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October 11th, 2012

The weather has gotten colder and the shelves at Giant Eagle are stacked full with bags of candy. With the calendar flipping to October, it’s time to pull out the hot chocolate, crewneck sweatshirts and Halloween decorations.

And while the times are changing, one thing about time remains constant: bizarre holidays.

You can bet that every year, month, week and day has some name or commemoration attached to it. Some of the things we remember on certain days are funny. Others are a little more serious and really deserve our attention. Those commemorations don’t deserve the label “bizarre,” but are placed with the weird ones for some reason.

Other holidays are cultural in meaning. For instance, this is the year of the dragon if you go by the Chinese zodiac symbols. Next year, which starts on Feb. 10, is the year of the snake.

Speaking of animals, pleas among members of the staff have grown louder over the course of the semester for a newsroom puppy. I’ll have to see if we have room in the budget for one, and the staff will have to promise to bathe, feed, walk and love our new friend. But October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so if I were going to get one, this would be the month.

October is also  Awareness Month.  Personally, I think we’re at the perfect school to celebrate that distinction this month. Let’s promote awareness about being aware that this is Awareness Month. Let us also be aware that October is Sarcasm Month, which  I’m sure my fellow columnist, Clara Richter, is more than excited about.

We have plenty of food to celebrate this month: Moldy Cheese Day (apparently it was on Oct. 9), National Angel Food Cake Day (yesterday), World Egg Day (tomorrow), National Dessert Day (Oct. 14), Brandied Fruit Day (Oct. 20), National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day (Oct. 21), National Bologna Day (Oct. 24), World Pasta Day (Oct. 25) and National Candy Corn Day (Oct. 30).

Also, don’t forget that October is National Pizza Month, so go to the Inn Between and order some. Hopefully you don’t find something foreign in it (see our story in Campus this week).

Last Friday was World Teacher Day. To celebrate, professors should give themselves a break this week. Cancel all midterm exams and reports … please?

International Newspaper Carrier Day is on Oct. 20. We’ll be happy to celebrate, but that means we actually need to find someone who wants to deliver The Carroll News every Thursday. Let me know if you’re interested.

All you chemistry majors out there, Oct. 23 is your day: National Mole Day. That’s right, bake a cake on that Tuesday to celebrate Avogadro’s Number. Even better, the celebration starts at 6:02 a.m. and ends at 6:02 p.m.

Now, I’m not sure if all of these holidays are actually real. I’m just relying on what the Internet tells me, because we all know that everything we read on the Internet is correct. Notice how I just celebrated Sarcasm Month.

On a more serious note, John Carroll is a Catholic school, so it seems reasonable to mention that starting today, Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “year of faith.” The Holy Father is calling on the faithful to renew their commitment to Christ. I think it’s no coincidence today is also the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, which revolutionized the way Catholics around the world worship.

We’re at the perfect school to promote that October is Clergy Appreciation Month. If you see a Jesuit this month, and I bet you will, give him a big hug. I expect JCU to throw a party for all of them later this month, and I want an invite to the bash.

On the subject of parties, today is It’s My Party Day. How am I going to celebrate? I’m going home.

Have a great Fall Break, everyone!