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TIP SHEET   Week of Oct. 27, 2003
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

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Monty Ernst is an expert in classic horror films — particularly those created in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Many horror movies considered classics today were filmed during the so-called “Golden Age.” A number of the films of that era have stood the test of time by retaining their popularity and frightening qualities. The films Ernst considers classic rely on the viewer’s imagination, with much happening off camera or in the shadows. During this Halloween week, Monty Ernst is available to talk with reporters about classic horror movies that have become part of our popular culture, such as The Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy and others. Ernst is the McNair Program research coordinator at UW-Eau Claire. He can talk about the movies, as well as how and why they work so well even 50-75 years later. You can reach Monty Ernst at (715) 836-2156 or

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More than 40 countries and cultures will be represented in this year’s International Folk Festival at UW-Eau Claire. The largest folk festival of its kind in western Wisconsin, the event includes food from around the world, educational activities for kids, cultural exhibits, dancing, art and craft displays and live music. Examples of activities include: the Bistra Voda International Folk Dancers at 1:30 p.m. in Davies Theater; the Native American Dance, Songs, Drums at 3 p.m. in Davies Theatre; and the African Choir and African Drums at 4 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Other interactive activities include opportunities for visitors to the India Abroad Association and Nepal booth to try on traditional Indian clothing, the Irish Dance Club teaching ceili dance, and the Manyatta Association volunteers teaching visitors to count in Yoruba and Swahili. The International Folk Festival will run from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Davies Center. For more information, contact the Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.

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Area children will trick-or-treat in the residence halls on campus from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Kids will trick-or-treat door-to-door in the following halls: Chancellors, Bridgman, Oak Ridge, Governors, Putnam, Towers North and Towers South. They will trick-or-treat in the lobby at Thomas and Sutherland halls.

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Updated: October 27, 2003