’ T-shirt abs that are dryer safe, your night was just got a little hotter.
KATIE GROAT PHOTO EDITOR
BAYWATCH BABE: You need a bright red one piece swimsuit and a perfected slow motion run to show off all your swag this Halloween season. VILLAGE PEOPLE IN YOUR PANTS: If you have a small package this costume is for you! With the oversized headdress and face paint no one is going to notice anything else. Plus you get that relatable vibe for all of our ancestor lovers.
SLUTTY SAILOR: Are you ready kids? Hop aboard and assume this slutty ship of unnecessary arm muscles and chiseled jaw lines to make sure you are ready to walk to plank. GET LUCKY LEPRECHAUN: If you have a small package this costume is for you! With the oversized headdress and face paint no one will notice anything else. Plus you get that relatable vibe for all of our ancestor lovers. WWW.3WISHES.COM
vol. 49, no. 3
Not your average haunted house The Lariat team attends the interactive game of clue in Tustin ZARA FLORES SPORTS EDITOR
The 17th Door is a horror attraction in Tustin, California that has gained a lot of attention since its ‘freshman year’ last year. It is not a haunted house but rather a horror house located between The Home Depot and Nordstrom Rack in The Marketplace. The attraction follows Paula during her sophomore year of college and is not for the faint of heart. Admission is $25 to $35 a ticket, depending on which night of the week you go, and you must sign a waiver. There are 21 rooms, including an escape room, which take an estimated 34 minutes to go through. Each room designed to affect all five senses. You may (WILL) be exposed to shocks, being touched, smells, fog, strobe lights, extreme temperatures and, in my case, being put in small containers. Mackenzie Quinn, Filip Pejcinovic, Natalia Pourazar and I purchased our tickets, filled with excitement and anticipation. Natalia was joined by some friends who all purchased the “Mercy Pendant” but really it was just a glow stick on string. Its purpose is to keep the characters from touching them. She went along with her friends and Mackenzie, Filip and I went off and got put in a group with another couple. We were taken into a room where Paula, the main character, explained the rules: no touching the characters, enter the next room only when the light above turns green and, if absolutely
COMPLIMENTS OF 17TH DOOR
SCREAM MERCY: House guests pushed to limit can scream “mercy” to end the game. necessary, yell “mercy” to leave. The light above the first room turned green and so it began. We were ushered to sit in wheelchairs as a character talked to us. Out of nowhere, we were all shocked by the chairs, except for Filip. As we were exiting that room a character said “hope you enjoyed that because you’re in for more.” The next room was the ‘escape the room’ round. We were given clues and tasks to perform, including all holding hands and getting shocked, again. We were unable to finish all the tasks in time but still moved on. After, we went into a room and I was immediately grabbed by one of the characters, pushed into a locker and had the door slammed in my face. I couldn’t understand anything that was going on outside to everyone else. Next thing I know, I feel a hand brush down my head and I’m being told to crawl through a little tunnel. I crawled through, not knowing where I’d end up or if anything would pop out. I reach the end and one of the other guys from the group is waiting, having also crawled, and we’re greeted by the rest of the group.
Another room that followed was actually a school bus taking us to jail. Two jailbird characters were waiting for us. One spat all over Mackenzie and the other groped Filip, a common theme throughout the night. Following that, we entered perhaps the worst room of the night. There was a big tesla coil surrounded by a cage. We were all instructed to hold it and did. The characters didn’t think I held it so they made me do it again. I wrapped my hands with my sleeves and did so. The character saw and yanked my hands off the cage, pulled my sleeves down and held my hands up against the cage by my wrists. The shocks kept getting worse and worse until it peaked and it felt as through a lightning bold had shot down to my finger. I let out a huge yell and we all proceeded to the next room while my finger remained numb the rest of the night. While some of the rooms carried the theme of Paula and her college experience, others were there for pure enjoyment and torture. A room clearly for enjoyment and torture was a reptile themed room. I, once again, was taken
and placed, this time, in a glass box. The character whispered, “I hope you like spiders,” as he shut the door and I felt panic flood. I couldn’t hear what was going on outside and I didn’t dare look up for spiders. I put my hood on and waited full of anxiety. All of a sudden, the glass box is tilted back and I placed my feet to the perimeter of the box and applied pressure so when the doors released I wouldn’t fall back. Sure enough, I didn’t. I was greeted to an angry character that pushed me off the bed I was meant to fall on and I was reunited with the group. Other rooms, however, continue the story of Paula and touch on some very heavy topics including, but not limited to, violent abortions, suggested child and sexual abuse, gun violence, bullying and more. The themes and situations are definitely for a mature audience and many resonate with events currently going on in our society-gun violence, sexual assault and even clowns. Overall, the experience was unlike any other. Universal Studios Horror Nights and Knotts Scary Farm have nothing on the 17th door.
