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Tuesday, October 28, 2014



We want your Halloween Selfies! 

1st Prize - Otis Swag & Gift Card
2nd, 3rd, 4th Prize - Starbucks Card

Send your Selfies to 
by November 10th! 

ALL Selfies will be published on Ozine on Nov 11th, especially the winners!

When sending in your Selfies, don’t forget to include your name, major and year. If you are a staff or faculty member, include your name and department. 

Happy Halloween!

- The Folks at Ozine -

Florida Horror Story


It all happened on a typical day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when the sky was blue with puffy white clouds. My mom received a call on her cellphone from Marina, our live-in housekeeper who was calling her from home. Marina was complaining how she felt “very sick." My mom told Marina to take the day off and lay down. Marina continued to call my mom repeating how she, “did not feel well and something was wrong." On the fifth call she said, “Your family is going to die”.

While my mom was panicked she had to pick my sister, Megan, from pre-school before she could go home. When my mom and Megan returned home, Megan walked to her room and on the way to her room, she passed the hall bathroom where Marina was standing in the doorway looking towards the ground. Megan yelled out “Hi Marina!” But Marina ignored her and my sister kept repeating her greeting until Marina jumped at Megan with her eyes rolled to the back of her head. Megan screamed and ran straight to her room.

My mom went to see why my sister was screaming and heard strange sounds coming from the hall bathroom. When she walked in she realized that Marina was standing in front of the shower praying. My mom called out her name and Marina jumped out at my mom. She looked hideous! She had chewed off her lips and there was blood running down her chin and her eyes were all white. She was also speaking in an unfamiliar language. A language that was neither English nor Marina's native Spanish.

My mom ran upstairs where my dad was on a business call. My mom was in shock and could barely speak. When my dad ran downstairs and tried to help Marina, she continuously hit him, screamed, scratched, and tried biting him.

Finally my parents called 911. The fire department, paramedics, and police arrived shortly. Two paramedics tried to carry Marina out of the bathroom, but she was “unnaturally strong” and resisted them. Marina was a petite 5 ft. tall woman.

It took 3 firefighters, 4 policemen to get her out of our home and into an ambulance.

We never heard from Marina again. All we know is that she ended up in a mental hospital in Columbia.

Fifteen years later when my mom was renovating my bedroom she found a dried out frog with its eyes and mouth sewn shut, hidden under my drawers.

- Taylor -

Halloween Treat: Caramel Apple


Here's a favorite Halloween treat to brighten up your scary night. Only takes 20 minutes of your life!

- Tommy  & Amarilis -

Jack O’ Lanterns are a fun Halloween tradition where kids and adults alike carve and decorate pumpkins for the Halloween season. But just where did the idea of Jack O’ Lanterns come from?

It all started with an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil over for a drink. Being true to his name, Stingy Jack did not want to pay so he tricked the Devil into turning into a coin so he may pay for the drinks that way. The Devil complied,

but Jack decided to keep the money and put it in his pocket with his other silver coins. This prevented the Devil from changing himself back. Jack made a deal with the devil that he would free the Devil if he did not bother Jack for one year, and if Jack should die during that time, the Devil would not claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack freed him. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing a tree to get some fruits. Whilst the Devil was up in the tree, Jack carved a cross into the tree so the Devil couldn’t come down unless he promised not to bother Jack for the next ten years and not to claim his soul if he should die during that time. The Devil agreed but soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God did not want someone as unsavory as Jack in Heaven, so he turned him away. The Devil, true to his word, would not claim Jack’s soul for Hell, but upset by the tricks Jack played on him, the Devil sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern” which was then simplified to “Jack O’Lantern.”

In Ireland and Scotland, people made their own versions of this story by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to scare away Stingy Jack and other wandering spirits. When immigrants from these countries came to the Americas, with them they brought the Jack o’ lantern tradition and they soon found out that pumpkins, a native fruit to America, make perfect Jack o’ lanterns.

So go out and get a pumpkin. Decorate or carve it for the fun of it but remember, Stingy Jack roams the Earth to this day. Maybe a Jack o’ lantern or two can keep you safe from harm this dark Halloween night.

- April -

Super Gasmask Brros.


From the distroted mind of a sleep deprived Digital Media Major comes the tale of two, twisted brothers.

- Manami -

Edward Mordrake Part 1

This week's episode is spookier than the last, because there are some ghastly elements that weren't included before. It begins with Dr. Mansfield and his assistant, Miss Rothschild, bringing in a specimen to the American Morbidity Museum. After an evaluation from an appraiser, it becomes apparent that the specimen is a fake, as well as the doctor's credentials. Even so, the museum docent urges him to find a specimen for her at a freak show because her museum exhibits have gotten stale. This leads the doctor and his assistant to Jupiter, Florida where Elsa Mars' freaks reside and perform.

