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Feathered ‘fiend’ has long played on our fears
October 31, 2016

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – It’s Halloween, when this Washington State University Libraries patron’s mind turns to things that go bump – or, in this case, flap – in the night from a literary and not-so-literary point of view. This year, the subject is birds, the stuff of nightmares for many since Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds” was released in 1963.

Unruly Halloween weather, present and past
October 26, 2016

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Last Halloween, whether you ventured outside to attend a party or your little ones trick-or-treated house to house, you may remember superhero capes flapping in the wind and Harry Potter robes pelted by rain.

‘Death of a Textbook’ highlights open educational resources
October 17, 2016

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

international-open-access-week-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Some things are scarier than the ghosts, ghouls and goblins of Halloween. For college students (and many of their parents), the cost of textbooks and related course materials can make their hearts skip a beat more than the holiday’s worst horror movie.

Cut bats some slack; build them a home for Halloween
October 29, 2015

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – No soundtrack to Halloween would be complete without the flapping wings and piercing squeaks of bats. They are the maligned creatures of the night this time of year and also part of the holiday decorating tsunami – as in uber-icky spongey blobs hanging off fishing line on front porches.

Carve, stuff, devour: Blue pumpkins no trick at WSU farm’s harvest party
October 2, 2013

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Pumpkin-blue-80PULLMAN, Wash. – To hear Brad Jaeckel talk about the 2,000 pumpkins soon to be sold at Washington State University’s organic farm, one might think he’s out of his gourd.

Blue and red ones will be ripe for picking, said Jaeckel, and lots of white ones, too.