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Take a closer look at winter holiday celebrations on campus

With the switch from quarters to semesters, students are on campus well into December for the first time in many years. 

Take a look at how Ohio University is celebrating the winter holidays in 2012.



Student Riley Jobes sings a solo during the Caroling by Candlelight event in the Bentley Annex on Dec. 9, 2012. The event was sponsored by ImPRessions to benefit the Athens County Humane Society. Photo by Chris Franz.

Hanukkah, menorah lighting

Students light the menorah candles during a Hillel at Ohio University ceremony. Photo by Ross Brinkerhoff.


Students stand around the Kwanzaa celebration table during the University's annual PreKwanzaa event on Nov. 28 at the Baker University Center. Students set the Kwanzaa table, lit candles, and learned about the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The event is sponsored by the Ohio University Office of Multicultural Programs/Multicultural Center and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board. Photo courtesy of the Multicultural Center.


University buildings are often decorated for the holidays, but with finals in mid-December, off-campus students could decorate, too. The glow from these houses on Palmer Street was captured in multiple exposures. Photo by Chris Franz.


This international student shares a candy cane with a little girl during the University's International Dinner. During the annual event, students from around the world share their food traditions. Photo by Brien Vincent.


Ge'ylah Jones, a motivational speaker, performance poet and author, performed her one-woman show titled "A Kwanzaa Celebration during the PreKwanzaa event on Nov. 28. She has received various awards such as the Cultural Citizen's Foundation's "Trophy of Honor, and has performed with legendary poet Maya Angelou. Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that combines aspects of different African tribes' "first fruit" (harvest) celebrations. The official holiday is celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.The Pre-Kwanzaa celebration on the Athens campus gives students the opportunity to celebrate together while still on campus. Photo courtesy of the Ohio University Multicultural Center.



Being on campus later gave students an opportunity to engage in charitable holiday activities. Ohio University ImPRessions, an entirely student-run public relations firm, organized "Caroling by Candlelight" to benefit the Athens County Humane Society. The Ohio University Singers, Section 8 of the Singing Men of Ohio, and other musical guests led the audience in seasonal tunes on Sunday, Dec. 9. Photo by Chris Franz.

Hanukkah menorah lighting

Jarrad Gold lights a menorah on Dec. 11, on the porch of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity in celebration of the fourth night of Hanukkah. The ceremony was attended by Jewish members of Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Kappa sorority. Also pictured (from left to right) are Rabbi Danielle Leshaw, Ruthie Leshaw, Rachel Rzepka, Lauren Devinson, Janie Silverman, Marc Hochhause, Seth Schwartz, Joey Rosen, Risa Katz and Jacob Freeder. Photo by Ross Brinkerhoff.