Freshers’ Week 2014, aka #ButlerMoments

After weeks of meticulous planning by Head Freps Rupert Maspero and Sally Crawford, and after days of set-up from this year’s fantastic Frep team, on Sunday the 28th September over 200 new Butlerites arrived at the College!

Day 1: Arrivals and Colours Rave

The day kicked off with the first arrival at 8:37 am exactly, even though it was specified not to arrive before 10am, these new Freshers were just too keen! Like every other year the new arrivals were piled upon with gowns, T-shirts, wristbands, lanyards, guides to the week, welfare guides and goodies and countless smiles. By 10am the bar was jammed packed full of people eager to receive their keys and get moved into the room which they will call home for the next 9 months. A few parents seemed tearful whilst others looked simply ecstatic that they were finally getting their homes back to themselves! By about 2pm most of the crowds had dissipated, surely this is the most eager to move in year so far.

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The evening kicked off with a huge turnout in the bar for the first event of the week, Bushtucker trials. The game consisted of questions to the audience who could then pick which Freps had to do a series of forfeits. These included having to eat/drink/somehow consume what can only be called revolting concoctions, a game called “boiled egg roulette” which involved cracking (hopefully) boiled eggs over Freps heads and letting the Freps try to shave a water balloon. It is safe to say that most forfeits did not end well for the Freps, much to the amusement of the Freshers. After the Bushtucker trials the Freps went back with their flats to cook up some standard Butler fajitas and then it was on to the Butler Colours Rave.

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Day 2: Beach Party

Monday began with a well-timed Welcome Talk at 9am. There were many a tired looking face in the crowds as Adrian, Karen, Des and Siri gave their respective talks on College life. Afterwards most students had academic commitments, but for those that had free time there were plenty of chilled activities on offer during the afternoon, including table tennis, croquet and films in the JCR lounge. The evenings consisted of the first Formal for Milfield whilst the other 2 blocks had a chilli con carne cooked for them. It is always a great sight when a flat of Freshers walk out in their gowns for the first time and you see one of them pretending to be Harry Potter. After the formal the Beach Party kicked off. This consisted of a live performance from the ever popular Quays, some excellent Beach tunes (bring on the Nicki Minaj’s Starships), a coconut shy, a great selection of shorts/sunglasses/garlands and of course many life loving Freshers!

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Day 3: Stroll

Like the day before many new students had academic commitments during the day, so similar chilled activities to Monday were planned to run all week, including Town Tours and Coffee Shop crawls. Whilst half of the Freshers had their first Mentor Night the other half were invited down to the Indoor Market for tasters of a multitude of food stalls. Afterwards the annual Butler Stroll began with Stroll T-shirts becoming blank canvases for the Freshers to let their creative juices flow. On the Stroll the Freshers were taught the classic Butler chants, which led to a victorious “chant off” with Mildert on the Bailey. The end destination was Loveshack which became packed with Butler students for the majority of the night!

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Day 4: Matriculation, UV Silent Disco

Matriculation means early morning wake-up call! The Freps utilised pots, pans, giant jenga blocks, car horns and those croaky tired voices to raise all the hungover and sleepy Freshers from their beds. The College photo ran very smoothly with only a few stranglers having to run down to Milfield field. After the photo Freshers grabbed some brunch bags before heading to the Cathedral. The ceremony was very short this year meaning that there were very few casualties in the Cathedral! On the way back to College the Freshers were greeted by the balloon arch and enthusiastic Freps on Prebends Bridge. College Matriculation took place straight after, running very smoothly and allowing the bleary eyed Freshers to grab a couple of hours sleep before the evening entertainment kicked in.

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Wednesday night was a mirror of Monday with the Formal for Dilston and Kirknewton blocks whilst Milfield were cooked for by Freps. After this the bar was cleared in time for the Silent Disco. Each year it is claimed this is the best night of Freshers, and this year was no different, with a great turnout of UV clad Freshers singing their hearts out. The choice of 2 different channels for song selection hilariously led to groups having several members singing and raving to one song whilst the others were singing along to a completely different song. Of course when headsets were removed it became evident that the majority of the Freshers were not even singing the correct lyrics at all! Overall it was a fantastic night and hopefully not one to be forgotten by the Freshers!

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Day 5: All American Night Out

Thursday began with very few students rising early, a testimony of the night before! This day saw the second Mentor night, whilst the other Freshers who had mentor night on the Tuesday were invited down to the Indoor Market. The night then consisted of another stroll but this time ending in the rising favourite club of Lloyds.

