Tommy’s Super Halloween Weekend Extravaganza!

Hello everybody, it’s Halloween weekend! I’m very excited, as is everyone else I’ve talked to. I’m always curious as to how people will celebrate this most awesome of holidays. One answer I keep hearing is SALEM SALEM SALEM! Well, no one has screamed it to me three times in a row, but you get the idea. This very popular destination has grown immensely over the past ten years. Being from that area, I have a good idea about what there is to do on this year’s all hallow’s eve.

Salem is home to several famous, scary and fun ghost tours, museums, and haunted houses. Just off of Derby St. next to the Salem Wax Museum, you will find the Candlelight ghost tour. This walking tour takes you through some very eerie scenes as you are led through an old graveyard. The tour guides do an excellent job of creating a very unsettling atmosphere to an already creepy situation. If walking ghost tours are not your thing, there are several haunted houses located throughout downtown with ghouls and creatures ready to jump out at every turn. Three of the many fun museums include the Salem Wax Museum, the Salem Witch Dungeon, and the Salem Witch Museum.

Salem is home to several restaurants where you can dine and unwind after a night of thrills and scares. Derby St. is home to the Salem Beer Works, the sister restaurant to the Lowell Beer Works. A little down the road is Jaho Coffee Shop, where you can get your coffee or dessert fix to keep you going through the night. Around the corner on Washington St. are several more restaurants including an Irish pub, chinese cuisine, the Upper Crust pizzeria, and a Ben and Jerry’s. For those looking for a quick bite to eat, there are plenty of vendors selling hot chocolate, candy apples, cider and hot apple crisp.

Halloween night is anticipated to attract 100,000 people this year. As you can imagine, a lot of people means a lot of traffic. The train is a good way to enter Salem without the stress of driving. Just take the Lowell line into North Station and take the Newburyport/Rockport line to Salem from North Station. Here is a link to a more detailed and accurate version of what I’ve just explained:

If you decide to go, have fun but be safe. With all of these people you will definately want to go with a group of friends. If you decide to drive, take heed: there will be a lot of traffic. The T is your best bet, but if you choose to drive be prepared for traffic and extreme difficulty finding parking. If you want a more detailed look at what is happening in Salem this weekend, I highly sugget you check out their website at:

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!


All Hallows Eve!!

So every year MILLIONS of people celebrate Halloween, but who really know what they are celebrating? Yes, it is a fun time for costumes, candy and parties BUT there is a much deeper meaning in it’s origins!! So get the full story and this Halloween know what you are celebrating!

Halloween, or All Hallows Eve as it was originally known, dates back over 2000 years back to a Celtic pagan holiday celebrated in Ireland, Britain and Northern Europe as a day to honor the dead.

They believed that the dead roamed the streets at night, but not all of them were friendly. People would leave out gifts and treats to appease the ghosts so they would have a good harvest the next year.


  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.


  • Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
  • To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
  • Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.

Watch Out For…

  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
  • The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.

Have a SPOOOOKYYY All Hallows Eve!!




Tim Kelly
Ben Moulton
Tom Screnci
Chris Adoretti
Will Carey
Jeff Sawyer
Matt Cormier

Honorable Mentions:
Jared Ide
Michael ‘Mikey G’ Gravell
Danjiel ‘Ubi’ Ubiparapovich
Chris Lyon
Ben Nguyen
Chris Achenbrand
Tommy Cahill
Andy Chau
Eddie Silva
Mike Coelho
Brian Gablaski

Your Son,


Happy Halloween!!!

Hey everyone it’s Jeff here with a few updates on what is going on around campus….
First and foremost DO NOT miss the hockey game tonight. It is a big one against BU and you all should come and support your riverhawks as we beat them to a pulp and send them home crying like a bunch of chumps!! I know that was harsh but seriously come and support your riverhawks!! And come dressed in Halloween costumes, it will be a lot of fun and also hilarious to watch so let loose and I will see you all there!
The Movies That Rocks series is still going strong and this weekend they are premiering “The Orphan.” This movie is all kinds of creepy and has a strange twist in it so be sure to check it out. Besides, it is very fitting for the Halloween season. It will be showing first tonight in O’Leary Library Media Center Room 222 at 8PM. On Sunday it will be at the Fox Hall Common also at 8PM and on Monday at the ICC in the ballroom at 8PM as well.
Remember to be safe on Halloween!! Always have your parents check your candy for any sharp objects, and use the buddy system while you are out there getting free candy… just kidding, but seriously be safe and do not get carried away with the festivities and have fun!
That’s all folks,

What’s it like sitting next to Jeff Sawyer?

