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By Gloria Saldivar

As the fall semester comes to an end we can look forward to the end of the year celebrations. Those celebrations however got an early start here on campus. Faculty engaged in an epic holiday door decorating contest the first week of December, and the winners were announced December 9, 2014.

Faculty got into the spirit and decorated their doors with every inch of holiday awesomeness they could come up with. Many themes filled the campus doors everything ranging from Star Wars to Surfer Santa Claus. In my opinion all the doors and their decorators are winners and they all deserve an A for  awesome creativity.

In third place came the talented Jill Brown and Kayleen Brown who created a Peanuts themed door. The snoopy props were loved by the judges. It was definitely a sweet reminder of the beloved cartoon loved by many. Speaking about sweet, Jill and Kayleen received a gift card to See’s Candy for placing in the top three. A sweet prize from the sweet judges for the sweet contestants.

Peanuts themed door

Peanuts themed door

In second place the Math Lab’s crew (Rebekah Horton, Brad Cramer, Kent Miller, and Morgan Haskell) took a break from crunching numbers to create a Gingerbread theme door. The judges loved the different textures and fine details that were used to bring the door to life. This door however was part of a bigger set up. The Math Lab and Writing Lab teamed up and dedicated the Gingerbread styled house to Taft College and our beloved campus dog, Ginger who sadly passed away. The writing lab’s door did not make the final cut because it fell outside the parameters of the judging round. All together however it makes a wonderful gingerbread house and it is a must see! The second place winners received a goodie cart from the judges.

Gingerbread Themed Door

Gingerbread Themed Door

In first place came the playful snowball fight themed door created by Joell Chaidez, Bonita Bullard, and Kristal Powell from the Testing Center. It was given the title “A TC Snow Fight” and the judges absolutely loved it. “The expression in each picture made it seem like they were actually involved in a snow fight”. First place winners received a large gift basket.

Snowball fight themed door

Snowball fight themed door

This second annual holiday door decorating contest was a great way to end the fall semester of 2014.



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Students from our Creative Writing class will be holding their traditional end-of-semester reading at Black Gold on Friday, December 12, at 6pm. The students will read their original poems, short stories, and memoirs to the public and present their completed collections. This is always a wonderful event, and I encourage you to come support our program.

Geoffrey Dyer

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