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Welding Lab Horrifyingly Reborn in ‘Arc’ of Triumph


Wail to the chief! A perennial good sport for student-focused activities, college President Davie Jane Gilmour elicits kindly shudders during a midterm "makeup" exam.
Wail to the chief! A perennial good sport for student-focused activities, college President Davie Jane Gilmour elicits kindly shudders during a midterm “makeup” exam.
Arms linked in solidarity, an entourage recoils at a jump scare.
Arms linked in solidarity, an entourage recoils at a jump scare.
Benevolent bloodletting is the order of the night, as an all-in-fun trail of terrors snakes through the welding lab.
Benevolent bloodletting is the order of the night, as an all-in-fun trail of terrors snakes through the welding lab.
Brewing up their special brand of sorcery, witches add to the seasonal chill.
Brewing up their special brand of sorcery, witches add to the seasonal chill.
Two of the attraction's frightful sights help attendees face their fears.
Two of the attraction’s frightful sights help attendees face their fears.

“Arc Asylum 3.0,” the American Welding Society student chapter’s third annual house of horrors, filled everyday instructional space with extraordinary shrieks and nervous laughter. Amid the dark hideaways and creepy corners of the lab (Room A136 of the Avco-Lycoming Metal Trades Center) – and including some top-tier talent in their gallery of ghouls – the Penn College students again took full advantage of the layout’s macabre potential. “Everyone involved did a fantastic job in pulling the event off without a hitch. Dr. Gilmour volunteered to help work the haunted house, dressed in a great costume including all the touches like fake blood and a face-peeling zipper effect,” welding instructor Jacob B. Holland said. “Our AWS chapter raised a significant amount of money, since we increased our attendance by 50 percent over last year. There were a lot of happy customers that loved the scares we were able to provide them. We look forward to attempting to be even bigger and better next year!” A portion of the proceeds were donated to the Out of the Darkness Walk for suicide prevention, and contributions were accepted for The Cupboard campus food pantry.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

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