Top 5 Halloween Movies

 Lillian Beach

Staff Writer

 

I’ve always loved anything scary and was fascinated with ghost stories and horror movies as a kid. I’ve carried that fascination with me into college. Having watched my fair share of horror movies, I ranked my top five favorites!

  1. “Coraline”

As a kid, this was one of the only scary movies that really terrified me. The Other Mother and her button eyes were enough to give me nightmares. I absolutely love the stop-motion style of this film; it totally helps create a spooky ambiance. I’ve always thought of this movie as a kind of anti-Narnia, where Coraline finds the entrance to a disturbing and off-kilter world instead of an enchanting one. I watch this movie again and again to find myself wrapped up in its horrifying, yet somehow charming, world.

  1. “The Conjuring”

I’ve seen this movie a couple of times and always enjoy it. The story follows a family who moves into a haunted house and hires a husband-wife team of demonologists, the Warrens, to investigate the paranormal occurrences within the house. This reminds me of “The Haunting of Hill House” as a movie. It’s the only movie in “The Conjuring” series I have seen, but I plan on watching more! I’d say this is a classic horror movie, great for watching with friends. 

  1. “Super Dark Times”

This movie is a thriller and one of the most disturbing movies I’ve ever seen. It’s a dark coming of age story that follows two young boys who are best friends and who one day experience a traumatizing accident. The boys try to cover up what has happened, but things get more unhinged as the film goes on. The deterioration of their mental states progresses until it reaches a peak. The whole film is also shot in a way that makes the viewer feel uneasy. The ending leaves you thinking, though I’d be lying if I said I didn’t look up the explanation five minutes after the film ended. I wouldn’t recommend this movie for people who are uneasy with blood, but I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

  1. “The Shining”

I am a huge Stephen King fan and, having read the book, I wanted to see the movie. This movie is great, the cinematography is amazing and Jack Nicholson does a fantastic job at playing Jack Torrance. This film does a good job at building up suspense and uses that to its advantage. This is another classic horror movie and one I would recommend to watch if you haven’t already.

  1. “IT

Again, huge Stephen King fan. “IT” might be my favorite book, so naturally I had to see the 2016 movie. Something about a horror/coming of age movie combines everything I enjoy watching. The kids’ naivety and innocence coupled with the very adult themes of murder and fear make for a unique viewing experience. Pennywise is horrifying and the perfect monster. This movie had everything for me, and I would consider it my favorite horror film so far!

Wooster Parents Facebook Page is chaotic but entertaining

Saralee Renick

Contributing Writer

 

Over quarantine, I grew tired of Netflix, so I turned to the next best form of entertainment: The Wooster Parents and Families Facebook page. This page, run by The College of Wooster Alumni Association, is a place for parents and family members to connect with others and the College. Throughout my three months in this group, I have learned two important lessons. First, I am thankful for my parents. And second, parents are wild.

I am thankful for my parents because they are not like the parents who are most active on the page. In fact, my mom did not even know the page existed until I told her about it; she joined and is now constantly annoyed by it. My father continues to reject my invitations to join it. I think it’s because I describe the page as parents who want to be helicopter parents, but don’t know enough to properly execute it. 

The post that demonstrates this best is a parent who was in search of the personal contact information of their child’s RA. Or maybe it’s the parents who posted unnecessary photos of their children throughout the COVID-19 testing process. Or the parent who asked the page where the printers were on campus. Other posts lack boundaries, asking questions students could find the answers to themselves and generally invite annoyance. Now when I call my mom to complain about a problem, she asks me if she should post on the parents’ page to ask for a solution.

This is not to say that the page doesn’t provide some useful content. I learned about the upcoming flu shots and the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures. However, these posts are few and far between. Generally, the page just provides a space for Wooster parents to go wild. A few weeks ago, a parent asked about students feeling nervous while walking down Beall Avenue. This started an 87-comment argument between parents and quickly turned into a liberal versus conservative brawl. Fortunately, The College of Wooster Alumni Association stepped in with a post to remind parents that this page is not, in fact, the presidential debate stage. Then last week, a parent foolishly posted the email from President Bolton about the Trump parade. Again, a 61-comment scuffle ensued. While our parents have taught us to respect other people and their opinions, they seem to just have gone wild on Facebook.