Twenty questions for Eva and the dead Lariat staff gets together to speak with the spirits beyond. KATIE GROAT PHOTO EDITOR
Lariat editors discovered the spirits behind a Ouija board while playing near Saddleback College at the Vista Real apartments last Wednesday night, by calling upon the local spirits and asking the responders some questions. Were Mackenzie Quinn, Filip Pejcinovic, Katie Groat, Zara Flores and Meaghan Corkill. Five young adults just looking to speak to a few spirits in honor of Halloween only being a few weeks away. With a Ouija board set up in the middle of Meaghan’s bedroom, creating a spooky vibe with candles lit and the lights turned off, the editors began by each placing two fingers on the planchette and asking if there were any spirits around. After patiently waiting about two to three minutes the planchette began to move and inched its way to the ‘yes’ that was written out on the board. “What is your name?” Mackenzie asked. The planchette then moved across the board to the letter ‘E’ then to an ‘V’ and across to an ‘A’, spelling out the name Eva. Many more questions were asked by the editors and many questions were answered. Allowing them to discover that Eva was a 5-year-old girl who was hurt by her parents and was all alone wherever she may be. When the group tried to ask questions that required more than a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer Eva wouldn’t budge the planchette and after Katie asked if she could spell the editors quickly discovered that this 5 year old was only educated up to the point of any living five year old and could not yet spell out full words, leaving the conversation quite short. “Can we please speak to another spirit?” Mackenzie asked. The planchette moved to ‘yes’ as Eva’s response, but before the group could say goodbye another spirit came through, or at
SPOOKY SPIRITS: In order to communicate, spirits focus their energy on those making contact with the planchette to spell out what they wish to say.
least they think. Moving all around the board spelling out nonsense the planchette wasn’t giving away many answers as to who the group was now speaking to. After asking many questions from almost all members of the group the planchette moved across three letters that the Lariat staff got a kick out of. “What is so funny?” Katie asked. In response to the planchette spelling out ‘LOL’ right in front of their eyes, the group then said ‘goodbye’ and ended the first session with the spirits.
The second session took place at Meaghan’s kitchen table, with the same lighting and finger placement as last time and the group began by asking if there were any spirits around. A few short moments later the group got a response as the planchette moved across the board to the ‘yes’ where they then met another spirit. “What is your name?” Mackenzie asked. The planchette moved down to the number six and sat there for moments. The group of young adults all looked left and right wondering what this answer might mean.
“Your name is not six, now spell out for us what your name is,” Mackenzie said. The planchette then moved spelling out the name AJ and opening the doors to many more questions. Discovering that AJ was 52 years old and stuck wherever he might be the group discovered something much more frightening than they had expected. When asked if he was alone AJ moved the planchette over the ‘no’ and that is where the group was told about Zack. After being told that AJ was afraid of
Zack because he was not a good spirit the front door to the house was swung open by other residents that lived there. With this loud noise two of the five people jumped and let go of the planchette. When moving your fingers from the planchette before saying goodbye it blurs the pathway between the spirits and the players of the game allowing the spirits to attach themselves to you if they choose to do so. “Put your fingers back on!” Katie yelled. Everyone focused back on the Ouija board and waited for a sign.
“Is anyone still with us?” Mackenzie inquired. Nothing happened. “How old is the spirit we are talking to?” Mackenzie asked again. The planchette moved down the board making out the number 52, leaving the group to think it was AJ as he told them earlier that he was 52 years old. Asking AJ if he was now alone he said no, but that wasn’t the part that frightened the group this time. “Should we be scared?” Katie asked. AJ answered her by moving the Planchette over the word ‘yes’. Fearful for what might have just happened the group took over and said ‘Goodbye’ ending their second session with the spirits. The third session was only supported by some of the group members as others were afraid of what might happen next. Needing answers to what happened in the second session they all agreed to give the Ouija board one last go and see what the spirits had to say. Same setting, same lighting, same finger placement and same starting question. “Is there anyone here that we can talk to?” said Mackenzie. Nothing happened for quite some time, after repeating the question multiple times the group finally got a response of ‘yes’. “What is your name?” asked Mackenzie. The planchette moved to the number six, just like it had in the previous session. When Mackenzie then asked the question again the Planchette began sliding across the board moving from letters ‘A’ to ‘M’ and when it continued from ‘N’ heading towards ‘Z’ members of the group looked around in a panic remembering what they were told before the game began. If the planchette moves from A-Z and 1-0 or from 0-1 and Z-A you need to say goodbye immediately because this is what a spirit does when it is trying to escape. Aware of the new spirits intentions the group all took control and said ‘Goodbye’ ending their third and final session. A few days later and all members of the Lariat staff are perfectly normal, any sign of attachment has been undetected and any want to participate in another session with the Ouija board is still in question.
Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016
fall recipes Lariat editors unveil haunting sweets and sips sure to delight even the most demented
Massacre Cupcakes ANNAMARIA FOSCHETTI LIFE EDITOR
What you will need: 1 box of cake mix 1 jar white frosting 2 cups of water 1 ½ cups light corn syrup ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar 3 ½ cups of sugar 1 tablespoon of cornstarch Red and blue food coloring Directions: Using festive cupcake liners, bake cupcakes according to box directions. Let the cupcakes cool then frost with a generous amount of white frosting. While the cupcakes bake and cool, you can begin to make the shards of candy glass. In a saucepan mix 2 cups of water, 1 cup light corn syrup, 3 ½ cups sugar and ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar. Bring the mixture to a boil. Using a candy thermometer boil until it thickens and reaches 300 degrees this will take about an hour at medium heat. Pour the mixture into a foil lined pan and let cool completely until hard. Once cool, take a hammer and break into shards to achieve a glass-like look. Now let's make some blood. In a bowl mix ½ cup of light corn syrup and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Slowly begin to add food coloring until the consistency and color resemble blood, use mostly red just a drop of blue. Now its time to assemble your massacred cupcakes. Take the shards of glass and arrange them on top of your frosted cupcakes. Now create your crime scene and drip blood on top of each one. Once you have one, you'll be dying to have more.
MEAGHAN CORKILL/ANNAMARIA FOSCHETTI/LARIAT
GHOULISH: Count Dracula is dying to expose his fangs and palate to these bloody cupckaes (above), and the grapefruit and ice cream vampire punch (below). the rim of your glass in it. Let the blood drip down the sides for effect. Add a rainbow sherbet scoop to the cup Add 2/3 cup of club soda Add 1/2 cup of pink grapefruit juice Add one shot of vodka if older than 21
Fall apple sangria ANNAMARIA FOSCHETTI LIFE EDITOR
Vampire Punch MEAGHAN CORKILL LIFE EDITOR
What's Halloween without a party? And what's a Halloween party without drinks? A very boring Hallow's eve. Therefore, get all your ghouls and make the night one to remember, or not to remember with this drink recipe... Vampire Punch- a delicious O-negative cocktail. What's needed: rainbow sherbet, pink grapefruit juice, club soda, vodka (optional), corn syrup and red food coloring. Start with the blood. Mix red food coloring with corn syrup onto a plate and dip
Temperatures are finally dropping. What could be more fall than a glass full of apple sangria.The flavors of apple, pear and cinnamon are sure to warm the crisp nights. What you will need: 2 apples 1 pear Cinnamon sticks 4 cups of apple cider 1 cup ginger ale 1bottle of red wine ½ cup brandy Directions: Wash and chop apples and pear.Place all ingredients in a large carafe or pitcher.Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.Pour yourself a glass and enjoy. Optional: Garnish your glass with a sugared rim. Simply mix some sugar and cinnamon in a plate then wet the rim of your glass and dip into the sugar mixture, add a cinnamon stick and cheers.
vol. 49, no. 1
Oktoberfest pours into Dana Point NATALIA POURAZAR OPINION EDITOR
The third annual Oktoberfest took place in Dana Point this past Saturday where thousands gathered together to drink a whole lot of beer, and to enjoy one another’s company. The festival, which was presented by Spaten, was held at Sea Terrace Park located directly behind the city library from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages were welcome to this event and many families joined together to enjoy the music, dancing, eating and drinks offered. The 5th Marine volunteers, a non profit organization, also helped with the pouring of beer and helped raise funds for Marine sailors and families, according to Patti Short, board member of the 5th marine regiment support group. Oktoberfest is German festival that is celebrated today throughout many cities in the United States. The entertainment, food, beer and music is a combination of both American and German traditions. Many individuals dressed in traditional leaderhosen to celebrate this German holiday. Entertainment: Most of the entertainment was hosted by the Pieter Meister, who is known to be best the entertainer, and most energetic during his performances. He was raised in the streets of California, but trained in many German beer factories. Pieter flew out to Dana Point from Germany just to celebrate this annual festival. Much of the entertainment involved were contests competing with one another, beer chugging, traditional songs, chicken dancing, musical chairs, dance parties and sausage tossing. Food: Multiple food vendors were serving both traditional American and German foods. Many of the traditional German foods were Bratwurst, Beer Brats, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, Knockwurst, Rotisserie, Pork Chops marinated in beer and German potatoes. Beer: The cost of the first beer was $20, in which you received a little over a pint sized beer mug, party beads and a beer ticket. Refill tickets were available for $8.
