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Columbia College celebrates the holidays with inclusivity

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Visit the Columbia College website under student activities (traditions)  for more information and upcoming holiday events.

Visit the Columbia College website under student activities (traditions)  for more information and upcoming holiday events.

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Visit the Columbia College website under student activities (traditions)  for more information and upcoming holiday events.

Alexa Vega, staff writer

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The holidays are approaching fast, and with that comes many campus events and traditions on campus.

Melissa Brannen, director for multicultural affairs and community resources and assistant dean of students, is gearing up for the holiday events and will be participating in all of them.

“We celebrate everything,” Brannen said.  “In fact, during orientation, I make it very clear, even to our families for the parent part of orientation. If it’s important to you and you celebrate, then we want to make that part of our tradition here,” Brannen said.

“I think we’ve done a great job, with our current traditions of even making them more inclusive,” Brannen said.

Brannen shared how she will be working with the Muslim Student Association (MSA). This year on campus, the MSA will be sharing daily dialogues in the month of December.“They’re talking about who Jesus is in Islam, and they’re really excited because they realized they chose December to talk about Jesus, and that’s when Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth. So, this is perfect,” Brannen said.

Brannen, who calls herself a fan of traditions, is most excited about the December events. “I can’t wait to see the Christmas tree lighting this year because I can’t believe it’s going to be here before we realize it,” Brannen said.

This year, Brannen is happy to share the holiday events with Carol Moore, new interim president of the college, who will be involved in the Christmas tree lighting.

At Columbia College, Brannen wants students to remember to participate in as many events as possible because traditions are very important on a college campus. “We’re doing candy grams with SGA, and we are doing a multicultural music Monday on Dec. 4, and we’ll play holiday music from around the world as well,” Brannen said.

On Dec. 7 there will be a holiday extravaganza. The location will be announced in the future. “We are welcoming from 6:30-8 p.m., anyone [students] who wants to celebrate. We are going to have student activities fair style with food and drinks available for everyone to celebrate,” Brannen said.

Although exams and end of the semester tests are close to the holidays, Brannen feels as though it is important for students to celebrate and take time to be happy. “It’s very important to remember that being a student is just one of the identities,” Brannen said.

“Take time to still celebrate yourself; celebrate what you have always celebrated and share that with other people.”

“This can be a stressful time of the year–going into exams and finishing up the semester–and for some students, they’re graduating in December,” Brannen said.

“Don’t worry about what’s going on. Instead of getting bogged down with those things, get into the holiday spirit,” Brannen said.

Like Brannen, students should take the time to share happiness with others this holiday season and celebrate what means the most.

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