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Fright Planet scares locals at Cal Expo

Kelsie Tennyson is ready to go out and scare the crowd at Fright Planet in Cal Expo. 

Camille Anglo

October 30, 2013

For the last three years, Fright Planet, located at Ethan Way and Exposition Boulevard, has drawn visitors during the Halloween season for jumpy haunts and screams.The theme park, which includes 10 attractions such as Alice’s Nightmare in 3D and a simulator for getting buried alive, is designed to mater...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?

James Heck

December 5, 2012

Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at [email protected]

ASI opens up ‘Haunted Hall’

State Hornet Staff

October 31, 2012

Even though Halloween falls on a school day, it does not mean there are not ways to celebrate. Stop in at the ASI Haunted Hall located in the University Union today from 10 a.m. to noon for spooky decorations, free pizza, Jamba Juice, prizes and a chance to meet your ASI representatives. For a few m...

Zombie dessert: Puff pastry intestines

Ronnie Dela Cruz

October 17, 2012

With Halloween around the corner, we thought it would be festive to make a savory treat with a human body part resemblance. Warning: This pastry is not for those with a weak stomach. Halloween spirit is required for enjoyment. We wanted to keep the Halloween spirit alive by baking a sweet concoction wi...

Zombie nutrition: The best people to eat

Watch out, you might be the next meal for these hungry zombies.

McClatchy Tribune

October 17, 2012

The eating habits of the future undead could mean the difference between a healthy, happy horde and a grumpy, hungry group. Selecting the right type of prey and being smart about which body parts to consume can ensure that the zombie horde keeps the rest of the human population fleeing in terror for y...

Staff picks for Halloween movies


October 3, 2012

Nick Scheuer Drew Goddard, director, and Joss Whedon, producer, co-wrote “Cabin in the Woods” as a critique on slasher films and horror movies in general. Both men worked together on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the pair brings the signature humor and clever writing to “Cabin in the Woods...

Sac State volunteers help kids trick or treat safely

Super heroes Damian (left), Ashton (center) and Christopher
(right) gathered at the corner of Toll Lane and Main Street in
Safetyville on Saturday. 

Kaitlin Bruce

October 26, 2011

There was a ghoul-filled, pumpkin-packed trip for kids at Sacramento's Safetyville USA on Saturday, with fun and games for families to participate in while learning about public safety in a simulated environment. Safetyville USA hosted its 18th annual family-friendly Halloween Haunt, attracting families from...

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