While many posts annoy or frustrate me, they also entertain me. Parents are naïve, aggressive and, sometimes, just weird. I like to laugh at and discuss the posts with my friends. Overall, the page provides great conversation starters and I rate it 5/5 stars. And now, I must beg the Alumni Association to not kick me off of the page.

Eta Sigma Phi Talks Intersectionality in the Ancient World

Kaylee Liu

Features Editor

 

On Thursday, Oct. 8, Anna Cornel ’15 returned to the College to give a virtual talk about their postgraduate research on the ancient world. The talk was hosted by Eta Sigma Phi, a chapter of the national classical studies honor society, in conjunction with the College’s Department of Classical Studies

As a student at Wooster, Cornel’s I.S. research, titled “Escaping Definitions: A Queer Reader on Love for Students of Ancient Greek,” focused on sexuality in Ancient Greek texts. Now a doctoral candidate in classical studies at the University of Michigan, their research focuses on intersectional identities in the ancient world — whether that pertains to women, immigrants or what we would contemporarily consider sexual minorities. 

The presentation that Cornel gave focused on answering the question, “What was it like to live in the ancient world?” It focused on asking experiential questions about life in the ancient world and what it would have been like to be an ordinary Athenian on a day-to-day basis — what sort of people you might meet, places you might go, how you would be perceived. Most historical records focus on the most important people and places — in essence, it’s a highlight reel. In contrast, Cornel aims to find out what the lives of those largely erased by the sands of time were like, and to give a voice to people who were silenced by both ancient and modern structural inequalities. This, as one might imagine, is a very vast topic and out of practicality. Thus, Cornel’s research relies more on specific case studies and the discipline of microhistory. 

One case study introduced during the talk was that of Neaira, an Athenian immigrant. Cornel used this to explore how immigrants fit into the ancient world — whether they were considered wholly foreign, and whether or not they could fit into the fabric of Athenian society at all. Neaira, a non-citizen of Athens, was brought to court for marrying an Athenian citizen, as it was against the law at the time. While one might think that it would be an open-and-shut case followed by a quick annulment of an illegal marriage, at no point in time did her prosecutor mention her being an immigrant. Rather, criticisms of her were loosely based on her previously being a slave and rumors of her being a sex worker, which would amount to hearsay in a modern court. 

Cornel asserted that this was likely because Neaira had lived in Athens for three decades and was therefore completely culturally assimilated into Athenian culture, making any criticism of her foreignness a moot point that an ancient jury would not have found convincing. This provides basis for the belief that the identity of Athenians was more complex than we might think — one could be Athenian without being a citizen, and be an insider to cultural customs and their society despite being an immigrant, all while simultaneously being discriminated against for not having citizenship. The exploration of identity and how it morphs situationally in the ancient world is central to Cornel’s research as they try to answer the question of what it really meant to be part of the ancient world— is it citizenship, birthright, assimilation or something else?

Cornel also connected their research to their experience as an international student in America and shared information about how this summer’s new I.C.E. regulations threatened to completely upturn their life. Luckily, the regulations were repealed, but Cornel had to grapple with the reality of possibly being forced to leave the United States despite living here for a decade. They pointed out that they are often perceived as being American — their accent is almost gone and time has taught them all the American customs one might ever need to know — and think of home as Michigan now, which seems contradictory to their official legal status as a non-resident. It is experiences like this that have inspired Cornel’s research and motivated them to give a voice to those mostly forgotten or marginalized by history. 

After the talk officially ended, Cornel helpfully provided information about graduate school to prospective students, which the audience greatly appreciated. Organizer Dante King ’21 said, “It was an honor to host Anna. I think all of the students in attendance really benefited from the talk; not only is Anna a treasure trove of knowledge concerning ancient Mediterranean lived experience, but as someone who is currently working on a doctorate, they could also speak to academic pursuits in classics post-Wooster.” Overall, Cornel’s talk introduced their audience to a side of the ancient world often forgotten and was an excellent way to spend a Thursday night. I’m looking forward to keeping up with their research in the future.

If you have an interest in classics, Eta Sigma Phi regularly hosts virtual trivia nights and will be remotely hosting another speaker, Anthony Vivian, on Nov. 5.

