Xavier lights the campus

By: Maddie Day ~Staff Writer~

Xavier students and staff recently spread the holiday cheer at the second annual Light the Campus event.

The event was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Student Government Association (SGA).

In the past, the campus was decorated by Physical Plant, but budget cuts pushed the Xavier community to join in on the effort beginning last year.

Xavier students, faculty and staff gathered at the Husman Stage on Nov. 19 to help decorate.
For the next two hours, members of the Xavier community joined together to decorate for the upcoming Christmas season.

“It was great to see the Xavier community come together to continue a Xavier tradition of lighting the campus during the holiday season,” SGA Administrative Vice President Thomas Edney said. “Faculty, staff and students all came to help make this event a huge success.”

Aside from spreading Christmas cheer, volunteer decorators were also given other incentives to participate in the Light the Campus event.

The hall or off-campus student group with the highest percentage of student participants will receive free coffee and donuts on the Tuesday of finals week.

In addition, 500 of the event’s participants received a free strand of lights to decorate their own rooms, apartments and off-campus houses.

The holiday lights help bring the comfort of home to campus as winter break approaches.
“It really does add a great feel to campus during the last few weeks of the semester,” Edney said.
Light the Campus is just the beginning of Xavier’s celebration of the Christmas season.
The Xavier community will host a group of local elementary school students for a Xavier Christmas celebration on Dec. 7.

There will be games, arts and crafts, the lighting of a Christmas tree and food provided on the Xavier Yard.

For more information on this event and how to participate, contact xuchristmas@xavier.edu.