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2A - Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mayhem in Markley

According to legend, Mary Mar-
kley Residence Hall residents may
have more to fear this Halloween
than finding the perfect costume or
being able to walk back from a party
without assistance.
Over the past 30 years, the Mass
Markley Murder urban legend has
gone through many different trans-
formations since originating in the
summer of 1983. It was then when
Jeanne Dixon, a psychic famous for
her prediction of President John F.
Kennedy's death, wrote an article in
the National Enquirer predicting the
murders of 55 people on Halloween
night, according to legend reported
in The Michigan Daily.
Dixon went on to say the murders
would occur in a Big Ten University
building in a shape of a letter, accord-
ing to the Daily article. However,
who made the prediction, as well as
which magazine it appeared in, are
still debated.
Mary Markley Hall, being H-

shaped as well as in close proximity to
Forest Hills Cemetery, seemed like a
perfect fit.
The legend peaked in popular-
ity during the early eighties and late
nineties. Similar versions of the may-
hem have circulated on the campuses
of Michigan State University, Univer-
sity of Wisconsin, University of Indi-
ana and Kent State University.
The story behind the urban legend
has changed over the years. Many stu-
dents at the University during the late
nineties told the Daily they believed.
that a psychic on the Oprah Show, not
Dixon, predicted this catastrophe.
How were these murders supposed
to be carried out?
Students had heard different varia-
tions ofhow this atrocity might occur.
These variations are as diverse as
mass bombings to the killers dressing
up as nursery rhyme character Little
Bo Peep and going on murderous ram-
pages through the dorm, according to
Daily archives.

In 1983, Daily staffers searching
the dorm on Halloween night for
signs of truth to the prediction found
a sign-up list with 53 slots available on
a student's door. The note read, "Don't
want to study for midterms? Pick a
low number and die early."
While the urban legend has not
been as prominent on campus the past
few years, it certainly caused a stir
during its prime in the early eighties
and late nineties.
Some students even left Markley on
Halloween night, not wanting to take
any chances. The Daily quoted one
student who said she was planning on
sleeping over in a friend's dorm room.
This year, however, the urban leg-
end has begun to show signs of old
age. The vast majority of Markley
residents said they had never heard it.
A few long-time Markley staff mem-
bers remembered the heyday of the
legend, butthey declined to comment
for this article.
ALEXKAZICKAS

Gravestones in the Forest Hills Cemetery near Mary
Markley Residence-Hall. According to urban legend, a
psychic once predicted a mass murder would occur in
the dorm

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CRIME NOTES

Jogging man
reported for
exposing self
WHERE: 1900 Fuller
WHEN: Tuesday at about10:15
p.m.
WHAT: A female caller
reported a man running along
East Medical Center Drive
with his penis hanging out
of his khaki cargo pants, the
Department ofrPublic Safety
reported. DPS responded
to the scene, but they were
unable to locate the man.
Laundry room
table stolen
WHERE: Alice Lloyd Residence
Hall
WHEN: Tuesday at about 1:30
p.m.
WHAT: The building facili-
ties manager reported atable
missing from the south laundry
room, DPS reported. Police
have no suspects.

Cooper piping
stolen from
loading dock
WHERE: Lot M-53, 1506 East
Medical Center Drive
WHEN: Tuesday between 10
a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
WHAT: A shipment of coo-
per piping valued at $421 was
stolen from the loading dock,
DPS reported. Police have no
suspects.

CAMPUS EVENTS & NOTES
Talk on living WHEN:Today from 7:30 to
9 p.M.
with isablitis "WHERE: Mendelssohn The-

WHAT:Eli Claire, an author
and disability activist, will dis-
cuss what it is like to have bodily
differences such as having a dis-
abilityor being overweight.
WHO: Council for Disability
Concerns
WHEN: Today from 5:15 to
7:15 p.m.
WHERE: Educational Confer-
enceCenter, School of Social
Work Building

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Break room
vending machine Dance marathon

Racism in
soccer lecture j
WHAT: Prof. Andrei Markov-
its will address racism in the
world's most popular sport.
WHO: Shmooze Club
WHEN: Today from 7 to 8:30
p.m.
WHERE: Hillel
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Students are carrying
emptygun holsters on their
waists this week on col-
lege campuses nationwide in
protest of a perceived denial of
their second amendment rights,
FOX News reported. A student
group organized the protest
after universities imposed
restrictions on firearm posses-
sion after last year's shootings
at Virginia Tech University.
AMinnesota man shot two
holes in one during the
same round of golf earlier
this month, the Star Tribune in
.Minneapolis reported. In doing
so, Rick Misencik beat 67 mil-
lion to 1 odds, according to a
former math professor working
for Golf Digest.
Two years after actor
Robert Caryle starred in
"The Full Monty," he was
eating his fellow western pio-
neers in "Ravenous."
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raided
WHERE: University Hospital
WHEN: Tuesday at abut 12:15
p.m.
WHAT: Thirty dollars in cash
and 20 miscellaneous snack
items valued at $1 each were
taken from a hospital break
room, DPS reported. The
snacks included a variety of
crackers, chips and candy.

fundraiser
WHAT: A fundraising event
featuring performances by
Groove and the Friars and a
documentary film following
campus icons like Mike Hart
and the Bongo Man and E.
Royster Harper. Tickets are $8
at the Michigan Union Ticket
Office.
WHO: Dance Marathon

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