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Holiday Songfest


On a chilly December afternoon, about 40 members of the campus community came together in Parrish Parlor for a spirited holiday sing-along, hosted by the campus Spirituality Group. As faculty and staff members raised their voices, George Lakey, visiting professor of peace and conflict studies and research fellow of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, accompanied them on the grand piano, belting out old favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “White Christmas” as well as a variety of traditional carols. Students—just out of their last classes of the semester—drifted in and out, both to sing and enjoy the baked goods provided to sustain the singers. As Frank and Marie Osgood Aydelotte looked down on the festive occasion from gilded frames on the walls behind the piano, one might almost have imagined that their austere expressions softened a tad and their stern mouths curled into almost-smiles.

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