Friday Briefs


Halloween scares can be beneficial

With Halloween approaching, getting scared may be a good thing.

“Fear is adaptive,” Don Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences, said to K-State News and Communication Services. “Fear keeps us safe. We are afraid of heights because we know we can fall, and we are afraid of the dark because it holds the unknown.”

Increased heart rates and sweating in fear can cause arousal for some people, according to Saucier. The feeling of fear is fun if it is nonthreatening.

“There is a social aspect to haunted houses,” Saucier said. “Halloween becomes a competition where people subject themselves to immense fear to gain social status. They try to become a ‘survivor.'”

Haunted houses are a popular social part of the holiday; people attend haunted houses to socialize and have experiences with friends.

“Some researchers argue that happiness comes from experiences,” Saucier said. “These experiences are more pronounced when shared with friends, and most people who go through haunted houses go as groups.”

Engineering, construction science competition team place second

Architectural engineering and construction science student competition team placed second in the Regional IV Associated Schools of Construction 2015 Student Competition in the design-build division, according to News and Communication Services.

Noah Easterling, Elias Grant, Daniel Vogt, and Ross Henry, all construction science majors; Jacob Lengquist, and Jordan Heinen, architectural engineering were members of the team. Ray Buyle, associate professor in architectural engineering and construction science, served as the team coach. The team traveled to Nebraska City, Nebraska for the event.

Math scores dip in Kansas

Kansas student math scores have dropped in the last year, according to the Associated Press.

The drop in scores is part of a national trend seen on the National Assessment of Education. Math scores of fourth- and eighth-grade students have dipped in the last two years. In addition to a drop in math scores, reading scores for Kansas fourth graders have also dropped. Eighth-grade reading scores were steady, but were lower on a nationwide basis.

Gov. Sam Brownback said the falling scores “reflect the need for real education reform,” according to the article.

My name is Jamie Teixeira and I am a senior English and journalism with a minor in Leadership. I am the president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a tutor at the K-State Writing Center,and a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. My future plans are to become an editor or publisher of children's literature. Outside of school I love to read and cuddle with my kitten, Bert.