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Day 6: Speed Meeting, Boys vs Girls, Butler Live

Friday saw more chilled events in the evening as the DSU Ball attracted some of our students out of College. This did not make the evening any less special though as those that stayed learnt some valuable (and sometimes disturbing) information about one another through speed meeting. The highlight was finding out just how many claims to fame Head Frep Rupert Maspero really has. Afterwards began the ultimate battle of the sexes in a Boys vs Girls competition. This consisted of the two sexes splitting into separate groups and then partaking in a series of challenges such as racing to eat a 3 course meal with one person eating and one person feeding, coming up with a new Butler chant, and creating several new iconic fashion outfits using toilet roll and cling film. The end result saw the girls come out on top with a staggering 18 points – 9 points victory. To lighten the tension in the air after such a vicious competition, Butler Live began with an external band called BluePrint taking to the stage. There was a warm reception for the band and they played a fantastic 1 hour set. We then saw our very own Freps Rosie Bawn, followed by Becky Teece and Alex Naylor, crack out some wonderful tunes. Overall the night was pretty fantastic and provided a great alternative to the previous nights of partying.

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Day 7: Butler Fair and Noah’s Ark Party

Saturday kicked off at midday with the Butler Fair, where societies, sport and committees all had stands for sign-ups. This year saw an incredible number of sign-ups for all clubs, with a special mention to croquet who had over three sheets full of names! Whilst the Fair was going on inside the Bar and Howlands, there were inflatables outside to use throughout the day. The popular “Demolition Ball” made an appearance, as well as an incredibly fun assault course.

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As Saturday marked the day when returners came back to College the night’s event was extra special. The theme for this was Noahs’ Ark, so we expected pairs of animals galore. There were many a funny costume, including a crocodile hunter, a penguin, and Noah himself. The night raved on until 2am to a special playlist of “animal” tunes. All in all it was a great end to the week!

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Day 8: Chill Out Day and JCR Meeting

Sunday was the last day of Freshers and as such was a much needed day of rest. There were copious amounts of cake all day and the big screen displayed all the major sporting events for those that came down to the Bar. The evening finished off with the first JCR Meeting of the year, which saw the husts of Bar Stewards and Tour Rep (both of which results will be announced on Wednesday later in the week), the elections of DSU Rep, Careers Rep, Green Comm Rep, Year Abroad Rep, Quizmaster and Mole Master. Three positions were taken over by Freshers’ which is a great sign of the amount of involvement to come throughout the year. Overall it has been an outstanding week. A big shout out to Rupert Maspero and Sally Crawford for organising it, with the help of their lovely Frep team. Lets hope the year ahead is just as good!

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The Pre-Sessional Period

For the last few years Butler College has been the host of the Pre-Sessional students for Durham University. These students are Internationals who partake in an English Language course over the summer before starting their degrees. Many students move on to their respective Colleges for the year after completing the Pre-Sessional course, and with just a few days of them left in our College I thought it would be nice to talk about some of the activities that have happened over the summer.

Because Durham University is so special in its Collegiate system, when the Pre-Sessional students attend this course the University wants to display not just its academic prowess but also the social aspects that College life offers. Butler has employed Pre-Sessional Reps over the summer, who have been fantastic in organising trips and events as well as running book clubs and planning formals and a final ball! There has been a few challenges over the course, namely with the switch of the Pre-Sessional Support Officer half way through the summer, but overall it seems like every student has really enjoyed and benefitted from the experience of being at Butler.

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Welcome Formal for the first arivals just after the meal

There were 3 different arrivals of students, those that partook in a 12 week course, those on an 8 week course and a final arrival on a 4 week course, bringing the total number of Pre-Sessional students to over 540 which is the biggest number of students so far! By the last arrival all of Butler’s accommodation was full so many of these students were housed in either Trevs College or Brooks House accommodation. Living outside of Butler did not stop people getting involved though and all events and trips had an outstanding turnout.

Farewell Ball at the end of the Pre-Sessional course

Farewell Ball at the end of the Pre-Sessional course

Each week had a similar structure with Monday being book club, Tuesday mentor night, Wednesday sign ups, Friday bar nights, Saturday trips and Sunday sport. The bar activities included Ceilidhs, Karaoke, Film nights and Formal dinners. Each weekend a fleet of coaches transported the students all over the Country, visiting the Metrocentre, Whitby, York, Manchester and Edinburgh. All events and trips received hugely positive feedback, with many students asking for more!

