Though the holiday season is in full blast, Tech students are still studying away as winter quarter has just begun.
However, there is no fear of letting the Grinch steal Tech’s cheer because Tuesday night Union Board hosted Tech the Halls.
Heather Heflin, a junior accounting major, said Tech the Halls helped her relax and clear her head as the heat and stress of winter quarter piles on.
“Tech the Halls is just a great idea,” she said. “It is a phenomenal way to get students’ minds off their studies for a while and be put in the holiday spirit.”
This year’s Tech the Halls theme was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” so as students and Ruston community members entered “Whoville,” holiday music blared overhead.
Heflin said she loved the theme because everyone dressed up as Whoville community members for the celebration, and Santa, Mrs. Clause and the Grinch even came out to party.
However the costumes were not the only entertainment; there was an ice skating rink, photo booth, Campus skins booth, photo dry erase board booth and live music all inside the Tonk.
If that was not enough, upstairs guests could enjoy building a stuffed animal, decorating a gingerbread man, making an ornament or even watching the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
Tom Stringer, a freshman business major, said he liked the gingerbread booth the best because the cookies tasted delicious.
“Everything is really creative,” he said. “It is definitely a fun way to get the students involved, out of their rooms and into the holiday spirit.”
If there were not enough sweet Christmas treats inside, guests could take their newly-made bear outside to make s’mores and admire the Christmas lights and blow-up decorations as they rode the train around the quad.
“It is very evident that Union Board put a lot of planning and preparation into this event,” Stringer said.
Alana Crump, a senior political science and English double major, helped plan Tech the Halls this year and said that it was better than ever.
“I cannot even explain how much work went into planning Tech the Halls,” she said. “We have been planning this event since September and have been making decorations since October.”
Crump said all activities from last year were brought back this year, but this year they added the trackless train and the movie showing.
Though there were new things this year, Crump said she will always like the ice skating rink the best.
“I love watching all the small kids ice skate,” she said. “I know it is not real ice, but it is real to them.”
Crumps said it is all about the smiles and Christmas spirit.
“People come to enjoy Christmas and get free stuff that can be gifts to others during the holiday season,” she said. “The hard work is all worth it in the end when you see the Ruston community united, laughing and having a great time.”
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