Christmas at Carolina

When the News & Observer reported that the University Libraries would not put up a Christmas tree this year, the emails and phone calls started coming in. “Why would Carolina ‘ban’ Christmas trees?” they asked. So we set out to set the record straight. We sent them a message from Chancellor Holden Thorp. And for the most part, people were pleased with what they heard.

But then, FOX & Friends decided to debate the issue for us. So we thought we’d share with you the video images that we shared with FOX so you can see that Christmas and the holiday season are alive and well at Carolina. We’re also sharing a YouTube video of an exam-week student celebration in the Undergraduate Library. Enjoy!

— Office of University Relations

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Message from the Chancellor

At Carolina, departments are free to put up a Christmas tree … or not. And if you take a walk across campus, I think you’ll see that. The façade of Memorial Hall, our major performing venue, is fully decorated for the holiday, and The Nutcracker is its major December attraction. Student Stores is like any retailer this time of year. They have a tree decorated with Carolina ornaments in the window and, in the store, there is a mantel decorated with Carolina stockings. The Student Activities Fund Office has a Christmas tree in its window. There’s a big Christmas wreath with a Carolina-blue ribbon on it in the Student Union. Our own Carolina Inn is again featuring its Twelve Days of Christmas displays throughout the hotel. And just as we have for the last 59 years, our Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is featuring The Star of Bethlehem.

So Christmas is recognized on this campus.

Thanks for your interest in Carolina, and have a joyous Christmas season.

— Holden Thorp

Holden Thorp's Signature

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