The end of fall semester is undoubtedly a busy time for all students between exams and final projects, but the
St. Thomas campus always has lively activities and events to take away some of the stress and winter blues.
Christmas on campus began right after Thanksgiving break with the 20th annual Tree and Crèche-Lighting
Ceremony on Nov. 28. Winter rain moved the ceremony inside but students sang Christmas songs, drank hot
chocolate, and held candles with plenty of Christmas spirit.
On Dec. 4, “A St. Thomas Christmas: Gathering Together,” took place at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The
28th annual concert featured over 350 student performers in nine of the university’s vocal and instrumental
groups. The annual celebration remains one of the cherished traditions of the fall semester. Just days later, on
Dec. 6, DAB brought in the Shiloh Baptist Gospel Choir, featuring Steven Daniels. Students had the chance to
listen to the St. Paul-based group featuring music from its 2016 album “iBelieve”, followed by a dessert reception.
This semester, STAR’s Myster Bus brought a group of students to the Mall of America where studnets for a
night of food and rides at Nickelodeon Universe. Senior Alexa Cartwright said, “The mystery bus was a really
fun event that let us relax and let loose with friends before the stress of finals kicked in. I especially loved the
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“THE MYSTERY BUS WAS A REALLY FUN EVENT THAT LET US RELAX AND LET LOOSE
WITH FRIENDS BEFORE FINALS!”
- ALEXA CARTWRIGHT ‘ 17