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Dial-a-Carol a holiday tradition at U of Illinois

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Student and Snyder Hall resident, Katherine Moss sings to callers Thursday as part of the hall's annual Dial-A-Carol program at the University of Illinois in Champaign. The student-run project is a hotline of sorts for people who prefer their holiday carols sung live by amateurs.

CHICAGO – The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois’ Champaign campus.

So far, the call total is 3,450. They’ve come from each of the 50 states and 17 countries. Phone lines are open until just before midnight today.

Dial-a-Carol is for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who’ve been up all night studying.

The carols echoing in the lobby of Snyder Hall may be out of tune at times, but the voices ring with youthful energy.

The program was started in 1960 by a former hall secretary and a group of the dormitory’s residents.

Last year, the students took more than 4,000 calls from people all over the world.

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