News at a Glance

By Catalina Righter
Elm News Editor

1. A figure nicknamed the “Grim Reaper” has been frequenting an Albuquerque cemetery in recent weeks, walking among the tombstones and causing a scene as passing cars stop to watch his procession. He is so called because he wears a long white dress and a black hooded cloak that completely covers his face. On Tuesday Sept. 9 a local news station, KRQE approached the “spirit” and he agreed to be interviewed for television, though he kept his hood pulled over any identifying facial features. He said his name is “The Light Wanderer” and he comes to the cemetery to pray.  Though his visage could be intimidating, “There is nothing to be afraid of except those who seek to cause harm, pain, destruction,” he said. “If the message reaches one person, that person makes a difference in preventing the death and destruction, then it was worth it.” The verdict is still out on whether this Reaper is an inspiration or just a creeper. (KQRE)


2. In further afterlife-related news, a butt-naked, rock-and-roll influenced depiction of Satan has been erected in a Vancouver park. Train commuters frist noticed the sinful statue and it has been met with no explanations, but plenty of entertaining headlines. As well as being satanic, the art piece is also anatomically correct and according to the Huffington Post, “the bulging Beelzebub was quickly removed because city officials weren’t exactly nuts about it.” Let the puns be your clue as to what anatomical feature was especially… prominent.  Additionally, the statue was holding up the popular “devil horns” hand-sign associated with metal music. As of yet, the statue has not been claimed, and therefore remains untitled. Here’s to naming it “Raising Hell.” (Huffington Post)


3. In N.Y., A Schenectady High School senior is tried to preemptively prepare for that day when his future children will mock his high school yearbook photo. Draven Rodriguez attempted to submit an image of himself holding his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in front of a background of pink and blue lasers to the formal portrait section of his senior yearbook. Along with the photo, the teenager collected over a thousand signatures on a petition for the school to allow the photo as his official senior portrait. “I don’t see why there will be any opposition to it,” he said.  However, Matt Leon, spokesman for the Niskayuna Central School District, said “You do need to consider the consistency and decorum of the section.” Rodriguez’s alternative-style portrait was denied placement in the formal portrait section of the yearbook, though it may appear elsewhere in sections more appropriate for personal expression. There is sweet justice for the cat lovers of the Internet who have been following this story. In the back-up photo Rodriguez provided, he appears alone as requested by the school, but his formal tuxedo sports a pin bearing the image of Mr. Bigglesworth. Just another example of the young refusng to bow to the shackles of convention.  (Daily Gazette)


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