Columbia College celebrates the holidays by lighting up campus

Friday, December 2, 2011 | 6:05 p.m. CST; updated 9:14 p.m. CST, Friday, December 2, 2011
April Rodeghero, 30, holds her daughter Lucy Rodegheor-Shearer, 17 months, underneath a large tree on Columbia College's campus on Friday. They went to Columbia College to watch the lighting of Christmas lights around Bass Commons.

COLUMBIA — Children ran around the lawn in front of Columbia College on Friday evening as they anticipated the lighting of the campus.

Doris Thompson comes to the lighting every year. This year she was with her daughter and grandchildren. She said she enjoys coming especially for the children.


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The campus lighting tradition began when Bonnie Brouder, wife of Columbia College President Gerald Brouder, came up with the idea in 1995, according to a news release from the college.

This year the college has added an animated lighting display to the tradition. Lights on Kirkman House light up to music played over loud speakers for the first time on Friday and on 106.5 FM for the rest of the season. The lights were put up by Paul Smith from Animated Lighting.

Brouder said the lights are more than decoration, they represent the mission of the college – to enlighten students.

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