Making Spirits Bright

USG and CAB host a successful Christmas tree lighting in person and virtually

By ESMÉ BLEECKER-ADAMS

With Thanksgiving less than a week away and the semester nearing the transition to online learning, students gathered on the plaza a little early this year for the Christmas Tree Lighting. The festive Lincoln Center tradition is organized annually by the United Student Government (USG) and Campus Activities Board (CAB). Fifty in-person attendees got to make snowflakes and treat themselves to cocoa and cookies, and the tree-lighting ceremony was also livestreamed on the USG Instagram account for virtual viewers.

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  • Hot chocolate and cookies were served at the tree lighting.

  • The event began at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, on the outdoor plaza.

  • Paper snowflake-making kits were available after the ceremony.

  • Members of USG and CAB also posed with Ramses. The two clubs collaborated to host the event and promoted it on social media in the days prior.

  • Afterward, Ramses posed for photos with students.

  • Shortly after, attendees counted down from 10 and the tree was illuminated to a round of applause.

  • At 6:30 p.m., USG Chair of Student Affairs Resham Sansi, Gabelli School of Business ’21, made opening remarks, and USG Vice President Robert Sundstrom, Fordham College at Lincoln Center ’22, led a prayer.

  • Ramses made his traditional appearance at the festivities, suited up as Santa for the holiday season.

  • The hula hoops doubled as pre-show entertainment.

  • Masks were required, and hula hoops were used to designate social distanced viewing spots on the plaza.

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