Editorial: Students should celebrate holiday safely

Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2005

10/25/05 - With the fall semester already halfway over and midterm exams in full swing, the end of October can be a very stressful time for University of Rhode Island students. On top of numerous tests, it seems as though papers and projects for various classes all land near the same due date, adding to the pressure. So it is no surprise to anyone that many students see Halloween as the bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Halloween is generally considered one of the biggest party weekends for URI students. Even though it is still a week away, there is already a lot of talk on campus dealing with costume preparation and where the big celebrations off campus will be. After weeks of reading, writing and studying, the idea of being able to devote an entire weekend to dressing up and having fun with friends sounds incredibly appealing.

Students should, however, keep in mind that just because it is a holiday weekend doesn't mean the same rules don't apply to them. Students cannot have the mindset that wearing a costume and pretending to be like someone (or something) else will make them invincible, especially in terms of drinking and committing pranks. Discretion should always be used when alcohol is involved no matter what day it is, and students certainly should not cite Halloween as an excuse to vandalize university or off-campus property, or cause harm to other students.

There are many healthy alternatives to celebrating the holiday on campus to consider that do not involve alcohol. Students can go get scared at the Burnside Haunted Basement this week until Wednesday, or enjoy some music at the Halloween Metal Meltdown concert on Thursday in the Memorial Union Atrium. And, of course, there is nothing wrong with spending an evening with friends and renting a few scary movies such as Friday the 13th or Night of the Living Dead.

We at the Cigar encourage URI students to take a much-deserved break from the strain of midterms and have some fun over the Halloween weekend. However, students still need to be responsible and exercise good judgment when participating in holiday festivities. Hopefully everyone has a safe Halloween next week and no horror stories of student drunk driving or worse surface over the weekend.