Study aids marketed at students

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Oct 302003
Authors: Todd Nelson

Time is a precious commodity for college students.

Some students are turning to speed-reading classes and studying

software to solve their time crunch.

Flyers have appeared around campus advertising speed-reading

classes. The course promises to double or triple reading speeds on

the first night, said Ben Sawyer, who taught an introductory class

on speed-reading last week.

“The last person who taught you how to read was probably your

third-grade teacher,” Sawyer said. “You wouldn’t want to stop

learning math in the third grade, would you?”

Sawyer, who teaches introductory classes for his father John

Sawyer, explained that the average person’s reading rate is tied to

vocal skills.

“We hear a little voice saying the words we’re reading,” Ben

Sawyer said.

This “little voice” is called sub-vocalization. John Sawyer’s

system teaches readers to disconnect from vocal-based reading, Ben

Sawyer said. The price of the class is $295 for three sessions.

Ben Sawyer said the average reading rate of students is between

250 and 350 words per minute. Students who take the class can

increase that rate up to 700 to 900 words per minute, Ben Sawyer


Katherine Carr, an equine science major at CSU who graduated

from John Sawyer’s course, said it was worth the $295.

“It’s not a miracle deal but it helps as far as the reading

goes,” Carr said.

A study done by the University of Texas, which offers its own

speed-reading classes, has shown that speed-reading is not for

everybody or for every type of reading material. A reader’s ability

to significantly increase reading speed depends upon such variables

as intelligence, physiological and psychological traits,

motivation, diligence in out-of-class practice and general

background of knowledge, the UT study found.

According to the study, changing reading habits requires a

“great deal of hard work, self-discipline and sometimes monotonous


The study also found that speed-reading techniques of

eliminating sub-vocalization can be detrimental to some types of

reading material. For example, poetry and drama are written to be

vocalized by the reader.

Eliminating that vocalization takes away from the intended

meaning of the work, according to the UT study. The study also

points out that, while it may be possible to read about certain

emotions quickly, it is impossible to actually experience these

emotions at high speeds.

Ronald Carver, an educational psychologist at the University of

Missouri-Kansas City, said speed-reading is not effective for

students who are trying to learn new information, according to an

Internet article by David A. Gershaw. Carver did a study in the

mid-1980s that compared trained speed-readers with naturally fluent

readers. In both groups, according to the article, comprehension

decreased as reading speed went higher than 600 words per


Another reason why humans read slowly is recovery time. This is

the amount of time it takes the eyes to move from the end of one

line down to the start of another. On average, people spend one

hour out of every three hours of reading simply moving to the next

line, according to an article on speed-reading in Industry


Another study aid being marketed to students eliminates recovery

time by only showing one word of a sentence at a time. The study

aid is called RapidReader, a product released by a local software

company. Class notes and Web sites can be viewed on a computer

screen, PDA or cell phone in a format that the program’s designer

Peter McIan said can make the user read up to five times


“Students can sit down before a class and whiz through their

notes on a cell phone or PDA,” McIan said. The program is designed

to flash single words quickly in a particular rhythm, which nine

years of research showed the brain comprehends the easiest and


Kids who grew up playing video games respond to this technology

very well, said Bill Van Eron, whose company is affiliated with


“The human brain has the capacity to read at 1,600 words per

minute,” Van Eron said. “This program helps you tap into that





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Science of Fear

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Oct 302003
Authors: Jesse McLain

Fear invokes a fascination that isn’t limited to Halloween.

Drawn to movie theatres and car crashes, fear can is alluring some

on a daily basis.

“I think there is a brush with death, morbid fascination in all

of us,” said Dr. Steve Ross, a clinical psychologist for the CSU

Counseling Center. “It’s the reason why people slow down at

accident sites. It’s not necessarily the accident that is slowing

the traffic down.”

From a psychological standpoint there may be much more behind

being scared than simply a desire for the unexpected.

Ross said the desire for feeling scared, and the rush of

adrenaline that accompanies it, may be so increasingly desirable

because of society’s inability to deal properly with death and


“As a society we don’t deal effectively with death and dying,”

Ross said. “Halloween exhibits a way for us to deal with some of

those morbid fascinations, stuff that isn’t really talked


This fascination with fear has recently become more

recognizable, even in the T.V. programs people watch, Ross


“It’s the reason why we have more reality TV shows, people

jumping out of airplanes,” Ross said. “Some people are more

adrenaline junkies. It’s about the existential awareness that we’re

all going to die.”

