Carbondale Halloween

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Halloween celebration

Most people expect to have fun ceremony of Halloween whether they know about Halloween's history and meaning or not. People like to dress in costumes and have a fun costume party. According to the history document, Halloween comes from the ancient Celtic festival which was related to death and dark. Many students in SIUC also do not celebrate Halloween because of either religious belief or cultural differences. After all, celebrating Halloween really depends on how people like to participate in the ceremony. In the past, SIUC students made big problems during Halloween break. For example, they fight, hit the car and break windows, even turn over the car. So SIUC was eliminating Halloween break.

I interviewed with one of the police officers who work in SIU Police, and he is kind and friendly. He feels that the Halloween celebration is better than before but it is not complete. The reason is students still make problems with the celebration. But as he said, after SIU decided to eliminate Halloween break, that changed students’ behavior. Also, his recommendation for Halloween is to spend profitable time with your friends and make special memories without overdrinking. In my opinion, I agree with what he thought. I think that students should know its true meaning and history, if they want to celebrate it, or, spending an ordinary night would be better.

By Hoon

Carbondale Halloween

In the mid 80’s, Carbondale’s Halloween was very famous, but it was dishonorable. Halloween riots began in 1981, and many outside people came to Carbondale. Then, they drank too much beer, and made some troubles, such as breaking widows, destroying signboards, and fighting with each other. So, Carbondale City made a ban that bars and liquor shops could not sell alcohol during Halloween weekend. These yearly riots continued until 1994. However, Carbondale Police still keeps caution that drunken people might make some trouble.

I asked Rebel when he was working in Old Town Liquor. Actually, he is not an owner of the shop, but he knows about the Carbondale City law. So, I decided to interview with him. My first question is “what do you think about the City law?” He said, “We have opened this shop for the last 3 years.” After his answer, I was confused because I thought that they could not sell beer during Halloween weekend. So, I was mistaken about the City law. In fact, now liquor shops in Carbondale can open their shops during Halloween weekend. Anyway, I asked the next question, which was “how much income did you lose during the weekend?” He did not know about the exact value, but he said, “I guess probably $2,000 per day.” My third question is “what was the cause of riots?” He believes that the reason of riots is Carbondale City, because they tried to invite many people for the Carbondale. In fact, Carbondale City made an advertisement for the Halloween festival. Therefore, he said Carbondale City made the troubles by itself. Finally, the shop sells beer in this year, and he believes that nothing will happen during Halloween weekend. I think his opinion is very clear, and I hope that Carbondale will be calm this year.

By Masaki

Halloween

Halloween in Carbondale was very dangerous in the past three years. For example, a lot of people were arrested because they damaged the city. However, when the city of Carbondale saw how serious this problem was, they closed the bars and kept the university open. I think closing the bars in the Halloween is the best solution to avoid this kind of problem. And, when the university is open the students will be busy, which is also a great thing.

I did an interview with Laura Halliday about Halloween in Carbondale. Laura Halliday has a good background about Halloween because she has lived in Carbondale since her childhood. And, in her childhood she wore a costume and went to get some candy from the people (trick or treat) which is something usually children do in Halloween. However, she said the damage which happened in Halloween in Carbondale is not caused by the people who live in the town, but when the people who live next to Carbondale hear that a party will be in Carbondale, they come to the town and damage the town and fight. Also, she thinks that closing the bars is a good idea but for a while, not every Halloween. Moreover, she thinks that the university must trust the students, and I agree with that. Also, she said, Carbondale did not handle Halloween problem well in the past. Finally, the best solution to avoid these kinds of problem is to make a concert or activity, which the university will do and be in charge, as Laura Halliday said. And, I agree with Laura Halliday because students need to do some fun activity.
By: Ammro

Friday, July 22, 2005

Police hope family weekend will deter Halloween problems

According to this article, “Police hope family weekend will deter Halloween problems," Carbondale police wants that people have fun Halloween without drinking. In the mid 80’s, Carbondale Halloween was very confused because people, especially young, drank too much then they made some troubles, such as breaking widows, fighting others, and making car accidents. So, Carbondale city has banned that bars and liquor shops open during Halloween weekend. However, some people argue about this banning because bars and liquor shops lose a lot of income. In addition, police suggests that people take care about drunk driver.

I think this banning is inevitable because if bars and liquor shops sell beer again, we come back to the mid 80’s. I can understand that SIU students want to be a spree because they are usually good students and they want to reduce feeling stress and boring. However, we should not violate the law.

By Masaki

Second year for downtown bars closed, University open

In this article, Second year for downtown bars closed, University open , the author talks about how to a void the problem of Halloween by closing the bars. For example in 2000 the University was closed and the bars were open. So, 150 people were arrested and also they damaged the city. However, when the city of Carbondale saw how serious this problem is, they closed the bars and the university was open. According to the police of Carbondale in the last Halloween nothing occurred to the city.

In my opinion, closing the bars in the Halloween is the best solution to avoid this kind of problem. Moreover, when the university is open the students will be busy which also is great idea. I think the city must keep doing the same thing every Halloween to avoid the violence in the future. However, that will keep the record of Carbondale clean, which will be great thing for the history of the city.

By: Ammro

Not everyone celebrates Halloween

In this article, Not everyone celebrates Halloween, the author Samantha illusrated how people spend the day of Halloween and she focused on the people who do not celebrate Halloween. Most people do not know about history of Halloween and they just have fun with dressed in costume and having parties. Accordung to the history document, Halloween is came from the ancient Celtic festival which was related to death and dark. Many students in SIUC also do not celebrate Halloween because of either religious belief or cutural differences. After all, celebrating Halloween is really depend on how people like to participate on the celemony.

In my opinion, more people expect to have fun celemony of Halloween whether they know Halloween's history and meaning or not. People like to dressed in costume and have fun costume party. In my case, I do not celebrate Halloween and participate any party. Because, our country do not have this kind of celemony and it is very different with our costume for death and ghost. Also, almost of my Asian friends spend Halloween day just like thisr ordinary day. Even, some american have same day like used to without participating any party. I think that people should know its true meaning and history, if they want to celebrate it, or, spending ordinary night would be better.


by Hoon

Sunday, July 17, 2005


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