Halloween research write-a-thon provides fun, prizes Oct. 25

By Sarah Rachal

Join in the excitement and get into the Halloween spirit early at the annual Halloween Research Write-a-thon.

Taking place Tuesday, Oct. 25, students can participate in a day full of reading, writing, fun and prizes.  The event will be in the Take-5 Lounge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  No registration is necessary but Halloween costumes are encouraged.

“The goal of the Halloween Research Write-a-thon is to teach and provide learning tools in a fun and casual environment,” said Carol Vandenberg, Research Librarian and Archivist at MU. 

Activities this year include an interactive clicker response match game, writing assistance from faculty, staff and students from the Writing Center and Center for Personalized Instruction (CPI), creative writing games, “traveling stories”, original readings and student’s favorite Halloween-inspired works. 

In years past students have written short stories, mysteries, poetry and have utilized their skills in APA and MLA styles.  There will be plenty of paper, pens and laptops from the Journalism/Public Relations program, so all students have to do is show up and have a great time.

Prizes being distributed include a $25 Barnes and Noble gift certificate and Halloween-themed giveaways donated by the Madonna University Library and Writing Center.

“The Write-a-thon is a great way for students to get acquainted with tutors or even to ask questions about the library databases or Writing Center hours and policies,” said Rebekah Phillips, Madonna student and peer tutor at the Writing Center.

In the past, Phillips has attended the Valentine’s Day Write-a-thon and has been a worker at the Halloween Research Write-a-thon.  She said organizers had movies playing and pizza for everyone.  Students looking for help with assignments are welcome to drop in as well.

“I met two really great tutors at the Halloween Write-a-thon who were willing to look at some of the things I had scribbled down, and besides helping aspiring writers, they were joking with the students in the Take-5. Everyone had a great time,” said Phillips.