WKU getting into Holiday spirit

Kayla Swanson

It’s beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas on the Hill.

The Guthrie Bell Tower and Cherry Hall Chimes switched to Christmas music yesterday, giving students some new sounds to prepare them for the holidays.

“It will play until the week of finals and stop during finals week,” Judy Wimpee, an administrative assistant for Campus Services and Facilities, said in an email.

Wimpee said no music is played during finals week to limit interruptions to students.

During graduation weekend Christmas music is not played because Wimpee said the WKU fight song and the alma mater, College Heights, are played instead.

Christmas music will resume playing after graduation weekend until January 2nd.

The music played by the Cherry Hall Chimes is electronic and selected from music purchased from Schulmerich Bells, Wimpee said.

The Guthrie Bell Tower Music is pre-recorded by music department head Mitzi Groom.

Groom’s selections this year include holiday favorites such as “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Silent Night,” “Away in a Manger,” “Deck the Halls” and “Joy to the World.”

In addition to the new music echoing through campus, the Guthrie and Cherry Hall towers have been light up in holiday colors.

Charles Harrison, Maintenance Service Manager, said in addition to the lights, wreaths and garland went up on Cherry Hall yesterday and wreaths will go up on Guthrie today. Wreaths on the outfield fence at Nick Denes field will go up sometime this week, he said.

All holiday transitions will be made by the end of this week, Harrison said.