Seems he's more of a swindler than a doctor

Back at the freak show, Jimmy's mother is diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver with only six months to live. This makes her grumpy and consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Jimmy returns to the tent after digging Meep's grave, unaware of his mother's situation. Seeing Jimmy's sadness about Meep's death, the twins Dot and Bette, suggest they dedicate the night's show to Meep. Being that it's Halloween, this riles up the freaks and they tell the twins of Edward Mordrake, and why no freak show ever performs on Halloween. They don't want Edward the ghost to haunt and murder them.

Handsome, until you see the other side of him.

Edward was an Englishman of noble birth who was a scholar, a poet, and a musician. His one flaw was that he had a face on the back of his head that would constantly whisper hellish things only Edward could hear. Edward tried to kill the face many times, but no matter what it wouldn't die. His family admitted him to an asylum, where he soon escaped and then joined a freak show. One day he snapped, killed all of the freaks, and hung himself. But even in death, his second face continued to smile.

We are returned to Dandy's life, and when he finds out that there's a Halloween curfew and that his mother made him a Howdy-Doody outfit, he becomes enraged and tries to force his maid, Dora, to clean up the mess he made. Dora sharply and directly tells him that she works for his mother. Dandy, in a fit of anger, begins to create his own costume.

Pretty ballsy for a maid

The assistant Ms. Rothschild is re-introduced as a psychic, Esmeralda, and is brought to Elsa. While beginning a reading on a skeptical Elsa, Rothschild sneakily glances around the room to see what information she can get. With this in mind, she gives Elsa an amazing reading and is soon hired. Rothschild then calls the doctor and tells him that she doesn't want to stay there, saying that the freaks are all she can think of now. He insists that she murder the twins and bring them as a specimen for the museum.

Now, don't think that I forgot Twisty. His creepiness only escalates with each episode. This time he first appears behind some bushes while a little girl is trick or treating. She of course notices him, while her mother ignores the her concerns, and her brother teases her. Later he kidnaps her him. That's what the brother gets for bullying his little sister.

Wow, that's a good costume Twisty!

Towards the end of the episode Elsa practices a routine because of the information she got from her psychic reading, despite her knowledge of Edward Mordrake. In the middle of her practicing,
a strange man, who we all know is Edward, except for the characters in the show, walks into the tent. Even though there's a green fog that surrounds him, Elsa doesn't find him to be suspect at
all. I mean it's pretty obvious he's a ghost, he's dressed in an 1800's outfit. Who still wore those in the fifties?

Green fog, top hat, and a weird outfit. But still no one has a clue about who he is

- Jackie -

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who are you?


1. Comic Con Fanatics

Love for anime led them to want to draw big eyed and highly rendered cartoons. They love Japan but their ancestors hail from the midwest. They love tiny trinkets dressing up in costume and Hi-Chew.

2. The Gamer

This student has GameStop on speed dial. They show their devotion and loyalty to their videogame by owning several t-shirts of it. Since they can rip you a new one on any video game console they have above average confidence - at least in the virtual world.

3. The Artist

Their wardrobe looks like a compilation of Jackson Pollock paintings. Unfortunately, its all blue jeans with paint splatters on them. You see them all around campus carrying supplies gearing up for their next masterpiece.

Tip: Invest in an apron.

4. The “Grandparent”

This student is old, seriously older than your parents. But hey, it’s never too late to get educated and expand your horizons.

5. Educated Gang$taa

They wear baggy pants and baggy jackets. They wear their hat to the side and headphones over it like Eminem from the movie 8 Mile.

6. Indie-Hip

This student is craving the munchies right about now. Luckily, $8 chai tea lattes and cigarettes are a great way to suppress your hunger. They're all vegan, recycled, fair trade canvas hemp shoes remind you that everything is alright, man.

7. The Punks

This student embraces the darker side of life. We can all learn something from that.

8. The Fashionistas

“What’s the big occasion? Nothing, why? I thought it was fashion week?” Seeing a fashion student is like seeing a unicorn, good luck. But if you do, make sure to ask them for some fashion advice.

9. The Disney Clan

I get it Walt Disney was a genius but just like in Toy Story, Andy had to grow up. Luckily you’re not alone, Otis is a place where it is cool to be a member of the Disney Clan.

10. The Weekend Warrior

This student works nonstop and doesn’t sleep all week due to “the workload.” Monday through Friday you can find them working vigorously at Otis or at home but when Saturday rolls by you can see them pounding shots and dancing to EDM somewhere.