Lingchong Mai, Senior, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Athens, OH 1 November 2011 – This week Monday was, as you all know, Halloween! However at Ohio University, we have such a tradition: on the weekends before it, we have the famous OU costume parade in the campus area! This tradition has been in effect for decades, and it makes OU as one of the famous universities in the mid-west. On that Friday and Saturday the main campus and Court Street area are closed for the parade, and people with costumes can be seen everywhere on the streets, in the buildings, in the dorms, and even in the bars and restaurants. Especially on that Saturday, Court Street will be crowded by people from OU, OSU, and even some from other states! Celebrations usually continue for the whole day and night.
For sure I participated in this year’s Halloween celebrations as usual, but what was unusual was that on the Friday, instead of having a party with college friends, I went to a party held by the staff of the Center of Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER). CEER is a professional research center of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Mostly the staff of the CEER are PhD students and professors at OU. I am a part-time staff of it working on my undergrad research. We not only are good at doing research, but also good at enjoying life.
On that Friday we went to the Oak Room Restaurant and had a party on the 2nd floor. Most of us were in costume. For the guys who did not come with a costume, we “made” them one – with colored papers. It was really fun to see a guy stand still, and another 3-4 guys working around him decorating him with paper. Well you know, in this kind of the situation, we would try our best to make fun of that guy. Finally, we successfully “made” a rooster, a “female” cheerleader, and a Hawaiian dancer. Later, we had competition on making a live mummy–using the paper rolls to wrap a person up as fast and completely as possible. We also had the best costume competition–people walked around and showed their poses and introduced the characters they were playing.
It is wonderful to spend Halloween with college friends, and spending Halloween with professors does not sound bad. This Halloween was really a unique experience for me.