PHOTOS BY: NATALIA POURAZAR
DRUNKEN SUCCESS: Top: a little over a pint of beer mugs were served to thousands of people who purchased beer tickets. Bottom left: Warsaw Poland Bros take the stage and plays traditional German music. Bottom right: local dresses up in leaderhosen to celebrate holiday.
The list of beer offered was: Spaten premium lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten-Dunkel, Spaten Optimator, Beck’s Oktoberfest, Brauerei Beck’s, Franziskaner Weissbier, Franziskaner Dunkel, Widmer Hefeweizen, Shock Top Belgian White, Coronado Islander IPA, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Kona Hawaii. Soft drinks and water were also sold at various vendors. Many people had the pleasure to enjoy the variety of beers provided, some even a little too much. Music: Bavarian Beer Garden Band played music played from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. where many people danced around and
enjoyed both traditional German and American music. Warsaw Poland Bros took the stage from 3:30 p.m. and stayed until the end of the event. Over 7,000 people attended Oktoberfest, making it what the 5th Marine volunteers called an, “overall complete success.”
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
Saddleback Sports Scoreboard Catch up on the past two weeks of Gaucho sports and check out what’s coming up! ZARA FLORES SPORTS EDITOR
Football Oct. 15: Golden West - L, 20-17 Upcoming: Oct. 22, 6 p.m., against Fullerton @ Saddleback College Cross Country
Oct. 7: Tour de Cuesta Oct. 14: Mt. SAC
(Jerry Hannula/Saddleback Athletics)
Women 3/6 3/17
Upcoming: Oct. 28, 8 a.m., OEC Championship @ Central Park, Huntiongton Beach Women’s Volleyball Oct. 5: Fullerton - W, 3-0 Oct. 7: Orange Coast - W, 3-0 Oct. 12: Santiago Canyon - W, 3-0 Oct. 14: Riverside - W, 3-0 Upcoming: Oct. 21, 6 p.m., against Cypress @ Saddleback College
Women’s Soccer Oct. 7: Santiago Canyon - L, 1-0 Oct. 11: Fullerton - W, 2-1 Oct. 14: Irvine Valley - L, 3-0 Upcoming: Oct. 21, 3 p.m., at Santa Ana Men’s Waterpolo Oct. 5: Golden West - L, 18-4 Oct. 8: Southwestern - W, 13-5 Oct. 14: Cerritos - L, 6, 16-9 Upcoming: Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Santa Ana
Women’s Waterpolo Oct. 5 Golden West - L, 16-7 Oct. 7: Sacramento City - W, 11-7 Upcoming: Oct. 21, 8 a.m., against Santa Barbara @ Cerritos College
(Jerry Hannula/Saddleback Athletics)
vol. 49, no. 3
Misconceptions of Satanism MACKENZIE QUINN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
tem for people based on who they are and where they put themselves to be. Strict taxation on all churches no matter what the religion. Separation of church and state. When laws are being made into effect they should have no religious backing. Artificial Intelligence should not be in relation to humans. The human species should not look toward artificial intelligence for assistance in anyway. Live within total environment of your choice. Those who wish to live a certain way with others may do so. “I haven’t met ‘em but I’m sure there are some students here who are Satanists,” Bryan Chinchilla, 22, communications major. “If they didn’t do scary stuff around me I could be friends with them.” While people never can tell the religion of students around them, many already have their own ideals of what different religion holds; even if these ideals are complete fabrications stemming from myths and movies.
