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Dec. 9, 2011
By Brittany Keithley, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University is getting into the holiday spirit with festive light displays throughout campus and the second annual "Light Up the Halls" competition.
Northwest’s Residence Hall Association asked students to bring holiday lights with them when they returned to campus from the University's Thanksgiving break. RHA then encouraged on-campus residents to decorate their windows in an attempt to make their hall the brightest on campus.
A panel of judges, consisting of RHA members and staff, toured the campus Thursday, Dec. 8, to review the displays. Light displays were judged on creativity and the number of windows lit. South Complex won this year's competition and receives $100 and a plaque.
RHA Assistant Director Meghan Davis hopes the event will continue to grow each year.
“The halls are really excited about the event this year, and we hope that this becomes an ongoing tradition for our campus,” Davis said.
Charles Beckler, a sophomore management information systems major from Friend, Neb., took the competition to new heights when he constructed a light show of more than 5,000 lights in Centennial Gardens near South Complex. The show went live at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and will continue every evening for four hours.
“What I love most of all is watching people enjoy the show and watching children's faces light up,” Beckler said. “I hope and believe that these shows are a fun way for family and friends to come together and get into the spirit of Christmas.”
The Alumni House also joined the festivities with a Bearcat paw light display that was constructed by Mike Kinman, husband of Carma Kinman, executive assistant in the Office of University Advancement. Mike constructed the paw in 24 hours by welding a Bearcat paw-shaped frame and attaching lights. As Northwest alumni, Carma and her husband wanted a light display that symbolized the Northwest spirit.
“He said that his inspiration for making the paw was to show how proud he is of the success of our alma mater,” Carma said. “The quality and innovation of Northwest that the paw represents is a shining example to the people of this community and to other universities.”
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