College students are lending their voices this week to spread holiday cheer – and you can hear them in your ear.
Students at Snyder Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are completing a marathon phone-in, called the Dial-A-Carol, in which they take calls 24 hours a day from all over the world and play or sing a requested holiday tune for listeners.
The ritual, conducted annually during finals week, will last until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Collegians shuffle in and out to take part in the student-run program, which is in its 51st year. For students like sophomore Kurt Hanson of Lake Zurich, Illinois, it’s a labor of love.
“I’ve been here since 9 a.m.,” Hanson said. “We all got here after our 8 a.m. finals, and we’ve been singing.”
The group then broke into a gleeful rendition of “Feliz Navidad,” complete with several of them making drum sounds and the like.
Phone lines were “blowing up,” Hanson said, after the Dial-A-Carol phone number was posted on social networking sites Twitter and Reddit.
The Dial-A-Carol number is 217-332-1882. The students will sing to every fifth caller.