However for Adam Ping, a 21-year-old Aurora resident, his

fascination with horror flicks isn’t anything more than a


“I act in independent horror movies, such as ‘The Crying

Child,'” Ping said. “Everybody needs to be scared. They need the

thrill of fear.”

Ping, who has been watching scary movies since he was 12, can’t

put a finger on the source of his horror interest.

“They just appeal to me,” Ping said.

Although not necessarily representative of anything substantial,

most doctors seem to agree there are certain personalities that are

more prone to extreme sensations than others.

“There does seem to be some personalities more prone to

sensations than others,” said Carol Seger, an assistant professor

in the CSU psychology department.




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The truth behind the horror

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Oct 292003
Authors: Elizabeth Kerrigan

Two of the scariest horror movies of all time, “The Exorcist”

and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” aren’t just works of fiction. In

fact, the essence of truth behind these chilling tales makes them

even more terrifying to viewers. Here are the true stories of the

real events that inspired these two horrifying American


The Exorcist:

Believed to be the scariest movie ever made, this film was

created in response to William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel

“The Exorcist,” about a diabolically possessed 12-year-old girl,

Regan MacNeil. The haunted girl commits numerous disgusting acts of

blasphemy while two priests try to exorcise the devil from her


Blatty had read newspaper articles about an exorcism in 1949

when he was in college. Some twenty years later, he became a

screenwriter and author and began to write “The Exorcist” based on

what he remembered from the articles from such newspapers as “The

Times Herald,” “The Evening Star” and “The Washington Post.”

He was able to contact a priest who was involved with the

exorcism and eventually obtained a diary kept by a priest

throughout the exorcism, according to Michael Opsasnick, exorcist

researcher and author of “The Haunted Boy, The Cold Hard Facts

Behind The Story That Inspired ‘The Exorcist.'”

Pattie Ross is a St. Louis University alumna who took a theology

class around the time “The Exorcist” movie first debuted. She

quickly discovered that her teacher was one of the priests involved

in the real exorcism.

Ross said that the priest told her that the real exorcism was

actually performed on a 14-year-old boy and was conducted in St.


Opsasnick’s research also concluded that it was, in fact, a

14-year-old boy and that the boy’s affliction was first studied at

Georgetown University Hospital and then at St. Louis University,

where the demon was finally exorcised from his body.

“During the rite the youngster would break into violent tantrums

of screaming, cursing, voicing of Latin phrases and in one instance

stabbed a St. Louis priest in the arm with a bed coil,” Opsasnick

said the Aug. 20, 1949 edition of “The Washington Post”


Opsasnick also claims that the boy’s possession originally

started when the family noticed “scratching noises that emanated

from the house’s walls. The bed which the boy slept would shake

violently, and objects such as fruit and pictures would jump to the

floor in the boy’s presence.”

Ross said she does not question the story told by the priest who

was her teacher, because he was a very believable person who seemed

unlikely to lie.

“I had an evening class with the priest and one night we all

went to coffee afterwards and talked about what happened during the

exorcism,” Ross said. “He told us that the other priest involved

died as the devil was exorcised from the boy’s body, but due to the

vow of confidentiality in exorcisms, he could not tell us exactly

how he died.”

Her teacher did tell her that the movie added many elements that

never truly happened.

“He told us that the movie had many fake elements, but that the

words ‘help me’ did in fact appear on the boy’s chest while the

exorcist was happening,” Ross said.

Opsasnick’s research includes an article that he found in “The

Times Herald,” in Washington, D.C., from Aug. 11, 1949. The article

was titled, “Haunted Boy’s Parents Tell Of Ghost Messages,” and

stated that the family had found messages in the form of a rash on

the boy’s chest. This statement is almost identical to what the

priest told Ross.

Opsasnick claimed that the final article published on the

exorcism was in “The Washington Post” and signified the end of the

exorcism. This article reported that “after 20 to 30 performances

of the ancient ritual of exorcism was the devil finally cast out of

the body.”

Texas Chainsaw Massacre:

Tobe Hooper’s low-budget film originally debuted in 1974 and has

been remade twice since.

Some people, like Mikey Hess, CSU business major, who have seen

the newest remake, claim that it is one of the goriest horror films

ever made.

