Haunted Hurst: SAC to scare guests

Alexandria Albano, Staff writer

A Mercyhurst tradition will take place again this Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

The Student and Multicultural Activities Councils will be presenting the event to Mercyhurst students. Student Ambassadors will take students on tours around the most notoriously creepy spots around campus and share the traditional ghost stories that have passed through generations of Mercyhurst attendees.

In addition, pledging Ambassadors will act as “scarers,” adding to the overall feel of the event.

Sophomore Dance major Kerry Shroeder worked as a “scarer” last year and views the event as both a fun and educational experience.

“Haunted Hurst is a really fun night where campus is turned into a haunted house! Last year, I got to be one of the ‘scarers’ in Old Main and it was so fun.  It was funny to see people jump in fright. They told stories that pertained to each area that we were in, as well.”

Those who went last year had positive remarks about their experience. Colleen Niebauer, sophomore Archaeology major, was not scared but still enjoyed the event.

“It wasn’t that scary, but it was really entertaining. It was the first place I heard about nun stories, so it was informative. It made me jumpy and they took us all over campus,” Niebauer said.

Tori Young, a sophomore Forensics student also enjoyed taking part of the event and acknowledged the hard work students put into it.

“It was definitely creepy especially for being put on and done by students,” Young said.

Student Activities Council Chair Sam Beckas has played a pivotal role in the planning of the event.  She oversees the SAC programmers, making sure they stay on task and ensuring the event is a success.

“It’s exciting to see the Mercyhurst community come out and celebrate an exciting holiday, while also celebrating a Mercyhurst tradition, which we hold so strong,” Beckas said.

Last year, people waited in a long line for their specific time slot to do the tour. Those who were waiting had many activities to do, such as making cookies.

The Student Union was decorated with many Halloween decorations and there were many options for food, candy and cookie decorations.

This year, in addition to the campus tours, there will be hot drinks and treats served, as well as pumpkin and mask decorating in the Great Room, providing activities to do throughout the night.

All tours need to be previously reserved, prior to Friday night. To reserve a spot in the night’s event, come to the Student Union, beginning at 6 p.m.  The first tour will begin at 7 p.m. and time slots are available between 7 and 9:45 p.m.