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ULM decks the halls with campus lights

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Photo Courtesy: ULM Photo Services

Photo Courtesy: ULM Photo Services

Photo Courtesy: ULM Photo Services

Raven Adcox, [email protected]

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Students, faculty and members of the community gathered to celebrate the upcoming holiday season and an end to the fall semester.

The Christmas Tree Lighting Reception took place in the ULM quad on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m.

The tree was moved from its previous location in front of Brown Auditorium to the newly renovated quad.

The festivities included performances by both Miss Louisiana and Miss ULM. Also, the Hawkline danced to several Christmas songs.

“Gingerhawks” waited to be decorated by students and families. They were a fun twist on the traditional gingerbread house by including ULM’s mascot, the Warhawk.

Dwendol Nelson Jr., a senior communications major at ULM, attended the reception and had a blast. He was happy that the university took a break from finals to celebrate the holidays.

“It went well. There was hot chocolate, the lights looked awesome and I liked how the tree was moved to the quad this year,” Nelson said.

All of the refreshments came from Caster and Chickory Beignet and Hot Chocolate Food Truck.

After President Bruno spoke a few words, he signaled for the lights to be turned on, and the results left the crowd cheering.

Twinkling lights appeared in every direction. Wrapped around trees, they glistened and shined.

Two inflatables, one a slide called Snowzilla Jr. and another a snow globe, were set up for kids to play on.

Later in the evening, “The Polar Express”, was played for those looking to stay in the holiday spirit a while longer.

The event was free to the Monroe community, and t-shirts were also available for attending.

ULM is known for its traditions and this year’s lighting reception was no different.

Joy and laughter filled the air, and people were merry.

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ULM decks the halls with campus lights