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Sigma Alpha Epsilon `spices up’ haunted house

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity spiced up its annual Halloween haunted house to target a new audience last weekend, said Brad Reiss, president of Sigma Epsilon Alpha.

Reiss said the fraternity beefed (the house) up a little to make it more scary this year because students from Stevens Elementary School, who have attended the weekend festivities for the past three years, were busy celebrating the school’s 130th anniversary and were unable to visit the fraternity house.

To attract GW students, Reiss said fraternity brothers added more visual effects, fog machines and props to make the haunted house scarier.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon collected about 200 cans of food to donate to Miriam’s Kitchen over the weekend, Reiss said.

Reiss said he was satisfied with the student turnout at the revised haunted house.

It was nice to get support from the GW community, Reiss said.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon will continue to collect cans of food throughout the week, Reiss said. He said he hopes to collect 400 cans by the end of the week.

Student Health offers meningitis vaccination

GW Student Health Services will co-sponsor a meningitis vaccination clinic on the Marvin Center ground floor and in Thurston Hall Wednesday to provide students with the vaccination and to educate them about ways to guard against the disease, according to a University press release.

The vaccine currently available provides coverage for most strains of meningococcal meningitis, produces antibodies in seven to 10 days, and protects recipients for about four years, according to the press release.

Living in close proximity with other residents and in confined spaces, exposure to tobacco smoke, bar patronage and excessive alcohol consumption are factors linked to meningococcal meningitis, according to the press release.

Vaccines cost $75. For more information, contact VACCESS Health at 1-800-482-2237.

-Russ Rizzo

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