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Weather wins Judges' Choice in Halloween costume contest

In one of the largest Halloween Happenings contests in recent years, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences staff, dressed as “Weather Super Heroes and Villains,” won Judges’ Choice overall, with second place in Judges’ Choice going to “Rosie the Riveter”– a group from the Charles E. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

For the first time, the audience voted for People’s Choice, giving first place to “Fifty Shades of Grey,” (Heidi Thompson, budget and planning) and second place to the “Star Trek Couple” (Kurt Fritjofson, academic advising center, College of Arts and Sciences, and Kae-Lynn Wilson, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering).

With Steve Jackson, organizational and workforce development, as emcee at the Oct. 31 event that was held in Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall, individual and group costumes were judged for “most original,” “funniest,” “scariest,” and “group.”

Lisa Lennox, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, and dog Tandy won first place in Most Original as “Cruella and Tandy.” Second place went to “R.I.P. Fax Machine” – Gary Stewart, Susan Riley, Kate Supron and Penny Givin, from community relations.

First place in Funniest went to “Jake and Flo” (Richard Muehlmann and Kathy Mix, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business), with “Wonder Bread Woman” (Jackie Creque, College of Veterinary Medicine) getting second.

The scariest costume was worn by Jennifer Evangelista, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, as “Vampire”; second was Christopher Rogers, budget and planning, as “Ninja.”

First place in the Group category was “Toy Story” – Diane Jacobson, Marilyn Willkens, Andrew Salamida, Kristin Hopkins, Ashley Fazio, Cheryl McGraw and Sue Brightly, from Human Resources. Second place went to “Tables” – Michelle Eighmey, Melanie Cordova, Bonnie Ferguson and Anne Marie Sheridan from the dean’s suite, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Judging were Jason Cole, University Relations; Michael Esposito, Academic Human Resources; Patricia Wynn, Campus Life Enterprise Services; and Mary Opperman, Human Resources.

“Congratulations to all who participated, both those who dressed in costume and those who cheered them on,” said McGraw, who as employee outreach and events manager in Human Resources organized the event. McGraw also thanked the committee that organized the event: Linda D'Amato, Tracy Davenport, Vicki Westfall and Elaine Davis.

The event was sponsored by the Cornell Recreation Connection and Cornell Dining Services, who donated pizza, chips and soda. Cake was provided by Sweet Sensations.