“This movie totally freaked me out because it showed that

something like this could have really happened,” Hess said.

There are rumors that this film was entirely based on true

events, however the true occurrences that spawned the movie did not

include teenagers, chainsaws or even Texas.

There was however a massacre. This massacre took place in

Plainfield, Wis., at the decrepit farmhouse of Ed Gein.

The events and countless acts of things far worse than just

murder of Ed Gein’s life would eventually lead to the ideas for not

only the character “Leather Face” in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” but

also Norman Bates in “Psycho” and “Buffalo Bill” in “Silence Of The


Gein was raised by an alcoholic and jobless father and an

extremely religious mother who verbally abused him and his brother.

Although Gein’s mother constantly criticized him and never let him

make friends, he saw her as the epitome of pureness and goodness,

according to many sources including an article in Court TV’s Crime

Library called “Ed Gein,”

Gein’s brother died in 1944 and mother and father died around

1945, so he was left to take care of the farm. It was during this

abundant amount of time alone that his manic urges emerged.

“Based on the obsession of his mother, he had begun to develop a

deeply unhealthy interest in the intimate anatomy of the female

body, especially of women his mothers age,” said Court TV’s Crime

Library. “Soon he was digging up decaying female corpses by night

in the Wisconsin cemeteries.”

By the time Gein was finally caught, a human carcass hanging

upside down was found in his home, as well as bowls made out of

human skulls, lampshades, a wastebasket and an armchair, all made

of human skin. A belt made of nipples, a human head, four noses, a

heart and a suit made entirely of human skin were also found.

When Gein was asked why he would commit such horrible crimes, he

has been quoted as saying, “I had a compulsion to do it.”




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“Scary Movie 3” is funny but flawed

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Oct 292003
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

In “Scary Movie 3,” a few of the original cast members return,

popular Hollywood films still get spoofed and the humor is about as

brainless as you can get, yet some major changes were made in the

franchise for its latest offering. Director David Zucker (“The

Naked Gun” and “Airplane”) replaces previous director Keenen Ivory

Wayans and while the two previous films were some of the raunchiest

comedies in years, the vulgarity has been toned down to a PG-13

level here.

The final product is a major mixed bag. While “Scary Movie 3”

contains several laugh-out-loud moments, those scenes are

unfortunately overshadowed by an endless amount of failed attempts

at hilarity. Even though this third entry is far superior to the

second installment, the movie should have been and could have been

much funnier.

While the two previous “Scary Movies” spoofed many films, the

makers of “3” evidently decided to work with just a few. Most of

the jokes in the movie succeed or fail depending on whether or not

the audience has seen the films “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The

Others,” “8 Mile” and most of all, “Signs” and “The Ring.”

One of the best things about “Scary Movie 3” is that even when

the film is failing at making you die laughing, it is consistently

creative and entertaining. I am a fan of all of the spoofed films

and that helped to make this movie fun for me. Notably clever were

the film’s various gags, which parody the deadly videotape from

“The Ring.”

Seeing as a lot of comedies fail to ever really make you laugh

in the first place, “Scary Movie 3” is commendable for at least

supplying a few big laughs. If only the ratio of the amount of

times the film really makes you laugh to the amount of times it

fails were a little better.

2.5 out of 4 rams





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Local lyricists make you Listen

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Oct 292003
Authors: Gabriel Dance

If you’re looking to catch a group on the way up to the top make

sure not to blink Friday night at the Aggie Theatre. The lyrically

eloquent hip-hop talent Listen will light up the mic Halloween

night when they let loose with their live performance.

“We just got back from touring so we want to come out and have a

great night in Fort Collins,” said Cory Eberhard, aka Y-Roc, the

drummer for the group. “We haven’t played a show here in two months

so this is going to be funktastical.”

Funktastical, though a cooked-up word, means a blend of

well-rounded instrumentals with a hip-hop flavor inspired by

everything from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Atmosphere and

Radiohead. When mixed into the Fort Collins local scene and

seasoned with a recent tour through Southern California, you’re

left with the group Listen. And to think this band has only been

baking for two years. Having formed in late 2001, it’s exciting to

think just how much they might rise.

Coming from local roots, three of the group’s four members grew

up in Fort Collins. Eberhard feels this might explain some of the

reason behind the bands quickly growing popularity.

“We try to keep the lyrics as real as possible,” Eberhard said.

