UND's Forensic Sciences Club puts knowledge of the dead to good use in annual haunted adventure


Kate Menzies

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UND's Forensic Sciences Club puts knowledge of the dead to good use in annual haunted adventure

Make no bones about it, UND's Forensic Science Club is ready put on a scare tonight with its 12th annual Haunted Lab.

All who dare to visit should go to the fourth floor of O'Kelly Hall on Oct. 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight.

The club asks all who enter to wear closed toed shoes. A $5 admission fee will be charged and all proceeds will support the club's trip to the 67th Annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences Conference in Orlando, Fla. Last year, this group sent some of its members to Seattle, Wash., with funds raised from this event to attend this nationwide gathering.

This year's conference will be held Feb.16-21, and will delve into different career areas and specialties available within the forensic science field.

Every year, the Forensic Science Club creates a haunted house based on different themes. This year's theme is a haunted forest, in which the club drew inspirations from movies like Cabin in the Woods and Poltergeist to create scenes made for thrills and shrills.

"People come back year after year to see what we do next," said Courtney Schaub, one of the Haunted Lab coordinators. "It's kind of what we are known for."

The Haunted Lab allows this group to put their knowledge of forensic science to use for a purpose. From bloody weaponry to skulls and bones, this club feels right at home.

Perhaps what's more frightening is that the location of Haunted Lab is currently unoccupied and is used as storage. Many years ago, O'Kelly Hall used to be home to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences' morgue. This building has seen many cadavers in its time.

Who knows, maybe O'Kelly has some ghosts of its own. But for now, we will leave the Forensic Science Club in charge of the terror.

For more information, contact Courtney Schaub at courtney.schaub@my.und.edu.

Kate Menzies University & Public Affairs student writer

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