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"Lighting an Era" Through the Eyes of a Student

The longest tradition at Texas Tech will be celebrated again on Dec. 3.

Written by Ioanna Makris

25,000 lights illuminate the Texas Tech campus every December. It is a tradition that has evolved over 52 years into an event that represents the holiday season.

The Carol of Lights began in 1959 with Gene Hemmle who caroled from dorm to dorm with some of his music students. The tradition quickly grew and now students and Lubbock residents line the science quad and Memorial Circle waiting for the lights to be switched on.

Annie Lin, a Texas Tech alumna, is one of the many students who has been attending the festivities since she was a freshman at Texas Tech. Her freshman year she was an observer of the festivities, but when her sophomore year came about she began partaking in the behind-the-scenes work of the Carol of Lights.

Lin joined the Woman’s Service Organization and helped build the wreath for the Carol of Lights.

“It helped me see the Carol of Lights in a different way,” Lin said.

She continued her involvement with the wreath until she graduated from Texas Tech and she has shared her memories with us.

Share your experiences in the comments.

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3 Responses to “"Lighting an Era" Through the Eyes of a Student”

  1. E. Omega Says:

    Thank you for sharing so much of what we all felt, have experienced with our fellow Alumni. Love our TTU, where your future is possible. May we all continue with this wonderful tradition.
    Ms. E. Omega

  2. Lonny Fox Says:

    I will never forget my freshman year COL’s it was my first. Some time during the activities it started snowing and it was one of the most beautful things I had ever seen. Later that night sometime close to midnight their was the biggest snowball fight I had ever had the pleasure to take part in in Memoral Cercel we had the time of ourlives. I was wonderful.

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