CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

AUSTIN RUDICEL ’20 & DAVIS LAMM ’20 | STAFF WRITERS • As the holiday season starts up, Wabash is getting into the festive spirit by decorating campus. Nicole Mitchell, Business Office Assistant, decided to bring some Wabash competitiveness into the art of decorating and created the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Departments across campus decorated Christmas trees and students will vote on what tree is the best.

The goal of this contest is to spread holiday spirit, along with bringing the students and faculty together by having students visit different offices that they would not normally encounter and meet the staff. Although the winning department does not get a monetary prize, they do receive bragging rights and a “special trophy” that will be passed down to each yearly winner.

“It’s a busy time for everyone, so take a breather and go and see everyone’s tree,” Mitchell said. There is a list of the locations of all the Christmas trees competing, so students can tour campus and see the many creative trees designed by Wabash faculty.

Dawn Hoffman, Business Office Assistant, is also very excited about this Christmas competition.

“We want to encourage people to go around and see the trees,” Hoffman said. She was amazed at the tree decorated by the Alumni Office. “They have an event. It’s not just a tree, it is an experience.”

The departments in the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest are as follows: Business Office, Athletics, Dean of College, Dean of Students,Modern Language, Hays Science Hall, Hays Alumni, Kane House, and Athletics Training Room.

Students can cast their vote for their favorite Christmas tree in the business office. Voting closes the December 14th, so get out soon and see the creative trees made by the various departments around campus.

Along with the tree decorating competition, Wabash hosted it’s annual Christmas Festival this past Wednesday in the Chapel, providing faculty, students, and community members with holiday songs and scripture from the Bible.

Professor of Religion David Blix ’70 was the event’s orchestrator and expressed the importance of the event to the community.

“People enjoy the festival so much,” Blix said. “It has extended much further out into the wider community. I have talked to a number of people who say ‘For me, Christmas begins the night of the Christmas Festival’. It’s beautiful.”