“They’re about where we were raised. The lyrics are a reflection of

where we are.”

Recently Listen has started to garner some West Coast interest

after hiring a booking agent in December of last year. The group

has just returned from a two-week tour through San Francisco, L.A.,

San Diego and parts of Arizona.

“Fort Collins is definitely our favorite place to play,”

Eberhard said. “But we’ve also been getting good responses in

Northern California.”

Another factor boosting Listen’s popularity is the opportunities

they’ve had to play with some diverse popular musical acts such as

Atmosphere, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Maceo Parker.

“Our versatility enables us to open for different groups which

gives us exposure to all different types of crowds,” Eberhard


Casey Kraning, a 22-year-old marketing major, liked how down to

earth the group seemed to be.

“I was surprised, I was rockin’ out next to this kid at a show

and then he jumped on stage and started flowin’. I was really

impressed,” Kraning said.


Listen will be performing Friday night with Sonar at the Aggie

Theatre. They have a new album dropping in late November or early

December and samples of their music along with bios and other

information is available at .




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Music reviews with KCSU

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Oct 292003

The Crown

“Posessed 13”


Jon Barr, Host of The Dreadful Hours (Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to



Sweden’s rebel angels, The Crown, have just released a new album

under the chilling moniker of “Possessed 13.” This new opus, out

just in time for Halloween, marks a return to their patented

thrash-death roots and of their former vocalist Marcus Lindstrand.

The 13 tracks on this album show The Crown playing at a pace that

would make Slayer envious. Their music has very few mid-paced parts

and is void of any cheesy acoustic interludes. The Crown play metal

the way it was supposed to be played, blisteringly fast,

unrelenting, genuine and completely unadulterated. But this album

isn’t just about screaming and down tuned guitars. It brings

together the twin guitar attack of Iron Maiden, the melodic aspects

of fellow countrymen, At The Gates, and the hate filled screams of

Germany’s Kreator. Just like every album The Crown has put out,

“Possessed 13” proves that guitarists Marcus Sunesson and Marko

Tervonen are some of the best in the business. These axmen have an

uncanny ability to create catchy riffs without ever sacrificing the

ferociousness of the music. They play both fast and melodic, coming

up with some of the most original guitar parts in the underground

metal scene. All in all, if you are a fan of bands such as Slayer,

Sepultura, old Metallica or if you are looking for something new

and refreshing, check out The Crown’s ‘Possessed 13,’ and be

prepared to lock up your daughters and call the cops, because The

Crown is coming to get you, no matter how far.


The Misfits

“Project 1950”


Kevin Rigotti, KCSU volunteer


“Project 1950” is the latest from two-and-a-half-decade-old punk

legends The Misfits, or what’s left of them. Jerry Only is the one

original member that is still in the band and remains the driving

force that keeps The Misfit name alive.

This latest album is a collection of ten 50s cover songs

performed in a way only the Misfits can deliver. “The Drifters,”

“This magic moment,” “Dion and the Belmonts,” “Dream Lover” and

Jerry Lee Lewis’, “Great Balls of Fire” are the best songs on the

album. Coincidentally enough these are also the best originals.

Over all the album is fairly catchy and will get your oldies

bones jumping, but it is hard to think of it as The Misfits. The

“new” Misfits reflect the sound of the “original” Misfits, but can

still not come close to capturing the same mood of the band in the

70s. Power cords, repetitiveness, and inferior recording

technologies are characteristics The Misfits were founded on, but

are no larger present in their music today.

With a great cover of “Monster Mash” this album will do well at

almost any Halloween party.




By Abbie Tippie, Christian Rock specialty host

The eerie glow of flickering stars in the dark expanse of night.

Is this your vision of Halloween? Bleach’s newly released album

entitled “Astronomy” may be heavy and dark as it examines the great

expanse of the uncertainty of life, but it doesn’t leave the

listener spooked.

“Astronomy” is an album that speaks to the listener as well as

Bleach band members alike. Earlier this year, two of the band

members Milam and Jared Byers lost their brother, Captain Josh

Byers, in action during the war in Iraq. When writing the lyrics to

their songs, Bleach did not realize how personal their songs would


“Tired Heart” was written specifically for Josh as a message of

peace amidst the stress, chaos and fear of war. The overriding

theme throughout the album is a cry for hope when recovering from


“Jaded Now” gives the listener confidence that “I will make it

through, You will make it through.” Songs like “Plan to Pull

Through” and “Moving One” address that God has a bigger plan than

we can ever understand. The guitar-heavy rock tracks interspersed

with the occasional slower and simpler piano ballad uphold this

album dedicated to Captain Josh Byers.

