Zombie Awareness Week Kicks off Monday

The story can be read here on the Eastern Echo website, or in the Thursday, October 20th, 2011 issue.

If you hear the tired moans for brains across campus next week, do not be alarmed.  The shuffling of the recently reanimated dead is part of Zombie Awareness Week, a week long event put on by Outbreak: Eastern.
                 
The week long awareness event offers games, haunted houses and an obstacle course; all with the zombie touch.
                 
Monday starts off with “The Dead Walk!”  It starts at 3 p.m. at the Ann Street parking lot with make-up prep beginning at 2 p.m. for those that need to look a little more George A. Romero-esque.  The walk crosses campus to the Tower Inn Café for the enjoyment of “The Walking Dead” Season 1 TV series.  The event is free. 
                
Monday’s zombies will also be handing out flyers to raise awareness to the upcoming week’s events.
               
The Zombie Squad of Southeastern Michigan is helping with the walk to keep the event organized and keep the zombies on the correct path through campus.
                 
Tuesday offers “Undead Game Night” in collaboration with Coupe de Gras, a student gaming organization, turning up video and table-top games of the zombie flavor.  The event will be held in the Student Government breakout room located on the third floor of the Student Center building.
               
Bring you games for this free event, which lasts from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  
                 
The cost of each event is on the cheap side of things, staying under $4 for the entire week.
               
“The week starts out for everyone and the people who want to keep doing it, it’s just a couple more dollars each day,” said Dustin Miller, an Eastern Michigan University senior and President of Outbreak: Eastern.
                 
Wednesday is the “Zombstacle Course.”  It is an obstacle course for the dead. Instead of racing against an opponent over obstacles, you will be chased by zombies instead.  The Bowen Filed House will be turned into the Zombstacle Course, opening at 7 p.m.  The event ends at 10 p.m.
               
“The Zombstacle course should be the best event, personally,” said Garry Mundy, an Eastern Michigan University Senior and board member of Outbreak: Eastern.
                 
The cost of entrance is $2 or one non-perishable food item.  Food and money donations are going to the Food Gathers of Ann Arbor, though Outbreak: Eastern and Food Gathers of Ann Arbor are not performing a direct collaboration for the event.   
                 
Thursday night is set for “Southern Discomfort,” a haunted house on the first floor of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house at 411 Ballard St.  Tau Kappa Epsilon approached Outbreak: Eastern about doing a haunted house this year.
                 
“We are basically filling it with actors and blood-gory awesomeness,” said Miller.  It should be a combination of House of a 1,000 Corpses, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Deliverance.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the cost is $3. 
                 
Friday night is “Dead Gallery,” which has been a haunted house in the past, but this year will be a haunted show in the Sponberg Theatre, starting at 7 p.m.  There will be crowd participation as the Players at EMU put on the freak show.  
                 
$4 gets you in the doors.  They will not be accepting $20 or $50 at Dead gallery because of its low cost as they may not be able to make change for people.
                 
“Somebody showed up last year with a $100 bill and we actually had to turn them away,” said Miller.
                 
Saturday is the kill shot for the week long Zombie Awareness event.  This is the first time that “Outbreak” is being advertised to the public.  All five floors of the Rec/IM building are being taken over by zombies.  And where there are zombies there is always those trying to survive them.
                
Participation is open to whoever shows up.  Those that do attend need to dress up as either a zombie or a survivor.  Zombies can come as is, while survivors need to pack a Nerf gun.  Both need to bring eye protection.   The event is free with the briefing starting at 7 p.m. and the hunting at 8 p.m.
                 
Like any awareness week, Outbreak: Eastern will be selling Zombie Awareness Week ribbons for a suggested $.75 donation. 
               
“If people wear them, its advertisement,” said Miller. 
                
 Visit Outbreakeasetern.org for the latest on the event.

EMU United Way Kick-Off Campaign

This is in today’s (Monday, October 3, 2011) Eastern Echo and can be read here.

Eastern Michigan University and United Way are holding the EMU United Way Kick-Off Campaign scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Student Center Ballroom and runs until Nov. 18.

“Eastern Michigan University has a great tradition of supporting this community and United Way is a part of that tradition” Kevin Kucera said, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and this year’s Eastern Michigan University United Way Kick-Off chairperson.

The kick-off is to gather Eastern Michigan faculty who volunteer to help the United Way collect pledges and facilitate information for the campaign.  The event also allows Eastern Michigan University faculty an opportunity to learn about the campaign, and hear about the people that have been helped.

The money is raised for nonprofit health and human service organizations throughout Washtenaw County.  There are six focus areas the campaign helps; early childhood care and education, school-aged youth, hunger relief, homelessness and housing, senior assistance, and safety net health.

“United Way has partnered with other funders to support 40 nonprofit organizations that help people,” Kucera said.

Eastern Michigan University’s goal is $105,000, up from $100,000 last year. The county goal for this year is $5,750,000

United Way is advertising through Heritage Papers, annarbor.com, and on Cumulus Radio Stations to raise awareness for the campaign.

The theme for this year’s kick-off event is superheros; to help recognize how someone can be a hero in someone else’s life.