By Chloe Haon, October 2009
This year, my first Halloween as a college student, was a fun one. My friend, Lada, and I started our morning by getting in our costumes; I could barely sleep that night because I was so excited. This year Lada and I were M&Ms; she was the red one and I was the blue one. Everyone had so much fun dressing up for class; I don't think I have done this since the third grade!
It was a very festive campus. Even the teachers and faculty got into it and dressed up in costumes too! It was hilarious to see the teachers laughing hysterically as they took pictures of each other in the student lounge area. When talking with my friends from other colleges they all told me how none of their teachers wore costumes nor did they celebrate Halloween on the campus. They were also surprised to know that even our Chancellor dressed up, considering some students have never even met their Chancellor.
After class the teachers and faculty of UMR threw us a Halloween party on their office floor. When entering their floor I experienced fear, because it looked and sounded like a haunted house, but when walking past the long hallway of cubicles I entered an empty space where three couples were dancing in the middle of the room. I sat down like all the other students that attended and watched as they danced the spooky, yet graceful, tango dance. After a mere moment I noticed that one of the dancers was my writing teacher, Professor Taniguchi! I had no idea that she was part of the Tango Association of Rochester, as she told us after the dance. After that, all of the dancers gave us a twenty minute tango lesson. It was so much fun to not only learn a little bit about my teacher's interests, but it was also fun to learn something new that didn't have to do with a school subject. The tango lesson will go down in UMR history; I even got to dance with the Chancellor!
Afterwards they provided us with pizza, candy, and soda; we all laughed and had a wonderful time. Halloween at University of Minnesota Rochester was one of the best Halloweens that I have ever experienced. I hope next year it will be equally as fun!