It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on campus. Though there may not be snow on the ground, many dorms have already begun to get into the Christmas spirit by decking the halls with unique decorations.Rosie LoVoi From the outside, passersby can see Breen-Phillips Hall’s Christmas spirit shining through candles in the windows that are put out every year after Thanksgiving, Ashley Huffman — Breen-Phillips’ president — said.However, Breen-Phillips residents get more excited about competitive holiday-themed section decorating, Huffman said.“Each section will choose a theme, and everyone in the section decorates the whole hallway with that theme,” Huffman said. “We have judges come in and pick a winning section. … This year, we’re announcing the winner at a Christmas Party.”Past themes have included “Creaster” (a blend of Christmas and Easter), Harry Potter and naughty and nice. Most of the decorations are handmade, Huffman said.“The candles look really pretty when you see them on the quad, but [it’s] especially the decorations in the sections people really like,” Huffman said. “It’s cool to see, but it’s also cool to see all the sections because all the girls can work together and have fun doing that together.”Pasquerilla West Hall celebrates the holiday season with a tradition not to be found anywhere else on campus: a lighting and decorating ceremony of the bush located in the center of the roundabout in front of the dorm.“We have the ugly bush lighting ceremony every year around Christmas time,” Allison Huffman, Pasquerilla West’s president, said. “Everyone stands in a circle around the ugly bush, and we count down to the lighting of the bush. Once the lights are plugged in, everyone sings our ugly bush song to the tune of ‘O’ Christmas Tree.’ After singing, we go inside and have a memory night and look at all of the pictures from the past semester.”This year, Pasquerilla West will light the ugly bush Tuesday.“The ugly bush is unique to PW, so I think that a tradition only we have makes the girls in PW feel special and connected to something,” Huffman said. “It is also just a weird tradition, but it is fun and brings us all together.”The McGlinn shamrock shines as the dorm’s own Christmas star for the Christmas season. The shamrock was made by a student around 10 years ago to rival O’Neil’s signature “O wreath,” McGlinn president Madeline Petrovich said.“Around 10 years ago, a girl in McGlinn actually made it when she wanted to put something up for Christmas,” Petrovich said. “She made it with wires and put the lights on. I guess it fell apart, but the workers who put it up fixed it, and they still put it up every year. … It goes up every year around Christmas.”Though the shamrock, made of garland, wires and lights in the shape of a giant shamrock, isn’t a traditional Christmas symbol, it has become one for the dorm over the years, Petrovich said. This year, the shamrock will be put up on Dec. 5.“Most people really appreciate it when you’re walking back from the library at an ungodly hour for finals and you turn around the corner on South Dining Hall and you see it,” Petrovich said. “It’s very nice, kind of calming. You’re like, ‘Alright, it’s Christmas.’”Tags: christmas, decorations, dorm
The presentation was attended by State Secretary Tonči Glavina, who pointed out that in recent years Croatia has positioned itself on the map of world festival tourism. “Events such as Ultra Europe have a great promotional value for the entire Croatian tourism and, in addition to attracting a large number of guests, they also increase consumption. Visitors to the ULTRA Europe festival spend an average of 340 euros a day, while the average daily consumption of tourists in Croatia is 79 euros. At the same time, such events have a positive impact on the development of local infrastructure, the construction of new accommodation facilities and encourage the launch of a variety of catering, sports and recreational facilities and related activities. The best example is the city of Split, which has tripled its tourist traffic over the past 5 years and become one of the most attractive tourist destinations.”, Said Glavina. Ultra Europe is included in the list of the ten best world events of electronic music, and due to the festival, Croatia is visited by an average of more than 150 thousand people from about 140 countries around the world. The global market for electronic music events in 2012 was estimated at about $ 3,6 billion, and by including revenue from music sales and sponsorships, total revenue was more than $ 5,7 billion. It is estimated that the same market in 2017 earned more than 6,7 billion US dollars. This week, the new, seventh edition of one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals, Ultra Europe, was held in Split. The festival has been held in Split since 2013, and since 2015 it has become Destination Ultra and lasts as long as seven days along the Croatian coast and includes an opening party, a three-day Ultra Europe party in Split, a regatta in Bol on Brač, a beach party in Hvar and a final party at the George Fortress in Vis. Presentation of the Ultra Europe Festival The number of visitors to the top 5 electronic music festivals in the world is growing by about 17 percent a year, and the number of festivals by about 33 percent. Attendance at the top 20 global festivals increased from 1,9 million in 2009 to more than 3,4 million in 2013. This year’s edition of Ultra Europe will be held from July 11 to 18 in Poljud, Split, and will include over 250 musical names.