Paleo Profile: Tyrannosaurus Rex, a fluffy superpredator with fantastic vision

Hudson Davis 

Contributing Writer

 

Howdy there , how are you doing on this fine day? Good, I hope. I for one am doing great. I’m starting a new series! Welcome to Paleo Profile, where I’m going to write about some prehistoric animals and make the case for why they are super cool. I’m Hudson, your friendly neighborhood dinosaur nerd and thank you for taking the time to read this. I thought I would start off with a bang so we are going to take a look at the most badass predator of all time: Tyrannosaurus Rex (or T. rex)!

Tyrannosaurus is, without a doubt, the most iconic dinosaur of all time. Known all over the world and one of the few dinosaur names people actually know how to pronounce, Tyrannosaurus has captured the imagination of the world. Seriously, I’m willing to bet all my scholarships that if I talked to three random people on the street and asked them what their favorite dinosaur is, at least one of them will say the T. rex. And I don’t blame them, Tyrannosaurus is awesome! 

Tyrannosaurus is one of the few animals that is worthy of the term “super predator.” I get chills when I think about the adaptations and the arsenal it had. It was far more of a force to be reckoned with in real life than its big-screen appearances in “Jurassic Park. The real Tyrannosaurus is, in my humble opinion, the most badass predator of all time. Hopefully after this, you will agree with me.

 For one thing, Tyrannosaurus was extremely intelligent. They had an EQ level of around 2.0 to 2.4, which is similar to orca intelligence. With humans, big brains have come at the sacrifice of some other senses, but with Tyrannosaurus, those senses were only enhanced.

 Tyrannosaurus also had a killer sense of smell, being able to smell prey from miles away.  And despite what “Jurassic Park” may say, I beg you, don’t stand still if a Tyrannosaurus tries to eat you. It had keen binocular vision. In fact, Tyrannosaurus not only had the biggest eyes of any terrestrial animal, it had the best eyesight. It could see you from over seven football fields away. To quote paleontologist David Hone in a lecture he gave on Tyrannosaurus Rex, “This is not something that can’t see you if you don’t move, this has got the greatest eyesight of any animal on land ever.” 

But the most terrifying of Tyrannosaurus’ weapons would have to be its mouth. Equipped with 60 banana sized teeth, Tyrannosaurus had a bone-crunching bite. Much like the dude in the “I ate the bones!” KFC commercial, Tyrannosaurus swallowed meat, bones and all. Many T. rex coprolites, fossilized turds, contain bone from other dinosaurus. They had a bite force of 3,300 pounds per square inch, which is over a ton-and-a-half of pressure per square inch! 

To top all this, Tyrannosaurus likely didn’t go it alone. It is likely that they hunted in family groups. If you ask me, there would be nothing more terrifying than being trapped in the woods, with a group of these apex predators chasing you at the speed of Usain Bolt. 

Another difference from the movies there is a high chance that Tyrannosaurus had feathers, given the fact that many of its close relatives and ancestors were feathered. So not to kill your childhood memories, but Tyrannosaurus was likely a fluffy killer. 

So with that, I think you have a detailed view of Tyrannosaurus. Of course, with new discoveries being made all the time, we are learning something new, but I hope that you have enjoyed this modern view of the Tyrant Lizard King. Take it easy, I hope the rest of your day is dino-mite!

Get involved to help your candidate win

Carly McWilliams

Contributing Writer

 

Wooster students have a lot of opinions. I’m sure this is not news to anyone, considering you’re reading this on the Viewpoints page of the Voice, likely next to some hot takes about U.S. politics and Lowry food. I’m grateful to be in an environment where opinions are freely expressed and discussed among the community, but something distressing I noticed lately is how cynical and hopeless the opinions I’m hearing have become, especially in regard to politics and the upcoming general election.

Let me just say — I understand. I’m certainly guilty of feeling hopeless, too. The 2020 presidential primary season was intense, and the day my top-choice candidate announced she was dropping out — not too long after I’d voted for her in the Ohio primary — I felt like all the optimism I held for this election was carelessly wrung out of my body. But then I started thinking, what had I actually done in order to help this candidate succeed in the first place? Sure, I took an hour to go around and knock on some doors for her over the weekend, with limited success. I tried out phone banking once on a free afternoon — with extreme frustration at the auto-dialer, so that didn’t last very long. And, of course, I voted in a pretty inconsequential primary in which the ballots weren’t even counted until after my candidate had dropped out.

