What the Halloween Season Means

The Halloween season is upon us and that means that things are going to be getting spookier as the month of October rolls along. Though the leaves are changing colors and there are many things to do, going out to do those things leave me open to ghosts, goblins, and all sorts of spooky, supernatural threats. The only thing I can think of to help me through these scary times we live in is. . . candy! Candy will comfort me until the end of the month, let’s narrow down the list o and figure out what my top five confectionary delights are.

DIY Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is a holiday that most people look forward to. During this time, people watch scary movies, binge-watch a season of “American Horror Story”, carve pumpkins, go bobbing for apples, hit up a hayride or a haunted house, head to a party, and so much more. With Halloween being weeks away, you are probably stressing about what your costume is going to be. Let’s face it, as college students, we probably can’t afford to purchase an outfit that we are only going to use only once. After some research, I’ve found 10 inexpensive ideas that will require of you to DIY your costume. I hope you are inspired to try one of them out. If not, you can always do some research yourself.

A Piece of Willimantic: A Cupcake for Later

In the past, I have reviewed restaurants in the Willimantic area. This time I chose to review A Cupcake for Later, the dessert shop on Main Street., and talk with the owner. I love cupcakes, but you have to admit that not all of them taste the same. I went so I could try a cupcake with a friend. There were so many flavors to choose from: chocolate-covered strawberries, pumpkin caps, lemon creme, and more. If you know me, you know I’m indecisive so it was a hard choice. It finally came down to either dark chocolate Mississippi or Hot chocolate. I ended up choosing hot chocolateand so did my friend.

How to Prepare for the Career and Interships Fair

On Oct. 23, Eastern will host the Career and Internships Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., where students will be able to meet with potential employers to discuss future career paths and internship opportunities. However, there are a few things that you should prepare for before going to this event. These are as follows.

Should Video Games Be Considered a Sport?

According to the dictionary, a sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” Sports that come to mind are soccer, basketball, baseball, football, etc.; yet that begs the question: Should video games be considered a sport?

You Are Beautiful

It’ s so easy to compare yourself to someone. You start to criticize yourself for not looking the same way, which builds up insecurities. As you scroll through Instagram, you might begin to notice everything that you don’t have. Maybe you should lose or gain weight, cut your hair or grow your hair, start wearing makeup more often, etc. I get it. We have all been there. It doesn’t help when society yells at you for not looking the way it wants you to look like. The longer we pay attention to society, the longer we deprive ourselves of our uniqueness.

Give Thrifting a Chance

Thrifting, or buying second-hand clothing, is a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to buying newly made retail clothes. Sustainability is the new fashion. As more and more people are becoming eco-conscious, thrifting has become a new trend. I remember a time when there was a stigma around thrifting as if it was only for the lower class. No one wanted to wear hand-me-downs. I admit I was even against it until a couple of years ago. My mindset changed when there were so many reasons to NOT hate thrifting. It’s good for the earth and your pocket! Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world. CO2 emissions, the tons of water use, and textile waste all play a role in the fast-paced industry’s effect on the environment. You’re giving clothes a second-chance from being thrown in a landfill. The average person can save hundreds a year by buying second-hand and consignment stores rather than retail. As a college student, looking cute on a budget is the move.

Audiences Deserve Another “French New Wave”

It’s no secret that franchise films have dominated the box office for years. The top 10 highest grossing movies of all time are coming from the biggest franchises in the world, except for “Titanic.” However, while I was extraordinarily entertained by franchise films when I was younger, I felt more inspired by events such as the “French New Wave.” This event took place in the 1950s-60s and helped revolutionize how movies are made. It all started when certain French directors including Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, and many others felt like they were seeing the same kinds of movies over and over again’ this enabled them to decide to change that. Director Francois Truffaut stated the following during the “New Wave”: “The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera, but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes a wonderful and thrilling adventure.” This meant his intention, along with the list of other directors, was to make filming more complex and create absorbing adventures that had legitimate artistic integrity.”

An Elephant Dies At The Big E

The Big E is an event that many look forward to all year long, but for animals this means being chained up and forced to provide entertainment against their will. The Commerford Zoo, located in Goshen, CT, has brought their elephants to The Big E for years to provide entertainment. They owned three elephants named Beulah, Karen and Minnie. It was only last year when a photo of Minnie being forced to provide rides while looking exhausted and depressed went viral. The only change that has been made is the ban of elephant rides, despite a petition that went in high-demand last year to ban elephants at The Big E.