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Death of print? Not at annual Spook-a-Thon creative writing event

October 22, 2015

By Senior Emily Cross

Kitiara McGuire glanced at her smart phone from behind the pulpit—a perfectly symbolic move as she donned a costume dubbed “Death of Print,” which was comprised of shredded pages and oozing ink.

Media might be changing, but printed word was alive and well last night at Sigma Tau Delta’s annual Spook-a-Thon, a celebration of scary stories, the Halloween season and the English/Creative Writing program at Stephens.

Costumes this year were as elaborate as ever. Haley Coburn dressed as Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic “The Lord of the Rings,” snagging first place in the costume contest. Erika Westoff’s fawn witch costume earned second place. Other costumes included Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marty McFly (just in time for “Back to the Future” day) and Olaf from “Frozen.”

Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut took her costume to another level. She dressed as a birdwatcher and observed the entire event through a pair of binoculars.

She remained in character when it was her turn to read. Following a spooky reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, “The Raven,” Kogut performed a dramatic reading of the National Audubon Society’s description of a common raven, earning her a standing ovation.

Spook-a-Thon is just one of several events on campus that happen annually around Halloween. Earlier this week, Tri Sigma hosted its annual haunted tour of campus, a fundraiser for the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. Next week, Mortar Board will host the annual Safe Trick-or-Treat for children in the community. The event is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Lela Raney Wood Hall and is free and open to the public.   

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