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Winter festivities abound at holiday extravaganza

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Freshmen broadcasting major Jacob Barriga and business administration major Jacob Martin have a snowball fight in a large inflatable snow globe in the Campus Center Ballroom Thursday at the Campus Activity Board’s Holiday Extravaganza. The event had crafts and food from all over the world including latkes, orange chicken and Mongolian beef. / photo by Ariel Torres

Freshmen broadcasting major Jacob Barriga and business administration major Jacob Martin have a snowball fight in a large inflatable snow globe in the Campus Center Ballroom Thursday at the Campus Activity Board’s Holiday Extravaganza. The event had crafts and food from all over the world including latkes, orange chicken and Mongolian beef. / photo by Ariel Torres

The Campus Activities Board’s Holiday Extravaganza Nov. 29 spanned three floors of the Campus Center, with each devoted to a different winter holiday.

The first floor, themed “happy New Year,” had decorations including bright white lights, “happy New Year” headbands, and treats including apple cider, fried mac-and-cheese balls and chocolate covered strawberries.

The second floor was decorated for Hanukkah and Asian Lunar New Year. On the Hanukkah side, activities included creating Stars of David with popsicle sticks, coloring menorahs and eating potato latkes.

For Lunar New Year, there was a hand-drawn Bodhi tree which students could use to post their thoughts on sticky notes, create lanterns and eat Asian cuisine.

“Other places would do just Christmas,” said Joann Gaters, junior communications public relations major and CAB executive board co-chair.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in Korea, Vietnam and China, Gaters said.

“They are really big on enlightenment,” she added.

The third floor honored Mexican and American Christmas traditions with food including arroz con leche, tamales and hot chocolate, and activities like decorating stockings.

“I hope from this event, that people understand that December isn’t only about Christmas,” said sophomore biology major Itzia Chavez.

—Destinee Mondragon

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