Need a holiday pick-me-up? Dial-A-Carol students voice support
Students take a break from harmonizing Tuesday at Snyder Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
December 13th, 2011
06:02 PM ET

Need a holiday pick-me-up? Dial-A-Carol students voice support

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.

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  1. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly. Fa-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la. Tis the time of blogger folly. Fa-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la. 😉

    December 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
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  2. s kel

    Silver bells, silver bells, its time for bloogers to start lying. :-/

    December 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cynthia

    Actually, we've been singing to pretty much everyone who calls this year! 🙂

    December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      You guys need to widen your song selection. (D*** in a Box please.)

      December 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I think this is sweet.
    Well done, U of I kids!

    December 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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