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Meet The Editor:
I’m Kelsey and I have been the living editor all year. I’m a senior and will be attending High Point University in the fall and majoring in either Pre-Pharmacy or Criminal Justice. I have loved working on this paper all year and cant wait to see what next year’s class has in store.
Signing Off: Kelsey Wiley
HPU Welcomes all for Christmas Cheer
By: Kelsey Wiley
All photos courtesy of High Point University
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas is right around the corner and there have been some very exciting traditions and celebrations going on in the community. One special celebration was the 8th Annual High Point University Community Christmas Celebration, which was held on December 13 and 14.
Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University shared a heartwarming meaning for the motivation to start the Christmas celebration:
“High Point University is High Point’s University with an apostrophe ‘s’ – something I first proclaimed when I became president of HPU more than a decade ago. I have called the city of High Point my home for nearly 50 years,” Qubein shared. “My wife, Mariana and I, graduated from High Point College (now HPU), raised our family here, worshipped here, volunteered here and formed lasting relationships. We love the city of High Point, and so does High Point University. Hosting HPU’s annual Community Christmas Celebration provides an opportunity to fellowship with our community and recognize Jesus as the reason for the season.
“It makes the holidays a little brighter for local families. Hundreds of HPU employees and students volunteer to make the event possible. It is truly a community celebration.¨
This event has been a tradition for eight years now and gets bigger and better each year it is held. This year they had performances from Central High School and T.W. Andrews High School, along with rides on the Polar express and a Life Size Nativity Scene.
They also had a lovely visit from the Jolly fellow himself Santa Claus, along with Santa’s petting zoo.
The beautiful campus itself was dressed with thousands of Christmas lights, Nutcrackers, wreaths, ribbons, and several beautifully decorated Christmas Trees in most buildings. The Slane Student Center was seen as a ¨Winter Wonderland¨ with life-like snowfall and Anna and Elsa paying a visit to everyone.
Wanek Center had a Lego workshop and the Holly Jolly Hotdog shop was set up in the Millis Center Gym.
“HPU’s Community Christmas Celebration has grown tremendously from what was a stroll along our Kester International Promenade with decorations, Santa and hot cocoa, to a truly campus-wide event that includes Polar Express train rides, a life size Nativity, visits with Santa and a gift for each child, hot food, the Crafty Elf Lego Workshop, falling snow, performances from school and community choirs, Santa’s Stable petting zoo, thousands of Christmas lights and decorations strung throughout campus, numerous opportunities to take photos with your family and much more,” Qubein said.
“This year, visits from Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” and additional photo opportunities were also included. These photos are printed for free on site and given to families. The entire event is free! The event offers so much, and yet it continues to expand.”
Overall the experience at this wonderful event was breathtaking and so fascinating. All of the time and effort, and volunteers that spend time putting this together for the community, it really puts everyone in the Christmas spirit.
¨HPU’s Community Christmas Celebration has grown tremendously in the last eight years. In total since its inception, we’ve hosted 125,000 people,” Qubein said. “We look forward to hosting it for many years to come.¨
Lovable Family Geeks Hangout Closing
By: Savannah Welch
The lovable Geeksboro that was located in Greensboro has closed down. The reason was due to not making enough to launch the new location. The management was looking to relocate due to the need for having more space and wanting to try and make food.
The game night was moved to Fridays and any kind of tournament, other than that the games, wouldn’t be available.
“The place was slowly going down after the move to the new space, it wasn’t a surprise to me.” Said Jacob Thompson
The place closing was sad and has caused many to be quite upset, but they all understood that the place had dropped down from what they used to be. In the last six years Geeksboro built a reputation being a place for gamers and geeks to hang out.
The place will be missed and hopes that it may come back with the way it was before moving locations.
Tree Before Turkey? How the Holidays Make You Happy
By Kelsey Wiley
The holiday season is now upon us, which consists of food, family, football, and fantastic decorations.
There is always one controversy that comes up each year: if you’re decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving, are you forgetting the holiday or do you just want to get into the holiday spirit earlier than December?
Psychologists say decorating before Thanksgiving can make you happier.
It releases dopamine to the brain which is the feel good sensation of happiness and pleasure.
What brings the happiness and joy for decorating for the holidays is the bright lights and colors that come along with the tree and ornaments. It brings families together to decorate and spend time doing something they enjoy.
There are some people who don’t agree with decorating early or enjoy the holiday, maybe because of their job or they don’t have anybody to spend it with.
The Christmas season is also a time of nostalgia. If you have good memories as a child, than you have an enjoyment about the holiday. It comes with bad memories, you might despise the sight of decorations in October and November.
No matter how the holiday season is spent, everyone enjoys their own way of spending it.