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Dial-A-Carol A Holiday
Tradition at U of Illinois

Associated Press, by Carla K. Johnson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/17/2013 4:12:03 AM

CHICAGO -- The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois´ Champaign campus. It´s a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who´ve been up all night studying. The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy. "They´re not music majors. They´re singing from their hearts," said Kirsten Ruby, spokeswoman for the university´s housing department. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and


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CHICAGO -- The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois´ Champaign campus. It´s a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who´ve been up all night studying. The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy. "They´re not music majors. They´re singing from their hearts," said Kirsten Ruby, spokeswoman for the university´s housing department. The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary, Betty Gordon, and




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