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“Ghost-Out” Attempts to Raise Students’ Spirits

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Michigan game has landed on the night before Halloween. You may have already discussed the possibility of wearing your costume to the game with your friends. You probably also know that it is this year’s (unofficial) whiteout.

None of these facts have eluded Will Cooper, Caroline Zielinski or Justin Russikoff. In fact, these students have decided to creatively combine these ideas into what they call a “Ghost-Out.”

Cooper and Zielinski are the co-creators (along with friends Chrissy Ricci, Ryan Leddy and Erin Hulland) of the Facebook event “GHOST OUT THE MICHIGAN GAME.” The idea is to have the entire student section dress up as ghosts for the Michigan game, in the typical white sheet with holes cut out for eyes style.

“We didn’t really invite our friends because it started out as a joke,” Zielinski said. “But then it kind of blew up.”

It turns out that some Facebook friends happened to notice the event and join it. There were seven guests attending Tuesday morning. When Zielinski checked back in the afternoon, that number had grown to well over 1000.

There have been some concerns expressed on the event page that so many students dressed in white sheets might look like some sort of Ku Klux Klan rally, with comments like “i hope this doesnt turn out looking like a bunch of klansmen” and “hope no one decides to burn crosses,” among others. Cooper and Zielinski both think that this idea is totally unfounded.

“I don’t even know how you would get the top of the sheet to stick up in a point,” Cooper said. “You would really have to go out of your way to make it look like a KKK outfit.”

Justin Russikoff, creator of the Facebook group “Boo Michigan; Halloween Ghost Whiteout!” said that idea also crossed his mind.

“If people take it the wrong way, that would be a shame. It’s totally unrelated.”

The first thing he and his frends thought of when they discussed it was the way the Peanuts characters dressed up in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” as evidenced by the group’s picture.

There have also been negative comments on the event page directed at the football team’s performance as well as the quality of the student section so far this season. Cooper, Zielinski and Russikoff all agreed that they think this event could help reinvigorate the student section.

“I think it might pump the team up, to look into the stands and see that students got together to show they care about the game,” Russikoff said. “It’s really just bringing the fun back into the game.”

So is the “ghost-out” a good idea or will it just be a bad image? Will it pump up the spirit in the student section? I think we can all agree that we need something to get excited about this year.

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Matthew D'Ippolito

I'm a senior majoring in print journalism with minors in political science and music technology. I'm from the small town of Pennsburg, about an hour north of Philly. I hope to one day work as a music reporter for Rolling Stone. I am single and looking to mingle.


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