Ceilidh in the Howlands

Ceilidh in the Howlands

Karaoke night in the bar

Karaoke night in the bar

Butler also hosted a series of lectures in the bar, with the hope of promoting what academic opportunities Colleges can provide as well the social aspects. The lectures started with a talk on the Harry Potter module held at Durham. This was followed by a lecture on Globalization, and finally there was a lecture from one of our new Resident Tutors (Ruth Houghton) on International Law. The vast range of activities that Butler has put on for the Pre-Sessionals has been incredible in terms of showcasing possibly the greatest aspect of Durham life, in that there is something for everyone to get involved with.

Coach trip to Edinburgh

Coach trip to Edinburgh

On a personal level I have learnt a huge amount this summer from the Pre-Sessional students. Whether it was learning some new recipes from living with a number of different cultures, to experiencing Manchester for the first time with a group who were just as lost as I was. The entire extravaganza that was this summer has resulted in many friendships being forged with students who will be moving onto other Colleges very soon, and hopefully these relationships can be used to strengthen the links that Butler has throughout the University.

Conga line during the Ents of the second Welcome Formal

Conga line during the Ents of the second Welcome Formal

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with the Pre-Sessional students, the Reps, and all of the staff and external people associated with the course. It is not a summer I am likely to forget and I hope that this feeling is reciprocated throughout all those who have attended the course.

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Another year over, a new one begins!

So another year has been and gone! I thought as a recent graduate and newly appointed SCDO/ARA that it would be great to have a sum up of the year from a student perspective. I hope not only that this first blog will be interesting for you, but will also be a good reference for me in a years’ time when I’m old and have forgotten what student life is all about! I think it’s safe to say that Will Garrison did a fantastic job over the year and has really left some big boots to fill! I hope I can make you proud! Anyway, sob story over, onto the good stuff!

Since the last post in October the year has been none stop action, with the new Freshers really settling into college life quickly and becoming involved from the start. The first JCR meeting of the year saw 3 Freshers being elected for the positions of Tour Rep, Mole Master and Quizmaster. The enthusiasm and engagement of this new intake was a joy to see.

The Butler spirit didn’t stop there though! Nearly every formal this year has been filled within seconds of sign up being open; bar events have had great turnouts and numerous new sports and societies have been created! We now boast over 30 societies, from the good old GRAW to the new Nail Soc, it cannot be disputed that we are indeed a college that caters for all!

What makes Butler so special though (in my opinion anyway!) are the events that take place here. Below is a brief rundown of what has occurred over the year.

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Butler travelled to York for a weekend of sports at what hopefully will become an annual Varsity trip.

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This years Halloween formal was themed around the Mexican celebration of Day of the Dead, where many attendees utilised coloured face paints to jazz up the standard skull.

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The Lumiere festival was incredible once again, and Butler even got a snazzy lit up car at the bottom of the drive!

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Butler hit a time warp and went back to the Medieval period for the 2013 Winter Ball. The optional fancy dress was really taken to by members of the SCR. As well as being served Pies and large bits of bread to share dessert was accompanied by a shot of mead and the option of Ale was available to drink out of goblets! After meal entertainment included a Ceilidh which proved incredibly popular.

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Second term saw the return of Butlers Got Talent. As well as the more standard singing and dancing performances, this year also saw an eating contest, highly enjoyable to all those watching, not so much for those taking part!

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Performances were not over though as the Societies Showcase was only a few weeks after. There were a variety of societies involved including Chamber Choir, Barbershop, Dance Soc and Juggling Soc. All performances were incredible and hopefully next year will see an even bigger showcase of our talent!

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After exams Butler Day has a huge turnout! Mexican themed, the day included a Bucking Bronco, a mariachi band, a cocktail bar and loads of live music, with a headline act from H’Oasis!

Graduation was an emotional time for all involved, whether they were students or parents. And the graduation dinners were very popular and fantastically planned events! I feel so privileged to be able to stay in College another year and support a new set of students, the prospect of leaving and joining the big bad world is daunting and I wish everyone out there the best of luck! But whatever you do, wherever you are, Butler College will always be your home and be here for you! (Gosh could I make that sound any cornier?!)