In retrospect, I was mostly talk and little action, and I knew I needed to do more. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign was the spark that led me to sign up as a volunteer on a local Congressional candidate’s website this May. I figured that clicking “Join the Team!” was a step in the right direction, and I was correct. I earned a spot as a campaign fellow on the field team. Since then I’ve been working to elect a Democratic woman to Congress in the most competitive Red-to-Blue district in the country. It’s not easy work by any means — calling up random voters on weekday afternoons means you’ll hear some interesting things on the phone — but it’s definitely gratifying work. After the calls and conversations are done for the day, I know I made a tangible difference in a race that’s important to me and my community, and I feel hopeful.

All that being said, here is my advice to anyone who’s feeling especially downtrodden at this point in the election cycle — whether it’s from staring into the soulless, bloodshot eyes of Mike Pence during the VP debate, reading careless opinion pieces that label Trump as “resolute” while failing to mention his racist dogwhistling and lack of regard for human life or just from the downpour of mind-boggling headlines that never seem to end this month — pick a race. Any race. Find a candidate you support who’s running for Congress, senate, governor, state legislature, or even president, and peel yourself away from Twitter or TikTok for two hours to make calls for them. I’ve met so many avid volunteers these past few months, and they all tell me that they’ve kept coming back for the same reason — using their time and effort for good makes them feel calmer, happier or just more optimistic for our country.

As my field director always says — democracy is not a noun, it’s a verb. If you want to feel better about your democracy, start putting those opinions into action and working for it. The moment you inform someone of their choices in this election, or help them find their polling place or even just motivate them to vote this year, you’re doing democracy. And it’s a worthwhile fight.

Donald Trump is the worst possible option for president

Shelby Jones

Contributing Writer

 

It is not news to anyone that this is the most vital and divisive election of our young 18-to-20-something lives. This is the first presidential election in which most of us can vote, and wow, what a way to start off. I miss the days when the biggest scandal of the election season was Richard Nixon looking sickly on camera simply because he didn’t know how to use makeup for television. Oh, what a simpler time. Regardless of how dramatic this election season is, one thing is for sure: we as a generation cannot idly sit back and let Donald Trump win a second term. Unlike what some would want you to believe, Donald Trump is the worst possible option for president.

However, I am also not arguing that Joe Biden is the best possible option. He also has incredible downfalls. As Senator Kamala Harris said multiple times during the vice presidential debate, Joe Biden does not want to ban fracking. Fracking is causing incredible environmental damage and is actively impacting Native American lands. In 1996, he voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned any federal recognition of gay marriage. (His views on gay marriage did change during his time with the Obama administration. According to his campaign website, he is actively campaigning for the protection of the LGBTQIA+ community on multiple fronts). He was also an avid supporter of the War on Drugs during the 1980s and 1990s. These are not small things to overlook.

In his three and a half years as president, Donald Trump has done little good for this country. Rather, he has rolled back environmental protections, actively worked to cut Social Security and other forms of governmental financial assistance, created immensely harmful immigration policies, enacted travel bans for Muslim countries and his administration continually attempts to roll back or outright remove existing LGBTQIA+ protections. He has attacked every single gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality besides the cisgender, heterosexual white man. Also, he’s just a huge jerk.

However, Joe Biden believes scientists. He, unlike Mr. Trump, does not tell his supporters that COVID-19 is a hoax. He recognizes that climate change is real, and not some lie made up by the liberal media. People can criticize the lack of numbers at his rallies, but that is because he understands the real and dangerous risks of COVID-19. His seats aren’t filled because his supporters understand that we’re in a pandemic. Mr. Trump’s do not.

Truly, who you vote for lies in your morality. Do you want to vote for someone who actively works against BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ individuals? Or do you want to vote for someone who still isn’t the best, but at least is sort of better? It is impossible to even claim that Joe Biden works for the “extreme left” like his critics say. His campaign actively panders to moderates and undecided voters. But he’s also not openly fascist. It breaks my heart to say that it really comes down to the lesser of two evils. Joe Biden is that lesser. This election season can be summed up with just four words that I have lived by since Joe accepted the Democratic nomination: settle for Biden 2020.

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