The holidays have officially arrived on the Millersville University campus. Student organizations are hosting parties, collecting toys and putting on plays for the local community. Currently, Acacia, a fraternity at Millersville University, is conducting a toy drive for children who wouldn’t normally receive gifts over the holidays. Their national organization collects either new or unwrapped toys throughout the country, while the local chapter will set up bins in the Student Memorial Center (SMC) and at grocery stores in the Millersville/Lancaster area. Acacia will later distribute the toys to families in need.
The John Newman Association has a few events coming up this holiday season as well. On Dec. 7, in Wesley Hall at the A-framed church (First United Methodist Church) at 121 N. George St., they will be performing Christmas stories such as the “Gingerbread Man,” “Sheppard’s Gift” and “Christmas at the Little Zoo” for local families as a fundraiser organized by the Catholic Campus Ministry. After the play, everyone is invited back to the Newman House for hot chocolate, cookies and a bonfire to watch the association enact the nativity scene as gospel is read. After classes end for the semester, the association will volunteer at the St. Anthony Shelter in Bronx, N.Y., with the Francis King Friars of Renewal. For more information about the event, contact Father Mark Speitel at 717-872-3350.
To top off the holiday season, more than 200 students will perform in the Glorious Sounds of the Season: Scholarship Holiday Benefit concert on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The concert features Millersville University’s ensembles, including the orchestra, wind ensemble, concert band, jazz ensemble, keystone singers, gospel choir and more. An additional recital will also be held on Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m., with all performances held in the Clair Performance Hall at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center. Ticket information: $16 for general admission and $8 for students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online at MUTicketsOnline.com at the Student Memorial Center Ticket Office (Room 103, 21 S. George St., Millersville), by calling the Ticket Office at 717-872-3811 or at the Ware Center Box Office (42 N. Prince St., Lancaster). Ticket Offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Winter Center Box Office will be opening one hour prior to show time.
On Dec. 4, students celebrated Kwanza with their peers in the Reighard Multipurpose Room, of the SMC. There was African dance, a traditional Kwanza ceremony and an explanation of its history and symbols, all followed by a feast. This event was sponsored by Millersville University’s Black Student Union, African American Studies, the NAACP Student Chapter and the Frederick Douglass Celebration of Black Culture.
MU Hillel hosted a Hanukkah event on Nov. 21, in Club De ’Ville. Students brought food and there was a Pollyanna gift exchange. Also on Nov. 21, Society on Latino Affairs (SOLA) hosted a semi-formal event in the Reighard Multipurpose Room of the SMC called “Navidades con SOLA,” featuring music, food and Latin American culture.