I hope to update this blog about once every month so please do keep checking back if you would like to stay in touch with the developments that are happening here! And I hope I see some of your friendly faces at our upcoming reunions! As usual here are the Plugs for all the social media…

Facebook: Butler Alumni

Twitter: @butler_alumni

Or email if you want any more deets at matthew.armitage@durham.ac.uk

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Quick Turnaround

Almost four months have flown by since the Class of 2013 graduated from Durham Cathedral. Now 250 new students have just been matriculated into Butler, sharing the same experiences that you did in what may seem like a lifetime ago. It’s hard to ignore the often cyclic nature of Durham University, however for me personally this summer proved to be a real eye opener – arguably more so than my first and last week as a Butler student.

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At graduation everyone experienced a similar combination of mixed emotions especially the parents, grandparents and friends who came to support their loved ones. My graduation was similar to the first day I arrived, tipping it down with rain and with two proud parents eagerly looking out for me – not too much has changed in three years then! Yet I soon realised it is the time I spent at Butler which will prove more memorable for me. The friends I have made, the experiences we shared and all the people who have helped me being much more important than graduation day itself.

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Over the summer Durham has been a completely different place, but the community feel still exists even without students. One example of this was the Durham Miners’ Gala, which over 50,000 people attended to see speeches from Bob Crow and Ricky Tomlinson. True some people were just there to get drunk; however it still brought people from the north east together. At Butler the summer played host to over 200 pre-sessional students from around the world. While they were studying how to succeed in essays we learnt a lot about peoples’ different cultures an experience difficult to find during term time.

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Freshers’ Week 2013 was as hectic and exciting as ever. Balloons, inflatables, a silent disco, taster sessions, nights out and the wonderful frep team all contributing to an incredible week. Cast your minds back to how you felt on that very first day and compare it to how you felt on the last day in Durham. Get in touch and let us know your favourite memories! For me the most rewarding part was seeing the transformation from nervous individuals to a strong community looking out for one another, all in the space of just one week. A community that will continue to support each other well after its short stay at Butler.

So that has been my first few months working at Butler and it has been a whirlwind time. In true Butler fashion it remains wildly unpredictable what could happen in the rest of the year.

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Durham Days: Revisited

It’s Saturday 23rd February 2013, 9:12pm. We find ourselves at the top of the Hill, sheltering from the snow outdoors and gracing a busier-than-usual Butler Bar. As the crowd settle in their seats for the much-anticipated ‘Butler Live!’, those familiar to the haunt can’t help but shake a subconcious sense of unfamiliarity.

“Who are all those random people in the Bar?” – one unsuspecting fresher asks. Little does he know, these people are far from ‘random’…

Of course, by now we will have all worked out what’s going on here. Saturday 23rd February was, of course, the main day of Butler’s annual Durham Reunion Weekend – the one weekend of the year when we can all rewind the clock and pretend, for two days only, that we aren’t merely ‘random’ people from the ‘real world’.  The one weekend where we can, once again, have all those special people in one place at one time (and handily on the doorstep of insanely cheap alcohol and ready-made entertainment). The one weekend where we realise that, despite the fact that the transition to the outer-bubble was nowhere near as horrendous as we anticipated, nothing can, or will, ever come close to the experience of our days at Durham and Josephine Butler College.

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As I’ve mentioned before, it is unnerving – yet somehow reassuring – how Butler continues to tick along so smoothly, as if we’d never been there. Even at 9 long months since the departure of the Class of 2012, I can’t help but find it strange when our reminiscing about funny scenarios involving people from our year (and hell, there were a lot of them) is greeted by a chorus of ‘who?’ from the youngsters. Similarly, the latest news from College suddenly isn’t all that exciting to our graduate friends who, quite frankly, haven’t got the foggiest idea who we’re talking about. All of a sudden, it seems, you graduate and the Butler world which you always knew as one big, tight-knit community suddenly splits into two: the ‘then’ and the ‘now'; the past and the present. Of course, the Durham Reunion gave these two worlds the rare opportunity to collide.

So, what greeted those alumni who braved the snow to venture up to Butler? It would be too easy to answer that question with simply ‘the good old Butler’ – the same friendly, inclusive atmosphere, the old favourite events like Butler’s Got Talent, and the same faces around the pool table for hours upon end as have called that section of the Bar ‘home’ for the past two years. Instead though, it’s nice to focus on the small changes; the subtle but meaningful alterations that make each new year at Butler a little bit different to the previous.

