Monday, October 18, 2010

Headless Horseman pumpkin shrine crashes game

When the Hallow's End decorations went up, many people were excited about the possibilities of the rare Headless Horseman mount, finishing up What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been and just generally playing around with one of the favorite holidays in the game.

When the first players started doing the Headless Horseman event in hopes of Sinister Squashlings, they quickly noticed a rather harsh bug. There is about a 50/50 chance when mousing over the pumpkin to summon the Headless Horseman that the game client will lock up and/or disconnect you. Ever since patch 4.0.1 hit the live servers, there have been reports that world items that give the gear icon to let you know it is clickable have been causing a similar crash, and this is likely related to that.

One of the reasons this bug is especially hurting groups is that the people to usually click onthe pumpkin are the tanks, who are then disconnected, leaving the groups to fend for themselves until they get back. As a precaution, have a DPSer be the one to click on the pumpkin and allow time to reconnect afterward so that the tank and healer can keep the rest of the group alive. If the fight is over by the time the DPSer gets back, the loot roll and bag of goodies should be ready and waiting.

Headless Horseman Gets Ready For The Halloween

Oct 18, (THAINDIAN NEWS) For all those who have been waiting for the fall season, and wondering what exciting could be done in this Halloween, here is one solution. You may attend the famous Headless Horseman event in Ulster Park, New York, just 12 miles from the Marist campus.
This is an annual event hosted by a branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Life Council on behalf of the Marist students. This organization has organized several intriguing events for the day which include the mile long hayride, five haunted houses namely, Glutton’s Slaughterhouse, Escape of Prisoner X, and Flesh They Crave: The Feeding, to name a few. It also has a dreadful labyrinth like corn maze that has a dark harvest attraction. The students said that these haunted sets have been organized with the help of established set designers, actors, make- up artist and lightman, so that every person can get a share of the scariest thrill possible.
A sophomore says that the “The Escape of Prisoner X,” may actually be a fake replica of a haunted place, but it has been designed with such realism and conviction, that it can actually scare the person to the core. They say that the blood that lies here and there looks real and so does the sudden jerky and scary movements of the actors. However, Michael Jubie, the owner of Headless Horseman says that it is a scary place, meant solely for adult entertainment and not recommended to the children.
The Headless Horseman ride is known as the No.1 hay ride in America, by American Airlines Magazine, and No.1 haunted attraction in the country, as named by Haunt World magazine. The tickets for this event will be available for $10, in Jazzman’s cafe from 7 to 9 p.m. on Oct 20.
Guillermo del Toro to direct new ‘Haunted Mansion’

New York, July 24 (ANI): Director Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he will take on Disney’s ‘The Haunted Mansion’ as his next venture.

“Hellboy” director Del Toro also said that he will co-write and produce the film and may even direct it.

This is Disney’s second stab at the flick, which was inspired by its theme park ride.

Eddie Murphy starred in the first crack at “The Haunted Mansion” in 2003, but Toro have said that his feature won’t be anything like Murphy’s comedy.

“It’s going to be a thrill ride for the whole family, but it’s definitely going to be scary,” the New York Daily News quoted del Toro as telling the Hollywood Reporter.

“Walt Disney is one of the creators of some of the scariest images in my childhood. People forget that he not only made sweet images but also images of nightmare. We need to honour that side of the legacy,” he added. (ANI)

July 26, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Oscar winning director Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he is hoping and praying that his dream project “The Haunted Mansion’ will go according to plan. He revealed at the Comic Con recently that his next project will be based on the Disney Amusement Park ride. Some of the reports suggest that the film could be in 3D.
The 45 year old director said that he has been writing the story about Haunted Mansion for more than 40 years and he has been going to the place of the same name for the last forty years. He said that he hopes and prays that he will get a chance to direct the film as well. Guillermo del Toro said that it has been an obsession with him over the years and he already has his own version of the ‘Haunted Mansion’ at his house with the original gargoyles. He revealed that he has collected every possible original piece related to the ride for years.
The director also revealed that he is presently working on some horror scripts. he hinted at making his own version of Frankenstein. He addressed a crowd of 6000 at the Comic-Con and promised to the audience that he will respond to anyone who is an aspiring artist or a film maker. The director was handed a bundle of sketches by a fan immediately after the statement. The renowned director was at the Comic-Con to promote the horror film ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’, which he has co-written. He was seen all praises for the director Troy Nixey and he said that he could identify with his work because he was not very emotionally sophisticated.

Student Activities Gets in Season with Headless Horseman trips.

Before pulling out the parkas to trek to the library to study for finals, students hope to know how much studying they need to do based on their midterm grades.

Every year, the Headless Horseman is held in Ulster Park, New York, just 12 miles from the Marist campus to celebrate the fall season and of course, Halloween. A branch of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Life Council hosts seasonal events for Marist students. If you had your heart set on a haunted hayride this fall, the Student Life Council has you covered with its annual Headless Horseman event. For $10, students receive a ticket and a ride to and from the event. 

"There are cute cottages around where you can get hot cider and caramel apples," said sophomore Rebecca Snodgrass, director of public relations for the SGA. "Headless Horseman is sort of a tradition and we have been doing it every fall for a while."