“Astronomy” is an album to find solace through the scares, fears

and frights of life.




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Decades of Horror

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Oct 292003
Authors: Jeremy Anderson

For the past thirty years or so, studios have been churning out

an abundance of horror movies; some have been really good, while

many have been really bad. People often disagree as to the

“scariest” movies of all time, but here are my picks for the “best”

chillers and thrillers of the last few decades that are sure to

give you a frighteningly good time this Halloween.


1. “Halloween” (1978)

One of the most famous of all horror films equals the perfect

choice for home viewing this holiday. This classic gave birth to

horror icon, Michael Myers, who comes home one Halloween with

terrifying consequences for his victims. The movie produced several

inferior sequels, but the very scary original stands the test of

time as one of the greatest horror films ever.

2. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974)

An oldie, but goodie about a chainsaw-wielding maniac in the

backwoods of Texas who terrorizes a group of extremely annoying

teen-agers. Director Tobe Hooper makes you feel like you are losing

your sanity right along with the film’s heroine. This influential

movie has clearly been the inspiration for several other horror

films over the years.

3. “Carrie” (1976)

Another often-imitated horror classic about a high school

outcast who gets revenge over her tormentors on prom night. The

film is aided by chilling performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper

Laurie. “Carrie” is the one of the only horror films in history to

receive major critical acclaim.

Honorable Mentions: “The Stepford Wives” and “The Exorcist”


1.”The Shining” (1980)

Easily one of the greatest horror films of all time. Jack

Nicholson stars, in one of his best roles, as a writer who goes

more than a little mad while snowed-in at an empty hotel with his

family. The “RED RUM” part used to scare the crap out of me as a


2. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984)

“One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…” Teens are stalked in

their nightmares by a madman with a glove of knives in this popular

and scary film. The original deserves applause for introducing one

of the most notorious of all villains from the horror genre, Freddy

Krueger. This film spawned many surprisingly good sequels, which is

more than I can say for another famous horror series of the 80s,

“Friday the 13th.”

3. “Poltergeist” (1982)

Definitely one of the best ghost stories ever, this fright fest

is about a family who is forced to fend off supernatural spirits

after the youngest daughter gets trapped in the TV. It is scary and

entertaining despite sometimes getting overlooked next to the more

gory and violent films of the genre.

Honorable mentions: “The Lost Boys,” “The Fog,” “Children of the

Corn” and “The Changeling,”


1. “Scream” (1996)

This film single-handedly revived the slasher movie genre. The

whole masked killer stalking teen-agers angle had been done many

times before it, but “Scream’s” combination of a clever script with

real scares made it the best horror film of the 90s.

2. “Candyman” (1992)

This is a dark and grisly tale of a hook-handed man who kills

those who say his name three times in the mirror. It is gory and

seriously scary.

3. “Jurassic Park” (1993)

Although not a horror film in the traditional sense, you have to

admit you too thought those dinos were pretty darn scary the first

time you saw this movie. The film was a milestone achievement in

the world of motion picture special effects as well as one of the

most thrilling movies of all time.

Honorable mentions: “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Final

Destination,” “Interview with the Vampire,” “The Sixth Sense,”

“From Dusk till Dawn,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “The Blair Witch Project,”

“Bride of Chucky” and “Arachnophobia”


1. “The Ring” (2002)

An amazingly scary movie about a mysterious videotape that

causes viewers to die seven days after watching it. There are

fantastic visuals as well as one of the creepiest villains in the

history of movies. It is my personal candidate for the scariest

film of all time.

2. “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003)

This is a truly scary remake of the1974 classic and definitely

not for the faint of heart. Go see it this Halloween while it is

still playing in theatres.

3. “The Cell” (2000)

This under appreciated thriller may not be a true horror movie,

but its incredible and disturbing visual effects are still pretty

creepy. Jennifer Lopez stars as a therapist who enters the mind of

a serial killer through an experimental treatment process. The

sinister world she encounters in there is amazing and haunting.

