Thursday, November 17, 2011

FAC, SAC spook students with school’s haunted history

By Trisha Stachowski
Arts & Entertainment Editor

The Future Alumni Committee and the Student Activities Committee worked together to present “SMU-OOKY” in Salvi Lecture Hall Oct. 26.

The night began with a slideshow and an oral account of the university’s “eerie” past by Patrick Marek ’79. Marek’s presentation was followed by SAC’s showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. Students were invited to wear costumes to both events to celebrate Halloween.

Marek’s presentation included both personal testimonies and other alumni’s stories of the ghostly happenings in both Saint Mary’s and Heffron Halls. He also talked about SMU history, including the shooting of Bishop Patrick Heffron, the university’s founder.

Marek has been interested in the school’s supposed haunted nature since he attended SMU and lived in Heffron Hall. This interest motivated him to extensively research SMU’s history and the hauntings.

The SMU-OOKY event was created by last year’s FAC president Sarah McDonough, with the event taking place at the theater in Saint Yon’s Hall. This year, FAC teamed up with SAC in order to “capture a wider audience” said current FAC president Brigid McDonough.

At the beginning of Marek’s presentation, Salvi Lecture Hall was full, with even more costumed students showing up as the night went on. “By combining [Marek’s] presentation with SAC’s movie night, we were able to accomplish our goal,” said Brigid.

FAC meetings are held every other Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Game Room in the basement of the Toner Student Center. For more information on Marek’s presentation or about FAC, contact Brigid McDonough at

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