Halloween is the time of year people associate with sacrifices, witchcraft and demonic summonings. These are also the types of things people associate Satanists with. It is time we shed some light on the dark religion that many are so afraid to talk about in order to help others understand what really goes on in the church. “The first thing that comes to my mind is gothic and spikes everywhere,” said Luke Schrezenmeier, 19, computer science major. “Goats, animal sacrifices and drinking blood all come to mind as well.” According to the Church of Satan website, “Satanism has nothing to do with kidnapping, drug abuse, child molestation, animal or child sacrifice, or any number of other acts that idiots, hysterics or opportunists would like to credit us with. Satanism is a life-loving, rational philosophy that millions of people adhere to.” Founded in 1966, Anton LeVay created the Church of Satan.
The focus of this creation was to stress pride, individualism and enlightenment for those who believed that they were their own source for their fate. The Satanic religion focuses heavily on natural instinct and that they should look to Satan as a mode or model of behavior to give into ones desires, while also fully accepting any outcome. One of the most well known objects of Satanism is the five
point pentagram. “When I think of the pentagram I think of the things I’ve seen in movies,” said Erika Berry, 19, environmental science major. “It’s always a negative connotation, usually associated with sacrifices but I’ve never seen one outside of movies that is supposed to be taken seriously.” Each point on the pentagram has a different representation: Stratification. A layering sys-
‘Nightmare Before Chirstmas’ Although this movie isn’t something that would make you scream in horror, it’s still iconic for it’s Halloween theme. If you haven’t seen it (GET WITH IT) it’s about Halloweentown’s pumpkin king, Jack Skellington coming across a door that leads to Christmastown. Amazed by the festivities of what Christmas has to offer, Jack attempts to highjack Santa Claus’ role. He rapidly realizes that maybe the dark nature of Halloween is no apples to apples for the jolliness of Christmas.
‘Orphan’ It’s suspenseful, creepy and disturbing with an intense plot twist. A family adopts a seemingly normal nine-year-old girl named Esther from an orphanage. The film follows the horrors that unfold after she is adopted. The couple’s son, Daniel, is hostile towards Esther while their deaf daughter, Max, is enchanted by her. Regardless of how either act toward her, she sets out to be the only child in the family. It gets pretty obvious she’s not as innocent as she pleads to be. If you haven’t seen it, go do so but prepare to be shook.
‘Devils Rejects’ This is the follow up to Director Rob Zombies horror flick House of 1,000 Corpses. This movie is a gathering of odd ball characters living in a alternate state of norm. Not for the faint of heart, this movie follows this strange clan and their terrorizing antics. This may not spook you but if gore leaves you squeamish this is not the flick for you. Takes you into a world that is the underbelly of society so strange that the devil himself did not want them....
‘The Babadook’ Following a mother and her troubled son, ‘The Babadook’ is an Australian thriller that consistently keeps you on your toes. Playing on some major fears that people have, this movie shines light in the darkest of situations. After first watch you might be disillusioned however, after the second you will truly understand what the movie is about. Relying on real horror, suspense is around every cornor of this film. You will not be disappointed if you watch this movie
Editor’s Picks: Best Horror Movies OPINION EDITOR
The horrors of college: a satire BY: ZARA FLORES
Saddleback College students may really be living out their nightmares while balancing life College is defined as an educational institution or establishment, but that’s for outsiders. As college students, we know very well that college is a chamber of horrors. College freshmen don’t know the horrors that lie within the walls and behind the glass windows with a poster that reads ‘do not post anything on windows.’ The hallways of Saddleback College echo with the ‘click’ and the ‘clack’ of girls in heels trying to run to class, late, because they took too long getting ready. The Saddleback bridge screeches as the tires of a scooter roll over in a rush because the student is late for his ping pong match. Students trying to balance having a social life, working and going to school is the ultimate horror. They try to refuel and keep their zombie-like state afloat with caffeine, only to encounter run-ins with (save the) bees. But the caffeine can only keep students awake for so long. Eventually, they end up falling asleep in class when the professor shuts the lights off during a PowerPoint presentation or stu-
dents will resort to sleeping in the chairs on the third floor of the library between classes as opposed to studying. As if that weren’t enough, the horrors continue at home. Students can’t take two steps into their homes without being probed about their entire day. But, of course, the most common horror of them all, procrastination. College students make up 82 percent of Procrastination Nation. Coming home from work or school, watching four hours of Parks and Recreation, eating a whole pizza, taking a nap and then realizing you have six assignments and a 1,000 word paper due in less than two hours is the epitome of college horror. Nothing like deadlines to really amp up the horror in your life. Whatever college horror you may face in your four years, always remember that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The best way to get there is drink some tea, slip on your favorite onsie and perhaps hibernate for a semester.
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