Students’ Association passed a bill to fund a 12 ft. scented Christmas tree in the middle of the GATA fountain.
The GATA fountain has had an assortment of items put in it as a practical joke since its construction in 1970. From bubbles to the Kojie Park benches, the fountain has been a central location on campus to make a statement. Now, SA will be using the fountain to start a new tradition and increase holiday cheer during the drudge of the end of the semester.
Nov. 30 at 11 a.m., SA will put on a campus wide event with caroling and cookies as the university blesses its new tradition.
SA has a newly formed Representative Committee that came up with the idea through meetings throughout the semester. The committee exists to enrich ACU’s campus with new student opportunities and traditions.
A thousand dollars was taken from the congressional project fund for the tree.
“I am proud of my Representative Committee for getting this started and I believe that while having a bit of Christmas cheer will be awesome, it is so much more about the idea behind the tree; which is that students love ACU and want to make it a place of tradition,” said Abbey Moses, SA executive vice president.
Within the last week, SA has made space in the funding and set up meetings with Facilities Management to approve the tradition and details.
“To me, it isn’t about the tree itself or the location it is in,” said Moses, junior political science major from Mckinney. “I believe it is important for dedicated students to find ways to create culture and community through fun traditions.”
SA is currently working with Student Alumni Association to make sure the tradition lives on.
“I think putting a Christmas tree in the middle of campus is a great idea,” said Sarah Siemens, senior biology major from Bakersfield, California. “I love Christmas and having a huge tree that I pass everyday going to class will be a constant reminder of tradition, and it will spread the holiday cheer throughout the entire campus.”