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Tis The Season

As I get colder and colder on my way to Deike Building,  I notice something else, the fraternity houses decorated to the “T”.  Call me what you will, but if you are christian, jewish, muslim, whatever, you have to appreciate the symbolism.

“Christmas lights created a smiley face outlining windows, a Nittany Lion on the bushes and a rose next to the Lion outside the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house Thursday night, all aspects which helped them capture first place.

The Off-Campus Student Union along with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) hosted its third annual Holiday Lights tour which featured fraternity houses on and off campus decorated for the holidays. About 35 people rode on the bus tour, which traveled by the 26 houses that registered for judging.

Houses are judged on holiday spirit, creativity, difficulty, and originality with possible bonus points being awarded to those houses that go above and beyond, said Tim Uhrich, Off-Campus Student Union co-chair for Holiday Lights.

“We’re trying to foster better relations between the community and greek life,” Uhrich (senior-political science and history) said. “They’re lightin’ up the town and getting in the holiday spirit.”

On Burrowes Street, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house went for a more classical approach to decorating their house. The brick house was decorated with wreaths tied with red ribbon, which were highlighted by spotlights. The bushes donned hundreds of white lights.”

It just sets the stage for what is coming, a holiday about family.  More importantly, it symbolizes a community, the greeks, reaching out trying to make a positive impact on the community, using a collaborative approach with the Off Campus Student Union.

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