The Headless Horseman ride offers the No. 1 reigning hayride in America by American Airlines magazine, and is the No.1 haunted attraction in the country as named by Haunt World magazine, according to its website.

Visitors from all over the Hudson Valley come to see the renowned attractions. In addition to the mile long hayride, there is a labyrinth-like corn maze that contains a Dark Harvest attraction, and five haunted houses. The haunted houses include: Glutton's Slaughterhouse, Escape of Prisoner X, and Flesh They Crave: The Feeding, to name a few.

Headless Horseman's website gives credit to its professionally crafted haunted houses, from the actors, costumes and makeup, to the lighting and props. It also consists of detailed stories about each haunted house to truly bring you into the Halloween scene that has been created for those looking for a scare.

An attraction called Synners Stunt Show is meant to bring comic relief to a dark atmosphere with stunt artists who use audience participation to liven their show. Also, new for this season is an attraction called Dead Memories Photo Experience, at which you and your friends may dress up like zombies and take home a keepsake from your visit.

The Student Life Council brings this opportunity for students to get off campus and enjoy the season. Tickets are available in the Champagnat breezeway until Friday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Jazzman's cafe from 7 to 9 p.m. Buses will leave Midrise at 6 p.m. next Thursday, to arrive in time for the first hayride of the evening, at 7 p.m.
s we approach the second half of this semester, most of us will be receiving midterm grades. In an effort to determine where we stand in each of our courses, these grades are generally appreciated by students. 

Knowing your midterm grades essentially helps identify where improvement is needed and encourages us to work harder if necessary. Professors at Marist College are required to assign midterm grades to each student. Although this policy is generally adhered to, some professors have withheld grades or have given "fake" grades as a placeholder in the past. Usually in this event, students are notified that the grade posted online is not their actual midterm grade. Many disagree with this practice and believe that they deserve to know how they are truly doing in a class.

In order to provide students with accurate and up-to-date grades, many professors do so electronically. Allison Beres, a junior and the vice president of academic affairs for SGA, feels that using iLearn is most effective.

"Professors should use the gradebook function on iLearn," Beres said. "Some aren't as comfortable using newer technology." 

In my experience, iLearn and its gradebook function helps eliminate confusion regarding any overall grades, as well as grades on a particular assignment. Unfortunately, I have only had a few professors post grades regularly on iLearn, and many do not utilize iLearn at all. 

Dr. Ken Sloan, from the school of management, believes that midterm grades are more than a placeholder. While he maintains an updated gradebook for his students to view on iLearn, he also recognizes how important one-on-one discussions are as a type of feedback.

On the other hand, he pointed out that for many other schools, providing a midterm grade is not the norm. During his first semester as an instructor at Marist, his students expressed concern when he had not posted their midterm grades. These student concerns are a true representation of the fact that most, but not all, students would like to know how they are doing. 

Dr. Sloan also explained that although some professors may see providing midterm grades as an administrative burden, there are valid reasons for withholding a grade or mildly adjusting it. For example, many courses have not given enough assignments to determine a midterm grade at the midpoint of the semester. This is because final exams are often more heavily weighted, and term papers and group projects may not be accounted until the second half as well.

Senior fashion merchandising major, Chris Traina, believes that failing to report midterm grades can be deceiving and lazy to an extent. 

"It's more accurate and helpful for students to receive their most current grade, so they can determine where they need to improve," Traina said.

When asked for his opinion on the "fake B," he brought up the fact that some students may be content with the "B" when in reality, they're failing the class. It is also a possibility that the opposite may occur, and the student may be led to believe they are not doing as well as they really are. 

"When I'm working hard, I expect to see my well-deserved A," Traina said.

Deceiving students with a fake grade or neglecting to report a grade, without a valid reason for doing so, cannot be rationalized. This can lead to decreased motivation and an overall lack of understanding when final grades are reported. If professors have Oct. 15 off to calculate and post grades, it should be done not only because it needs to be done, but also, because the students expect an accurate reflection of the work they have done thus far.

Breakfast Topic: Hello, Hallow's End!

Hallow's End falls upon Azeroth once again, and it's the same old, same old. But the same old thing actually never gets old, because this is quite possibly the most fun yearly event in the game. It's that time of the year where the typically empty and unloved Scarlet Monastery graveyard gets more than its welcome share of visitors and its summoned inhabitant gets farmed endlessly for his drops -- or I should say, one particular drop. At this point in the game with Cataclysm on the horizon, pretty much everybody has gotten what he needs from the Headless Horseman, who drops mostly ilevel 200 gear. With just a few weeks to go before players level past 80, there isn't anything that won't be obsolete.

That said, I have a sentimental attachment to the Horseman's Horrific Helm, which I have macroed to use with my Hammer of Wrath, which I have to admit is terribly annoying (and extremely spammy now in 4.0.1). I think I'll be paying the horseman a visit again this year, even though the only thing I really want off him is his horse. What are your Hallow's End plans? Is this the only holiday you need to finally get that 310 percent mount speed? Perhaps you want that Sinister Squashling pet? Are you complete with all your achievements for this holiday -- on all your alts? Tell us your plans for this holiday, one of the last yearly events we'll see in old Azeroth.