Honorable mentions: “The Others,” “Session 9,” “Final

Destination 2,” “Signs,” “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” “May” and “Joy





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Food Horror stories

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Oct 292003
Authors: Daniel Hallford

We’ve all heard the stories, and we’ve all seen the pictures.

Food comes in three forms: good, bad and utterly revolting.

Urban legends fascinate me, but personal legends are the most

fun. My up-close encounters with deadly dinners have been rather

unpleasant and for your reading pleasure I bring you Daniel’s

Deadly Delicacies of Doom.

The gas station Boner

My rude encounters with processed meats began at an early age.

As an innocent five-year-old, I went to a convenience store and

purchased a hot dog. Under normal circumstances, I would consider

this a bad judgment call, but being as I was a young lad, and had

nothing to lose, nothing looked better than a quarter pound meat

stick slapped between a bun with some spicy mustard; just like that

guy on TV at the baseball game! So anyway, I get the dog; I bite

the dog. I find the bone. After the first bite, my teeth pulled off

one inch of meat to reveal what looked to be a finger bone wrapped

inside the meaty package of my lunch. Somewhat baffled, I spat out

the “meat” and studied the remainder of the dog. Always being a

curious boy, I pulled the protruding object from the hotdog and

revealed the remaining two inches of bone that had been hidden

inside the hotdog. I thought it was funny; the clerk thought it was

rather gross and retired to the restroom. She gave me a free drink

and I was on my way.

The fast-food Special

A good friend of mine has related to me this story of a fast

food experience. His name has been slightly altered to protect his

integrity and prevent any threats against his highly esteemed moral

character. Elmer was driving home from California one late evening

and pulled into fast-food restaurant. Ordering a roast beef

sandwich at the drive through, he pulled into a parking spot and

cracked the shiny foil on his long-delayed dinner. Elmer heaved a

sigh of relief after a long drive and bit into the sandwich,

finding within one layer of meat, some squeeze-cheese, two pieces

of bread, and a half-cup of slimy sludge. Every one’s seen roast

beef before, and every one knows that sticky black oil on the

outside of the meat. Elmer came in close contact with multiple

tablespoons of concentrated black oil slime. Eyes bulging and nose

burning, Elmer quickly evacuated the vehicle and decorated the


Chicken Bomb

According to rumor, which we all know is the most accurate

information source; a very virulent and pleasantly protuberant

bulbous cyst was found in a chicken patty sandwich at a restaurant

chain. Upon biting into the patty, the poor consumers’ teeth met a

hard obstruction. Instead of stopping to see what was inside her

sandwich, the young lass bit harder, completely popping a

puss-filled ping-pong-ball-sized growth, sending preserving fluids,

watery blood, and chicken fry juice all over her face and blouse.

It is important to note here that the girl also downed a good

amount of this liquid while reacting to the matter. Much sputtering

and choking followed the incident, which to this day has been

labeled “Chicken Bomb.”




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Christian Hellhouse

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Oct 292003
Authors: Nicole Davis

Flames flicker on a screen over the stage and the crackling and

popping of fire is heard over the speakers. Suddenly, pain-wrenched

screams of horror begin to echo eerily around the room.

This scene from the play “Hell House,” is designed to put

viewers in the lap of hell. To give them a taste of what awaits if

they turn away from God.

Other scenes depict a gay marriage, a rave club, a teen suicide

and the effects of abortion.

For the eighth year in a row “Hell House,” is being presented in

Colorado in an effort to reach young audiences with the word of


The event, which in previous years was a haunted tour of small

skits, is sponsored jointly by two Colorado Christian churches,

Destiny Church and Vision Fellowship, This year, due to space

constraints the format was changed and “Hell House” is now

presented as a 90-minute play.

“‘Hell House’ allows us to communicate the message of the gospel

in a really creative way,” said Keenan Roberts, pastor of Destiny

Church and founder of “Hell House.” “We can speak to some very

contemporary issues. This gives us an effective vehicle to do what

the church is supposed to do – give people an idea of the

difference between life and death, heaven and hell.”

As he spoke Roberts adjusted the ghoul mask that covered his

face. The play is narrated by two of Satan’s underlings in ghoul

costume, one of which is played by Roberts.

These ghouls follow the characters throughout each scene,

commenting on the naivety and egotism of the humans that they are


They laugh gleefully and make encouraging comments as a young

man contemplates and then commits suicide. They make jokes while

they watch a young man twitch and convulse on the ground after

taking drugs at a rave.

