News Pulse

Halloween Edition
October 29, 2001


 

What's Brewing?

witch in sky

 

Fortune Telling With Wax Drippings
To tell a fortune through ceromancy, start by reciting this little poem:

"Touch a light to the little wick; watch it burn to the candlestick. Study with care the little blaze; fortunes are told in it's tiny rays. If an unseen power makes it weak and low, for you it foretells a tale of woe. If that same power makes a blaze bright and healthy, you'll be happy and wise, good and wealthy."

Drip hot candle wax from a lighted candle into a bowl of cold water. Use your imagination to "see" the images. Use this guide:

Anchor: your loved one is true
Ball: your problems will not last very long
Beans: money difficulties
Bed: a vacation would be good for you
Bells: a wedding
Bird: important news will reach you soon
Bridge: take a chance
Broom: make a change
Candle: spiritual growth
Cat: a friend is untrue
Chain: go ahead with your plans
Cloud: someone or something threatens you
Cross: do not fear; you are protected
Dog: your self-esteem is too low
Ear: be alert for an opportunity at work
Fan: a surprise is in store
Fish: someone will betray you
Ghost: someone from the past is looking for you
Hat: a change of location is indicated
Heart: a friendship will turn to love
Shoe: be suspicious of a new acquaintance
Spider web: pleasant happenings
Table: an abundance of blessings
Wheel: one who has been away will return soon
Witch: danger will pass you by

 


IDEAS

Atop a table, use miniature pumpkins or apples as candle holders. Cut a small hole in the top and insert the candle. They look great with fall leaves and bittersweet for a harvest table. Apples are nice with fresh greens and small pinecones for a Christmas table. Mini pumpkins can also be used as single serving dishes. Puncture each pumpkin with a fork. Bake on a cookie sheet in the middle of a 350 degree oven until tender (about 1 hour). Hollow out and seed after roasting, and fill with a mixture of cooked rice or soup. Don't over bake your pumpkins so your "dishes" hold up well.

 


SEASONAL THOUGHTS   pumpkin

"These beautiful days must enrich all my life. They do not exist as mere pictures -- maps hung upon the walls of memory . . . but they saturate themselves into every part of my body and live always."
--John Muir

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf's a flower."
--Albert Camus

"Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in autumn."
--B.C. Forbes

"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."
--George Eliot

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
--Stanley Horowitz

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape -- the loneliness of it -- the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it -- the whole story doesn't show."
--Andrew Wyeth

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees."
--David Letterman

 


RECIPES

candy corn

Butchered Snake Bites With Barbecue Sauce
1 package (10oz.) rigatoni pasta, 2 cans squirtable cheese spread, 1 small jar barbecue sauce, 16-20 whole black peppercorns, 1 carrot

Cook pasta according to directions and rinse in cold water. To make snakes, cover one end of the rigatoni with your finger (to prevent leakage), and carefully fill each piece of pasta with cheese spread. Place 6-8 cheese-filled rigatonis end to end on a serving platter, in a realistically curvy snake shape. With a toothpick, spread lines of barbecue sauce along the tops of each snake for markings. To form heads, use barbecue sauce to glue black peppercorn eyes onto the end of each snake. Wash, dry and peel skin off carrot. Make one peeling for each snake. At the narrow end of each peel, carefully cut out a long, thin triangle for your snakes' forked tongues, and position them at the end opposite the eyes of each snake.

Popcorn Balls
2/3 cup white syrup, 2 T. vinegar, 2 T. butter, 2 c. sugar, 2 t. vanilla, 2/3 c. boiling water, 1/8 t. baking soda, 2 t. cream of tartar, 1 popper of popped corn (unsalted)

Combine syrup, sugar and vinegar in boiling water. When mixture boils, add cream of tartar. Boil to soft crack stage and add butter, soda and vanilla. For color add food coloring to desired shade. Pour over popped corn and stir well. Butter hands well, then form popcorn balls, set on wax paper.

 


JOKES

What happens when you don't pay your exorcist?
You get repossessed

Why didn't the professor believe the young ghost's excuse?
She could see right through him

What do sea monsters eat for lunch?
Fish and ships

monsterWhy was Beethoven buried with his sheet music and an eraser?
So he could decompose

Did you hear about the cannibal who was expelled from school?
He was buttering up his teacher

Why couldn't Dracula's wife get to sleep?
Because of his coffin

Why did the ghost go into the bar?
For the boos

Why do demons and ghouls hang out together?
Because demons are a ghoul's best friend

Why don't mummies take vacations?
They're afraid they'll relax and unwind

 


SERIOUSLY THOUGH

Correction: The Women's Studies Program will be showing the documentary "Beneath the Veil" on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Lecture Center 112. It is about an Afghani woman, raised in Great Britain, who journeys to Afghanistan and reports on life under the Taliban.

On Thursday, Nov. 1 from 8 to 10 p.m., SUNY New Paltz is hosting an open reading titled "Reflections on Sept. 11: A Campus Community Reading." In the Student Union Building, Purple Lounge, students and other members of the campus community will share their writing (or the writing of others) with the public. Both original works and well-known pieces of literature will be read. In addition, the student-led Voices of Unity Gospel Choir will be performing throughout the evening. The event is open to the public, free, and light refreshments will be served. The English Department, Major Connections, and the Center for Peace and Justice are all sponsors. Contact Rachel Rigolino x2731, Mary Fakler x3819, or Dennis Doherty x3819 in the English Department.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of this semester, the date by which students may withdraw from individual courses or select the S/U grading option has been extended to Nov. 2. Please contact Ann Minnick (Student Advising) at x3017 with any questions.

 


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