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Firstly, 2012/2013 was the year that – to the horror of some of our returning alumni – the iconic, but slightly terrifying, papier-mache Mole above the Bar had a makeover. In it’s place now sits the more friendly-looking, Rayban-donning Mole Jnr. Of course, for every 2012 Frep that beams with pride as their revamped creature overlooks the Bar, there will, somewhere, be one of their predecessors mourning the loss of their beloved original creation. As sad as it may be to witness the demise of something so iconic, the renovation of the Mole provides a heart-warming reflection of the dynamic nature of Butler College; how things will always change with the times, yet the underlying Butler spirit remains solidly in the hearts of our students. I’m sure, in some shape or form, Butler Bar will be supervised by a giant mole for a very long time to come.

New forms of entertainment are also on the agenda up at Butler. No longer is Butler’s Got Talent simply reserved for repeat performances from our singers, bands and dancers – yes, you heard right – this year we had a baton-twirling fresher take to the stage! And lots of singers and dancers (I did say the changes were subtle). Pub sports have become even more popular than ever, drawing in ever-increasing numbers of spectators, with a vast proportion of the BGT audience largely distracted by the big Butler B v Butler C darts derby game that was going on in the corner. Butler C won, for those interested. If our alumni had paid a visit a fortnight earlier, they would have witnessed the incredibly popular inaugaral Butler Karaoke night, or ‘Open Mic Night but for people who can’t sing’, as it has been fondly described in hindsight. It seems the current batch of Butlerites are keen to take the stage in any way, shape or form!

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But, quite possibly, the largest change in the Butler lifestyle becomes evident at the end of the Saturday night, as the shutters close on Butler Bar and the Nightbus driver impatiently demands to know where we are going. Where does one go out on a Saturday night in Durham? The answer is immediately shortlisted to a choice of two, but as a group of alumni begin the ‘Klute v Studio’ debate, they are interrupted by shouts of ‘ACADEMY!’ from their second year friends. Yes, Academy. Because, friends, I am sad to say that Studio is no more. Studio Tuesday is a thing of the past, and when we tell people that ‘in our day’ we would quite happily visit Studes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday AND Saturday in a single week, we are simply looked at like we should be in a mental asylum. Academy Saturdays and Loveshack Wednesdays are the places to be these days, Klute is the occasional venture out on a different night, and the only time it is (maybe) socially acceptable to visit Studio is the odd Monday, largely thanks to the persuasive powers of a few glasses of formal wine.

Perhaps similarly related to formal wine, and despite the oddity of being in a Durham club that is almost like an actual, proper nightclub, our alumni had a fantastic night out. Hyped up on nostalgia from the old Freshers Week photos that graced the walls of the Seminar Room during the Alumni Dinner, our Butler graduates partied on throughout the night as if they had never been away. Old dance moves were brought back to life, old friends were bumped into (quite literally) and new booths were fallen asleep in. For one weekend only, it was just like the good old days.

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Butler hits Manchester!

So, after weeks months of preparation, 3 restaurant switches, 97 bounced emails (you guys really need to make use of the Keep in Contact forms…) and hours of delayed trains, the Manchester Reunion was finally upon us this weekend, and it (hopefully!) didn’t disappoint!

On Saturday 1st December 2012, 25 of Butler’s finest exports descended upon the city of Manchester to enjoy a delightful 3 course meal the the Per Tutti Italian restaurant in Deansgate. With about a 50/50 split between 2011 and 2012 graduates, it was a lovely opportunity to catch up with some familar faces over some good food and a few glasses of wine. Everybody was in good spirits as they reminisced about Butler days and caught up on the latest goings-on in College. It was incredibly interesting to hear what our alumni are getting up to these days; some are travelling the world, working in Law, teaching the next generation, engineering high-end sports cars, accounting for world-renowned firms, and even getting accepted onto Masters courses in Australia! Of course, it was of no surprise to hear that everyone is doing so well – we all know Butler students are the best!

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Manchester itself was buzzing, with a huge Christmas market occupying virtually every street of the city, selling everything from hog roasts, German sausage, various types of beer and fudge, wooden ducks and winter woolies galore! The festive spirit really hits Manchester hard. As does the JB spirit it seems; Butler was well and truly taking over the city this weekend, as we discovered when we bumped into 3rd year Butlerite Sam Stuart in a coffee shop on the Sunday! Small world.

All in all, I’d like to that hope the Reunion succeeded in allowing our alumni to recapture some of that Butler magic, catch up with old friends and have a fantastic night away from the world of work and studying!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made the effort to come along to the Reunion and made all the hard work worth it! I hope you had as great a time as I did, and it was so wonderful to catch up with everybody. I miss you all and hope to see you again soon, maybe at the February Reunion in Durham if not before! Sian x 

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Halloween: love it or hate it, there’s certainly no escaping it.