It’s pretty awesome! He’s always tap-tap-tapping away on the keys and sipping his coffee while listening to his ipod. He’s the man. I mean, if I could be anyone in the world, right now, it’d be Jeff Sawyer. He’s always got a style, a certain flair, pinash, his aura just exhudes confidence and testosterone. He’s slick and smooth with everyone; Never revealing too much of himself, but always giving just enough of himself to keep you mesmerized. Right now he’s typing up a blog post on Halloween, checking out what’s going on on Gotta Be Here! I think he’s doing it on purpose. He’s letting me be a creepo, but that’s Jeff, always doing for others. Waht would it be like to be Jeff Sawyer? I bet it’d be like dying and going to heaven. God he’s typing so fast. He’s the typing God! He slaps carpal tunnel in the face with his Fingers of Titanium Alloy.

Alright enough of this creepiness because it’s creeping me out!

(Damn he saw it!)



In case you havent’ heard, this Sunday from 8AM to 1PM UMass Lowell is putting on its annual open house! This year we’re expecting over 2,500 prospective students and their parents to arrive at the Tsongas Arena to have any and all questions answered about our great University. We ambassadors are going to be focusing on giving tours on South and North, while a number of other volunteers work on the millions of tasks going on that morning.

I’ll be honest though, I think the biggest highlight of this weekend is the Rivalry game between UML and BU tonight at 7PM. I’ve waited an entire year for this retribution game. It’s going to be so sweet! You know I’ll be there!


What About Chris????

Hey there!

It’s been awhile since I have said anything and I am truely sorry.
It is great to be past mid-terms. It is very important that you continue to keep up the good work though. We aren’t done yet. At the same time however, don’t push yourselves to hard. Little adventures here and there is never a bad idea as long as you still get all of your work done. It is obvious to say that we are all here to learn. (I hope) It is also important to create new memories and meet new friends. School work is certainly important but you also don’t want to miss anything social either. Like I talked about before, keep an eye open for any interesting events happening around campus and just jump right in!

Much Love,

P.S. I am sorry for any grammer or spelling errors…

Ashley dissapeared….she’s baaaack.

Hey everyone!!

It’s Ashley, again. I’ve been sick the last couple of weeks so I haven’t been able to make a post. Make sure you take care of yourself and don’t let your schedule wear you down! I’ve been taking 20 credits and working, and playing rugby (before and after tearing my MCL) and believe me, it’s taken a toll on me. Get enough sleep and eat right to keep yourself ready to combat the nearing Flu season!

We’ve got something exicitng for you guys coming out soon….FRESHMAN and TRANSFER NEWSLETTERS!!! We’ve been working hard to come out with some interesting articles that you guys will enjoy. So make sure to read the newsletter and send us feedback either through here or via our email –!! Or feel free to call our office at any time – 978-934-3980.

Hope you guys enjoy your week!!


Cynthia Here!

Hi guys! It’s Cynthia. So this is my first post because this semester has been crazy. As an engineer, sophmore year marks the begining of official engineering courses: so that means lab reports, lab reports, lab reports! Fun stuff!

So for all of you out there thinking that classes are easy, and you have no problem with calculus, chemistry, or physics, don’t worry, it will get challenging soon enough!

The most important thing though is to know when to work and when you’re too stressed to work. It’s not healthy to work every hour of every day. A great distraction for me is the UML Hockey games! This weekend your Riverhawks won both games at home! Exciting I know!

First was Colgate, Division 1 in the ECAC. It was a close game, but no worries, the Riverhawks took the game 5-3! 🙂 Saturday we took on Northeastern, and again prevailed 3-1. It was obvious that the Huskies were still a little bitter because the Riverhawks took their expected place in the Hockey East Championship Game last year.

But that’s it for me for now! Back to lab reports….you should do the same 😉