Hideous holiday sweaters given new light at mixer

Christine Lee, Life Editor

Normally, wearing a Christmas sweater at a holiday party is not a cause for celebration, other than minor humiliation for their appearance. But at one mixer, their ugly appearance was a cause for celebration.

On Dec. 4 the freshman class of 2015 celebrated ugly sweaters in the Henry Student Center with the Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer. The freshman class held the social as an event open to the whole university.

“We wanted to host it around Christmas because it would be fun,” said class president and freshman pre-pharmacy major Taylor Moyer. “It would be interesting and a good incentive for anyone to come.”

The night consisted of brightly-colored sweaters of various shapes and sizes. Those gathered were invited to socialize with one another while coloring pictures from coloring books.

“It was fun because it can span across any holiday celebration and both genders can participate and have fun,” said Anastasia Mauger, a freshman pre-pharmacy major and class representative.

Included in the festivities was Christmas-tree decorating, free drinks, hot chocolate, cookies and music.

A contest was held for the best ugly sweater. Freshman chemistry major Kristen Baker won the ugliest sweater award and took home a $25 Visa gift card and a gingerbread house reading “2015” on the back. Second place went to freshman pre-pharmacy major Bethany Gibson, who was awarded a holiday mug full of candies. Third place went to freshman pre-pharmacy major Marissa Kotar, who was awarded hot chocolate mix in the shape of an ice cream cone.

“Overall, it was a good way for the freshman class to bond and we had a good turnout,” said Moyer.