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Posted by Office of Media and Public Relations on December 10, 2018
With the holidays approaching, we thought what better way to celebrate than to invite everyone on campus to put on an ugly sweater and get their picture taken? Binghamton students, faculty and staff donned their festive apparel for our first-ever Holiday Sweater Contest. Participants were asked to bring a food or personal care items to donate to Bear Necessities Food Pantry. From sweaters celebrating sports teams to more homespun creations, Binghamton really came through in our inaugural event. Take a gander at these festive sweaters!
"It’s simple, but festive, and it jingles when I move. I want to have fun."
“I am very sarcastic. With finals and everything, I want to say ‘Bite me’, but I can’t, so I wore this.”
"I wear this every year. It’s super comfy. I'll take any excuse to wear yoga pants to work."
"I was inspired by the movie A Christmas Story."
"I'm a big Buffalo Bills fan. I wanted to show my team spirit."
(Baxter declined to comment.)
"What inspired your outfit?"
“I work for Dean of Students and Residential Life and we have such a good time with all of the people. That was it, just the people!”
"I had a sweater like this one many years ago, in the 80’s. I got this one from Goodwill and added reclaimed lights to wear to the annual Christmas party."
"They all love pets and I put bells on it so they know when I’m coming!”
"I have twins who are 21 now. My sweater is inspired by my kids’ artwork from elementary school."
"I didn’t have an ugly sweater. I wanted to make something."
“I created this for an ugly Christmas party. I found the design on Pinterest and created the whole thing from scratch.”
"Festivus for the rest of us!"
“I just took it from my friend's closet, to be honest, and just put it on.”
"I have a lot of school spirit. I wanted to match my school spirit with my team spirit."
"It’s like a fast clip-on tie that comes with a shirt. It makes life so simple. You just throw it on with pants and you're good to go."
"I just wanted something very ugly. I thought it would be perfect for this."
On his light-up sweater:
“If you’re going to wear an ugly sweater, you may as well do it with lights. Because everywhere we go, there’s enough darkness out there where we need to bring light."
“My holiday sweater is Star Trek-themed. It has snowflakes and the Enterprise. I’m a big fan of Star Trek.”
“I have my Hanukkah sweater. Today is the fourth day of Hanukkah and tonight will be the fifth. I’m Jewish and celebrating the holiday right now.”
"I don't own a Christmas sweater."
"I wore this sweater because I wanted to spread holiday spirit as much as my team and I spread school spirit!"
"The holidays are coming and we eat, drink and be merry. The struggle is real -- we have to get to the gym."
"I created the sweater and wanted to represent athletics."
“We went to lunch without adult supervision, ended up at Sam’s Club, and they had these on a rack, so I bought one for Todd and I. When we got back, I realized everyone needed one, so I got one for our whole department.” -- Jason Gilbert
"I'm in computer science and my sweater features a Mario video game."
"What was your inspiration?"
"To spread holiday cheer and be festive, fun and sparkly."
"I’m a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan."
"I was sitting upstairs and I was looking on Snapchat and saw you guys were doing an ugly sweater contest. Ironically, I had a fun holiday sweater, so I thought I would come down and check it out.”
"I'm wearing the 12 Days of Christmas sweater because my family has a tradition of singing it together on Christmas Eve!"
For more information on Bear Necessities Food Pantry, go online.
Thanks to Texas Roadhouse, Chick-N-Bap and CopperTop Pizzeria for providing prizes to our three winners.
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