Poltergeists and Prose



Frost nips at your cheeks, the leaves color and die,
Sure signs that All Hallows’ Eve draws nigh.
So come closer my child, come sit next to me,
And I’ll tell you the story of one haunted university.

The school is called Brown, nothing more, nothing less.
The students one and all live in peace without stress.
But one time each year, on Halloween night,
All joy flies away, chased out by pure fright.

In University Hall ghosts and ghouls await
All who come through Van Wickle’s gate.
Paranormal apparitions from the windows do stare
So be careful, I say, and tread always with care.

Ghosts are not the only freaks at this school,
In the SciLi basement trolls holler and drool.
And Keeney, too, oh woe is me!
Such terrible vampires I never did see!

In Andrews terrible tales are etched on the wall
Of students who had such heedless gall.
Students like poor old Vincent and Pat,
Who the witches nabbed and cooked in a vat.

After sundown Wriston is a bad place to be,
The goblins will snag whoever they see.
And if they catch you they’ll be filled with glee
To sprinkle you on tomorrow’s chicken potpourri.

So, my child, this Halloween when you’re out,
Eat your garlic and choose a safe route.
And when you’re filled with fright and sensations queer,
Know that spirits of another world are near.


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Reclaiming Your Old Halloween Costume


As October comes to a close, Brunonians are grappling with the same seemingly unanswerable question: what am I going to be for Halloween? The task of coming up with a costume that’s both original and sexi is stressful to say the least. I’ve scanned Ricky’s Halloween Superstore for inspiration and been intrigued by options like this:


And this:


And especially this:


This costume is only $100!!!

But every costume from Ricky’s is $50+, so clearly this is out of the question. (Also, the categories on their website are 20’s, 50’s, 80’s, princess, superhero, funny, and Arabian.)

There are always the costumes I can throw together at the last minute. To the black cats and the school girls, I say Been There, Done That and Never Going Back Again (okay I’ll probably go back). At this point, it’s even more hackneyed to be “a mouse, duh” (and if you had to click on that link, we can’t be friends). Continue Reading

Drunk/Sober/High: Providence Ghost Tour

Drunk/Sober/High is a series started at New York University’s blog NYULocal. It sends a drunk person, a sober person, and a high person to all go enjoy (and endure) the same experience together. We love it, so we thought we’d give it a try. 


Who says that Providence can’t be spooooooky all year round?! That’s right, no one. Thanks to our lovely friends at Providence Ghost Tour, you can learn about paranormal activity on good ol’ College Hill while partaking in the hour-and-a-half-long walking tour. We sent a few brave souls to hop on a tour to report back on their adventures. All who participated recommend the experience for all fearless Brunonians. Read the highlights after the jump and let the shenanigans ensue.

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Cup o’ (Pro)Jo

Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse both voted in favor of a U.S. Senate bill that will extend federal unemployment benefits another 30 days. The bill passed the Senate 78-19; a similar bill has already won approval in the House.

Governor Carcieri has declared today “Spread the Word to End the Word Day” to raise awareness for the use of the word “retard” as an insult. There’s also a chance that the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals will undergo a name change to remove “Retardation,” and all associated stigma, from the department’s name.

Oops! The state Department of Transportation got into a little trouble after a contractor tried to fix a sewer problem… by digging on a historic grave site. DOT has since apologized to the family; no word yet on whether any ghosts have showed up to exact vengeance.