October Parking Space Raffle Winner

Amanda Cavanaugh won the Encounter’s Parking Space Raffle for the month of October.

The Encounter staff has been selling raffle tickets for the past two weeks in the Bistro and Uno Lounge on campus during the lunch rush. The club raised $50, which will be donated to Daybreak Center in Joliet through the USF Ministry team who organizes student volunteers to serve breakfast every Friday morning.

The USF Encounter is a student run news magazine. Students interested in writing for the Encounter are invited to come to the meeting on October 9 in the Encounter Office (S413) at 9 P.M.

Congratulations Amanda Cavanaugh! Enjoy your guaranteed parking space for the month of October!

Boo! at the Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is starting their Halloween festivities on October 18.

Halloween enthusiasts of all ages are invited for a not-so-scary and fun-filled Boo! at the Zoo event at Brookfield Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays, October 18-19 and 25-26.  The Halloween themed event has something for everyone in the family.

Brookfield Zoo’s website lists the Boo! at the Zoo events as followed:

  • NEW this year: Dulcelandia Treat Station
  • Carve a pumpkin or decorate a spooky cookie on the East Mall*
  • Photo Op on North Mall*
  • Can you find your way out of the “Crazy Maize” corn maze?
  • Cheer for the pumpkin or cheer on the “Pumpkin Smasher”
  • Take a spin on the “Creepy Cowboy Carousel” *
  • Watch professional pumpkin carver create 1,000 pound jack-o’-lanterns
  • Hop on the “Haunted Hayride” and go behind the scenes for a hauntingly good time *
  • At 1:00 p.m. the popular Costume Parade commences on the North Mall, goes around Roosevelt Fountain and concludes on the West Mall.
  • Participate in the Costume Showcase at 1:30 p.m. Prizes for best animal theme, scariest, most original and best group.
  • Build a scarecrow at the Hamill Family Play Zoo *
  • Great photo ops at several pumpkin patches
  • Watch animals enjoy their very own pumpkins

Several not-so-scary Zoo Chats will be scheduled throughout the day:

  • 11:30 a.m. Bat Zoo Chat in Australia
  • 12:00 p.m. Wolf Zoo Chat at Wolf Woods
  • 12:30 p.m. Spider Zoo Chat in the Swamp
  • 1:00 p.m. Owl Zoo Chat in front of Hamill Family Play Zoo (weather permitting)
  • 2:00 p.m. Scorpion Zoo Chat in Feathers and Scales
  • 2:30 p.m. Large Snake Zoo Chat in Reptiles and Birds
  • 3:00 p.m. Raven Zoo Chats at Hamill Family Zoo*

*Additional fees apply

October 18

  • 11:00 Pumpkins to rhinos at Pachyderm
  • 1:00 S.T.A.T. of Illinois Baton/Dance Team, Chicago leading Costume Parade – North Mall

October 19

  • 10:00 a.m. Pumpkins to orangutans in Tropic World Asia
  • 1:00 p.m. Evergreen Park Community High School Cheerleaders leading Costume Parade – North Mall
  • 2:30 p.m. Danceassociation, Downers Grove performing after Costume Showcase (time approximate)

October 25

  • 11:00 a.m. Pumpkins to bears at Great Bear Wilderness and at Big Cats
  • 12:50 p.m. Danceassociation, Downers Grove performs before the Costume Parade – North Mall
  • 1:00 p.m. Reavis High School Marching Band, Burbank and Bearettes & Twirling Bears, Midlothian and Oak Lawn leading Costume Parade – North Mall
  • 2:30 p.m. DLD Dance Center, Downers Grove performing after Costume Showcase (time approximate)

October 26

  • 11:00 a.m. Pumpkins to lions at Big Cats
  • 12:50 p.m. DanceEncounter, Geneva performs before the Costume Parade – North Mall
  • 1:00 p.m. Hinsdale central High School Red Devil Marching Band and Steps Dance Center, Aurora leading Costume Parade – North Mall
  • 2:30 p.m. Steps Dance Center, Aurora performing after Costume Showcase (time approximate)

Joliet Handicap Parking Fine Doubles

The city of Joliet may be doubling the fine for parking in handicapped spaces. In an effort to resolve what some community leaders are calling an epidemic problem, the City Center is considering increasing the fines from $250 to $500.

Tony Arellano, the chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, says that these parking violations have become a growing problem over the past two years.

Councilman Jim McFarland initially proposed increasing the fine by only $100, but District 4 Councilwoman Bettye Gavin proposed to raise the fine to the maximum allowed under Illinois state law to give the ordinance prominence.