The two ghouls provide a running commentary about the choices

that human beings make which lead them away from God, saying that

desires create sin, and sin leads to hell.

The creators of “Hell House” have received a large amount of

criticism for their work over the years and even eight years later

are still subject to protesters. However, Roberts said that he

believes this is an effective way to relay his religious


“The message is what is sacred, not the method,” he said. “The

church today needs to be more progressive, and look for what works


In the eight years that “Hell House” has been running Roberts

said that over 45,000 people have come to see it, a large number of

them youth.

Josh Miller, a youth volunteer at The Cross Ministry attended

the presentation with the youth group he works with.

“We wanted them to see the differing opinions that are out

there,” Miller said. “(‘Hell House’) has a shock value that wears

off quickly, but today’s youth need so much stimulation that this

is one way to reach them.”

Roberts said that reaching people is his main goal with Hell


“Through “Hell House” I can reach the world with what the Bible

has to say,” he said. “People come here that don’t go to


And Roberts reported that about one in four people who view

“Hell House” either make a first-time commitment or a recommitment

to Christianity, as indicated through a survey filled out at the

end of the presentation.

Those involved with “Hell House” are proud of their work and

brush off comments that the message they present is hateful, too

graphic or a cheap scare tactic.

“We just show what is out there,” said Josh Purcelli, who

represented the character of “Sin” in the play and has been with

the program for six years. “We don’t candy coat things. These

things really happen.”

One particularly controversial scene is that of the gay wedding,

which depicts the wedding, consummation and eventual death,

presumably by AIDS, of the gay couple.

“So many people are hateful in the way that they talk about

homosexuality that we are almost guilty by association,” Roberts

said. “They don’t like what I am saying so it is automatically

hateful. Just because I don’t bend to the pressure and give in to

our critics that doesn’t mean that this is judgmental or


The play does have a positive message however. After going

through scene after scene of the sinful things people do, the

finale is a scene of heaven in which Jesus tells everyone in the

audience that there is still hope for them.



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Harry Carry, Bacardi and Cola, and a burrito

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Oct 292003
Authors: Chris Hess

Halloween is a nostalgic day of the year for many people.

Memories of dressing up as your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja

Turtle, having contests with your friends to see who could get the

most loot and stealing candy from your siblings may come to mind.

For many college students, the Halloween tradition continues


The history of All Hallows Eve is a long one. It all started

2000 years ago as a celebration of the Celtic New Year. The

holiday, known then as Samhain, involved gathering around gigantic

sacred bonfires, dressing in animal heads and skins and the

attempting to tell each other’s fortunes, according to

Once the Christian influence spread into the Celtic lands around

800, the holiday was renamed All Saints’ Day by the Pope. By the

1930s, Halloween had become a secular, community-centered holiday.

After the advent of trick-or-treating in the 1950s, the holiday

became the celebration we know today, with American’s dropping $6.9

billion annually on cavities and costumes.

While Halloween is a holiday that tends to be aimed at the

younger children, college students see it as a chance to relive the

glory of childhood one last time before they have to go out into

the real world. Chances are that Friday night you will hear someone

(who may or may not be intoxicated) running down the street doing

their best Will Farrell impression, screaming at the top of their

fun-loving lungs, “We’re going streaking!”

There are many reasons why most of us here at CSU still love


“I think people just want to have fun,” said business finance

senior Mike Ross, who added that the holiday gives people a chance

to step outside who they normally are.

Juniors Kaleb Harvey and Clint Headly agree.

“I’ll probably go to parties,” Harvey said. “I stopped dressing

up in junior high, but once I got up here I started again.”

“Yeah, and the girls are real into it,” Headly said. “We’re

going as Bacardi and Coke.”

However, not everyone celebrates Halloween to simply have fun.

Others, like sophomore Jessa Copelin, use it to relieve the burdens

of being a strapped-for-cash college student. Copelin plans to take

on the identity of a burrito for the evening and get a free meal

from Chipotle.

“I can’t afford it normally, so it’s a good deal. Plus you can

go afterward and get free candy,” Copelin said.

Still, most college kids see Halloween as a chance to have fun

and relieve stress from the week. “Halloween gives people like me a

legitimate excuse to dress up in a costume and dance like there’s

no tomorrow,” said Josh Dillard, a former CSU student. “I’m gonna’

be Harry Carry. Groovy.”




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