Halloween is really quite a funny celebration when you step back and take a look at it from afar. I can only imagine what a visitor from another planet would think if they chose to take a trip to Earth on the one day of the year where we all choose to dress as something vile/dead/terrifying, carve creepy faces out of vegetables that remain otherwise unloved for the remaining 364 days of the year, and go round knocking on doors asking for sweets, despite having spent our entire childhood being told never to take candy from strangers. Us humans are strange creatures sometimes.

It seems the North East is the perfect place to bask in the Halloween madness. Just a quick Google search brings up countless stories of paranormal activity and unusual goings-on; some indeed more questionable than others. I have to say, I don’t hold out much hope of bumping into the ‘Twisted Man’, who has apparently been spotted emerging, ‘twisted and bent over’ from a cellar on the North Bailey, dressed in a fine ruffled white shirt and smart black trousers. Neither do I rate my chances of encountering ‘the ghostly sounds of armies clashing weapons just as they were in 1346′ at the site of the Battle of Neville’s Cross -though, admittedly, that may be more down to my reluctance to very publicly walk three times around the shaft of the stone memorial cross before placing my ear to the ground (I might look a little bit weird).

Students at Castle College, however, should maybe be a little less sceptical. The general consensus amongst avid paranormal activity enthusiasts is that the Black Staircase in Durham Castle is by far the most haunted location in the city, with numerous reported sightings of a fleeting figure on the stairwell seemingly providing a chilling authenticity to the claims. Just who is keeping these students company remains a mystery though…

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Many believe the spirit to belong to the wife of one of the old Prince Bishops of Durham, who reputedly fell to her death on the stairwell from its uppermost heights. Another legend, however, tells of Frederick Copeman, one of the very first Durham University students in the 19th Century. The story goes that Frederick lived in the highest room in Durham Castle, at the top of the Black Staircase. When the results of the final exams were pinned to the noticeboards on Palace Green – first class at the top, second in the middle, third at the bottom, those who failed with names absent – Copeman was seen frantically scanning the results for his name only to find it wasn’t there. Returning to his room in despair, he was heard pacing the floor before eventually vacating his room and racing to the top of the cathedral tower, where he threw himself to his death. In a true FML moment for poor Freddie, it later emerged his name had been at the top of the first-class degree list, but had been obscured by the sheet pinned above. To this day, it is thought that his phantom footsteps can be heard pacing the floor up there in his old room…

Clearly, here at Butler, we shouldn’t be worried – we’re safe up at the top of that hill, in our own little haven of ghoul-free modernity, right? Well, apparently not.

You may or may not have already heard about the paranormal commotion that befell upon Butler College during the summer months. Such a commotion in fact, that it was genuinely suggested by a member of University staff that a Catholic priest should be called into the College to perform an exorcism. Yes, you did read that right. Such suggestions were the result of the mass hysteria that raged through the pre-sessional students during the summer break, after one student reported a sighting of a dark figure standing at the end of their bed during the night. Following this report, numerous other students claim to have also encountered the spectre. The recommendation for an exorcism came as the co-ordinators of the pre-sessional programme were inundated with visits from concerned students, fearful of just what lurks in their temporary halls of residence; some even driven to frantically calling their families at home in an utterly hysterical state.

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Although the exorcism was a serious recommendation, the reasoning – “just to calm everyone down and put their minds at rest” – was a clear indicator of the scepticism in the air. Suggestions have been made that the figure was ‘probably just the cleaner’ and the subsequent sightings simply the result of an overactive imagination in light of the initial report. However, at this spooky time of year (and not wanting Castle to have all the fun), I do like to wonder: what if that student was actually right? What if there really issomething there? We do live next door to a crematorium after all…

 

Meanwhile, in Butler…

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Creepin’

Who needs the pre-sessional ghost when Monday 29th October 2012 saw Butler invaded by ghosts, ghouls and monsters aplenty?! The All Hallows Eve Formal brought vampires, Death Eaters, witches, goths and many, many more up the hill for a night of fun and thrills in Butler Bar (including a fantastic mash-up of Ghostbusters and Gangnam Style courtesy of resident DJ Tom Fraine); however, the Creepiest Costume of the Night award has to go to Mr Dave Lane for this terrifying get-up —————->

An impressive display of pumpkin carving talent has also been exhibited from Butler students in the past week!

We hope that, wherever you are and whatever you dressed as, you all enjoyed the Halloween period as much as we did! Now, 52 days until Christmas…

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