11 Ways Binghamton Students Got In The Holiday Spirit This Year

Posted by Steven Molinari on December 23, 2014

The holiday season at Binghamton University is a blend of diverse celebrations, festive events and charitable initiatives. Here are 11 ways the campus community made merry in 2014.

1. Cooled down with Frostivities

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The annual Frost Fest is winter's Spring Fling, and there's always freebies, food, activities and performances. This year's theme was "The Nightmare Before Christmas."  

2. Delivered holiday cheer to children in need

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The Hand-to-Heart Project, an annual holiday drive organized by Residential Life and the National Residence Hall Honorary, collected gifts to support requests from the Salvation Army and Wyoming Conference Children's Home. Binghamton University's Physical Facilities department also presented a $3,500 check to the Toys for Tots campaign this year.

3. Partied North Pole-style

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From hot chocolate bars in residential communities to an ugly sweater party downtown, holiday gatherings made effective study breaks during the finals crunch.

4. Played Santa

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For the 25th annual Student Association (SA) toy drive "Project SAnta," the University worked with local community schools to provide families with gifts for the holidays.

5. Sang their hearts out

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Who needs holiday music on the radio! A capella groups displayed their spirit by singing festive tunes at events across campus.

6. Donned their ugly sweaters

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Binghamton hosted the merriest – and ugliest – 5K this year. Looking bad has never paid off so well -- the inaugural run raised over 3,000 for the Broome County Promise Zone, which aims to improve the quality of education for area children. 

7. Decked the (residence) halls

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Whether it was a miniature Christmas tree or an electric menorah, students across campus spruced up their dorms to feel at home during the holidays.

8. Partnered with cultural organizations

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Chabad held its annual "Chanukah Toy Drive," in which they collect and sell toys on campus, which are then distributed to children suffering from cancer through the Chai Lifeline Organization.

9. Enlightened themselves (literally and figuratively)

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This year, students gathered to learn about Hanukkah through its history in “Hanukkah through the Ages." The discussion involved the history of Hanukkah in Europe during pre-war times as well as during the second World War. 

10. Weathered the storm

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As the sixth-snowiest school in the nation, we lived up to our title. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

11. Showcased cultural traditions

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This year, the Multicultural Resource Center hosted its sixth annual MRC Global Fiesta: Celebrating Holidays around the World, featuring presentations of both religious and non-religious holidays.

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