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Multimedia: Campus holiday celebration

December 19, 2013
Will Dinnat, a freshman kinesiology major, and Kristen Seal, a freshman elementary education major, stuff bulldogs at the Build a Bulldog booth during the Tech the Halls event December 10. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

Will Dinnat, a freshman kinesiology major, and Kristen Seal, a freshman elementary education major, stuff bulldogs at the Build a Bulldog booth during the Tech the Halls event December 10. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

 

Will Trahan
Staff Reporter

 

The Holiday season is here, which means students are itching to celebrate the season.

 

Students were able to build their own bulldog and have their picture taken with Santa and Buddy the Elf while drinking hot chocolate.

 

Some students also had a caricature artist draw them while listening to Alive By Sunrise play.

 

Others got to customize their own ornaments, then receive a free meal. If attendees brought an unopened toy they were entered to win gift cards.

 

Kaitlin Robinson, a sophomore family and child studies major and member of Union Board, said she really enjoyed Tech the Halls this year because students were not the only ones involved in the event.

 

“I really enjoy events like this because you can come with all your friends and dress up,” Robinson said. “The theme is always unique and fun, and Union Board always does a great job setting it up.”

 

Robinson also said she loves the season and how this event gives back to the community.

 

Union Board Vice President Taylor Haynie said Tech the Halls is one of Union Board’s biggest events and it takes a lot of planning.

 

“It is a big, long process to plan it that starts a month into school,” Haynie said. “It is a lot of work, like decorations and a layout plan to fit everything where it needs to be. We set up three days in advance of the event, and a lot of tedious work goes into it making it as festive as possible while also making it functional. It is important to give back to the community, and we started Toys for Tots last year, but this year we got some of the Marines out here to help with it, which is a big deal.”

 

Some nontraditional students who might have families at home, like Kyle Tullos, also enjoy this event.

Tullos is from Shreveport and goes to school at Tech every day before heading home to a wife and two kids.

 

“I read about this event in an email and my wife and I are always looking for things to do with our family to bring them on campus and let them see the campus,” Tullos said. “It is a good opportunity for students like me that have families to get them more involved in my school life.”

 

Union Board estimated that more than 1,200 people attended Tech the Halls, making it a fun and festive night for everyone.

 

Email comments to bwt008@latech.edu.

 

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