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MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights continues 44-year tradition

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights continues 44-year tradition

Alana Earle, Reporter

November 19, 2018


Filed under Campus, Local

The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights originally began in the 1920's as a collection of decorations on a newly-wed's lawn, became a way to spread holiday cheer to thousands of people who visit the showcase. Dirk Welch, MSU-Burns FOL coordinator, said, "Its [Fantasy Of Lights] purpose is to provide a...

Movie Madness brings relief to students for finals

Movie Madness brings relief to students for finals

brittni vilandre

December 5, 2017


Filed under Campus

About 25 students gathered in the Moffett Library on Dec. 5 to relieve the stress of cramming for finals by enjoying the showing of the 1988 film "Scrooged." Students of assistant professor of history, Whitney Snow also went to the event as an opportunity to obtain extra credit points on their fin...

Percussion rings throughout Akin

Percussion rings throughout Akin

Denush Vidanapathirana

December 5, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

Captivating music from the drums, xylophones and timpani on stage filled the decorated halls of Akin Auditorium. Directed by Gordon Hicken, assistant professor of music-percussion, the performance also featured two numbers by the combined choirs, and 147 people attended the performance by the pe...

Fantasy of Lights kickstarts holiday cheer

Fantasy of Lights kickstarts holiday cheer

Tyler Manning

November 20, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

As part of the celebration and to help raise funds for the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights, the 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place this Saturday, Dec. 2 at 9 a.m., starting at the pavilion near Sikes Lake and Wichita Falls Museum of Art. "The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights is solely supported throug...

Fantasy of Lights workday brings in community for repairs

Tre' Jones

October 10, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

The @MidwesternState Priddy Scholars are up early on a Saturday morning, helping to prep for Fantasy of Lights. #gen1MSU pic.twitter.com/dKSRmrG9hq — M.O.R.E. at MSU (@moreMSU) October 7, 2017 About 100 people volunteered to help paint, sweep and clean off the exhibits for the Fantasy of Lights displays for the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lig...

Theater finishes up production of A Christmas Carol

Alyssa Mitchell

December 7, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The theater department put on its last performance of A Christmas Carol Dec. 3.  Ellanor Collins, theater junior, said, “There were 11 performances which is more runs than we usually have.”It took six weeks to prepare starting Oct. 11, with the first script read through with the cast members. ...

Fantasy of Lights brings holiday excitement to Wichita Falls

Fantasy of Lights brings holiday excitement to Wichita Falls

Kara McIntyre

November 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

The Fantasy of Lights is open from dusk until 11 p.m. Nov. 21 - Dec. 25 The MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights opened Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. with chimes from the Hardin Bell Tower. Then, two minutes before the scheduled 6 p.m. start time, University President Suzanne Shipley, came out, welcomed the crowed of about 200, turned on the lights and welcomed...

Celebrating the 41 years of Fantasy of Lights

Celebrating the 41 years of Fantasy of Lights

Patrick German

December 2, 2015


Filed under Feature

The song, "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" fits for the Fantasy of Lights. Christmas is just 23 days away, and with the cold brisk air, twinkling lights, the warmth of hot cocoa and kids giving Santa Claus their Christmas lists, does feel a lot like Christmas. Katelyn Vietti, ed...

8 MSU students volunteer at Fantasy of Lights workshop

8 MSU students volunteer at Fantasy of Lights workshop

Taylor Warren

October 6, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Cinderella and her pumpkin coach. Snow White and the seven dwarfs. Santa and his reindeer. Just a few of the exhibits that were brought out, washed off and repainted this past Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Fantasy of Lights workshop. Eight MSU students — and dozens ...

Low gas prices help students travel for holidays

David Joseph

December 3, 2014


Filed under Campus, News

With the end of the semester only one week away, students from different walks of life will be returning home to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family. Some said this is a season for giving to friends, family and loved ones. Theolette Simon, senior in management “It is always a joy ...

New 5K run to help fund holiday display

Savanah Campbell

December 2, 2014


Filed under Campus, Local, News

More than 90 years ago the Burns family started a tradition of putting Christmas displays in their front yard. After Mr. and Mrs. Burns died the displays were put away for three years, until the Burns home town Archer City offered the displays to MSU under the conditions that it would be in memory of...

Fantasy of Lights funded through donations

Naomi Skinner

November 25, 2014


Filed under Campus, Campus Watch, News

The annual Fantasy of Lights, a display not funded by university funds or tax dollars, requires donations to stay operational. "We have 39 different families or organizations that adopt the displays that are set out on the lawn over by the Hardin administration building," the coordinator Joey Green...

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