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Halloween Brings Out the Best in UT Students

Published: October 29, 2009
Ghosts and goblins in Brevard residence hall’s lobby? No, just children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

The kids, in full costume, arrived on UT’s campus Oct. 28, invading each of the nine residence halls with pleas of Trick or Treat. Called Kids at UT, it is hosted by the Residence Hall Association and participated in by a variety of student groups. It’s just one of the many ways UT students are engaged in community service during Halloween.

“They have so much fun. They love it,” said Shaun Huffman, Resident Hall Association president who coordinated this year’s event. “And it’s a really great way for the students to interact with the community.”

Games, haunted houses, pumpkin carvings, piñatas and make-your-own cakes were just a sampling of activities during Kids at UT.

“There’s a certain satisfaction in helping the community,” said Hauffman ’10, an advertising and public relations major. “It’s a great event to get the UT community together and help children get an experience they wouldn’t normally have.”

PEACE Club is hosting a Halloween for Hunger event, in which they collect non-perishable food items for Metropolitan Ministries on Halloween. More than 90 people have signed up so far.

“On Halloween everyone is already in a giving and kind spirit,” said Keri-Anne Kolodiej ‘11, assistant head coordinator of the PEACE Volunteer Center and liaison for the PEACE Club. “Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is just another way for us to help Metropolitan Ministries, which splits up their donations to local food banks, to feed as many people as they can.”

Delta Gamma, which hosted a Halloween party for the Lighthouse for the Blind on Oct. 24, will host a Halloween party along with Theta Chi for children at the Tampa Shriners Hospital for Children on Oct. 29 and they will Trick or Treat for donated eye glasses on Halloween night (their philanthropy is protecting the gift of sight.)

Sigma Delta Tau sorority hosted Trick or Treat Oct. 26 in Plant Park, a night of childhood activities like face painting, tattoos, grabbing eyeballs, cookie decorating and a costume contest. More than 200 people from throughout the UT community participated, raising money for the sorority’s philanthropy, Prevent Child Abuse America.

“What better way to raise awareness about preventing child abuse then by holding an event that reminds us of being a kid,” said Adrianna Lauricella ’09, president of Sigma Delta Tau, Gamma Pi chapter. “Child abuse is happening all around us, even in families that appear to be 'normal'. By raising money, we are able to provide these children with a brighter future and allow them get the help they deserve and need.”

Lauricella, an advertising and public relations major, said they are selling candy-grams for students as an additional fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse America.

To view of photo gallery of Halloween events, check out UT's Facebook page.  

Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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